Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

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

“Be mindful, O Lord, that mercy and kindness have been yours from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth” (Psalm 25:6-7).

Reflection: A woman wrote of her abortion, “It was very painful, physically and mentally. It affected me in the worst way. I felt very guilty. I couldn’t look at any kids. I know I won’t ever do it again.” Those getting an abortion think it will solve their problems, and they find out it only creates more of them.

Prayer: Lord, show us how to reach out to those who have had abortions, and how to understand their pain. Bring us all to healing. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

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

“Euthanasia is a grave violation of the law of God “ (The Gospel of Life, 65).

Reflection: Once we cross the boundary between “allowing to die” and killing, there will be no turning back. If the terminally ill have a right to escape their suffering, why shouldn’t teenagers have a right to escape theirs? After all, isn’t this equal protection under the law? Moreover, why should people be able to exercise a right only when they can articulate it? Voluntary euthanasia automatically introduces non-voluntary euthanasia.

Prayer: Enable us, Lord, to understand that our suffering is not the greatest evil in life, and to bear it in union with you. Amen.

St. John the Baptizer

Today we observe the martyrdom of St. John the Baptizer. He was killed because he spoke truth to the powerful but sinful king. The Church points to him and tells us we need to do the same: to challenge our government leaders to do what is right, starting with the protection of every human life, born and unborn.

This responsibility takes the form of lobbying and communicating with elected representatives. It also takes the form of voting, so that those who fail in their basic responsibilities to the community may not get into public office in the first place.

We count the cost of this activity too carefully. Today, let’s learn a lesson from the one who lost his head rather than keep silent.

St. John the Baptizer, pray for us and for our leaders.

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

“The king…had John beheaded in the prison” (Matthew 14:9-10).

Reflection: St. John the Baptizer, who leaped for joy in Elizabeth’s womb, preach a message of repentance to those in power. He told King Herod that it was wrong for him to have his brother’s wife, and was killed as a result. John is an example for us to speak the truth boldly. Being a prophet is not primarily about telling the future, but about telling the present – pointing out what God says about what is happening now.

Prayer: Saint John the Baptizer, pray that we may boldly proclaim the right to life for all people. Amen.

Stay Faithful to God

The Department of Health and Human Services of the US government has imposed upon employers the obligation to cover abortion inducing drugs and other immoral practices in health insurance plans. Priests for Life was among the first to file a lawsuit to block this unjust and unconstitutional mandate, which violates both freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Nobody should be forced to enable people to do what they believe they should not do. We have also indicated our intention to defy and disobey this mandate. As the apostles said, we must obey God rather than man. By being faithful to Him, we will be vindicated, and the conscience of America will come to see that this mandate is wrong. For more information about the lawsuit and about what you can do, visit

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection










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

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you” — St Augustine.

Reflection: These famous words of St. Augustine remind us what the Church means by saying human life is “sacred.” God has made us for himself; as human persons, we are uniquely capable of having a relationship with God. Our lives are oriented to him as our final goal and fulfillment; hence we cannot be owned by others, manipulated, or discarded.

Prayer: Lord, I rejoice in my ability to relate to you, and I honor every human being as your own special possession. Amen.

Remembering Mother Teresa

September 5 is the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, in 1997. [Starting tomorrow], Priests for Life is conducting a special novena in her honor. By going to, you can download a special prayer to say each day. You are also invited to share with us your stories about how Mother Teresa impacted your life, through her example, teaching, or by being in her presence.

At that website you will also find the Prayer breakfast speech which she gave in Washington DC in 1994, and in which she asked, if we allow a mother to kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill each other?

Please join the Mother Teresa prayer novena at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us and for the unborn!

A Key Election Question: Is This What You Mean By Abortion?

The election season is in high gear, and it is my personal priority between now and November 6 to educate and mobilize as many voters as possible to make a difference in the voting booth for the protection of our unborn brothers and sisters. Our family of ministries at Priests for Life is busy publicizing our Election Prayer Novena for Life, that starts on September 4 (, mobilizing non-partisan voter registration drives for our National Voter Registration Sunday this September 9 (, and preparing teams of people to distribute our non-partisan voter guides on the streets of their cities. We urge citizens to inform themselves by watching the conventions and the debates.

But I’m particularly excited about the project by which we will challenge candidates and voters alike to bring the tragedy of abortion to the center of their election decisions. The teachings of the Holy Father and of the bishops constantly point out that not all moral and life issues are equal. “Abortion necessarily plays a central role,” the bishops state (A Campaign In Support of Life, 2001).

Yet it is not because the bishops teach it that we declare the centrality of abortion. It’s simply because of what it is. It is not looking at a Church document that convinces us of the urgency of ending abortion. It’s simply looking at abortion.

That is why we have launched a simple campaign called “Is this what you mean?” (See This project aims to reveal the nature of the abortion procedure to the public, and challenge public officials, candidates, and others who support the legality of abortion to admit what abortion is.

The project makes use of the words of the abortionists themselves. In medical textbooks like Abortion Practice by Warren Hern, for instance, we see the procedure described as “decapitation” and “dismemberment.” Quoting these words, we simply ask abortion supporters, “When you say the word ‘abortion,’ is this what you mean?” What the abortion supporter says in response does not matter. The goal is accomplished: what that person stands for has been revealed, both to that person and to all who listen.

Let’s press the question; let’s raise the challenge. If a public official, or one seeking public office, has a position on abortion, one should expect that he or she knows what the word means. If they expect public policy to permit abortion, or taxpayers to fund it, they should certainly be willing to describe what it is.

Because the words used are those of the abortionists themselves, we do not have to worry about coming up with clever arguments of our own. And because the project simply asks what they mean by the word, the burden is on those we challenge, not on us, to give a response.

Along with the quotes, we use diagrams of the abortion procedure, as well as the gruesome photos of what an abortion is. We are backing this up with a series of powerful videos, which you can see at

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection













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

“I have gazed upon you in the sanctuary so that I may behold your power and your glory” (Psalm 63:3).

Reflection: The baby in the manger and the man on the cross do not look like God; yet by faith we know Jesus is no mere man. The Eucharist does not look like Jesus, but we worship him. Christians are used to looking beyond appearances. Hence we can also see in the annoying or ugly person or the person who is unconscious in a hospital bed, or in the unborn child, the image of God.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, grant us to see beyond appearances to the dignity of every life! Amen!