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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, September 1st, 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

“Such attacks strike human life at the time of its greatest frailty, when it lacks any means of self-defense. Even more serious is the fact that, most often, those attacks are carried out in the very heart of and with the complicity of the family—the family which by its nature is called to be the ‘sanctuary of life’ “(John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.11).

Reflection: Not all sins against life are the same. Context matters. Greater dependence calls for greater protection. The family setting implies greater compassion.

Prayer: God of the family, Lord of the frail, may compassion and protection overflow from Your heart to ours! Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, August 31st, 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

“Be mindful, O Lord, that mercy and kindness have been yours from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth” (Psalm 25:6-7).

Reflection: A woman wrote of her abortion, “It was very painful, physically and mentally. It affected me in the worst way. I felt very guilty. I couldn’t look at any kids. I know I won’t ever do it again.” Those getting an abortion think it will solve their problems, and they find out it only creates more of them.

Prayer: Lord, show us how to reach out to those who have had abortions, and how to understand their pain. Bring us all to healing. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, August 30th, 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

“Euthanasia is a grave violation of the law of God “ (The Gospel of Life, 65).

Reflection: Once we cross the boundary between “allowing to die” and killing, there will be no turning back. If the terminally ill have a right to escape their suffering, why shouldn’t teenagers have a right to escape theirs? After all, isn’t this equal protection under the law? Moreover, why should people be able to exercise a right only when they can articulate it? Voluntary euthanasia automatically introduces non-voluntary euthanasia.

Prayer: Enable us, Lord, to understand that our suffering is not the greatest evil in life, and to bear it in union with You. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, August 24th, 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

“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

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

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

​“You will be doing well if you truly observe the sovereign law…’You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (James 2:8).

Reflection: Some prominent politicians claim that it is not their business to impose their religious beliefs on the rest of America. That’s true. But none object to enforcing laws against stealing. Why isn’t that an imposition or religion, given the fact that the Bible and the Catechism tell us not to steal? The reason, of course, is that you have a right to your possessions, not because you are Catholic, but because you are human.

Prayer: Lord, help us distinguish between religious beliefs and moral laws rooted in our nature. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

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

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

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

“Whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones…will not go unrewarded” (Matthew 10:42).

Reflection: As Terri Schiavo was dying, a police officer was in the room at all times, making sure that nobody gave Terri a drop of water. A vase of flowers sat on her night table. It was filled with water. Those flowers were being nourished, and a human being was not. How upside-down is the Culture of Death! How offensive is the cruelty we show to the weak and vulnerable.

Prayer: Have mercy on Your people, Lord; bring an end to the cycle of blindness and violence around us. Amen!

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

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

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

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

“All have a responsibility for … developing … legislative projects which…will contribute to … a society in which the dignity of each person is recognized ….” (The Gospel of Life, 90).

Reflection: The law called the “Born Alive Infants Protection Act” states that babies born alive at any time of gestation, even as a result of a failed abortion, are to be treated as persons under the law. To be able to protect unwanted babies after a failed abortion brings us one step closer to protecting them before an abortion.

Prayer: Lord, please hasten the progress being made in our laws for the protection of life! Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

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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