The March for Life
January 26, 2012
Below you will find my column about this week’s March for Life. We have some
photos from the March
on our website and will be posting more in the
coming days. Before you read my column, let me first give you some other
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on which I reflect with you more on the
theme of this column.
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my birthday wish on Facebook at
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the page with your family and friends.
I’ve posted several of my homilies that I’ve given here in Amarillo, TX. You
can find them at www.priestsforlife.org/audio/amarillo.htm and I ask that
you please share them with others.
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about the candidates and the elections process. Please be sure to tune in to
tomorrow’s debate at 8pm ET on CNN. More upcoming election–related events
can be found at
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find information about registration deadlines, primary dates and other
voting information for your particular state at
Finally, join us for a Lenten Prayer for Life beginning on February 22 and
make a special commitment to help others to see and defend the dignity of
every human life, starting with the unborn. You can find the prayer at
www.prayercampaign.org. This year we are asking people to make more of an
effort than ever to pray for an end to abortion.
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
Pastoral Director, Silent No More Awareness Campaign
by Fr. Frank Pavone
What a powerful weekend! I am always more energized than exhausted after
spending the day greeting the participants in the West Coast Walk for Life,
which took place on Saturday, January 21, and then taking the redeye flight
to Washington DC to spend all of Sunday and Monday greeting the people
taking part in the national March for Life.
So many of you were there and were able to tell me of your daily prayers for
me and of the concern you have for me. You were encouraged by seeing that I
am in great health and great spirits.
But more important even than that is being in great focus. So many people
over recent months, and in the March for Life days, have said things to me
like, "I know this has been a painful and difficult time, for you to be
asked to stay for a while in Amarillo. I know this is a burden for you and
it must be frustrating. But we are with you and it will work out."
This is always a consolation, knowing that whatever difficulties we have, we
are not alone, and as I said to thousands of people, I really appreciate the
support and prayers. Keep them coming!
But what I want my friends and foes alike to understand is that my greatest
burden is not the events of the last few months, nor the limitations on my
travel, nor the false things said about me in the media. There is one single
thing that gives me more pain than anything, and that is the ongoing
slaughter of my brothers and sisters by abortion.
So many of you share that pain, and carry that burden. Day by day in our
country, thousands of children are ripped apart, dismembered, decapitated,
killed, and thrown in the garbage. The law permits it, the courts justify
it, and so many are silent about it.
That's what's painful. That's what keeps me up at night. That's what makes
my heart break. It's abortion, not a decision by Church authorities.
And isn't that what I've been saying all along, from the first day when, at
the 1976 March for Life, as a high school senior, I decided to get involved
in the pro-life movement? Isn't that the same thing I've been saying from
the first day Cardinal O'Connor authorized me to lead Priests for Life and
Bishop Yanta received my promises to spend the rest of my life defending the
lives of the unborn? Isn't this what the Church means by saying that no
right is more fundamental than life, and that abortion deserves urgent
attention and priority? Isn't this what the depths of the human heart and
conscience say when, faced with the gruesome reality of abortion, they cry
out in pain and demand that the killing stop and that justice prevail?
My friends, the alarm of conscience is sounding. If something is going to
bother us, let it be abortion, and let our every action be focused on
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