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Today's Pro-Life Reflection
(From Fr. Frank Pavone's Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day) 
August 23
"He will have pity on the lowly and the poor; the lives of the needy he will save" (Psalm 72:13).
Reflection: Biblically speaking, the "poor" are not simply those who are materially deprived, but rather those who have no help but God. God has mercy especially on those who realize he is their only hope and only help. Those who are like God also have a "preferential option for the poor." In other words, we go first to those who need our help the most.
Prayer: Lord, I pray for the "poor," for those most abandoned and forgotten. Let their voices be heard and their lives spared. Amen.
    

Deacons For Life
PO Box 141172
Staten Island, NY 10314
Phone: 718-980-4400
Fax: 718-980-6515



Mission

Deacons for Life seeks to

  1. unite, encourage, and provide ongoing training to deacons who give a special emphasis to the "life issues", especially abortion and euthanasia, in their ministries;

  2. instill a sense of urgency in all clergy to teach about these issues and to mobilize their people to help stop abortion and euthanasia;

  3. assist clergy and laity to work together productively for the cause of life;

  4. provide ongoing training and motivation to the entire pro-life movement.

The primary purpose is simply to provide deacons a forum by which they can network with each other across the nation to share information and encouragement in carrying out those aspects of their ministry related to the defense of human life from abortion and euthanasia. Some practical avenues whereby this would occur would be:

  1. Clergy seminars would be offered in local communities. These seminars deal with various aspects of preaching, counseling, and organizing activities on "life issues." We are also happy to present seminars and retreats for groups of deacons-only.

  2. A deacons' newsletter will be prepared and offered to dioceses, free of charge, for their deacons. We will communicate with the diocesan diaconate directors, the national office for the diaconate at the USCCB, as well as with the national associations and publications for deacons.

  3. The website, deaconsforlife.org, will provide helpful information.

  4. We can provide consultation to deacons, their pastors and their bishops regarding suggested respect life activities. This can include organizing prayer initiatives on behalf of life, assistance in strengthening local efforts to provide alternatives to abortion, sponsoring educational seminars, and assisting the laity to take an active and responsible role in building up community respect life efforts. The existence of a "Deacons for Life" network across the nation will make it easier for deacons to communicate with each other to share ideas and encouragement specifically on this theme.