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Priests for Life Names Director
of Hispanic Outreach
Fr. Victor Salomon, Priest-Associate of Priests for Life, has been
named Director of Hispanic Outreach. In that capacity, he will
preach in Spanish-speaking parishes, represent Priests for Life at
Hispanic conferences, expand the range of materials that Priests
for Life publishes in Spanish, and produce television and radio
programs in Spanish. We are grateful for Fr. Victor’s commitment
to the pro-life cause and the mission of Priests for Life!
our 2008 Novenas
Priests for Life provides a daily ongoing Novena to End
Abortion, as well as special novenas that correspond to
particular liturgical seasons
and feasts of the year.
The remainder of this year’s novenas and/or special
seasonal prayers include the
Novena starting on Terri’s Day: (Mar. 31) to April 8
Pentecost Novena for Life: May 3-11
Independence Day Novena: June 26-July 4
Novena for the 40th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae:
Assumption Novena for Life: August 7-15
Novena to Blessed Mother Teresa: August 28 – Sept 5
Novena to St. Gerard Majella (Patron Saint of Pregnancy
Novena for Priests, leading to Priesthood Sunday:
Our Lady of Guadalupe Novena: December 4-12
Election Novena: Nine weeks of prayer starting September
1, Labor Day, and
ending on Election Day, November 4.
We invite you to participate in and promote these prayer
opportunities on your websites
Priests for Life Reaching
At this time of the year we invite schools
to plan to remember the unborn at their commencement
ceremonies this year. We challenge each school to mention in
the school yearbook and at the ceremony itself that there
are many students who would have been graduating had they
not been lost to abortion. Honor their memory, and at the
same time assure those who have had abortions that the mercy
of Christ and the Church are available to them.
Here is feedback we recently received.
On behalf of Carroll High School, I'd like to say thanks for
bringing Fr. Pavone to us today.
His approach was excellent. I liked how he focused on facts,
and the respectful way that he approached the issue and the
I liked also how he tied in the abortion issue with all the
other justice issues of our day, including poverty, war,
capital punishment, euthanasia, etc….
We had initial fears that he might be a polarizing figure
and create a defensive reaction among those who are unsure
of their position on abortion. To the contrary, he spoke the
truth about this issue in both a bold, yet respectful way. I
feel confident that his approach probably knocked a few kids
off the fence, to the pro-life side of course!
Dennis Brun, Campus Ministry Department
Carroll High School, Dayton, Ohio
the Defense of Life
Fr. Peter West; Priest-Associate, Priests for Life
On Palm Sunday, Jesus rode into
Fr. Peter West
Jerusalem on a donkey. Though he was God he humbled himself
to come among us as an embryo. He was born in a stable,
worked as a humble carpenter and now he rides into Jerusalem
on a donkey knowing he will be betrayed, rejected and
Christ’s Passion reminds us of how great his love is for us.
He humbled himself and willingly submitted to such
tremendous suffering for us. The Passion should remind us of
our dignity and the dignity of each and every human being
created in the likeness of God.
Cardinal John Henry Newman points out that even if you were
the only sinner in the world, Jesus would have undergone his
Passion just for you. We are made in the image and likeness
of God, redeemed by His blood. Our destiny is to share
everlasting happiness with him in heaven. This dignity
belongs to every human being from the moment of conception
to natural death. If we fail to appreciate our dignity in
the eyes of God or out of sinful pride reject God in His
commandments, then we will begin to evaluate others falsely
by wealth, health, prestige, outward appearance, size, stage
Many live as if there was no God or they make themselves
like gods or claim rights that belong to God alone - who
lives, who dies, interfering with God’s plan for procreation
through contraception, in-vitro fertilization, abortion,
cloning and experimenting on human embryos, euthanasia or
physician assisted suicide. We can be tempted to separate
ourselves from others, caring only about ourselves and our
families alone, with little thought given to eternal life or
correcting injustices. But Jesus taught us that we must
imitate his humble service. He taught us the way to
salvation was to take up our own cross and follow him.
A true follower of Christ will not be afraid to make
sacrifices and even face death. By his death and
resurrection Jesus has taken away the sting of death.
Shortly before his own death Pope John Paul II said “We must
get used to thinking confidently about the mystery of death
so that the definitive encounter with God occurs in a
climate of interior peace.”
Christians don’t fear death, but nor do they cause death.
When the early Christians embraced the faith they rejected
abortion and infanticide that were common at that time. The
Second Vatican Council called abortion and euthanasia
infamies that poison human society. It said they do more
harm to those who practice them than to those who suffer the
injury. Sin always hurts the sinner more than anyone. Judas
and Pontius Pilate did more to harm themselves than they did
to hurt Jesus.
A woman who had an abortion once said to me about her
abortion “The baby dies once, but the woman dies a little
bit every day.” But the good news is that Christ died for
sinners. Through Rachel’s Vineyard retreats and other post
abortion ministries we promote a message of forgiveness and
The Society of Centurions is a group of former
abortionists who have now repented. They are named after the
Roman centurion spoken of in the Gospel of St. Luke who
repented of his role in the crucifixion, glorified God and
said “This man was innocent, beyond doubt.” (Luke 23, 47)
All of us called by Christ to serve; to spread His Gospel
of mercy and life. What kind of disciples will we be? Will
we be like the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. John the Apostle and
St. Mary Magdalene who stood faithfully at the foot of the
Cross or will we be like Peter who denied Jesus, Judas who
betrayed him, Pontius Pilate who condemned an innocent man
or the crowd who called out for Barabbas?
Blessed Franz Jagerstatter, an Austrian, was beheaded by
the Nazis in 1943 when he refused to join the army. In the
spring of 1938 he voted against the annexation of Austria by
Germany. Afterwards many citizens were arrested, tortured
and killed. In response Blessed Franz said “I believe what
happened that Holy Thursday 1,900 years ago when the crowd
was given a free choice between the innocent Savior and the
Sometimes when we vote, we are given a similar choice. Do
we vote based on personality, party affiliation or
self-interest and forget the unborn or do we vote for people
we know will advance our values, starting with the defense
of the most important human right – the right to life.
Ask God to help you recognize your dignity as a child of
God who died for you. Pray that God will help you to protect
the dignity of others, especially those most threatened.
Through the Eucharist which Christ left us as a memorial of
his suffering and death, may he give us the strength to
build a culture of life.