Archive for February, 2013

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Thursday, February 28th, 2013





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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

“Whoever humbles himself and becomes like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:5).

Reflection: There is a natural humility about children that God wants us to imitate. They know they are smaller and weaker, and in need of protection and provision. God wants us to know our dependence on him in the same way. The dependence of children, therefore, is meant to evoke from us the same kind of care that God gives us all.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the example of children. May their dependence move the hearts of those around them to love, protect, and care for them in every circumstance. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013





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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

“You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am wonderfully made; awesome are your works” (Psalm 139:13-14).

Reflection: This psalm not only declares that God made us in the womb, but also that the life in the womb belongs completely to him, is called by him, and is destined to fulfill a plan given only to that individual from all eternity.

Prayer: Lord, what kind of an act is it to destroy a life by abortion? Forgive those who deny the child’s right to live, and destroy your intricate handiwork and plan initiated from all eternity. Amen.

 

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, February 25th, 2013





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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 turn the hearts of the fathers to their children…” (Malachi 4:6)

Reflection: Abortion is a sin that not only women commit. Men commit it too. Though men cannot have abortions, they can choose abortions. A sin is committed when somebody willingly and knowingly chooses a moral wrong. If, then, a man decides that his girlfriend or wife should have an abortion, suggests it to her, pressures her, drives her to the abortion mill, or pays for the procedure, he has committed the sin of abortion.

Prayer: Lord, you are the source of all fatherhood, the inspiration and strength of all protectors. Bless all men with the wisdom to protect their children. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, February 22nd, 2013





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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

“No single person or group has a monopoly on the defense and promotion of life. These are everyone’s task and responsibility” – EV, 91

Reflection: In The Gospel of Life, Pope John Paul states that no person or group, including the Catholic Church, has a monopoly on the defense of life. He called on all Christians, and all people of good will, to cooperate with each other in this effort. Indeed, we all need one another to accomplish the works of justice.

Prayer: Lord, enable those who work for the defense of life to welcome and accept one another and to rejoice in the fruits of their collaboration. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflections

Thursday, February 21st, 2013





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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

“No word has the power to change the reality of things: procured abortion is the deliberate and direct killing… of a human being. ” (Evangelium Vitae, 58)

Reflection: In discussing abortion, its supporters never defend the act of abortion itself, but only the alleged right of someone to have one. They focus on the freedom to choose it, but avoid describing what is chosen. Our job is to focus the discussion on abortion itself, on what the act is.

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit of truth. Fill our minds and give speech to our tongues. Give us grace to always face truth honestly, and enable us to challenge those who would evade it. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013





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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

“With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.” (Genesis 4:1)

 Reflection: This was the declaration of the first woman upon becoming the first mother. The help of the Lord is essential, for he alone has dominion over human life and is its origin. Parents cooperate with God in bringing forth life, but are not its owners or ultimate source. Because this whole process is under God’s dominion, we are not permitted to interrupt it.

 Prayer: Lord, I pray today for all parents. May they recognize the awesome privilege they have to cooperate with you in bringing forth new life. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013





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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

“‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ I said, “O Sovereign LORD, you alone know.” Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones’” (Ezekiel 37:3-4).

Reflection: When God commanded Ezekiel to preach to the bones, he had a choice between doing the foolish thing or the dangerous thing (disobeying God). Ezekiel chose to preach to the bones, and they came to life. We are in the same dilemma. Some will say it’s impossible to end abortion. But we dare not distrust or disobey God. We will preach to the bones.

Prayer: Lord, I do trust the power of your word to bring a culture of death back to life. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, February 18th, 2013





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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

“Whoever addresses his brother in an insulting way will answer for it before the Sanhedrin, and whoever calls his brother a fool will be liable to the fires of Gehenna” (Matthew 5:22).

 Reflection: Jesus says that using dehumanizing language is sinful. Before the schoolyard bully beats up his victim, he calls him names. Throughout history, groups that have been oppressed – like slaves and Holocaust victims — have first been called names. It also happens to the unborn, who have been called “parasites,” “tissue,” and “medical waste.”

 Prayer: Lord, may we affirm one another, including the unborn, with ennobling language that inspires respect and love. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, February 15th, 2013





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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

“Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike.” (Deuteronomy 1:17)

Reflection: Some say an embryo is too small to have human rights. But rights do not depend on size. Do men have more rights than women because they are generally larger? Are shorter people to enjoy fewer protections than tall people? The size of a person has nothing to do with his or her value

Prayer: O God, you have dominion over all things great and small, and have created a variety of life that we have not yet even counted. May we reverence the very smallest of our brothers and sisters. Amen.

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Fr. Pavone Calls Priests to Devote Themselves Full-time to the Unborn

Thursday, February 14th, 2013





frfrankwbabySTATEN ISLAND,  NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released today a new e-book called “Vocations: All About Life” in which he highlights the life and ministry of a dozen priests who work full-time for the pro-life cause, and lays out in a succinct fashion why more priests should do so.

“The connections between the priesthood and building a culture of life could not be clearer,” Fr. Frank announced. “Doing pro-life work is not a hobby or extra-curricular activity. It flows from the very essence of the priesthood. This book gives an insight both into that theology and into how it is being lived by priests in the Church today.”

The chapters of the e-book, which is available at ProLifeProducts.org, highlight priests who serve ministries like Priests for Life, Human Life International, NFP Outreach, the Pope John Paul II Bioethics Commission, Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, and more. Their personal vocation stories, and what motivates them to do pro-life work, are the focus of each chapter.

Said Msgr. Philip Reilly: “It’s every priest’s responsibility to work for life. How he does it can differ, but no one can be indifferent.”

The specific page at which to order the e-book is Priestsforlife.org/store/p-337-vocations-all-about-life.aspx.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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