The Supreme Court is now the Supreme Medical Board, setting its own standards for patient care in the United States. This decision is an outrageous usurpation of legislative power and it only underscores the critical importance of electing a President who will nominate — and Senators who will confirm — justices to the Supreme Court who will adjudicate, not write the law.
“What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient?” (Job 6:11)
Reflection: Studies have shown that those who aborted their first pregnancy were four times more likely to engage in subsequent drug or alcohol abuse than those who never had an abortion. Sometimes this behavior is aimed at dulling the pain abortion brings, or it is done because the mother feels unworthy of living any more, unworthy of being protected, safe, and healthy.
Prayer: Lord, I pray today for those who are in pain and who feel unworthy of life. Reach down from heaven, heal their spirits, and give them new hope. Amen!
“And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment” – John 16:8
Reflection: Here is the reaction of a ‘pro-choice’ person upon seeing what abortion is: “I have looked at the pictures on this site on aborted babies and I started to cry. I have always believed in freedom of choice but after seeing this, I have to say this is just murder.”
Prayer: Lord, as you promised, your Holy Spirit teaches us about you, and helps us to see the full truth about what is right and wrong. May that Spirit reveal to our world its sin and its salvation. Amen.
“Gaze upon the birds…Are you not of far greater value than they?” (Matthew 6:26).
Reflection: Jesus makes it clear that human life is worth more than other creatures. In Florida you can see signs on the beach that say, “Do not touch the sea turtles or their eggs. They are protected by local, state, and federal law.” If we do not have the right to choose to smash the egg of a sea turtle, why do we have the right to choose to smash a baby?
Prayer: Lord, we worship you as the source of everything that is. Teach us to value creation, and to value humanity even more. Amen.
“If only my anguish could be weighed …It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas” (Job 6:2-3).
Reflection: Those who have had abortions are more likely to be tempted to suicide. The mother may see death as the only way of being reunited with her child, and escaping the daily pain that the abortion brings. “I deprived my child of life,” she thinks, “and therefore I don’t deserve my own.”
Prayer: Lord, you are the God who overcomes despair, and whose mighty hand keeps us on the right path. Send your Spirit upon all who are tempted to suicide, and refresh them with new hope. Amen.
“Their message goes forth throughout the earth, and their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19:5).
Reflection: The Internet provides one of the easiest and least expensive ways of spreading God’s word. Each of us can reach thousands of others by joining Internet discussion groups and blogs, and from the comfort of our own home, take a stand on the sanctity of life.
Prayer: Lord, we thank you for the technology that assists us to spread your word to countless people. May our efforts on behalf of life be marked by creativity and courage in using the means you give us. Amen.
“The only honest stance…is that of radical solidarity with the woman” (John Paul II, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, p.206-207)
Reflection: The difference between the pro-life and pro-abortion movements is not that we love the baby and they love the mother. The real difference is that they think you can separate the two and we say you can’t. You cannot kill a baby without hurting the mother, and you cannot protect the baby without loving the mother.
Prayer: Lord, you have intertwined the destiny of mother and child, and have called us to a love that recognizes this intimate union. May every mother and child flourish together in love and protection. Amen.
“And for this I pray: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and full insight” – Philippians 1:9
Reflection: After seeing photos of abortion, a teenager wrote, “I am a 15 year old girl… I have looked at most of your website tonight and I must say that I am astonished. I knew that abortion was basically murdering your fetus, but I had no idea it was such a cruel process. Your pictures gave me the best image of what really goes on in abortion clinics.”
Prayer: Lord, help your people to love their unborn brothers and sisters by growing in knowledge of what threatens their lives. Amen.
“When you come, bring along…the scrolls, particularly the parchments” (2 Timothy 4:13).
Reflection: One of the practical things we can do for the pro-life cause is to purchase some of the latest pro-life books and donate them to the public library. You can be sure that abortion advocates fill the libraries with their books. Let’s make sure our children are receiving the pro-life message.
Prayer: God of all knowledge, give your people a thirst for learning, and a zeal to educate others in the message of life. May we never tire of reading and study in the cause of life. Amen.
“Mary set out and journeyed in haste into the hill country…Mary remained with Elizabeth for about three months” (Luke 1:39, 56).
Reflection: After Mary was told she would be the mother of God, the truth of her new status did not distract her from Elizabeth’s needs. Real encounters with God do not turn us into ourselves, but rather make us more responsive to the needs of others. Religion does not keep us within the walls of our churches; rather, we serve the needs of those whose lives and rights are in danger.
Prayer: Lord, may we learn from what Mary did. Send us to help mothers and children in need. Amen!