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Part of The Ten Commandments – At Least I Didn't Kill Anyone


Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, continues the series on praying to end abortion. We pray to end abortion because we are praying for a stop to the killing of human beings. When the rich young man came up to Jesus and asked what he had to do to inherit eternal life, Jesus said "you have to keep the commandments." The first commandment He mentioned was "You Shall Not Kill." There is hardly anything you can do that's worse to a person than to end that person's life. And we know what it means in the very depths of our being and in our culture to save a life. We pray all the time for people to recover from serious illness, for people to be protected from serious danger, we are praying for the preservation of their lives. Saving a life is considered one of the greatest things that anybody can do, and when we want to say that we are not guilty of anything serious what do we often say, 'Well I didn't kill anybody.' The motivation to pray to end abortion is rooted in the deepest parts of our human nature, and therefore this has a priority over other intentions of prayer.

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