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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“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!

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, July 27th, 2012





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“I have come to call not the righteous but sinners” (Mark 2:17).

Reflection: Some abortion supporters seek “common ground” with pro-lifers. How do we respond? Jesus Christ ate and talked with sinners, and yet also warned them strongly to repent of their sins. There is no common ground between life and death, yet to talk with those who disagree conveys to them that we respect their lives, too. There is no room for compromise about abortion, but there must always be room to talk to people about it.

Prayer: Lord, teach us the wisdom of dialogue that does not compromise, and of respect that does not equate evil with good. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Thursday, July 12th, 2012





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“Therefore, just as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to walk in him” (Colossians 2:6).

Reflection: Imagine a person who receives Communion, accepts the Host when the priest says, “The Body of Christ,” Amen, “and then breaks off a piece, hands it back, and says, ‘Except this piece, Father!” This is what the person who rejects other people may as well do. In receiving Christ, we are to receive the whole Christ, in all his members, our brothers and sisters, whether convenient or inconvenient, wanted or unwanted.

Prayer: Lord, may all your people who have received you in Communion receive one another with unconditional welcome. Amen.

 

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Sacred Heart of Jesus

Friday, July 6th, 2012





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today is the First Friday of the Month, and we give special honor and worship to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in reparation for the sins of the world. This Heart is the core of the pro-life movement, which is a movement of self-sacrificing love. Nothing can stop the love of the Heart of Jesus, which is the meaning of the flame we see. This love is met by rejection and hatred, symbolized by the wound in the heart.

Pro-life activists experience the same thing. Our love for the unborn is met with misunderstanding, ridicule, shunning, and persecution of all kinds. Yet nothing can extinguish the flame. We continue to love those who cannot love us back, and cannot even know we are loving them. And that is a gift of the Sacred Heart.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, July 6th, 2012





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“To the Father and to his mercy you can with sure hope entrust your child” (John Paul II to those who have had abortions, The Gospel of Life, n.99).

Reflection: Baptism is the ordinary way to be born into God’s grace. But for those killed without baptism, we can still have sure hope. St Paul wrote that God wants all to be saved. Let us entrust these children to the Lord, who does not forget anyone that He creates, even when we do.

Prayer: Father, to you we commend the souls of all children killed by abortion. Bring them to heaven, and bring us your comfort. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, July 2nd, 2012





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“If anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the Righteous One” (1 John 2:1)

Reflection: Often, we tend to think that God is advocating against those who have committed sins against human life and dignity. Scripture tells us, however that if we sin, he advocates for us – not, of course, to justify the sin, but to justify us, to bring us reconciliation, healing, and salvation. This is true precisely because of the dignity of the human person.

Prayer: Lord, as we steadfastly oppose sins against human life and dignity, may we steadfastly proclaim your mercy and healing. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Thursday, June 28th, 2012





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“One of the soldiers thrust a lance into his side, and immediately a flow of blood and water came forth” (John 19:34).

Reflection: We worship Jesus’ heart. It is the core of the pro-life movement, which is a movement of self-sacrificing love. Nothing can stop the love of the Heart of Jesus, which is the meaning of the flame we see. This love is met by rejection and hatred, symbolized by the wound in the heart.

Prayer: Lord, when my love for the unborn is met with misunderstanding, ridicule, and persecution, fill my heart with yours, that I may continue to love those who cannot love me back. Amen.

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The Spirit of Life

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012





In his Letter to the Romans, Paul writes, “If the spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also.” The Spirit of Christ is the spirit of life, and to accept the call to follow Christ is to accept the call to welcome, nourish, defend, and celebrate life. We are the people of the One Who conquered death, and that is why we fight against the power of death as it manifests itself in evils like abortion. To stand with Christ is to stand with life, not to justify what takes life.

The Church’s pro-life work is not based on political ideology, but on the truths Christ has revealed to us.

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Even Now

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012





Jesus Christ can change us and can change our world. We are people of hope. When Jesus visited Martha and Mary to console them over the death of their brother Lazarus, even though he had been in the tomb for four days, the sisters said to Jesus, “Even now, I know that God will give you whatever you ask Him.” Even now. That should be our theme as we fight the evil of abortion. Some will say it has gone on so long it cannot be changed. Others will voice the objection that was raised when Jesus ordered Lazarus’ grave opened: there will be a stench. In spite of the culture of death, we are called to hope in the God Who has not changed, and in His power to defeat abortion. Even now.

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When You Reflect on the Passion

Friday, February 24th, 2012





The Passion of Christ was far more horrible than most of our crucifixes portray. As we reflect on how much He suffered, we also reflect on why.

He suffered for the sake of human life. Christ Jesus came to rescue the human life He had created, to snatch it from the kingdom of death and bring it into His kingdom of life.

And He includes every human being of every age.

I ask you to remember this Lent that Jesus endured His Passion for every unborn child in the womb. He endured every pain that the unborn might be saved as well as the born.

When you pray the Stations of the Cross or the sorrowful mysteries, or watch the movie of His Passion, ask for the grace to inconvenience yourself a little more for the unborn.

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