“And they shall name him Emmanuel, a name that means ‘God is with us'” Matthew 1:23.
Reflection: In the midst of the abortion tragedy, the Church does not point fingers of condemnation. Rather, the Church extends hands of compassion and help, to lift up out of despair those who are tempted to abort their children. The Church informs her people of the many alternatives to abortion, and says “I am with you, and will enable you to say yes to life.”
Prayer: Lord, so many are tempted to abort because they feel alone. May we reach out to them, that they may know that we and you are with them. Amen
“There is one mediator between God and man, Christ Jesus, himself a man” (1 Timothy 2:5).
Reflection: Jesus is humanity’s only mediator with God precisely because he is both God and human, and his humanity comes from Mary. All her importance flows from her Son, and our worship of the Son naturally leads to honoring his mother. Marian devotion teaches us something about our pro-life commitment. Mother and child belong together. To hurt one is to hurt the other; to love one is to love the other.
Prayer: Mary, thank you for being the mother of Jesus, who now shares our humanity. Teach us to honor every mother and child. Amen.
“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Rom. 8:16).
Reflection: The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, enables us to understand created realities, their value, and their relationship to the Creator and to our own happiness. We can therefore ask the Holy Spirit to give us an understanding of the value of the human person. The Spirit enables us to cry, “Abba! Father!” Abortion, on the other hand, sees the human person as a disposable object.
Prayer: How wonderful are your works, O Lord. Through your eternal Spirit, you enable me to understand those works as coming from your hand. I Praise you forever! Amen!
“Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will gather me up” (Psalm 27:10).
Reflection: Blessed Margaret of Castello (13th c.) is Patron of the Unwanted. When her parents, who were respected nobility, discovered at her birth that she was a badly deformed dwarf, hunchback and blind, they decided that they did not want anyone to see her. They refused to give her a name, locker her up in a small cell, and eventually abandoned her while traveling. Had we been among those who knew what Margaret’s parents were doing to her, would we have spoken up?
Prayer: Blessed Margaret, pray that we may speak up for the unwanted. Amen
“When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses” (Exodus 2:10)
Reflection: Many couples are eager to adopt children, but unable to do so, either because of burdensome laws, or because the children have been killed by abortion. The pro-life movement promotes adoption; the pro-abortion movement does everything it can to discourage it. After all, for them, every adoption is lost business in the killing centers.
Prayer: Lord, look with love on all those who seek to adopt a child. Bless them for their generous desire to give a child a loving home. Give them patience and trust in you. Amen.