“I looked, and there was a pale green horse. Its rider was named Death” (Revelation 6:8).
Reflection: Our Lady of Fatima warned that without conversion, Russia would spread its errors throughout the world, leading to the annihilation of nations. That was in 1917. Three years later, Russia first legalized abortion — and that error has indeed spread worldwide and continues to annihilate some 50 million children a year. Will there be a chastisement of the world? It seems clear that there has already been one — and it’s called abortion.
Prayer: Lord, you have warned us of evils, and you have also promised salvation. Protect us, save us, and raise us up. Amen!
“The Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you” (Jeremiah 1:7).
Reflection: More and more youth are involved in the pro-life movement. They are motivated by the fact that they could have been aborted. As they speak up for the unborn, they are really speaking up for themselves. And we reaffirm that they are persons not because they are wanted, but because of the dignity they receive from their Creator, and therefore they are welcome.
Prayer: Lord, bless our youth, the survivors of abortion, and make them mighty witnesses for life. Amen.
This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org
“No one can have greater love than to lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
Reflection: Jesus Christ made the sacrifice of himself “through the eternal spirit” (Heb.9:14). It is in the Holy Spirit that we too have the power to love, which consists in giving ourselves away for the good of the other. Such is to be our response to the unborn and to all the vulnerable.
Prayer: Lord, may the world see us, your disciples, giving our very lives to other human beings. Seeing this love, may they discover and receive the Spirit who inspires it. Amen.
“You are at my side, with your rod and your staff that comfort me” (Psalm 23:4).
Reflection: Some want “living wills” in order to make their wishes known regarding medical treatment. But the better solution is a health care proxy, that is, a person you appoint to speak for you if you cannot speak for yourself. Such a person can consult doctors and clergy when the actual circumstances arise. This eliminates the need to try to predict the future by making treatment decisions today for circumstances of a tomorrow nobody can foresee.
Prayer: Lord, You are already in our future; be our protection and comfort each day. Amen.
“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.