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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: We can see … in the unborn child, the image of God

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

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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

“I have gazed upon you in the sanctuary so that I may behold your power and your glory” (Psalm 63:3).

Reflection: The baby in the manger and the man on the cross do not look like God; yet by faith we know Jesus is no mere man. The Eucharist does not look like Jesus, but we worship him. Christians are used to looking beyond appearances. Hence we can also see in the annoying or ugly person or the person who is unconscious in a hospital bed, or in the unborn child, the image of God.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, grant us to see beyond appearances to the dignity of every life! Amen!

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Give us the love that overcomes division

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

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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

“Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our abode with him” (John 14:23).

Reflection: The Spirit is the bond of love between the Father and the Son. When the Father and Son come and abide with us, it is through this Holy Spirit. The Spirit unites the human family in bonds of self-giving love. Abortion, and other manifestations of the culture of death, however, divides the human family, because they are the opposite of self-giving.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, we need you and we long for the unity you bring. Give us the love that overcomes division. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Children are a gift from the Lord.

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

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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

“Behold, children are a gift from the Lord, a reward of the fruit of the womb” (Psalm 127:3).

Reflection: Because children are a “gift,” they can neither be demanded nor discarded. That is why it is wrong not only to abort them, but also to “create” them through artificial means that replace normal human procreation. We do not have a “right” to children, but rather an awesome privilege to receive them, if God so chooses to give the gift.

Prayer: Lord, deepen our understanding of children as a gift. Give generosity to all parents, and patience to all those who await that gift. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: God…set me apart even before my birth

Monday, August 24th, 2015

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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

“God…set me apart even before my birth” (Galatians 1:15).

Reflection: Many pro-abortion public officials will say they believe that life begins at conception. But then they say they cannot legislate that belief on those who think it begins later. But suppose someone said, “I believe that life begins at birth, but I cannot legislate my beliefs on those who think it begins later.” Then the newborn would lose their legal protection. Such protection is needed precisely when some believe others shouldn’t have it.

Prayer: Lord, give our legislators, and all your people, wisdom to know the difference between legislating beliefs and protecting lives. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: He will have pity on the lowly and the poor…

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

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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 have pity on the lowly and the poor; the lives of the needy he will save” (Psalm 72:13).

Reflection: Biblically speaking, the “poor” are not simply those who are materially deprived, but rather those who have no help but God. God has mercy especially on those who realize he is their only hope and only help. Those who are like God also have a “preferential option for the poor.” In other words, we go first to those who need our help the most.

Prayer: Lord, I pray for the “poor,” for those most abandoned and forgotten. Let their voices be heard and their lives spared. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Why sit-ins, marches and so forth?

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

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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

“You may well ask: ‘Why direct action? Why sit-ins, marches and so forth? Isn’t negotiation a better path?’ … Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action. … It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 1963).

Reflection: There are strong parallels between the Civil Rights Movement and the Pro-life Movement. One of them is that the powers with whom we must negotiate are often unwilling to even begin negotiating, or do not see the need. Peaceful protest is therefore required.

Prayer: Lord, may Your people faithfully protest injustice and awaken those in power. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: On this day of joy we honor you.

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

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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.

“The Mighty One has done great things for me” (Luke 1:49).

Reflection: Because of her unique role as his mother, Mary received from Jesus a full share, body and soul, in his victory over death. In the human family, which God decided to join, there can be no closer bond than mother and child. They belong together; their destinies are intertwined. That is one of the central messages of the pro-life movement. To love and care for a mother necessarily means protecting, loving, and caring for her child.

Prayer: Blessed Virgin Mother, on this day of joy we honor you. Pray for us, and for the victory of life! Amen!

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: he had compassion on them because they were destressed and helpless

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

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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

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were distressed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36).

Reflection: At times, we have all “aborted” God’s will in our lives. We never look down on those who have committed the sin of abortion or who promote it. They are not the enemy, but rather are captive to the enemy. We seek to free them, as their brothers and sisters who are no strangers to temptation, error, and sin.

Prayer: God of compassion, fill me with the same compassion You have for me and for all who have sinned. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Then will the words that are written be fulfilled

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

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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

“Then will the words that are written be fulfilled: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory’” (1 Corinthians 15:54).

Reflection: At the scene of the first murder of Abel by Cain, the soil “opened its mouth” to swallow Abel’s blood (see Genesis 4:10-11). At the scene of the final victory of life, it is death itself that will be “swallowed up in victory.” God is in the business of destroying death, and that is why his people work on behalf of life.

Prayer: Lord, continue to give us consolation, amidst a Culture of Death, that this evil will not last forever, but will be swallowed up in victory. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Jesus holds a perpetual priestshood…

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

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

“Jesus holds a perpetual priesthood…he has the full power to save those who approach God through him, since he lives forever to intercede for them” (Hebrews 7:24-25).

Reflection: In the heights of heaven, where he sits at the right hand of the Father, what does Jesus do? Scripture tells us that, sharing our human nature, he constantly intercedes for us. He presents to the Father the dignity of our humanity, that it may be filled with the life of God.

Prayer: Lord, give us confidence that we can always approach you, from the darkness of this valley of death, as you intercede, in your humanity, for ours. Amen.

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