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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: … receive one another with unconditional welcome.

Sunday, July 12th, 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

“Therefore, just as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to walk in him” (Colossians 2:6).

Reflection: Imagine a person who receives Communion, accepts the Host when the priest says, “The Body of Christ,” says “Amen,” and then breaks off a piece, hands it back, and says, “Except this piece, Father!” This is what the person who rejects other people may as well do. In receiving Christ, we are to receive the whole Christ, in all his members, our brothers and sisters, whether convenient or inconvenient, wanted or unwanted.

Prayer: Lord, may all Your people who have received You in Communion receive one another with unconditional welcome. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: … provided they save the child.

Saturday, July 11th, 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 shall accept whatever they will do to me provided they save the child” (St. Gianna Molla).

Reflection: In 1962, Saint Gianna Beretta Molla died after giving birth to her fourth child. She was a physician herself, and understood the risks of her own complications in pregnancy, but steadfastly refused abortion. Some would question her decision, given that she already had three born children. However, nothing would have harmed those children more than if she had aborted their sister, and nothing blessed them more than the example of a mother who gave her life for her child.

Prayer: Saint Gianna, pray for us, that we may imitate your selfless love. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: We are called to be in the heights of heaven.

Sunday, July 5th, 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

“So now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began” (John 17:5).

Reflection: What was different about Jesus’ glory after He ascended to heaven than when He was in heaven before coming to earth? Now, He is in heaven in a human body and soul — the same human nature that you and I share. The Ascension teaches the world the meaning and destiny of human life: We are called to be in the heights of heaven.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, You took our humanity to the heights of heaven. When that same humanity is being thrown in the garbage, may we respond. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: One of the sodiers thrust a lance into his side…

Sunday, June 28th, 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

“One of the soldiers thrust a lance into his side, and immediately a flow of blood and water came forth” (John 19:34).

Reflection: We worship Jesus’ heart. It is the core of the pro-life movement, which is a movement of self-sacrificing love. Nothing can stop the love of the Heart of Jesus, which is the meaning of the flame we see. This love is met by rejection and hatred, symbolized by the wound in the heart.

Prayer: Lord, when my love for the unborn is met with misunderstanding, ridicule, and persecution , fill my heart with Yours, that I may continue to love those who cannot love me back. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: They lead my people astray…

Saturday, June 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

“They lead my people astray, saying, ‘Peace,’ when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash” (Ezekiel 13:10).

Reflection: Late-term abortionist George Tiller tells couples who come to him to abort, “The hard part is saying goodbye to the hopes, dreams and relationships that you have with your baby.” He explains that patients may speak directly to their baby, and even has a chaplain who conducts spiritual services and baptisms for the children who are killed.

Prayer: Lord, have mercy. Move to repentance those who misuse the faith of others to justify wrongdoing, and heal all those who turn to You. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Your light must shine so that it can be seen by others.

Sunday, June 21st, 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

“Your light must shine so that it can be seen by others” (Matthew 5:16).

Reflection: A preacher once wrote that there is no such thing as secret discipleship. Either the discipleship will destroy the secrecy, or the secrecy will destroy the discipleship. That’s why being pro-life cannot just be a personal, private conviction. If it’s in our heart, it needs to be on our lips and in our actions.

Prayer: Praise to You, Lord God, for You open my mouth in worship and in witness; You reveal my faith through my actions. May I never try to be a secret disciple, but rather be proud to be known as one of Yours. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: They maintain the appearance of godliness but deny its power

Sunday, June 14th, 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

“They maintain the appearance of godliness but deny its power…” (2 Timothy 3:5).

Reflection: Abortion supporters used to call it a decision between a woman and her doctor. Now they say it’s a decision between a woman and her God. They have run out of arguments to defend abortion, so they simply appeal to God as a way to shut down all argument. Meanwhile, pro-lifers have both the arguments and the God who is their foundation.

Prayer: Lord, preserve us from the misfortune of turning to You without seeking You, and from the deception of invoking You without listening to You. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Do the laws that prohibit stealing impose a religious belief on the rest of us?

Saturday, June 13th, 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

“Although faith provides special light and strength, this question arises in every human conscience which seeks the truth and which cares about the future of humanity” – EV 101

Reflection: Jesus, the Bible, and the Church teach that stealing is wrong. Therefore, do the laws that prohibit stealing impose a religious belief on the rest of us? Of course not. But some argue that a law protecting the unborn would impose religion. They think freedom of religion should allow child-killing.

Prayer: Lord, You have blessed human conscience with the ability to perceive that killing children is wrong. Increase the moral strength of Your people, that this evil may end. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: You call us and form us into a community of life and of justice.

Sunday, June 7th, 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

“As for the saints who are in the land…in them there is all my delight” (Psalm 16:3).

Reflection: God calls his people to work together for the cause of life and justice. Just as we cannot work in isolation from God, we likewise cannot work in isolation from one another. Every laborer in the Lord’s vineyard has something to learn from every other laborer, and together they lift one another up in times of weariness.

Prayer: Lord, You call us and form us into a community of life and of justice. Keep us working hand in hand, and in unity of heart, for the purposes You inspire. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!

Saturday, June 6th, 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

“Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5:24).

Reflection: Sometimes there is a tension between those who work to defend the right to life, and those who work for “social justice.” Yet there can be no social justice without establishing the most basic justice, the protection of one’s life. If the right to life is not secure, neither is any other right.

Prayer: Lord, in You all justice is fulfilled and all goodness exists in its fullness. Enable Your people who work for what is right to resist every temptation to minimize or neglect any aspect of the demands of justice. Amen.

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