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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, November 9th, 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

“He will free them from oppression and violence, for their blood is precious in his sight” (Psalm 72:14).

Reflection: This psalm foretells the Messiah and describes the effects of his coming. The Messiah holds the blood of human lives as precious, and therefore He brings an end to oppression and violence. He is on the side of the helpless.

Prayer: Lord, as the blood of all my brothers and sisters, especially the oppressed, is precious to You, so let it be precious to me. May we praise You, the God who sets us free from violence, and cooperate with Your grace to free the oppressed. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, November 8th, 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

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and undefiled is this: to come to the aid of orphans and widows in their hardships…”(James 1:27).

Reflection: When Roe vs. Wade permitted abortion, it said, “The word person as used in the 14th Amendment does not include the unborn.” It was a statement of exclusion and intolerance, of prejudice and marginalization. We, in contrast, have our arms open wider, to expand the circle of welcome into the human family. Pro-life people are the more tolerant ones.

Prayer: Lord, break down the walls of prejudice that would exclude anyone from our protection and love. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, November 2nd, 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

“O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, both now and forevermore” (Psalm 131:3).

Reflection: The month of November is dedicated in a particular way to praying for the dead. This includes children who died before birth. These children did not have the opportunity to be baptized; the Church teaches, however, that we can hope for their salvation, and that we can entrust them with confidence to the mercy of God.

Prayer: Lord, You love these aborted children even more than we do, and You provide in mysterious ways for them to take hold of eternal life in Christ. We entrust them to You and we pray that the killing may stop. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

All Saints

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

“Love the Lord, all his saints” (Psalm 31:24).

Reflection: Many of the saints we honor today were martyrs. But what is the difference between martyrdom and suicide? It is the difference between giving and taking. In suicide, one takes his own life, pretending to be the master of it. In martyrdom, one realizes that only God is master of his life, and therefore that he cannot hold on to that life at the cost of betraying God. Martyrdom is the very opposite of suicide.

Prayer: Lord, as we honor Your saints, grant that we may build a world that acknowledges You alone as the Master of life and death. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, October 26th, 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

“Faithful Christians have a duty to participate in society … by voting so that they may advance the common good. And this duty must be taken seriously by Christians” (Bishop Elio Sgreccia, Vice-President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, The Vatican).

Reflection: The Lord does not save us in isolation, but in community, and commands us to seek the good of the community in which we live. Participation in the processes of civic society simply reflects the solidarity God calls us to have with others, rooted in the call to justice, love, and service.

Prayer: Father, You bring Your people together. Help me respond by full participation in civic life. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, October 25th, 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

“Every man has the obligation to vote, because by voting he can determine … who will make tomorrow’s laws either to be unjust and perverse, or to promote human values. . . God Himself asks that every Christian, make his contribution by voting” (Bishop Karl Romer, Secretary, Pontifical Council for the Family, The Vatican).

Reflection: Everything we can say about the tremendous moral responsibility of those who craft legislation and put it into effect really reflects the moral responsibility of those who put them in those positions in the first place – the voters.

Prayer: Lord, may we use wisely the freedom to elect our lawmakers. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, October 19th, 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

“Whatever you did for one of the least of these brethren of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).

Reflection: Christ is the one in prison and on the sickbed, who either gets a visit from us or is ignored; Christi is the one who is hungry and thirsty, who is the immigrant and the one on death row. And Christ is the child who is in the womb, in danger of the abortionist’s knife.

Prayer: Lord, sharpen our vision. Let us truly see You and feel Your presence in each and every human person. May that presence spur us on to generous service. Amen

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, October 18th, 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

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. (Proverbs 30:8).

Reflection: The ministry of Jesus shows a preferential option for the poor and weak, and the Church therefore inherits this as her own priority. The work of peace, justice, and life gives preference to the weakest, those whom society has marginalized, and those who cannot defend themselves. These ministries are, essentially, a voice to the voiceless — whether those voiceless are oppressed nations, the poor, the terminally ill, or the unborn.

Prayer: Thank You for the voice You give me, Lord. May I use it for those who have none. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, October 12th, 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

“The Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you” (Jeremiah 1:7).

Reflection: More and more youth are involved in the pro-life movement. They are motivated by the fact that they could have been aborted. As they speak up for the unborn, they are really speaking up for themselves. And we reaffirm that they are persons not because they are wanted, but because of the dignity they receive from their Creator, and therefore they are welcome.

Prayer: Lord, bless our youth, the survivors of abortion, and make them mighty witnesses for life. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, October 11th, 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

“No one can have greater love than to lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

Reflection: Jesus Christ made the sacrifice of Himself “through the eternal spirit” (Heb.9:14). It is in the Holy Spirit that we too have the power to love, which consists in giving ourselves away for the good of the other. Such is to be our response to the unborn and to all the vulnerable.

Prayer: Lord, may the world see us, Your disciples, giving our very lives to other human beings. Seeing this love, may they discover and receive the Spirit who inspires it. Amen.

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