A Return to the Beginning

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / March 14, 2014 /
The Creation of Life, Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel Ceiling

Then the Lord God formed man out of the dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7) As a Catholic priest of nearly twenty-one years and president of an international pro-life organization, I am very concerned with the results of two recent…

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Saint Michael the Archangel, Defend Us in Battle

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / March 7, 2014 /
guido reni st michael the archangel

On September 29, 2008, the Feast of the Archangels, Human Life International launched its Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer Campaign for the Conversion of Abortionists. Recognizing that the fight against the culture of death is primarily a spiritual battle, the prayer campaign was designed to encourage the faithful after every Mass to seek Saint Michael’s…

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Prelude to a Persecution?

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / February 7, 2014 /

On Wednesday morning the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child published its Concluding Observations concerning the Catholic Church’s treatment of children. In this widely-denounced document (see HLI’s statement here), the Committee chastises the Church for supposedly ignoring or refusing the rights of children. It called for the Church to amend Canon Law,…

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A Shifting Tide: Pro-Life Laws and the March for Life

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / January 17, 2014 /
march for life

Wednesday, January 22 will mark the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade: a 7 to 2 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that found a woman’s right to an abortion fell within the right to privacy protected by the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Justices’ decision invalidated all state laws restricting access…

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Love Conquers All!

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / January 3, 2014 /

In his Urbi et Orbi Christmas Message, Pope Francis spoke about the song of the angels, which unites heaven and earth and how we are called to share in their triumphant chorus: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those whom he favors. “I ask everyone to share in this song:…

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The Nativity Scene Opens Our Hearts to the Mystery of Life

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / December 20, 2013 /
nativity scene

Tradition teaches that Saint Francis of Assisi set up the first Nativity scene in order to inspire and encourage a greater appreciation of the wonders of the first Christmas. The year was 1223, and Francis created the scene in a cave outside Greccio, Italy featuring a wax figure of the infant Jesus and a man…

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Heroes in the Season of Hope

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / December 13, 2013 /
advent wreath

This Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, we light the third candle of the Advent wreath. The rose-colored candle and the priests’ rose vestments mark a change in the tenor of this penitential season. For those who have been using Advent as a time to prepare heart and home for the celebration of Christ’s birth, it is a…

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Consumerism and the Dignity of Man

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / November 27, 2013 /

There has been lively debate in the media over whether it is a good idea for stores to start their Black Friday sales on Thursday evening – if the consumerism mentality tarnishes the Thanksgiving holiday and Christmas Season. The question as to whether Black Friday tarnishes Thanksgiving and Christmas has become moot since it seems…

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250,000 Miles for Life

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / November 22, 2013 /
Fr. Boquet in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia at an observation point overlooking downtown and the China Sea.

November 1 marked my second anniversary as president of Human Life International. I made my transition from Louisiana to Front Royal, Virginia on the evening of October 30, 2011. Yet I didn’t have much time to settle or unpack because two days later I departed for Sao Paulo, Brazil for my first pro-life missionary trip…

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Preaching the Gospel at Thirty-Seven Thousand Feet

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / October 31, 2013 /
plane at sunset

Pope Francis has been persistently reminding us as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ to preach the Good News wherever we may be. The initial conversation about salvation, he tells us, begins with an encounter with Jesus who reveals the love and mercy of the Father. For most people, even many Christians, a personal, intimate…

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