Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Do not put an innocent or honest person to death…

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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

“Do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty” (Exodus 23:7)

Reflection: The shedding of innocent blood was strictly forbidden to the people of the Covenant. The giving of the law and the establishment of the way of life they were to live in the Promised Land set them apart from other nations, who did not know the true God, and as a result, did not have the same respect for human life.

Prayer: Lord, we are blessed to know you, the God of Life. Keep us faithful to your covenant, and immersed in the awareness of how sacred every life is. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: the baby leaped in her womb

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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

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb” (Luke 1:41).

Reflection: Scripture uses the same language for the unborn as it does other children. Luke’s gospel uses the word “baby” or “child” (Gr. brephos ) to describe John the Baptist prior to his birth. But one chapter later (2:12,16), the already born Christ child is also referred to as a “baby” (brephos ). “Brephos” is commonly used to describe infants and older children (Luke 18:15, Acts 7:19, 1 Peter 2:2).

Prayer: Lord, your word speaks of the born and the unborn in the same terms. Give us the same respect and love for both. Amen

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Protect your people from all harm, O Lord…

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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

“Rulers are a source of fear not to those who do good but rather to those who do evil” – Romans 13:3.

Reflection: There is a big difference between abortion on the one hand, and war and capital punishment on the other. War and capital punishment, when justified, are carried out by the authority of the state restraining those guilty of doing harm; abortion is always carried out by the authority of an individual destroying one innocent of doing any harm.

Prayer: Protect your people from all harm, O Lord, and give your strength to those you have appointed to preserve our peace and security. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: He suffered to rescue the human life he had created…

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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

“And so Pilate…handed him over to be crucified” (Mark 15:15).

Reflection: The Passion of Christ was far more horrible than our crucifixes portray.

He suffered to rescue the human life he had created, to snatch it from the kingdom of death and bring it into his kingdom of life.

Let us remember this Lent that Jesus endured his Passion for every unborn child in the womb. He endured every pain that the unborn might be saved as well as the born.

Prayer: Lord, I am so afraid to suffer. Lessen my fear, and increase my courage, that I may suffer with you for the sake of life. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Thousands of times a day, children are aborted…

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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

“Arise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt” (Matthew 2:13).

Reflection: St. Joseph is the just man who was entrusted with the care of Jesus and Mary. Joseph is a model for all fathers in his example of faithfulness and protection for his family. Thousands of times a day, children are aborted, not because of a choice of the mother, but because of the choice of a father, who fails to show that faithfulness and willingness to protect the child he has helped conceive.

Prayer: Lord, bless fathers. When their child is unexpected, may they welcome that child and encourage the child’s mother to say yes to life. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: God created all things that they may have life …

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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 prepare to celebrate the Paschal Mystery with mind and heart renewed.” (Sacramentary, Preface of Lent 1).

Reflection: Lent is a season in which we prepare to celebrate Christ’s total victory over death, and our share in his life by baptism. Death was not part of God’s original plan for us. Scripture says that God created all things that they may have life, and that he does not rejoice in the destruction of the living.

Standing with Christ in his new life means standing against whatever destroys life.

Prayer: Lord, in this Lenten season, strengthen and renew our commitment to be the People of Life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Keep us faithful in our day, and free of the guilt of child sacrifice.

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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 mutilated their sons and daughters by fire…till the Lord, in his great anger against Israel, put them away out of his sight” (2 Kings 17:17-18).

Reflection: The people of God inherited the Holy Land according to God’s promise but then offended him. Therefore, the Assyrians, swept through the land and brought them into exile. The shedding of innocent blood by child-sacrifice was one of the major reasons that this occurred.

Prayer: Lord, you taught your people that their destiny on the land depended upon their fidelity to your covenant. Keep us faithful in our day, and free of the guilt of child sacrifice. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Lord, may our culture again see children as a blessing.

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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

“Hannah wept much and prayed to the Lord…”Remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son…” 1 Samuel 1:10-11

Reflection: The people of the Old Testament regarded sterility and barrenness as a curse, a source of great shame and sorrow. Fertility, on the other hand, was a blessing and a sign of God’s favor. Many people who suffer from infertility are very close and faithful to God. The attitude of a culture that aborts children, however, increases their anguish all the more.

Prayer: Lord, may our culture again see children as a blessing. Give that blessing to all who long for a child. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: The fetus is just as valuable as the mother

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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

“If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely, but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allow. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye..” Exodus 21: 22-25.

Reflection: The phrase, “no serious injury” applies equally to mother and child. According to Hebrew scholar Dr. Gleason Archer, “There is no second class status attached to the fetus under this rule. The fetus is just as valuable as the mother.”

Prayer: Lord, as you care for every one of your children, may we do likewise. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Whoever humbles himself …

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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

“Whoever humbles himself and becomes like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:5).

Reflection: There is a natural humility about children that God wants us to imitate. They know they are smaller and weaker, and in need of protection and provision. God wants us to know our dependence on him in the same way. The dependence of children, therefore, is meant to evoke from us the same kind of care that God gives us all.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the example of children. May their dependence move the hearts of those around them to love, protect, and care for them in every circumstance. Amen.