Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man

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

“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.

Conceived in Rape










Listen to these words by Kahtleen DeZeeuw: “I, having lived through rape, and also having raised a child conceived in rape, feel personally assaulted and insulted every time I hear that abortion should be legal because of rape and incest. I feel that we’re being used to further the abortion issue, even though we’ve not been asked to tell our side of the story.”

The story of Kathleen and of many other mothers who are rape survivors can be found in the book “Victims and Victors.” None of those who bring these children to birth ever say that they regret having their child. Yet those who abort after conceiving in rape usually suffer more from the abortion than from the rape. Find out more at

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection












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

“As for Mary, she treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19).

Reflection: The Rosary has conquered many enemies, and many pray it in front of abortion mills. As we acknowledge Jesus as the fruit of Mary’s womb, we stand to pray for our brothers and sisters who are being torn from the wombs of their mothers. As we honor the greatest mother, we pray for the frightened mothers. As we worship God who was an unborn child, we proclaim the image of God in every unborn child.

Prayer: Mary, our Mother, bring us Jesus yet again; lead us to his victory over all forms of death. Amen.

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

“I shall accept whatever they will do to me provided they save the child” (St Gianna Molla).

Reflection: In 1962, Saint Gianna Beretta Molla died after giving birth to her fourth child. She was a physician herself, and understood the risks of her own complications in pregnancy, but steadfastly refused
abortion. Some would question her decision, given that she already had three born children. However, nothing would have harmed those children more than if she had aborted their sister, and nothing blessed them more than the example of a mother who gave her life for her child.

Prayer: Saint Gianna, pray for us, that we may imitate your selfless love. Amen.

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

“Before I was born the Lord called me” (Isaiah 49:1).

Reflection: When someone is pregnant, she is not “expecting a child” – she already has one. She is not “going to be a mother” – she already is a mother. The baby is not “on the way,” the baby has already arrived. If we are going to change the way society treats unborn children, we have to change the way we talk about them.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for my brothers and sisters now alive in their mothers’ womb. May we all speak and act in a way that recognizes they are already among us! Amen.

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat







Rachel’s Vineyard is a retreat program for women and men who have lost a child by abortion. The retreat provides an opportunity to face the wounds of abortion in a safe, affirming environment of prayer and the support of others who have been through the same experience. Through the use of “Living Scriptures,” participants are invited to place themselves into the parables and other Scriptural events, and encounter Jesus who heals them.

These retreats, of course, are not meant to substitute for the individual, ongoing counseling that comprises the journey of post-abortion healing. But they are a stepping stone towards making those sessions even more fruitful.

Rachel’s Vineyard is the world’s largest ministry for healing after abortion, and is a ministry of Priests for Life. Find out more about it at 

He Will Never Forsake Us

The Lord declares in His word that even if a mother forsakes her own child, He will not forsake us. He uses the abandonment of one’s own child as an example of the most unimaginable infidelity. This passage makes it clear that God cannot possibly think that the act of abortion is ever justified. It is a forsaking of the child whom God has entrusted not only to that mother, but to all of us. God’s own faithfulness to us is reflected in how we take care of one another, particularly the weak and the lowly. That’s why pro-life work glorifies God. It restores to the human community that compassionate care and protection that those made in God’s image are to have for one another. Let’s give mothers the strength never to forsake their children.

God’s Choice Comes Before Our Own

Yesterday we observed Mothers’ Day, a reminder to pray for all mothers who are afraid to be mothers. So many are already mothers and are just finding out that they are carrying their child within them. They need our encouragement and support, no matter how unplanned, surprising, or shocking the pregnancy may be to them or to us.

The fact that motherhood begins before the mother realizes it reminds us of Jesus’ words from yesterday’s Gospel: “It was not you who chose Me; it was I who chose you to go forth and bear fruit that will last.” God’s choice always comes before ours. When He chooses that someone is to be a mother, let us respond with joyful support.

Advent Reconciles Mother and Preborn Child

The introduction to the lectionary, when speaking of the Sundays of Advent, says, “Each gospel reading has a specific theme: the Lord’s coming in glory at the end of time (first Sunday), John the Baptist (second and third Sundays), and the events which immediately prepared for the Lord’s birth (fourth Sunday)” (No.11).

We focus, in other words, on the first and second comings of the same Christ, and on the one who teaches us how to prepare for His arrival, namely, by repentance. “Reform your lives! The reign of God is at hand.” The New Testament readings throughout Advent complement and expand on John the Baptist’s exhortations of repentance.

The preparation for Christ’s coming is reform, and the promise of His coming is reconciliation. The two, furthermore, are linked. If the Messiah comes to restore harmony between nations and people, then the people of the Messiah are to repent of whatever destroys that harmony. If the Messiah comes to bring justice (“He shall judge the poor with justice and decide aright for the land’s afflicted”), then the people of the Messiah are to work to eliminate injustice. The “justice” referred to in Isaiah ll is an act of intervention to save the helpless.

Abortion is an injustice against the most helpless, and attacks the harmony of human relationships at their most fundamental and sensitive point, the relationship of mother and child. Preparing for the Lord’s coming therefore requires a total rejection of abortion. The promise of His coming heralds a new harmony between mother and child.

The focus on the Virgin and Child at the end of Advent highlights this.

The Second Vatican Council reflects upon the relationship between the coming of Christ and our activity to prepare for it. In the Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, we read, “Far from diminishing our concern to develope this earth, the expectancy of a new earth should spur us on, for it is here that the body of a new human family grows, foreshadowing in some way the age which is to come….When we have spread on earth the fruits of our nature and our enterprise…

— human dignity, brotherly communion and freedom — according to the command of the Lord and in His Spirit, we will find them once again, cleansed this time from the stain of sin, illuminated and transfigured, when Christ presents to His Father an eternal and universal kingdom….” (#39). In other words, the spirit of Advent should naturally bolster our pro-life efforts, and the progress we make in promoting human dignity becomes the “building blocks” for the eternal kingdom.

Advent leads the Church to the Silent Night when God Himself is revealed as one of us. This season leads us to the joy of His birth. May that birth shed protection on all about to be born, and as we work to end abortion, may we “wait in joyful hope for the coming of Our Savior, Jesus Christ.”

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“My only sibling was aborted”

In the course of my full time travels around the country for the cause of life, I recently met a woman who said to me, “I am alive because my mom changed her mind. She wanted to abort me but my dad talked her out of it. When she married another man and got pregnant, my only sibling was aborted.” People like her have a lot to be thankful of. So many others I meet explain how they too were almost aborted. The issue of abortion is not abstract. It’s about living or dying, surviving or being murdered. And it reminds us that the first thing we have to give thanks for is the gift of life itself. Let’s thank God, not just privately but publicly, for our lives and the lives of others.

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