Today’s Pro-life Reflection

December 18th, 2014

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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“She was greatly troubled by his words…” (Luke 1:29)


Reflection:
Mary was afraid and uncertain in the face of her unexpected pregnancy. In Advent, believers throughout the world spiritually rush to her side to eagerly await with her the birth of the Savior.
The best way for us to celebrate Christmas is to rush physically to the side of those in the community who, like Mary, are uncertain and afraid about their pregnancy. Let us strengthen them to choose life.


Prayer:
Father, I pray for those who are pregnant but afraid to be mothers. Through the prayers of Mary, give them strength, and enable me to reach out to them. Amen!

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Today’s Pro-life Reflections

December 17th, 2014

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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14) 

Reflection: Christmas, for which we are now preparing, is not simply the feast of the birth of Christ; it is the feast of His becoming human, the reality called the Incarnation.
Jesus was an embryo, a fetus, an unborn child. Life in the womb, which was already sacred because it comes from God, is now made even more holy, and worthy of our every sacrifice.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you lived for nine months within the body of the Virgin Mary. Give success to the efforts of all who believe in your Incarnation to protect every life in the womb. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection

December 16th, 2014

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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days….They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain.” (Isaiah 65: 20, 25)

Reflection: Christ’s coming heralds a new harmony in all of nature, including between mother and child. Advent leads us to the Silent Night when the whole world finds joy in his birth, a joy no longer threatened by violence.

Prayer: Lord, may your birth shed protection on all about to be born, and as we work to end abortion, may we “wait in joyful hope for the coming of Our Savior, Jesus Christ.” Amen.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection

December 15th, 2014

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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“He will govern your people fairly, and deal justly with your poor ones.” (Psalm 72:2)

Reflection: The preparation for Christ’s coming is reform, and the promise of His coming is reconciliation. And the two are linked. If the Messiah comes to restore harmony between nations and people, then the people of the Messiah are to repent of whatever destroys that harmony. If the Messiah will judge the poor with justice, then the people of the Messiah are to work to eliminate injustice.

Prayer: Strengthen your people, Lord, to fight the greatest injustice of our times, which is abortion. May we be well prepared for your coming. Amen!

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

December 14th, 2014

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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and he was obedient to them” (Luke 2:51).

Reflection: Though he was conceived of a virgin, Jesus nevertheless lived as a son in a human family. The family is the sanctuary of life. The family, above all, is where life is to be welcomed, no matter how fragile or inconvenient it may be. One of the many reasons why the Church sees abortion and euthanasia as pre-eminent issues is because these crimes are committed by one family member upon another.

Prayer: O Holy Family, bless our families, and lead us to a Culture of Life. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

December 13th, 2014
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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“The point has been reached where the most basic care, even nourishment, is denied” (The Gospel of Life, 14).

Reflection: Some do not believe that artificial means, like feeding tubes, need to be used to provide nutrition. But every meal we have is also artificially provided. Straws and cups are artificial. So are the numerous processes by which our food comes from the fields, through the food companies and supermarkets, through chemical preservation and processing, through the ovens and microwaves, and onto our tables. Food and water are always normal, obligatory care, even when administered in artificial ways.

Prayer: Lord, protect all who need assistance for the most basic provisions of life. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection

December 12th, 2014

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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org


“A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon beneath her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head” (Revelation 12:1).

Reflection: Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of the unborn. Her image shows her as pregnant, carrying God himself. That image converted millions of Aztecs. Today, this image is taken to abortion clinics, where human sacrifice is practiced, and turns the despair of those mothers and fathers into the hope that brings new life.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you continue the miracles of the past and turn death into life. Through Our Lady of Guadalupe may we spread that hope everywhere. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection

December 11th, 2014

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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“For he will save the poor who cry out and the needy who have no one to help them” (Psalm 72:12). 

Reflection: When God works among his people, he overcomes isolation, division, and abandonment. He is the God who gathers together, unites, and bonds. When there are needy people around, that problem is made worse when they “have no one to help them.” That’s where God comes in to make the difference, by inspiring people to do something. 

Prayer: Lord, you do not want the cries of the defenseless to go unheeded. Help us to come to the aid of those who have no help and whose lives are endangered. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

December 9th, 2014

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This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“O Mary, bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life” (The Gospel of Life, 105). 

Reflection: When Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego (whose feast is today), the Aztecs were practicing human sacrifice. They thought God was against them, and in despair, took life to appease him.
Mary’s image brought the message that God was with them — so much, in fact, that he became a child, carried in Mary’s womb. This gave them hope, and they stopped their human sacrifice and became Christian.

Prayer: Saint Juan Diego, pray for us. Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

December 8th, 2014

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“Hail, full of grace. The Lord is with you.” (Luke 1:28)


Reflection:
Mary was full of grace from the first moment of her conception. She was not exempt from the need of a Savior; he simply shared with her in a unique way the victory over sin that he offers all of us. For those tempted to abort, there is always sufficient grace to do what is right.

Prayer: Mary, we rejoice in the power of grace that kept you from sin, and we renew our courage in the face of all temptation. Pray for us and for all tempted to abort, that they may say yes to life. Amen.

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