“Life is always a good. …Why is life a good?… The life which God gives man is …a manifestation of God in the world, a sign of his presence, a trace of his glory” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.34).
Reflection: Abortion advocates say that the embryo or fetus is “just a collection of cells.” But this is no argument at all. The same can be said of you and me. If someone does not see the dignity of the human person, their view of people is just reduced to cells.
Prayer: Fill us with wonder, Lord, at your glory shining through every human life. Amen.
“God did not give us spirit to timidity but rather a spirit of power and of love and of wisdom” (2 Timothy 1:7).
Reflection: Our pro-life work requires constant courage, which is nurtured through Scripture, incessant prayer, and the example of saints and other historical figures who fought against the injustices of their times. When we feel we don’t have courage, we should simply do what we would do if we did.
Prayer: Lord, at times I ask what I should do next, but I already know. I simply need the courage to do it. Grant it to me today. Amen.
Reflection: Prayer is not just asking God to do something. Prayer is union with God. Prayer means we open ourselves so wide to God that He comes in and does something through us! Prayer and action are not two separate options, but rather two aspects of union with God. When we come away from prayer we should not feel rested but restless. We should not feel that we’ve done our duty, but that we’ve been given our duty.
Prayer: Lord, you are a consuming fire, the source of all activity. Keep me rooted in prayer and strong in action. Amen.
“Suddenly, there were two men talking with him, Moses and Elijah” (Luke 9:30).
Reflection: Jesus was transfigured; the glory of his divinity shone through his humanity, which reminds us that humanity always expresses the image of God. Here, Moses and Elijah converse with Jesus about his upcoming death, which will itself, conquer death. The Transfiguration was meant to remind the apostles that death would not have the last word.
Prayer: Jesus, may your transfiguration strengthen all of us in the face.
“So now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began” (John 17:5).
Reflection: What was different about Jesus’ glory after he ascended to heaven than when he was in heaven before coming to earth? Now, he is in heaven in a human body and soul – the same human nature that you and I share. The Ascension teaches the world the meaning and destiny of human life: We are called to be in the heights of heaven.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you took our humanity to the heights of heaven. When that same humanity is being thrown in the garbage, may we respond. Amen.