Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

October 25th, 2014

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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“Every man has the obligation to vote, because by voting he can determine … who will make tomorrow’s laws either to be unjust and perverse, or to promote human values. . . God Himself asks that every Christian, make his contribution by voting” (Bishop Karl Romer, Secretary, Pontifical Council for the Family, The Vatican).

Reflection: Everything we can say about the tremendous moral responsibility of those who craft legislation and put it into effect really reflects the moral responsibility of those who put them in those positions in the first place – the voters.

Prayer: Lord, may we use wisely the freedom to elect our lawmakers. Amen.

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Help Defend Religious Freedom in California, where government is mandating abortion coverage.

October 24th, 2014

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The state of California is requiring every insurance policy to cover abortion. And this has national implications.

Even religious employers who are exempt from paying for contraceptives are now required to pay for abortions, for any reason, until 24 weeks, long after the child in the womb can feel pain.

We need every pro-life person not only in California but across the nation to join us in taking action RIGHT NOW and to stop this in its tracks. If one state gets away with this, so will others.

The Federalist posted a story on Oct. 22, giving great background on the issue. Here’s an excerpt:

“California’s Department of Managed Health Care has ordered all insurance plans in the state

to immediately begin covering elective abortion…

“At the insistence of the American Civil Liberties Union, the DMHC concluded that a 40-year-old state law requiring health plans to cover “basic health services” had been misinterpreted all these decades. Every plan in the state was immediately ordered, effective August 22, to cover elective abortion. …

“…While California (like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS) exempts churches from its contraceptive mandate,

there is no exception to this bureaucratic abortion mandate.”

The California Catholic Conference of Bishops has complained to DMHC. Alliance Defending Freedom and the Life Legal Defense Fund, according to The Federalist, have filed administrative complaints with the HHS Office of Civil Rights, which oversees this federal law.

Please send an email today to the California Department of Managed Health Care and the Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights. I will give you information below as to how best to do that

This is not just a threat to Californians. This tactic could be used in every abortion-friendly state in the country!

Albin Rhomberg, a long-time advocate for life in California, was on Priest’s for Life’s “Gospel of Life” radio show on Radio Maria this week to talk about this jarring example of government overreach.

“The abortion situation in California is getting worse and destroying society, youth, marriage, family, and the Catholic Church,” he told us. “Within just the last year, the California legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown legalized non-physician midwives, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners to perform abortions, repealed all regulations on abortion services in ‘primary care clinics’ and increased the rate of payment for Medi-Cal abortions by 40 percent in the 2014-2015 state budget.”

And the latest outrage is this order requiring health-care plans to cover abortion.

We cannot sit by and let this happen.

So please click here for the information on how to make that phone call or send that email today. And please send this email to as many people as you can!

This edict has to be overturned. Not only does the mandate violate the Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but it also violates Obamacare, which says that there has to be at least one insurance plan in every state that doesn’t cover abortion.

We should help defeat this edict. Now!

Sincerely,

Fr. Frank Pavone National Director, Priests for Life

P.S. This is the type of action that Priests for Life can take nationwide as we mobilize our movement. To help make it possible for Priests for Life to conduct campaigns such as this one, please click here and be as generous as you can

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection

October 24th, 2014

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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“‘Come now, let us reason together,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool’” (Isaiah 1:18). 

Reflection: A woman wrote,  “After the abortion, I felt dirty, ashamed, like a low ant below all else. I felt betrayed, like a betrayer. Something which took such little time left a permanent scar. I sat in the rain the rest of the day, occasionally walking, crying, and not knowing why I really had the abortion.”

Prayer: Come, God of hope; lift up all burdened by their abortion. Make them whole again. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

October 23rd, 2014

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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55).

Reflection: A woman who saw the photos of aborted babies on the Priests for Life website wrote to us,  “I had once strongly believed in pro-choice, but after reviewing this website, I am all for Pro-Life. I just recently found out that I am 5wks pregnant…. I can not imagine me doing this to my baby.”

Prayer: You continue to dispel the myths, O Lord, that allow violence to continue. You take away victory from death. Make us courageous vehicles of your truth. Amen.

 

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

October 21st, 2014

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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“Deliver us, Lord, from every evil, and grant us peace in our day…” (Order of the Mass)

Reflection: Peace is a fragile gift, and a key characteristic of the culture of life. We pray for peace in the midst of every Eucharist, and we work to remove the obstacles to receiving peace. The Lord declared that the peacemakers are blessed. Reverence for life opens the way to peace; truth and justice provide its foundation; relationships of mutual love preserve it.

Prayer: Grant us peace, Lord, as well as the courage to defend life. May government leaders and their citizens rejoice in your peace.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection

October 20th, 2014

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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“How is it still possible to speak of the dignity of every human person when the killing of the weakest and most innocent is permitted? In the name of what justice is the most unjust of discriminations practiced: some individuals are held to be deserving of defense and others are denied that dignity? When this happens, the process leading to the breakdown of a genuinely human co-existence and the disintegration of the State itself has already begun” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.20).

Reflection: Abortion is not just an “issue.” It deteriorates the very foundations of civilization.

Prayer: Preserve our society, Lord, by freeing it from legal abortion. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

October 19th, 2014

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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“Whatever you did for one of the least of these brethren of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).

Reflection: Christ is the one in prison and on the sickbed, who either gets a visit from us or is ignored; Christi is the one who is hungry and thirsty, who is the immigrant and the one on death row. And Christ is the child who is in the womb, in danger of the abortionist’s knife.

Prayer: Lord, sharpen our vision. Let us truly see You and feel Your presence in each and every human person. May that presence spur us on to generous service. Amen

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

October 18th, 2014

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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. (Proverbs 30:8).

Reflection: The ministry of Jesus shows a preferential option for the poor and weak, and the Church therefore inherits this as her own priority. The work of peace, justice, and life gives preference to the weakest, those whom society has marginalized, and those who cannot defend themselves. These ministries are, essentially, a voice to the voiceless — whether those voiceless are oppressed nations, the poor, the terminally ill, or the unborn.

Prayer: Thank You for the voice You give me, Lord. May I use it for those who have none. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection

October 17th, 2014

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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Matthew 28:18). 

Reflection: What if a church said that as part of its worship service it would sacrifice a little child on the altar? Certainly the State would step in to stop that, and few people would regard that as an infringement of the separation of Church and State. Neither is it an infringement when the Church tells the state it cannot authorize the killing of children by abortion.

Prayer: O God, you are Lord of both Church and State. Grant that neither infringe upon the human rights of your people. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

October 16th, 2014

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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“But when her baby is born, she no longer recalls the suffering, because of her joy that she has brought a child into the world” (John 16:21). 

Reflection: St. Gerard Majella (18th c.) is the patron saint of pregnant mothers, of childbirth, and of unborn children. In many countries, mothers will devoutly keep a St. Gerard medal with them throughout their pregnancy and delivery. Thousands of children have been named after St. Gerard by parents who are convinced that it was his intercession that helped them to have healthy children.

Prayer: St. Gerard, intercede for mothers who are having difficulties in pregnancy and childbirth, and show us how to help them. Amen.

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