Archive for July, 2012

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, July 20th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“Roe v. Wade must be reversed” (US Bishops, “A Matter of the Heart”).

Reflection: Some are fond of saying that because of Roe vs. Wade, abortion is a settled issue. But it is no such thing. Roe v Wade did not “settle” abortion any more that the Dred Scott decision “settled” slavery, or the “Plessy v Ferguson” decision “settled” segregation. Those evils were defeated precisely because we are a nation that thirsts for equality and justice, and that thirst cannot be quenched or extinguished by a Supreme Court decision.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the vigor you inspire in your people to resist injustice. Let that vigor grow! Amen!

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Garden of Eden

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“You will be like gods,” the serpent said to our first parents in the Garden of Eden. This original temptation was a promise that what was right and what was wrong would be up to us; that we could write our own moral law. That’s what the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” meant, and why Adam and Eve couldn’t eat from it.

We are all called to know good from evil, but not to decide it. To think we decide it is the error of the “pro-choice” mindset. “It’s all up to me and my choice, even if it means killing a baby.” This way of thinking, of course, leads to total chaos. On what basis do we tell people not to kill each other or steal from each other unless there are standards of right and wrong that apply to everyone no matter what they believe?

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“For here we have no lasting city, but we are seeking the one that is to come” (Hebrews 13:14).

Reflection: The Church has always held that the State does not contain the fullness of human hope or embrace the totality of human existence. The State rather, exists for the human person, not the other way around. That is why governments either have to protect human rights, or have to be reformed. Human law is always subject to Divine law: only the latter can claim our absolute obedience.

Prayer: Lord, as I strive for my heavenly home, I thank you for my earthly home; may I work to improve it. Amen.

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Every Unborn Child Deserves a Chance

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When an unborn child is diagnosed with a terminal illness, some feel justified in aborting the child. The excuse they use is that he or she “will die anyway.” But we will all die anyway. Since when does our mortality make us disposable? Since when is the inevitability of death a justification to kill?

The value of life is not measured in hours, days, or years. Rather, the presence of human life, especially when it is frail or dying, summons us to respond with love. We are called to help the parents of unborn children who are terminally ill to love and care for those children during their short lives. There is even a hospice program for unborn children. Let us give these children all the love they deserve.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“They do more harm to those who practice them than to those who suffer from the injury” (Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes, 27).

Reflection: This quote from Vatican II is speaking about abortion, euthanasia, genocide, and various other forms of violence against human life and dignity. It obviously calls for a deep concern for the welfare of those who carry out these activities. Such people distort their own humanity and jeopardize their salvation. The Church seeks both the protection of the victims and the salvation of the perpetrators.

Prayer: Lord, have mercy on those who carry out practices against human life and dignity. Convert, heal and save them. Amen.

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Praying at Abortion Mills

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the fire alarm rings, firemen do not sit around a table and have a prayer service. They go to the fire! They get on their feet, gather their equipment, and travel as fast as they can to the place where human lives are threatened. Certainly, they should pray before, during, and after they fight the fire and carry people to safety, and certainly their success comes from the Lord. But it would be unthinkable for them to substitute their rescue activity with prayer at the firehouse.

Why, then, do so many Christians excuse themselves from going to abortion mills, where babies are killed each day, and seeking to rescue them? The peaceful presence of Christians at these killing centers does in fact save lives and causes women to change their minds.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“As for Mary, she treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19).

Reflection: The Rosary has conquered many enemies, and many pray it in front of abortion mills. As we acknowledge Jesus as the fruit of Mary’s womb, we stand to pray for our brothers and sisters who are being torn from the wombs of their mothers. As we honor the greatest mother, we pray for the frightened mothers. As we worship God who was an unborn child, we proclaim the image of God in every unborn child.

Prayer: Mary, our Mother, bring us Jesus yet again; lead us to his victory over all forms of death. Amen.

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Men Suffer from Abortion too

Monday, July 16th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men continue to suffer from the abortion of their children. Many of them repent of having shed the blood of the person God entrusted to their care, love, and protection. Others tried to protect their child, and were not allowed by the child’s mother or by the law to intervene to stop the abortion. Men in these circumstances need to know that they are not alone, and that healing programs such as Rachel’s Vineyard and Project Rachel exist for them, too. It is OK for a man to admit his pain, and to show his grief. Many are finding Christ’s healing.

If you are a man who suffers from the abortion of your child, or if you know such men, invite them to seek the mercy of Christ. More information is available at priestsforlife.org.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, July 16th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28).

Reflection: The single largest destroyer of human life in our nation and in the world is not poverty or AIDS; it is not heart disease or cancer; it is not terrorism or war. It is abortion. Some 50 million children around the world are killed each year by this procedure.

Prayer: Save us, O Lord, from the forces of destruction, especially those that we unleach upon ourselves. Enable us to pursue those things that will preserve our species and continue to fulfill your original command to multiply. Amen.

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Child Labor

Friday, July 13th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A century ago, when our nation was having a debate about child labor laws, Lewis Hine took his camera into the mines and factories and made a photographic display of the terrible conditions under which children were forced to work. Although legislative attempts to correct the problem were being struck down by courts, these heart-wrenching photos were changing the direction of public opinion. Eventually, the reform of child labor laws was effective, and the National Child Labor Commission said that Hine’s photographs were one of the most influential factors in the success of the movement. Hine’s photographs can still be seen in the Library of Congress.

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