“The winds blew and buffeted that house. And it collapsed with a great crash” (Matthew 7:27).
Reflection: Pro-abortion politicians will say to us, “Abortion is just one of many issues; I embrace a consistent ethic of life.” The foundation of a house is only one of many parts of the house, but it is essential in order to build the other parts. That is why the bishops teach that the right to life is the foundation of all human rights, and that our priority must be fighting abortion.
Prayer: Lord, you warned against building our house on sand. May the right to life itself shape all our efforts for justice. Amen.
“And you yourself a sword will pierce” (Luke 2:35).
Reflection: Today we honor Mary under the title of Our Lady of Sorrows. Mary’s heart was pierced with a sword many times, as she took part in her Son’s sufferings, most notably at the foot of the cross. The Sorrowful Mother is also a symbol of the many sorrowful mothers who feel they cannot continue their pregnancies, as well as the many who suffer so deeply because they have aborted a child. Mary intercedes for them today, and so must we all.
Prayer: Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us and for all mothers who bear pains of body and soul. Amen.
Reflection: Today is the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross, by which Christ redeemed the world. Because His death destroyed our own, the cross is a symbol of ultimate triumph over evil, and a symbol of the cross we must embrace in everyday life. Persecution and opposition have been promised by Christ. Especially if we work to save the unborn, we are subject to ridicule and rejection. Our plans for pro-life activity should not be geared towards avoiding rejection, but rather should count on it.
Prayer: Lord, may we see the cross as our triumph, today and forever. Amen.
“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, then the one who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit that dwells in you” (Rom.8:11).
Reflection: The Holy Spirit gives life, bringing forth creation at the beginning of time, descending upon Mary to bring about the Incarnation, bringing about the Eucharist from mere bread and wine, and descending upon the graves of God’s people to raise them from the dead.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, come and work through your people to build the Culture of Life. Keep us close to you; fill us with yourself. Amen.
“You will be my treasured possession” (Exodus 19:5).
Reflection: Dr. James McMahon was an abortionist in Southern California and performed partial-birth abortions. When asked by the American Medical Association news how he justified doing it, he admitted that the baby was a child, but then said there was a more important question, “Who owns the child? It’s got to be the mother,” he explained.
Prayer: Lord, nobody but you is the owner of human life – no doctor, no state, not even a mom or dad. Keep us humble; keep us mindful that we are servants, and that you alone are our Master. Amen.
Reflection: The evil of September 11, 2001 was not simply that lives were lost, but that some human beings had a blatant contempt for the right of other human beings to live. The same contempt for human life is found in every abortion clinic. What moral difference does it make if a victim is five feet tall or five inches tall, or if the instrument of death is an airplane or surgical forceps? The evil we fight is a reflection of the evil we do.
Prayer: Lord, on this sad anniversary, I resolve to defend all life, whatever threatens it. Amen.
“In this way democracy, contradicting its own principles effectively moves towards a form of totalitarianism. The State is no longer the “common home” where all can live together on the basis of principles of fundamental equality, but is transformed into a tyrant State, which arrogates to itself the right to dispose of the life of the weakest and most defenseless members” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.20).
Reflection: Some see laws permitting abortion as a minor flaw; the Pope is saying here that they change the very nature of the state.
Prayer: Lord, free us from the tyranny of governments that think they can dispose of human life. Amen.
“She was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:18).
Reflection: Today we celebrate the Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary, chosen by God to be his own mother. In our day, we need Mary’s presence and example more than ever, because so many mothers are afraid to be mothers, and so many opinion-makers in our society have forgotten what motherhood really means.
Prayer: Mary, pray for all who are pregnant and afraid, especially those tempted to abort their child. Pray that they find new hope and strength to say “Yes” to God’s plan as you did. Amen.
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released a statement today challenging candidates and voters of both parties to face the reality of abortion. “Those who support it, and speak in favor of its legality, should be willing to admit what it is. Yet in vain will you struggle to hear them say a single word describing the procedure,” Fr. Frank declared.
The Democratic National Convention was marked by speeches by prominent abortion supporters this week.
“All of them look to you to give them their food at the appropriate time” (Psalm 104:27).
Reflection: One of the myths that was used to kill Terri Schiavo was the idea that food and water are medical treatments. But when we come back from a meal, we don’t say, “I just had my latest medical treatment.” Rather, we say, “I had breakfast, lunch, or dinner.” Food and water are ordinary means of care which may not be taken away from the sick.
Prayer: Lord, I pray today for all who need assistance to receive nourishment. Protect them and surround them with people who will treat them with care. Amen