Archive for the ‘Prayer’ Category

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

150125 blog image FF

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

“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” (Acts 9:4)

Reflection: January 25, the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, concludes the week of prayer for Christian Unity. The Church prays that the whole world may convert to Christ, upon seeing strong unity among his followers. Christian Unity is not about pretending that there are no differences between denominations, but rather it is about recognizing and building on what we hold in common. The pro-life movement continues to be one of the most powerful practical ways that Christians are coming together.

Prayer: Lord, we praise You for the conversions taking place each day. Bring the world to unity in You. Amen.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

150124 blog image FF

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

“The disciples asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? Then Jesus beckoned a child to come to him, placed it in their midst, and said, ‘Amen, I say to you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven’” (Matthew 18:1-3).

Reflection: It is an understatement to say that children are loved by God or important to Him. They are central, and they exemplify certain virtues and attitudes God wants us to have.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, keep our minds clear about who is most important, and keep our hearts focused on the children, that we may learn from them. Amen.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

150119 blog image FF

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

“Many Christians … are jointly involved in bold projects aimed at changing the world by inculcating respect for the rights and needs of everyone, especially … the defenseless “ (John Paul II, “Ut Unum Sint).

Reflection: From January 18 to the 25th, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is observed by many denominations. All Christians, by definition, acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior of the world. That affirmation of Christ requires that we work to fight injustice.
The pro-life movement continues to be the arena where these efforts are most visible and valuable.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, may we be one, as You and Your Father are one. Amen.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

March4LifeLogo

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

“Stand firm and immovable, devoting yourselves completely to the work of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Reflection: An 11-year old girl wrote recently: “My mother and I are taking a bus and will be coming to the March for Life. My teacher said that I will receive 0′s on any work that I miss and it can’t be made up. I told her missing a day at school in order to stand up for life is more important and I’m willing to suffer the consequences.”

Prayer: Lord, may we imitate this young girl’s willingness to sacrifice for the cause of life! Amen.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

150111 blog image FF

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

“Give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace” (John Paul II, to those who have had abortions…Evangelium Vitae, 99).

Reflection: Every day, around the world, men and women who have lost children to abortion gather for Rachel’s Vineyard retreats, which provide 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.

Prayer: Lord, be with all those who are going through healing after abortion, and bring them quickly to Your peace. Amen.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

150110 blog image FF

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

“They mingled with the nations and adopted their practices… They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and their daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, polluting the land with their blood” (Psalm 106:35, 37-38).

Reflection: The killing of children is especially condemned by God through the prophets. In the land God gave His people to occupy, foreign nations had the custom of sacrificing some of their children in fire. God told His people that they were not to share in this sin. Sadly, however, they did so.

Prayer: Have mercy on us, Lord, and save us from the idolatry of death. Amen.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Baby 6

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

“We need now more than ever to have the courage to look the truth in the eye and to call things by their proper name, without yielding to convenient compromises or to the temptation of self-deception.” (Evangelium Vitae, 58)

Reflection: Some call abortion “termination of pregnancy.”

But so is birth.

The fact is that every pregnancy terminates. The issue is how. Abortion supporters are simply masking an act of violence with their language.

It’s like a man killing his wife and saying, “I terminated our marriage.”

Prayer: Spirit of truth, keep us free from the power of deception. Give us clear minds to know truth, and courageous tongues to speak it. Amen.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

150103 blog image FF

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

“Anyone who does not take up his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” – Lk. 14:27

Reflection: To stand up for what is right means we stand against what is wrong, and that means that those who love what is wrong will oppose us, just as they opposed Christ. Taking up the cross means we continue speaking and standing for the right even when that opposition comes.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for the grace of being pro-life, and of standing strong when others may ridicule or oppose me. May Your peace fill my soul, and may I become more like Your crucified and risen Son.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

130330_blog_ff

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

“Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and he was obedient to them” (Luke 2:51).

Reflection: Though he was conceived of a virgin, Jesus nevertheless lived as a son in a human family. The family is the sanctuary of life. The family, above all, is where life is to be welcomed, no matter how fragile or inconvenient it may be. One of the many reasons why the Church sees abortion and euthanasia as pre-eminent issues is because these crimes are committed by one family member upon another.

Prayer: O Holy Family, bless our families, and lead us to a Culture of Life. Amen.

141214 blog image FF

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Terri Schiavo

Terri Schiavo

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

“The point has been reached where the most basic care, even nourishment, is denied” (The Gospel of Life, 14).

Reflection: Some do not believe that artificial means, like feeding tubes, need to be used to provide nutrition. But every meal we have is also artificially provided. Straws and cups are artificial. So are the numerous processes by which our food comes from the fields, through the food companies and supermarkets, through chemical preservation and processing, through the ovens and microwaves, and onto our tables. Food and water are always normal, obligatory care, even when administered in artificial ways.

Prayer: Lord, protect all who need assistance for the most basic provisions of life. Amen.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.