Today’s Pro-life Reflection: I am yours

July 30th, 2015

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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

“None of us lives for himself, and none of us dies for himself. If we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s” (Rom.14:7-8).

Reflection: There are two basic truths that each person has to admit in this life: 1. There is a God. 2. It isn’t me. To understand these lessons is to understand why evils like contraception, abortion, and euthanasia are wrong. Only God has absolute dominion over human life and over its coming and going.

Prayer: In life and death, O Lord, abide with me. I am yours. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection: What will happen to him?

July 29th, 2015

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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

“A priest happened to be traveling along that same road, but when he saw him he passed by on the other side” (Luke 10:31). 

Reflection: Perhaps the priest and Levite walked by the victim on the roadside because they thought the robbers were around the corner waiting to attack them. They asked, “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” The Samaritan reversed the question and asked, “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

Prayer: Lord, may I stop calculating the risk to myself, and instead ask what will happen to the vulnerable if I don’t help them.

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An exciting day here at Priests for Life Headquarters!

July 28th, 2015

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Copies of my new book, “Abolishing Abortion” have just been delivered! Its official publication date is August 18, 2015. Pre-order yours today at: AbolishingAbortion.com

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America Will Not Reject Abortion Until America Sees Abortion

July 28th, 2015

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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement upon today’s release of undercover video of Planned Parenthood:

 

“America will not reject abortion until America sees abortion. The video footage released today gives Americans yet another opportunity to do precisely that.

 

“Planned Parenthood personnel, looking at the body parts they sell, talk about legs, spinal columns, kidneys and hearts, not ‘blobs of tissue.’

 

“In order to sell baby body parts, there first has to be a baby. It is time for those who have been denying that fact to admit it, and for those who have been admitting it only in private to admit it in public as well.”

 

For images of babies alive in the womb as well as killed by abortion, see www.Unborn.info.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Church and State

July 28th, 2015

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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

“The human person, unlike animals and things, cannot be subjected to domination by others” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, 19).

Reflection: If representatives of the Church abuse children, the State steps in. The Church likewise has a duty to intervene when state allows children to be killed by abortion. America is proud of its freedom of religion, and equally proud of its protection of human rights. The two can go together, as long as “separation of Church and state” never means that either one looks the other way when human rights are violated.

Prayer: Lord, may both Church and State be faithful in their duty to protect human rights. Amen.

 

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Cecile Richards ‘defense’ shows Planned Parenthood is running scared

July 27th, 2015

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NEW YORK – In a telling interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC This Week, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards evaded direct questions about what the two videos released by the Center for Medical Progress show regarding the abortion giant’s harvesting and selling of baby parts.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, responded:

“Cecile Richard’s defense was no more than a deflection. She kept asserting that the videos were “highly edited.” But the words coming out of the mouths of Deborah Nucatola and Mary Gatter weren’t placed there by editors; they were placed there by Deborah and Mary. And those words indicate that both the prices and the procedures are altered.

“Planned Parenthood is clearly on the defensive.  Richards asserts that she looks forward to the facts coming out. If I were her, I wouldn’t be looking forward to that at all, because the additional videos coming out will only confirm what we have already said: Planned Parenthood kills babies, including late in pregnancy, and harvests their organs for sale.

“Instead of trying to attack what pro-life people are doing, Planned Parenthood needs to explain what it is doing, and then it needs to stop doing it, whether that be by choice or by force of law.”

For more information from Priests for Life on this issue, visit www.BabyBodyParts.com.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection: “common ground”

July 27th, 2015

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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

“I have come to call not the righteous but sinners” (Mark 2:17).

Reflection: Some abortion supporters seek “common ground” with pro-lifers. How do we respond? Jesus Christ ate and talked with sinners, and yet also warned them strongly to repent of their sins. There is no common ground between life and death, yet to talk with those who disagree conveys to them that we respect their lives, too. There is no room for compromise about abortion, but there must always be room to talk to people about it.

Prayer: Lord, teach us the wisdom of dialogue that does not compromise, and of respect that does not equate evil with good. Amen.

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Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life – Appeals Court Appears to Call for Precepts of Roe v. Wade to Be Struck Down

July 24th, 2015

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Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of the Catholic Church’s largest pro-life organization, Priests for Life, today said that the federal appeals court ruling against North Dakota’s “heartbeat law” is “a Pyrrhic victory for abortionists” that contains many encouraging words for pro-lifers.

 

“When a federal appeals court spends a great deal of its opinion finding fault with the Supreme Court’s abortion decisions, that bodes well for the future of mothers, fathers, and their babies,” said Fr. Pavone.  “With their ruling on the North Dakota law, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals judges basically said that they thought states should have the right to make their own abortion laws, but that Supreme Court precedents don’t allow lower courts to make such a holding.  In so many words, the judges appear to be calling for the Supreme Court to revisit, if not overturn Roe v. Wade.”

 

A three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s ruling that struck down North Dakota’s law that protected from abortion a baby with a detectable heartbeat.  While finding that the law was unconstitutional because it prohibited abortion before a baby is viable, that is, able to live outside the womb, the Court was critical of the viability standard itself.

 

“It’s notable that the federal appeals court cited factual changes about abortion that have occurred since the Roe decision,” added Fr. Pavone.  “It mentioned not only the medical and scientific advances that allow premature babies to survive birth at younger and younger ages, but also the harm that abortion does to women, the coercion to abort that negates any pretense of ‘choice,’ and the fact that both of the plaintiffs in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton ‘later advocated against those very decisions.’”

 

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Inspire your Preachers

July 24th, 2015

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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

“The Lord sustains the poor, but humbles the wicked in the dust” (Psalm 147:6)

Reflection: German Cardinal Clemens von Galen became famous for sermons he preached in 1941 against the Nazi euthanasia program. He declared,  “These numerous cases of unexpected death in the case of the insane are not natural, but often deliberately caused, and result from the belief that it is lawful to take away life which is unworthy of being lived… Once admit the right to kill unproductive persons . . . then none of us can be sure of his life.”

Prayer: Inspire your preachers, Lord, with the courage we see in Cardinal von Galen. Amen!

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Existence Belongs to Him

July 23rd, 2015

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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 life is involved, the service of charity must be profoundly consistent … for human life is sacred and inviolable at every stage and in every situation; it is an indivisible good. We need then to show care for all life and for the life of everyone” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.87. 

Reflection: The consistency of our care for life flows from the fact that God’s care is constant. Every life at every stage of its existence belongs to him. God’s rights over human life are never interrupted or diminished.

Prayer: God of uninterrupted love, keep us constant and consistent in our care for one another. Amen.

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