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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, September 27th, 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

“Adopting a consistent ethic of life, the Catholic Church promotes a broad spectrum of issues …Opposition to abortion and euthanasia does not excuse indifference to those who suffer from poverty, violence and injustice. …But being ‘right’ in such matters can never excuse a wrong choice regarding direct attacks on innocent human life” (US Bishops, Living the Gospel of Life, n. 23).

Reflection: Consistency cuts both ways, and challenges those with blind spots to human rights. The most common mistake is to tolerate child-killing while advocating for adults.

Prayer: Lord, free us from every trying to use justice as an excuse for injustice, or right as a justification for wrong. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, September 21st, 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

“You restored me to health and let me live” (Isaiah 38:16).

Reflection: Pro-abortion politicians will say, “I support women’s rights and health.” Yet that is precisely why they should examine the evidence that abortion is destructive of women’s health, and listen to the growing voices of those who have been harmed by abortion. That is also why they should examine how the abortion industry, through unregulated and dangerous clinics, continues to deceive and exploit women.

Prayer: Lord, I pray today for all those women who have been injured, physically and emotionally, by abortion. Bring them healing, and awaken our public officials to the harm abortion does. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, September 20th, 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

“You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons” (1 Corinthians 10:21).

Reflection: Some public officials who refuse to oppose child-killing continue to receive Holy Communion. But communion means union. To desire union with Jesus is to desire union with life, and to be in communion with his teachings means to accept them. When we come to Jesus, we are the ones who have to change to be like him.

Prayer: Lord, give us the strength to be in union with You, and therefore to reject evil practices. As You come to us, change us to be like You. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, September 14th, 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

“We also glory in our sufferings” (Romans 5:3).

Reflection: Today is the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross, by which Christ redeemed the world. Because His death destroyed our own, the cross is a symbol of ultimate triumph over evil, and a symbol of the cross we must embrace in everyday life. Persecution and opposition have been promised by Christ. Especially if we work to save the unborn, we are subject to ridicule and rejection. Our plans for pro-life activity should not be geared towards avoiding rejection, but rather should count on it.

Prayer: Lord, may we see the cross as our triumph, today and forever. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, September 13th, 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

“In this way democracy, contradicting its own principles effectively moves towards a form of totalitarianism. The State is no longer the “common home” where all can live together on the basis of principles of fundamental equality, but is transformed into a tyrant State, which arrogates to itself the right to dispose of the life of the weakest and most defenseless members” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.20).

Reflection: Some see laws permitting abortion as a minor flaw; the Pope is saying here that they change the very nature of the State.

Prayer: Lord, free us from the tyranny of governments that think they can dispose of human life. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, September 7th, 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

“All of them look to you to give them their food at the appropriate time” (Psalm 104:27).

Reflection: One of the myths that was used to kill Terri Schiavo was the idea that food and water are medical treatments. But when we come back from a meal, we don’t say, “I just had my latest medical treatment.” Rather, we say, “I had breakfast, lunch, or dinner.” Food and water are ordinary means of care which may not be taken away from the sick.

Prayer: Lord, I pray today for all who need assistance to receive nourishment. Protect them and surround them with people who will treat them with care. Amen

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, September 6th, 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“You will show me the path to life; you will fill me with joy in your presence” (Psalm 16:11).

Reflection: Many men and women who have lost children to abortion are speaking publicly about their sin and forgiveness through the Silent No More Awareness Campaign (a project of Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life). This campaign shows the harm abortion does, leads people to healing, and reveals the power and mercy of Christ. There is no reason to be locked in sin, shame, and silence.

Prayer: Lord, bless all the men and women who are speaking out about their abortion experiences. Thank You for their courage. Amen.

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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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