May - June 2008 Vol. 18 www.priestsforlife.org Number 3

Graduation

by Fr. Frank Pavone

Several years ago, I came across a story of a graduating class which dedicated its yearbook to all the students who would have been graduating that year had they not been killed -- by abortion. How fitting a tribute that is. Other graduating classes have paid tribute to their abortion victims by a moment of prayer at the Baccalaureate mass or at the graduation ceremony.

And why not? Suppose that a tragedy took the lives of some of the graduating class just days or weeks before graduation. Would there not be a mention or a tribute at the ceremony? Why, then, should the victims who died longer ago be forgotten? It is not, after all, the timing of the death that matters, but the value of the life.

Some, of course, will object to inserting such a "negative" theme into a happy day.

Yes, life is tough, isn't it?…It's all mixed up with happiness and sadness, joy and tragedy. Are significant moments in our lives supposed to be insulated from all awareness of injustice? Are we to rejoice with those who rejoice, but not weep with those who weep?

Prayer Intentions
You are encouraged to remember the following intentions as you pray the Liturgy of the Hours:

May INTENTION:
For an increase in the spirit of respectful dialogue with those
who disagree with us on life issues.

JUNE INTENTION:
For increased ecumenical collaboration in defense of life.

To be willing to face sadness when the victims were born, but unwilling to do so when the victims died before birth, is another sign of the deep-rooted prejudice against the unborn in our society. But a new generation of young people who have survived that prejudice are now taking their places and preparing to be the future leaders. That gives us hope. Isn't that what Graduation Day is all about?

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New Resource! Study Guide to Humanae Vitae
Written by the Priests and Pastoral Associates of Priests for Life

July 25, 2008 marks the 40th anniversary of the Encyclical, Humanae Vitae (On Human Life), written by Pope Paul VI. This study guide contains the text of the Encyclical itself along with commentary and study questions.

New Resource! How Law Students and Attorneys Can Help the Pro-Life Movement

Fr. Frank Pavone wrote this essay for the Ave Maria Law Review.

New Resource! Graphic Photos Work!

This brochure has testimonies from individuals about how graphic abortion images have changed them from “pro-choice” to pro-life, helped them choose life for their unborn children and made them more active in fighting abortion

New Book Format! The Contraception of Grief: The Genesis of Anguish Conceived by Abortifacients and Sterilization
By Theresa Burke, Ph.D. with contributions by Janet Morana, M.Ed and Kevin Burke, MSS, LSW

This book exposes the pain that so many women endure because they realize they killed children by contraception. This book is for women, men, pastors, doctors and all who minister to the family. It’s truly a step forward for authentic feminism and women’s health and will challenge all who read it!


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