Fr. Frank’s Ordination Anniversary, Nov. 12! Send greeting!
We the staff of Priests for Life want to alert you that
Saturday November 12, is the 23rd Anniversary of Fr. Frank Pavone’s
ordination to the priesthood.
We invite you to visit and support his ordination
anniversary wish at
http://wishes.causes.com/wishes/389280, where you can send him a word of
greeting and congratulations.
There is no telling how many lives have been saved
through the inspiration, instruction, and ceaseless activity he leads in the
pro-life movement. And he’s only just begun.
Once you visit the cause page above, we then invite you
to read and spread his most recent column, which follows below.
Thanks for all your support!
The Staff of Priests for Life
Evangelization and Child-Killing
Recently, at the invitation of Vatican officials, our
Priests for Life team prepared some input for next year's Synod of Bishops
on the topic of the New Evangelization.
Every few years, representatives of bishops'
conferences from around the world gather for several weeks of deliberations
in Rome concerning one or another aspect of the Church's work. In order to
guide their deliberations, a working document is prepared, and the input of
the entire Church is sought.
The topic of the "New Evangelization," is one about
which Blessed John Paul II spoke often. It refers to a new fervor in
proclaiming the unchanging gospel, especially in places where, the gospel
having once been proclaimed and accepted, there are powerful forces of
secularization that cause people to forget God.
In forgetting the Creator, moreover, as the Second
Vatican Council taught, the creature becomes unintelligible. As Pope
Benedict pointed out recently in creating a new office at the Vatican for
promoting the New Evangelization,
"… [T]here has been a troubling loss of the sense of
the sacred, which has even called into question foundations once deemed
unshakeable such as … a common understanding of basic human experiences:
i.e., birth, death, life in a family, and reference to a natural moral law."
(Decree Ubicumque et Semper, Sept. 21, 2010).
By far the most destructive and offensive manifestation
of this obscuring of the meaning of birth, life, and death is abortion.
Therefore our Priests for Life team compiled reflections on how the pro-life
mission of the Church intersects with the New Evangelization.
One of the contributors to these reflections was my
friend, Rev. John Ensor, and he pointed out that Satan has always used
child-killing to try to slow or stop the advance of the Gospel of Christ.
The attempt is seen in Egypt (see Exodus 1), when mass
child-killing is used to try to snuff out the life and work of Moses.
Then, as God's people live in the Promised Land, Satan
allures them into mingling with the surrounding nations in practices of
idolatry, including the sacrifice of their sons and daughters to demons in
the fire (see Psalm 106:37-38). This practice leads to the exile.
History moves on to the Incarnation, and the life of
Jesus is targeted in the mass child-killing ordered by Herod.
Finally, in our day, abortion kills countless future
disciples and evangelists. As Rev. 12:17 indicates, the war against Christ
and his Church is symbolized in the attempt to kill a child, and the triumph
of the Gospel is seen in the victory of life.
The Word of God is clear: "Rescue those being led away
to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter" (Proverbs 24:11);
"Seek justice, rescue the oppressed" (Isaiah 1:17). The entire Church is
under obedience to this Divine command to stop the killing. We can hardly be
credible in proclaiming that the destiny of the human person is to be on the
throne with Christ (Rev. 3:21) if we ignore those persons thrown in the
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