“Doctors and nurses are also responsible, when they place at the service of death skills which were acquired for promoting life” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.59).
Reflection: Pro-abortion politicians will often say to us, “Legislators should not be practicing medicine.” But we’re not asking them to practice medicine, but to prevent the abuse of medicine. Medicine is for the purpose of preserving life; abortion takes life. Surgery helps the body do what it is supposed to do; abortion stops the body from doing what it is supposed to do. There is no disease that abortion cures, and no proven medical benefit.
Prayer: Lord, may all doctors preserve life. Amen.
Among the important issues involving the dignity of human life… abortion necessarily plays a central role… its victims are the most vulnerable and defenseless… — US Bishops’ Pastoral Plan for Pro-life Activities, 2001
Reflection: The bishops continued: “This focus and the Church’s commitment to a consistent ethic of life complement one another.” Consistency does not mean all issues are of equal weight; it means all people are of equal value.
Prayer: Lord, give us the wisdom to meet the greatest needs with the greatest sense of urgency.
We just completed one of our annual duties, namely, the audit of our finances here at Priests for Life. Here in this photo I am looking at the independent auditor’s report just after it was approved by our Audit Committee, which includes financial experts from J.P. Morgan Chase and other institutions. All of this, of course, is part of good stewardship under the gospel.
“Blessed is she who believed that what the Lord has said to her would be fulfilled.” (Lk. 1:45)
Reflection: The Rosary is a devotion strongly embraced by the pro-life movement. In the Hail Mary we praise a mother, and we worship the fruit of her womb. Our salvation began because a mother said yes to the life within her! In the rosary we also say, “Pray for us sinners.” We know that sin that is in the world, but we start by repenting of the sin within us. That is the best way to rebuild the Culture of Life.
Prayer: Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless — Isa 1:17
Reflection: Some say, “I’m personally opposed to abortion, but can’t impose my views on others.” But laws don’t regulate “views,” they regulate behavior. Someone’s “view” may be that you should not be protected. But the law provides you that protection anyway. The unborn should enjoy the same protective benefit of the law, despite anyone’s “views.”
Prayer: Lord, help our nation to protect the unborn, despite the fact that some do not acknowledge their value. Amen.
“As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12).
Reflection: Today is the Feast of St. Faustina, to whom Jesus revealed the wonders of divine mercy. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy was given to her especially because of the sin of abortion. God revealed to her that because of this evil, the world needs His mercy more than ever. He even permitted St. Faustina to suffer special pains, representing the pain of abortion.
Prayer: For the sake of his sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world! Amen!
“My brothers, birds, you should praise your Creator very much and always love him; he gave you feathers to clothe you, wings so that you can fly, and whatever else was necessary for you; though you neither sow nor reap, he nevertheless protects and governs you without any solicitude on your part” – St. Francis of Assisi.
Reflection: St. Francis was inspired to preach even to the birds about God’s care. He understood that if such a message is true for birds, it’s true for the tiniest human beings, those yet unborn. God loves them, and so must we.
Prayer: St. Francis, pray for us, that we may have reverence for all creation. Amen.