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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, December 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

“A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.100).

Reflection: Prayer is the opposite dynamic of “pro-choice” or “choice to die,” because those erroneous ideas assert the primacy of the individual, while prayer acknowledges the primacy of God. Prayer for life, moreover, does not simply ask God to end the culture of death, but commits us to be active in fighting for the vulnerable.

Prayer: Lord, unite Your people in prayer, in praise and thanksgiving for life, in repentance for taking it, and in supplication for protecting it. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, December 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

“He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.” (Creed)

Reflection: Advent focuses us on the Second Coming of Christ. He will return to earth, separate good from evil entirely, and publicly judge every person who ever lived. All the good we have done, especially at the price of ridicule, will be rewarded publicly. In the light of his coming, what sacrifice is too great to make for our smallest brothers and sisters who need our help today?

Prayer: Lord, remove my fear of ridicule, of unpopularity, and of suffering for standing up for what is right. May the light of your coming strengthen my pro-life witness. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, November 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

“God greatly increased the number of his people and made them too strong for their foes” (Psalm 105:24).

Reflection: Dr. Joseph Chamie, Director of the Population Division at the United Nations, has said, “A growing number of countries view their low birth rates with the resulting population decline and ageing to be a serious crisis, jeopardizing the basic foundations of the nation and threatening its survival.” Keep this in mind the next time someone talks to you about over-population.

Prayer: Lord, continue to make Your people fruitful. Bless all nations with the gift of life and the joy of welcoming it. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, November 29th, 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

“To anyone who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne” (Revelation 3:21).

Reflection: Milwaukee police found children were throwing things off a bridge one day. When the police asked the children what they were throwing, they answered, “Little people.” The police then saw the small containers of tiny babies that had been aborted in a nearby abortion clinic and left in the garbage bin. The destiny of the human person is the heights of heaven. That’s why we can’t ignore it when people are thrown in the garbage.

Prayer: Lord, may Your awesome promise to humanity inspire our pro-life efforts. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, November 23rd, 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

“Your hands are full of blood; wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, learn to do right!” (Isaiah 1:15-17).

Reflection: Some abortion advocates agree that abortion should be “reduced.” The pro-life movement does reduce abortions, but also works to end it, and this is what the other side considers “divisive.” They want to present themselves as favoring life, but they don’t want to ultimately protect every life. It’s like saying we should reduce child abuse in our nation, but that trying to prohibit it altogether is too divisive.

Prayer: Lord, continue to divide good from evil as You work through us. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, November 22nd, 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 wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will no longer be death” (Revelation 21:4).

Reflection: Men continue to suffer from the abortion of their children. Many of them repent of having shed the blood of the person God entrusted to their care, love, and protection. Others tried to protect their child, and were not allowed by the child’s mother or by the law to intervene to stop the abortion. Men in these circumstances need to know that they do not weep alone, and that healing is available.

Prayer: Redeem, O Lord, the fathers whose hearts are torn by the abortion of their children. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, November 16th, 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

Life is always a good. …Why is life a good?… The life which God gives man is …a manifestation of God in the world, a sign of his presence, a trace of his glory” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.34).

Reflection: Abortion advocates say that the embryo or fetus is “just a collection of cells.” But this is no argument at all. The same can be said of you and me. If someone does not see the dignity of the human person, their view of people is just reduced to cells.

Prayer: Fill us with wonder, Lord, at Your glory shining through every human life. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, November 15th, 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

“Wicked people and imposters will grow ever worse, deceiving others and being themselves deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13).

Reflection: Euthanasia advocates try to paint Terri Schiavo’s death as peaceful, gentle and dignified. They are selling death as a product, as a better alternative than a life of suffering. But Terri, when dying, had a look of terror and sadness on her face. She was panting and her eyes were rapidly moving from side to side. In no way was this death gentle, peaceful, or dignified. Rather, it was cruel murder by dehydration — an action we would not carry out on an animal.

Prayer: Forgive Your people, Lord, and free us from deception. Amen.

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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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