Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: … blessed is the fruit of your womb.

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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

“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” (Luke 1:42)

Reflection: May is marked by the beautiful ceremony of the May crowning. We present to Mary, the mother of Life, the sign of life contained in the flowers that grow at this time of year. By doing this, we honor Mary for saying yes to the Life of God in her womb.

Prayer: Mary, we ask you today to intercede for all those who find it difficult to accept the gift of new life, whether within their own womb or in someone else. Help them say Yes. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Despair causes them to look to death as a solution.

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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

“Why do you look among the dead for one who is alive? He is not here. He has been raised.” (Luke 24:5-6)

Reflection: How easy it is for people to seek the living one among the dead. Despair causes them to look to death as a solution. But death is never a solution. When we look to Jesus, we find the Living One, and he strengthens us to choose life.

Prayer: Lord, we do not seek you, among the dead. Grant that your people may never turn to death for comfort or hope, but only to you, the Living Lord. Amen!

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Thank you for making me part of the People of Life!​

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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 have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3)

Reflection: On Easter, many throughout the world are baptized into the Church, and those already baptized renew the vows of their baptism.

By baptism, we are immersed in the new life of Christ. Thanks to baptism, God looks at us through the eyes of His Son, and says, ‘You are my child; you died on the cross, therefore you will rise from the dead.’

Prayer: Father, thank you for immersing me into the death and resurrection of your Son! Thank you for making me part of the People of Life!

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: …love leads to life.

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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’s love was revealed to us in this way: God sent his only-begotten Son into the world so that we might have life through him.” (1 John 4:9)

Reflection: The bible teaches us that God is love, and it likewise teaches us that this love leads to life. Love always gives life; it never takes it. That’s why Christians are pro-life.

Prayer: Father, thank you for revealing your love in Christ, who is life and gives life. May we be immersed in that love, that we too may always be open to life and become givers and defenders of life. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Do not put an innocent or honest person to death…

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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

“Do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty” (Exodus 23:7)

Reflection: The shedding of innocent blood was strictly forbidden to the people of the Covenant. The giving of the law and the establishment of the way of life they were to live in the Promised Land set them apart from other nations, who did not know the true God, and as a result, did not have the same respect for human life.

Prayer: Lord, we are blessed to know you, the God of Life. Keep us faithful to your covenant, and immersed in the awareness of how sacred every life is. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: the baby leaped in her womb

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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 Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb” (Luke 1:41).

Reflection: Scripture uses the same language for the unborn as it does other children. Luke’s gospel uses the word “baby” or “child” (Gr. brephos ) to describe John the Baptist prior to his birth. But one chapter later (2:12,16), the already born Christ child is also referred to as a “baby” (brephos ). “Brephos” is commonly used to describe infants and older children (Luke 18:15, Acts 7:19, 1 Peter 2:2).

Prayer: Lord, your word speaks of the born and the unborn in the same terms. Give us the same respect and love for both. Amen

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Protect your people from all harm, O Lord…

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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

“Rulers are a source of fear not to those who do good but rather to those who do evil” – Romans 13:3.

Reflection: There is a big difference between abortion on the one hand, and war and capital punishment on the other. War and capital punishment, when justified, are carried out by the authority of the state restraining those guilty of doing harm; abortion is always carried out by the authority of an individual destroying one innocent of doing any harm.

Prayer: Protect your people from all harm, O Lord, and give your strength to those you have appointed to preserve our peace and security. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: He suffered to rescue the human life he had created…

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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

“And so Pilate…handed him over to be crucified” (Mark 15:15).

Reflection: The Passion of Christ was far more horrible than our crucifixes portray.

He suffered to rescue the human life he had created, to snatch it from the kingdom of death and bring it into his kingdom of life.

Let us remember this Lent that Jesus endured his Passion for every unborn child in the womb. He endured every pain that the unborn might be saved as well as the born.

Prayer: Lord, I am so afraid to suffer. Lessen my fear, and increase my courage, that I may suffer with you for the sake of life. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Thousands of times a day, children are aborted…

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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

“Arise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt” (Matthew 2:13).

Reflection: St. Joseph is the just man who was entrusted with the care of Jesus and Mary. Joseph is a model for all fathers in his example of faithfulness and protection for his family. Thousands of times a day, children are aborted, not because of a choice of the mother, but because of the choice of a father, who fails to show that faithfulness and willingness to protect the child he has helped conceive.

Prayer: Lord, bless fathers. When their child is unexpected, may they welcome that child and encourage the child’s mother to say yes to life. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: God created all things that they may have life …

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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

“We prepare to celebrate the Paschal Mystery with mind and heart renewed.” (Sacramentary, Preface of Lent 1).

Reflection: Lent is a season in which we prepare to celebrate Christ’s total victory over death, and our share in his life by baptism. Death was not part of God’s original plan for us. Scripture says that God created all things that they may have life, and that he does not rejoice in the destruction of the living.

Standing with Christ in his new life means standing against whatever destroys life.

Prayer: Lord, in this Lenten season, strengthen and renew our commitment to be the People of Life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.