Father Frank Pavone: Why Do We Pray To End Abortion?

Father Frank Pavone-I begin by asking the question, “Why do we pray at all, when God already knows his own will and intends to carry it out?” As we know, in the model for all prayer, the Our Father, our Lord taught us to pray, “Thy will be done.” All our prayer is based on that attitude. But certainly we don’t need to remind God to do things he’s going to forget.

So why do we pray? Because God wants us to be involved in what he is doing! Of course he’s going to do his will. But our prayers really change things, because God wills that his decisions will rely in part on whether we pray and act.

One of his firm decisions, which in fact represents the purpose of salvation history, is that he will destroy death. And we can actually hasten the process and spread the victory of life.

“The Lord will destroy death forever!” This marvelous declaration from Isaiah 25:8 should sustain us daily in our pro-life efforts. When we pray to end abortion, we are not just asking God to do us some favor or to grant a request. It’s much more momentous than that. When we ask him to end abortion, we are pleading for the fulfillment of his great plan of conquering death.

It was about this that God first spoke when he promised in Genesis 3:15 (the “first gospel”) that the head of the serpent would be crushed. It was for this that Jesus himself died and rose again; it is for this that every Church ministry exists. Proclaiming the Gospel means proclaiming life! As Paul explains in 1 Cor. 15, as in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive, but each in his own order. Christ is the first to rise from the dead; then all things are to be made subject to him, and in him, all will rise at the end of time. “Then shall come to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory!” (1 Cor. 15:54).

When Scripture talks about the new and eternal Jerusalem, urging us to look forward to that day when we will all be gathered around the throne, it declares, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying out nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away” (Rev. 21:4). That is why we pray to end abortion, because we are caught up in a mighty dynamic of history, over which God presides. Our prayers are a great Amen to a process in which we are all involved and which culminates in the eternal victory of life!

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6 comments to Father Frank Pavone: Why Do We Pray To End Abortion?

  • Gloria

    Friends, I am so taken with this matter ,so I check the date since 2010 . My guess Paul is all better now ,and perhaps has another son. Good luck !

  • Gloria

    Hello Paul, Be careful what you wish for buddy. Abortion is wrong. no compromising what so ever my friend. Tell you what there is healing in the blood of God Son. ……… Say the magic word Paul.. Sorry, here for you man!

  • Melissa

    Dear Paul,

    Let me start by offering my condolences. I am truly sorry for your loss. That is an unbelievably hard cross you have been given to carry and I pray you will have the strength to do so.

    After I read your letter, I did a little research and I found this link http://www.healing-after-abortion.com/men-and-abortion/ . Please take some time to read through this. There is a link to a site where you can purchase the book “Men and Abortion: A Path to Healing” by C. T. Coyle.

    Please be assured of my daily prayers for your healing. At times like this I know it is hard to see God’s Hand in the circumstances in your life, but let me assure you, if you let Him, He can make the greatest Saints out of the greatest hardships.

    God love you and may Our Lady hold you close to Her.
    In the Sweet Heart of Mary
    Melissa

  • Dear Paul,

    To lose the life of a son at the hands of his mother, my heart goes out to you. It is evident by your words the pain and anger that you are suffering. I hope you accept my apology for when pro-lifer’s, like me, are uncharitable in their approach.

    There is good news Paul, a place just for you. A place of compassionate people whom truly understand you, because they have been there. The compassion they share is the answer and not part of the problem.

    Project Rachel This is a site offering healing and hope to those grieving after abortion. Find healing, joy, forgiveness through Project Rachel’s free, confidential counseling.

    Mercy to you Paul,
    John

  • Paul, I am very sorry for your loss, but your comment was completely off base and very uncharitable. If one does not believe in God then yes the only life that is worth anything is a wanted life. However, if there is a God, and He is the author of life then abortion is always wrong in every situation because man has no right to kill what God has created. We will pray for you Paul that God will heal your heart and take away your pain and bitterness.

  • Paul

    My wife had an abortion and I am distraught. I don’t believe in all your pathetic religious arguments. What she did was wrong, not because that life was so sacred, but because it was a wanted life. You guys miss the point with your primitive proselytizing, abortion is not wrong, it’s avoidable and not right, but you present such a hard-line, uncompromising perspective that I can’t even engage you guys to start a discussion. You are part of the problem. And I’ve lost a son because of it. I hope you rot in hell.

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