Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Fr. Frank Pavone: Through the Church

Abortion will end.

The premise of Priests for Life is that abortion will end through the Church, because Christ has conquered death, and it is He who works through each of us to bring this victory to every segment of our society.

By the “Church,” I mean the entire Body of Christ. Pope John Paul II, in The Gospel of Life, told us, “No single person or group has a monopoly on the defense and promotion of life. These are everyone’s task and responsibility” (EV 91). He says this after asserting that the effort must be ecumenical and, in fact, must include the involvement of all people of good will.

The United States Catholic Bishops have provided marvelous guidance on how the pro-life effort of the Catholic Church should be undertaken, and at the conclusion of their national Pastoral Plan for Pro-life Activities, they echo what John Paul II said in the quote above. They write, “We hold in high esteem all who proclaim and serve the Gospel of life. Through their peaceful activism, education, prayer, and service, they witness to God’s truth and embody our Lord’s command to love one another as he loves us. We assure them of our continuing prayers. And we renew our appeal to all in the Catholic community to join with them and with us in building a ‘culture of life.’”

That openness to others, that esteem for those who work for life in every denomination, and even outside the realm of Christianity, is essential for success - and that attitude is inherently a Catholic attitude. The word “Catholic,” after all, means “universal.”

Those of you who follow my work know that we begin by energizing and activating the priests, who are called, by their ordination, to reach out well beyond the boundaries of the Catholic Church, and in fact to be spiritual fathers.

Back in 1994, I gave a talk to priests and lay leaders in the Philippines at the invitation of the local bishops. In that talk I said the following:

“It’s not any easier to raise up a spiritual family than a physical family. Some people say: “Priests don’t have any children, their lives must be easier.” But that thinking tends toward materialism, which sees physical realities as the only realities. Spiritual realities are real ones too, and priests have spiritual children! Think of those who hear the preaching and embrace Christ and His Church, or receive new life by the sacraments. These are our spiritual children! If we are not of the mind that we are to be generative, that we are to bring spiritual children into the world, then we are practicing what might be called a clerical contraception. We are ordained to bring forth life and to do so generously.” (For the full talk, see

That’s where we need to start. Let’s pray that our priests be spiritual fathers bringing forth many children who will work hand in hand with all people to build the culture of life!

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Praise for our Work!

In Jan 07 I found out I was pregnant with my second child...I lost my first to miscarriage...well I wasn't prepared at all for being a single I was 8 weeks pregnant looking up things on abortion....and I came across this site...and saw what would happen to the child inside me....because of your site, the pictures the information and everything..On September 5, 2007 I had a beautiful little girl...healthy as could be! She is now 8 months old...and she has beautiful blue eyes...brown hair with blond and red highlights...and the sweetest grin ever...thank you for making this site and putting the pictures up....I will be spreading the word about what good you do for the aborted babies.... Thank you so much again!

-- Amanda and Graclyn


The Apostolate of Hannah's Tears said...

Dear Jean,

Thank you for having this blog site available, it is truly a beautiful site filled with truth that reaches the soul.

May I ask you if you are a fellow secular Carmelite, the Lord seems to tell me that you are and that I have found my sister in the order of Discalced Carmelites.

My blog site is , my email is ... I could truly use the prayer support and now that I've found you I'm reaching out more to my other sisters for prayer.

Thank you for being there, I think it was Fr. Pavone that stirred me for he was the one that had me start reaching out to others and networking when I heard him speak a few months ago. He truly inspired me to move my net.

Your Sister in Carmel,
Therese (Obniski) Garcia, O.C.D.S.

Jean M. Heimann said...

Dear Therese,

Thank you for your kind words.
I am not a Carmelite but have many Carmelite friends (both calced and discalced). I am an Oblate with the Community of St. John, which was founded by Father Philippe, a French Dominican professor of Philisophy in 1973. St. Therese of Lisieux is one of the patron saints of Community and we are very close to the Carmelites in our spirituality. Our primary patron of course is St. John, the Beloved apostle, who took the Blessed Mother as his mother at the foot of the cross.

I am so happy that Fr. Frank inspired you and I will be happy to pray for all your needs. I am looking forward to meeting Fr. Frank at the Midwest Catholic Conference in Wichita, KS which will be held this coming August.

I was trained as a sidewalk counselor by Msgr. Reilly of NYC in Chicago and have served in both Peoria, IL and Wichita, KS. Due to health problems, I had to stop going out to the mill, but have been a prayer intercessor for the unborn for many years. It was Jill Stanek's witness many years ago which encouraged me to become a pro-life activist.

I am eager to hear more about your experiences and will be contacting you via email.

Thanks again and God bless you!