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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Mary set out and journeyed in haste into the hill country…

Sunday, May 31st, 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

“Mary set out and journeyed in haste into the hill country…Mary remained with Elizabeth for about three months” (Luke 1:39, 56).

Reflection: After Mary was told she would be the mother of God, the truth of her new status did not distract her from Elizabeth’s needs. Real encounters with God do not turn us into ourselves, but rather make us more responsive to the needs of others. Religion does not keep us within the walls of our churches; rather, we serve the needs of those whose lives and rights are in danger.

Prayer: Lord, may we learn from what Mary did. Send us to help mothers and children in need. Amen!

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Lord, may we rejoice in your faithful care for life…

Saturday, May 30th, 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

“To hinder a birth is merely a speedier man-killing; nor does it matter whether you take away a life that is born, or destroy one that is coming to the birth. That is a man which is going to be one; you have the fruit already in the seed” (Tertullian, 3rd century).

Reflection: The Lord’s dominion over life, and over the whole process of its coming and going, is the basis for our pro-life convictions. To say “No” to life at any stage of its development is to say “No” to God himself.

Prayer: Lord, may we rejoice in Your faithful care for life from its earliest stages. Amen!

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of all people

Monday, May 25th, 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

“He will not speak on his own authority, but he will speak what he hears…for he will take what is mine and communicate it to you.” (Jn. 16:13-14)

Reflection: The Holy Spirit is God, and all He says to us is consistent with what the Father and the Son have revealed. “The Holy Spirit…will…remind you of all that I told you” (Jn.14:26). No disciple can claim the “freedom of the Spirit” to contradict the commandments, including that which forbids the killing of the innocent.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of all people, that they may not believe any new or false gospels that justify the Culture of Death. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Her children arise and call her blessed

Sunday, May 24th, 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

“Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her” – Proverbs 31:28.

Reflection: The early feminist leader Sara Norton said, “Perhaps there will come a time when the right of the unborn to be born will not be denied or interfered with.” Authentic feminism is pro-life, because it takes seriously the message of equality – and that includes children.

Prayer: Lord, You have exalted the vocation of motherhood with honor and dignity. May all mothers see that their happiness lies in giving themselves away in love to their family and to You! Amen!

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: I thank You for those who serve You in public office.

Saturday, May 23rd, 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 everyone submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which derives from God” – Romans 13:1

Reflection: Abortion supporters say the government has no business telling us what we can do in the bedroom. But laws do prohibit theft, statutory rape, child abuse, or murder in bedrooms. Moreover, abortions do not occur in the bedroom. They are committed in publicly advertised facilities, and they tear little children apart. The government does in fact have the duty to stop such violence.

Prayer: Lord, I thank You for those who serve You in public office. Give our legislators wisdom to enact laws that preserve the rights of all. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Preach the message

Sunday, May 17th, 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

“Preach the message; be persistent in doing so, whether in season or out of season; convince, reprove, and encourage, but with great patience and instruction” – 2 Timothy 4:2

Reflection: Do you want to hear your parish priest talk more about abortion and the pro-life movement? The first place to start is to listen to your priest and learn how he thinks. What is he most interested in and passionate about? Then, when you find out, link that issue with the abortion issue.

Prayer: Lord, bless our priests and all who preach and teach Your Word. Free their hearts and open their lips, that they may speak up for the defenseless. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: The blind man said to him, ‘Rabbi, let me receive my sight’

Saturday, May 16th, 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

“The blind man said to him, ‘Rabbi, let me receive my sight’“ Mark 10:51.

Reflection: People change when they see abortion. One wrote, “I was horrified by the gallery of photos of those tiny innocents – murdered, but I’m glad to have seen them. No one can truly form an opinion on abortion without seeing the horror. I had no idea the practice was so brutal.”

Prayer: Lord, sometimes it is only when we see evil that we are able to fully appreciate the good. Give Your people courage to face the evils around us, that we may have greater strength to fight them in Your Name. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: They stood still, their faces filled with sadness.

Sunday, May 3rd, 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 stood still, their faces filled with sadness.” (Luke 24:16)

Reflection: On the first Easter Sunday afternoon, the two disciples walking on the road to Emmaus failed to recognize Jesus when He started walking with them.

Perhaps it was because they were looking downcast.

Often we are too absorbed in our own disappointment to see that hope is right in front of us. For many who are pregnant, despair and fear can lead to the violence of abortion – unless we intervene and show that the Lord is walking with us.

Prayer: Lord, I pray for all whose sadness tempts them to abortion. Give me the opportunity to speak, and to reveal Your presence. Amen!

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Who will roll back the stone for us?

Saturday, May 2nd, 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

“Who will roll back the stone for us?” (Mark 16:3)

Reflection: On Easter morning, little did the women know that the stone had already been rolled away, and that Jesus was alive.

But the women’s question persists today. Who will roll away the stone for us? Who will free humanity from death, from sin, and from despair? How do we roll away the culture of death?

The answer also persists: Jesus Christ is Risen! In Him we advance the victory of life.

Prayer: Lord, so many wonder how we will ever end abortion and the Culture of Death. But I renew my faith that the stone has been rolled back already. Your victory is among us!

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: An angel of the Lord descended from heaven…

Sunday, April 26th, 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

“An angel of the Lord descended from heaven, came and rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.” (Matthew 28:2)

Reflection: The stone is what sealed human beings in the grave. By sitting on it, the angel says that death is conquered – not only Jesus’ death, but all death. The stone is not going to roll back; it cannot any longer hold humanity captive to the grave. Our destiny is now the heights of heaven.

Prayer: Alleluia! The Kingdom of death has been overturned! The power of abortion, euthanasia, and other evils has already been defeated! Lord, Your power is greater than death. May Easter give me confidence to be a witness to Life!

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