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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, May 26th, 2014

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

“We need first of all to foster…a contemplative outlook [which] arises from faith in the God of life, who has created every individual as a ‘wonder’” – The Gospel of Life, 83.

Reflection: There are two ways to look at a tree: we can calculate the value of the lumber, or we can be moved by the beauty of the branches. Both views have their place, but our culture has gone overboard in calculating usefulness, to the detriment of reverence. This is especially dangerous when we look at human lives for their productivity rather than their dignity.

Prayer: Lord, fill us with wonder as we contemplate human life and all your creation. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

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

Friday, May 16th, 2014

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

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

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

“He breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’…” – John 20:22

Reflection: On the first Easter night, Jesus breathes His Spirit upon the apostles, that they too might bring new life out of the chaos and darkness of sin. A second Creation account is taking place here. God indeed “has sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins” (Prayer of Absolution). The same Spirit who causes sin to flee will cause death to flee as well, and his priests have a key role to play.

Prayer: Spirit of Life, we beg You to come. Bring order and beauty out of the chaos of the Culture of Death. Amen!

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

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

“A notion of freedom which…gives no place to solidarity … ends up by becoming the freedom of ‘the strong’ against the weak” –The Gospel of Life, 19.

Reflection: Cardinal Meisner of Germany compared the slaughter of tens of millions of unborn children by abortion to the genocide campaigns conducted by Hitler and Stalin. Whenever a government removes equal protection from some human beings, it is an insult to all human beings. The class of victims may change, but the evil is the same.

Prayer: Deliver us from evil, O Lord. Preserve world governments from corruption and make them havens for human rights. Amen.

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Novena to Reverse HHS Mandate — Day 5 #HHSMandate #IStandWithPFL

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Lord God,
You are Light, and in you there is no darkness.
You sent your Son Jesus Christ
As the Light of the World,
And you sent your Holy Spirit
To enlighten the hearts and minds of all.

Lord, we pray today
That we may always experience
The light of your truth,
Informing our conscience
Of what is right and what is wrong.

We pray that this light
Will reach all of our fellow citizens
That they may recognize the dangers of evil
Which are often hidden along their path.

Open the eyes and minds of all
To the threats that currently exist
To our religious freedom,
To the health and well-being of women,
And to the good of our nation.

Give us the grace not only to recognize evil,
But also to reject it with the unwavering strength
That comes from you.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

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

“Now Thomas …was not with the rest when Jesus came.” (John 20:24)

Reflection: So where was Thomas on that first Easter night?

Perhaps he was out looking for Jesus! After all, he had to see things for himself.

Yet Thomas did not find Jesus until he returned to the community of Peter and the other apostles.

We too need the community of the Church, united around the successor of Peter. There we find the strength to affirm life.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you that I do not fight the Culture of Death alone, but rather in the midst of your People of Life. Keep me always in union with the Church, and vigorous in proclaiming life!

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Novena to Reverse the HHS Mandate — Day 4 #HHSMandate #IStandWithPFL

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Lord Jesus Christ,
Ruler of all nations,
You gave Your apostles the command
To preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth,
And promised that You would be with them all days,
Even until the end of the world.

After Your Ascension,
They went forth to preach Your word
And You confirmed with signs and wonders
That You were working through them.

When they were told by the authorities of their day
Not to speak Your name anymore,
And were even arrested and scourged,
They boldly declared,
“We must obey God rather than men!”

Lord Jesus,
You continue to proclaim Your Word
in your Church today.
Give us the same clarity, courage, and determination
That Your apostles had,
That we may not allow any obstacle or earthly power
To intimidate us into silence or compromise.

Grant that our highest loyalty may always and only be to You,
Who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

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

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

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

“Everyone who does evil hates the light and avoids coming near the light so that his misdeeds may not be exposed” – John 3:20.

Reflection: A key priority of our pro-life movement must be to expose the corruption of the abortion industry. Making abortion legal never made it safe, and keeping it legal can never keep it safe. You can’t practice vice virtuously. If you are willing to kill a baby, you will be willing to do many other kinds of evil as well.

Prayer: Lord, bring into the light the evils being done behind closed doors in abortion centers, that our nation may repent and be healed, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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