The Face PrayerTired of people taking you to task for daring to speak up about the teachings of Christ and His Church? Feeling overwhelmed by overly zealous secularists insisting that you should be silent in the public square? Tempted to respond to insulting remarks and absurd accusations with a few angry retorts of your own? Then this prayer by Jim Pinto, Jr., is for you. And for me.

The Face Prayer

Heavenly Father, I embrace your grace this day,
So that I might not:
Think of another,
Speak to another or
Touch another,
without first looking for
Your Face in the other.
I ask all this through
Jesus Christ:
God Incarnate,
God with Skin,
God made Poor,
God with a Face. Amen!
 Jim Pinto, Jr.

Jim (of At Home with Jim and Joy on EWTN Radio) is a Pastoral Associate with Priests for Life and National Coordinator for the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life Lay Associates. I see Jim and Joy at almost every pro-life event I attend (and saw them at the Cathedral when Fr. Robert Barron spoke there about his new series Catholicism). The more I get to know them, the more I am drawn to their warmth and their obvious love for Christ and His Church. I’m also drawn to their pro-life spirituality. The Face Prayer was written by Jim. You can read more about the Theology of the Face and sign up for a free prayer card at their site. 

Priests for Life Webcast on the HHS Mandate, Feb 15 at 9pm ET, 8pm CT

Update: If you missed the webcast, you can still listen to or download the audio, access the excellent resources, find ways to take action, and participate in the novena of prayer. All of this can be found on the webcast page.

Action Alert: Please join a special webcast tonight at 9pm ET, 8pm CT, with Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, “Congressman Chris Smith, … a heroic pro-life leader in the US Congress, Doug Johnson, the Federal Legislative Director for the National Right to Life Committee, David N. O’Steen, Ph.D., Executive Director of National Right to Life, and Charles S. LiMandri, APC, the attorney who is filing the federal lawsuit on behalf of Priests for Life…Join us for an inspiring call to action this Wednesday night, and please spread the word to as many others as you can.” [Emphasis added.]

Join us for a Webcast Tonight Re: Obama HHS Mandate: http://www.priestsforlife.org/webcast

I’ve got that old feeling. You know the one where you feel like someone’s kicked you in the stomach and you feel like you’re going to be sick? Yeah, that one. Same one I had back in 2008 when I heard so many of my fellow Americans channeling Saul Alinsky and getting that glazed look in their eyes every time they chanted Obama’s name. Hate to say I told you so but…I told you so. My Democrat friends told me we just had to agree to disagree and that Obama’s commitment to radical abortion policy was only an appearance and reality, merely a few campaign promises to garner support. That’s how politics works, right? Everybody does it. Right?

Yeah. How’s that rhetoric sounding to you now, pal? Empty? Absurd? Naive?  Incredibly stupid, even?

I’m in the middle of working on a series of novels but I can’t think of anything but this right now, so even though I’m right in the middle of working on a series of novels, I’m going to take some time to read up on what’s happening with HHS before I get back to the novels and before I write any more here.

I’ll leave you with a couple of links. EWTN and Priests for Life are suing over this. The Becket Fund, Family Research Council, Human Life International, and LifeSiteNews are other great sources for information on the issue. Please sign the petition at the Becket Fund. And please share all of this information with your friends and family. It’s not only Catholics who are losing their liberty. It’s every person in this country. Each and every one, whether they realize it or not.

More later. Right now I have to get home, do some reading, listening, thinking…and praying. Lots of praying. Lord, have mercy, Ephesians 6 is running through my mind right now, reminding me that our fight is not with flesh and blood. And I believe the fight has only just begun. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Peace be with you.

Pray for Baby Joseph and his family!For anyone who has been following the case of Baby Joseph in a Canadian hospital (see my earlier post), and who had heard that a hospital in Michigan might be willing to come to the rescue of Joseph and his family–well, that hospital chickened out. But there is still hope. Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life has offered to go to Canada to help the family, even if he has to fly back from Rome, where he has been in meetings at the Vatican, to do it.

Fr Frank Pavone, Priests for Life, An Ecumenical Pro-Life ApostolateI’ll post another update when I hear more. Please keep praying for this family and about their situation. Lord, have mercy, all these poor people want is to take care of their baby in their loving home until he passes away. They’re not asking for heroic measures or expensive treatment! Canada, let this baby go!

Read the post on the website for Priests for Life, the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia.

Dr. Alveda King is the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and works closely with Priests for Life in the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. I hope I get to see her while I’m in Washington D.C. this weekend. That’s right, I just booked my room and I’m planning the rest of my trip now. I’ll be heading up there either tomorrow or early Wednesday. I can’t tell you how excited I am. I was just a little kid when Dr. ML King was marching for the civil rights of black Americans. I am greatly looking forward to marching in solidarity with his niece in the civil rights movement of today: the right to life of every human being from conception (preferably natural, though once a life has begun, that life is sacred, no matter the circumstances of his or her beginning) to natural death. Join us in Washington to tell Congress: NO abortion in health care! (See video below from Stop the Abortion Mandate on YouTube.)

Come to Washington to tell Congress: NO abortion in health care!