Archive for October, 2013

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, October 29th, 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

“We urge our fellow citizens to see beyond party politics, to analyze campaign rhetoric critically, and to choose their political leaders according to principle, not party affiliation or mere self-interest” (US Bishops, Living the Gospel of Life, 34).

Reflection: Politics, though messy, is an opportunity to shape society according to moral principles. The first requirement of a public servant is to be able to tell the difference between serving the public and killing the public. The inability to discern that attacks on life like abortion and euthanasia are evil should disqualify a candidate.

Prayer: Lord, shine through the eclipse of conscience that afflicts many public officials, and give them wisdom. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, October 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

“We get the public officials we deserve. Their virtue — or lack thereof — is a judgment not only on them, but on us” (US Bishops, Living the Gospel of Life, 34).

Reflection: This powerful statement points to our responsibility to elect pro-life candidates and keep pro-abortion candidates out of office. They cannot get into office, of course, without a sufficient number of people voting for them. Voters need to ask, If a politician can’t respect the life of a little baby, how is he supposed to respect mine?

Prayer: Lord, raise up in our nation wise and virtuous voters, that we may have godly leaders. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, October 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

“Every man has the obligation to vote, because by voting he can determine … who will make tomorrow’s laws either to be unjust and perverse, or to promote human values. . . God Himself asks that every Christian, make his contribution by voting”. (Bishop Karl Romer, Secretary, Pontifical Council for the Family, The Vatican).

Reflection: Everything we can say about the tremendous moral responsibility of those who craft legislation and put it into effect really reflects the moral responsibility of those who put them in those positions in the first place – the voters.

Prayer: Lord, may we use wisely the freedom to elect our lawmakers. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, October 23rd, 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

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55).

Reflection: A woman who saw the photos of aborted babies on the Priests for Life website wrote to us,  “I had once strongly believed in pro-choice, but after reviewing this website, I am all for Pro-Life. I just recently found out that I am 5wks pregnant…. I can not imagine me doing this to my baby.”

Prayer: You continue to dispel the myths, O Lord, that allow violence to continue. You take away victory from death. Make us courageous vehicles of your truth. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, October 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

“The common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights — for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture — is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition of all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination (John Paul II, Christifideles Laici, 1988).

Reflection: It is an illusion to support human rights and also support abortion. When the state fails to protect the right to life, it has destroyed its reason to protect any rights.

Prayer: Make us consistent, Lord, in advocating for all the rights of your people. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, October 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

“Deliver us, Lord, from every evil, and grant us peace in our day…” (Order of the Mass)

Reflection: Peace is a fragile gift, and a key characteristic of the culture of life. We pray for peace in the midst of every Eucharist, and we work to remove the obstacles to receiving peace. The Lord declared that the peacemakers are blessed. Reverence for life opens the way to peace; truth and justice provide its foundation; relationships of mutual love preserve it.

Prayer: Grant us peace, Lord, as well as the courage to defend life. May government leaders and their citizens rejoice in your peace.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, October 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

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. (Proverbs 30:8).

Reflection: The ministry of Jesus shows a preferential option for the poor and weak, and the Church therefore inherits this as her own priority. The work of peace, justice, and life gives preference to the weakest, those whom society has marginalized, and those who cannot defend themselves. These ministries are, essentially, a voice to the voiceless — whether those voiceless are oppressed nations, the poor, the terminally ill, or the unborn.

Prayer: Thank you for the voice you give me, Lord. May I use it for those who have none. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, October 16th, 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

“But when her baby is born, she no longer recalls the suffering, because of her joy that she has brought a child into the world” (John 16:21).

Reflection: St. Gerard Majella (18th c.) is the patron saint of pregnant mothers, of childbirth, and of unborn children. In many countries, mothers will devoutly keep a St. Gerard medal with them throughout their pregnancy and delivery. Thousands of children have been named after St. Gerard by parents who are convinced that it was his intercession that helped them to have healthy children.

Prayer: St. Gerard, intercede for mothers who are having difficulties in pregnancy and childbirth, and show us how to help them. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, October 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

“The failure to protect and defend life in its most vulnerable stages renders suspect any claims to the ‘rightness’ of positions in other matters …” (US Bishops, Living the Gospel of Life, n.23).

Reflection: Why do the bishops say that when public servants disregard the right to life, their stand for other human rights is “suspect?” The reason is that the right to be safe, free, educated, and economically secure, cannot be human rights if life itself isn’t a human right. To make one’s humanity negotiable means that other rights that flow from one’s humanity are negotiable, too.

Prayer: Lord, make the humanity and rights of all your people secure. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, October 14th, 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 observes the whole Law but trips up on a single point is held guilty of breaking all of it” (James 2:10).

Reflection: Suppose a political candidate said that although he personally opposed terrorism, he thought the terrorists had a right to do what they did. What kind of support do you think this candidate would have? Would voters say, “I disagree with you about the terrorists, but what is your economic policy?” Certain positions of candidates are so clearly contrary to the good of the nation that the candidate’s other positions, although good, do not matter.

Prayer: Spirit of Wisdom, fill your people, their candidates, and their leaders. Amen.

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