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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

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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

“Your hands are full of blood; wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, learn to do right!” (Isaiah 1:15-17).

Reflection: Some abortion advocates agree that abortion should be “reduced.” The pro-life movement does reduce abortions, but also works to end it, and this is what the other side considers “divisive.” They want to present themselves as favoring life, but they don’t want to ultimately protect every life. It’s like saying we should reduce child abuse in our nation, but that trying to prohibit it altogether is too divisive.

Prayer: Lord, continue to divide good from evil as You work through us. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

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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

He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will no longer be death” (Revelation 21:4).

Reflection: Men continue to suffer from the abortion of their children. Many of them repent of having shed the blood of the person God entrusted to their care, love, and protection. Others tried to protect their child, and were not allowed by the child’s mother or by the law to intervene to stop the abortion. Men in these circumstances need to know that they do not weep alone, and that healing is available.

Prayer: Redeem, O Lord, the fathers whose hearts are torn by the abortion of their children. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

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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

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.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

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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

“Wicked people and imposters will grow ever worse, deceiving others and being themselves deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13).

Reflection: Euthanasia advocates try to paint Terri Schiavo’s death as peaceful, gentle and dignified. They are selling death as a product, as a better alternative than a life of suffering. But Terri, when dying, had a look of terror and sadness on her face. She was panting and her eyes were rapidly moving from side to side. In no way was this death gentle, peaceful, or dignified. Rather, it was cruel murder by dehydration — an action we would not carry out on an animal.

Prayer: Forgive Your people, Lord, and free us from deception. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

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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

“He will free them from oppression and violence, for their blood is precious in his sight” (Psalm 72:14).

Reflection: This psalm foretells the Messiah and describes the effects of his coming. The Messiah holds the blood of human lives as precious, and therefore He brings an end to oppression and violence. He is on the side of the helpless.

Prayer: Lord, as the blood of all my brothers and sisters, especially the oppressed, is precious to You, so let it be precious to me. May we praise You, the God who sets us free from violence, and cooperate with Your grace to free the oppressed. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

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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

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and undefiled is this: to come to the aid of orphans and widows in their hardships…”(James 1:27).

Reflection: When Roe vs. Wade permitted abortion, it said, “The word person as used in the 14th Amendment does not include the unborn.” It was a statement of exclusion and intolerance, of prejudice and marginalization. We, in contrast, have our arms open wider, to expand the circle of welcome into the human family. Pro-life people are the more tolerant ones.

Prayer: Lord, break down the walls of prejudice that would exclude anyone from our protection and love. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

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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

“O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, both now and forevermore” (Psalm 131:3).

Reflection: The month of November is dedicated in a particular way to praying for the dead. This includes children who died before birth. These children did not have the opportunity to be baptized; the Church teaches, however, that we can hope for their salvation, and that we can entrust them with confidence to the mercy of God.

Prayer: Lord, You love these aborted children even more than we do, and You provide in mysterious ways for them to take hold of eternal life in Christ. We entrust them to You and we pray that the killing may stop. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

All Saints

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

“Love the Lord, all his saints” (Psalm 31:24).

Reflection: Many of the saints we honor today were martyrs. But what is the difference between martyrdom and suicide? It is the difference between giving and taking. In suicide, one takes his own life, pretending to be the master of it. In martyrdom, one realizes that only God is master of his life, and therefore that he cannot hold on to that life at the cost of betraying God. Martyrdom is the very opposite of suicide.

Prayer: Lord, as we honor Your saints, grant that we may build a world that acknowledges You alone as the Master of life and death. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

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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

“Faithful Christians have a duty to participate in society … by voting so that they may advance the common good. And this duty must be taken seriously by Christians” (Bishop Elio Sgreccia, Vice-President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, The Vatican).

Reflection: The Lord does not save us in isolation, but in community, and commands us to seek the good of the community in which we live. Participation in the processes of civic society simply reflects the solidarity God calls us to have with others, rooted in the call to justice, love, and service.

Prayer: Father, You bring Your people together. Help me respond by full participation in civic life. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

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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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