Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Forgive your people, 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

“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.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Service of the Gospel of life is …

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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

“Service of the Gospel of life is … a valuable and fruitful area for … practical ecumenism … and joint efforts with the followers of other religions and with all people of good will” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.91).

Reflection: If your child needed emergency medical attention, you would cooperate with the medical technicians, no matter what their religion, to save the life of your child. Isn’t it only right, then, to cooperate with people of a different religion in order to save the life of someone else’s child?

Prayer: Lord, give us the wisdom to cooperate with everyone in the fundamental task of saving lives. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Pro-life people are the more tolerant ones.

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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.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: This is the death of true freedom…

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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 claim the right to abortion, infanticide and euthanasia, and to recognize that right in law, means to attribute to human freedom a perverse and evil significance: that of an absolute power over others and against others. This is the death of true freedom: “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin” (Jn 8:34)” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.20).

Reflection: Freedom has a meaning and a consistency; it never destroys in others what it claims for itself. So much oppression masquerades as “freedom of choice.”

Prayer: Lord, only in you and in your Word do we discover the power of freedom. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Love the Lord, all his saints.

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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

“Love the Lord, all his saints” (Psalm 31:24).

Reflection: Many of the saints we honor today were martyrs.

But what is the difference between martyrdom and suicide?

It is the difference between giving and taking.

In suicide, one takes his own life, pretending to be the master of it.

In martyrdom, one realizes that only God is master of his life, and therefore that he cannot hold on to that life at the cost of betraying God. Martyrdom is the very opposite of suicide.

Prayer: Lord, as we honor your saints, grant that we may build a world that acknowledges you alone as the Master of life and death. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Every voice matters in the public forum.

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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

“Every voice matters in the public forum. Every vote counts. Every act of responsible citizenship is an exercise of significant individual power. We must exercise that power in ways that defend human life, especially those of God’s children who are unborn, disabled or otherwise vulnerable” (US Bishops, Living the Gospel of Life, 34).

Reflection: The Presidential race of 2000 was decided by fewer votes than are present in most parishes on a Sunday morning. Many other races are decided by literally a handful of votes, and sometimes by a single vote. Citizens easily underestimate the power of their vote.

Prayer: Lord, may I never fail to exercise my vote! Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: may we use wisely the freedom to elect our lawmakers

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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

“Every man has the obligation to vote, because by voting he can determine … who will make tomorrow’s laws either to be unjust and perverse, or to promote human values. . . God Himself asks that every Christian, make his contribution by voting” (Bishop Karl Romer, Secretary, Pontifical Council for the Family, The Vatican).

Reflection: Everything we can say about the tremendous moral responsibility of those who craft legislation and put it into effect really reflects the moral responsibility of those who put them in those positions in the first place – the voters.

Prayer: Lord, may we use wisely the freedom to elect our lawmakers. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: After the abortion, I felt dirty, ashamed …

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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

“’Come now, let us reason together,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool’” (Isaiah 1:18).

Reflection: A woman wrote, “After the abortion, I felt dirty, ashamed, like a low ant below all else. I felt betrayed, like a betrayer. Something which took such little time left a permanent scar. I sat in the rain the rest of the day, occasionally walking, crying, and not knowing why I really had the abortion.”

Prayer: Come, God of hope; lift up all burdened by their abortion. Make them whole again. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me

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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

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Matthew 28:18).

Reflection: What if a church said that as part of its worship service it would sacrifice a little child on the altar? Certainly the State would step in to stop that, and few people would regard that as an infringement of the separation of Church and State. Neither is it an infringement when the Church tells the state it cannot authorize the killing of children by abortion.

Prayer: O God, you are Lord of both Church and State. Grant that neither infringe upon the human rights of your people. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: May the world see us giving our very lives to other human beings.

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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

“No one can have greater love than to lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

Reflection: Jesus Christ made the sacrifice of himself “through the eternal spirit” (Heb.9:14). It is in the Holy Spirit that we too have the power to love, which consists in giving ourselves away for the good of the other. Such is to be our response to the unborn and to all the vulnerable.

Prayer: Lord, may the world see us, your disciples, giving our very lives to other human beings. Seeing this love, may they discover and receive the Spirit who inspires it. Amen.