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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

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

“These commandments that I give you today … Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates” – Deuteronomy 6:6,8-9.

Reflection: Many states now have specialty license plates that have the words “Choose Life” above the plate number. Money raised from the purchase of these plates supports alternatives to abortion, and the pro-life message is spread on the road!

Prayer: Father, in the most ordinary activities of life, we can spread the message of life! Give us creativity to see more of these ways, and courage and perseverance in using them! Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

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

“As for the saints who are in the land…in them there is all my delight” – Psalm 16:3.

Reflection: God calls his people to work together for the cause of life and justice. Just as we cannot work in isolation from God, we likewise cannot work in isolation from one another. Every laborer in the Lord’s vineyard has something to learn from every other laborer, and together they lift one another up in times of weariness.

Prayer: Lord, you call us and form us into a community of life and of justice. Keep us working hand in hand, and in unity of heart, for the purposes you inspire. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

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

“We have only done our duty” – Luke 17:10.

Reflection: The pro-life movement is not controlled “from above” or orchestrated through commanders giving orders. Rather, the response to children in danger of being killed flows from our most basic human inclinations. This is why the movement is so large and diverse, and why such diversity is legitimate.

Prayer: Lord, if we were not to respond to children who are in need, we would be acting as if we were not human. Thank you for the pro-life movement, which shows forth humanity at its best. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

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

“May he enable us to achieve what is pleasing to him through Jesus Christ” (Hebrews 13:21).

Reflection: The pro-life movement is not primarily a response to Roe vs. Wade. It is a response to Jesus Christ. This movement stands in the tradition of the early Christians who rescued abandoned infants from the streets, to those who established hospitals and worked to liberate slaves. Jesus Christ came to free the oppressed; His disciples do the same.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I am grateful that in responding to You I stand in a great tradition of disciples who have served the oppressed in Your name. Keep me strong in my response to You! Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

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

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” – Hebrews 13:8.

Reflection: The teaching of Christianity on the sanctity of life does not flow from some historical circumstance, political ideology, or changing opinion. It is based on the person of Jesus Christ, who does not change. He is the perfect reflection of the Father, the source of all life. That is why the Church holds that its pro-life teaching “is unchanged and unchangeable” (EV, 62).

Prayer: Lord Jesus, You are the solid Rock of our faith and of our pro-life commitment. As You are unchanging, so give us the constancy and fidelity of perseverance until the end of our journey. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

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

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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