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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“I shall accept whatever they will do to me provided they save the child” (St Gianna Molla).

Reflection: In 1962, Saint Gianna Beretta Molla died after giving birth to her fourth child. She was a physician herself, and understood the risks of her own complications in pregnancy, but steadfastly refused
abortion. Some would question her decision, given that she already had three born children. However, nothing would have harmed those children more than if she had aborted their sister, and nothing blessed them more than the example of a mother who gave her life for her child.

Prayer: Saint Gianna, pray for us, that we may imitate your selfless love. Amen.

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Like St. John the Baptist, We Must Also Speak Up

Monday, August 29th, 2011





Today we observe the martyrdom of St. John the Baptizer. He was killed because he spoke truth to the powerful but sinful king. The Church points to him and tells us we need to do the same: to challenge our government leaders to do what is right, starting with the protection of every human life, born and unborn.

This responsibility takes the form of lobbying and communicating with elected representatives. It also takes the form of voting, so that those who fail in their basic responsibilities to the community may not get into public office in the first place.

We count the cost of this activity too carefully. Today, let’s learn a lesson from the one who lost his head rather than keep silent. St. John the Baptizer, pray for us and for our leaders.

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The Transfiguration

Thursday, August 4th, 2011






One day, the Lord Jesus took Peter, James, and John up on a mountain, and was transfigured before their eyes. His clothes became as bright as the sun, Moses and Elijah were seen speaking with him about his upcoming passion, and the Father’s voice was heard declaring that he was his Son.
All this was a sign to those apostles that they should not be troubled by the events that would unfold. The betrayal and crucifixion of Jesus were to fulfill the Father’s plan for our salvation.
The Transfiguration is also a sign to us. Circumstances can make us forget that every human life is part of the Father’s plan, and that the glory of God is to be seen in every person, no matter how burdensome, unplanned, or ill that person may be.

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The Daughter of St. Gianna Molla recently visited Priests for Life

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011





On her first trip to the United States, the youngest daughter of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla visited the headquarters of Priests for Life in New York. St. Gianna died in 1962, just six days after giving birth to this daughter, Gianna Emanuela. St. Gianna, who was a physician, had a benign tumor, but insisted that the life of her child be preserved, even at the risk of losing her own. This act of self-sacrifice was the culmination of an entire life lived in the clear conviction that every human life is of unspeakable value, and is worth our sacrifice and protection. In her visit to Priests for Life, Gianna Emanuela thanked all pro-life activists for the work they do and invited them to take courage from the example of her saint mother.

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Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011





On January 25, the Church observes the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. This day concludes the week of prayer for Christian Unity. St. Paul, who once persecuted Christians, was converted to Jesus Christ. When the Church prays for Christian Unity, she prays that the whole world may convert to Christ, as Paul did, and that this conversion may come about because the world sees strong unity among the followers of Christ. Christian Unity is not about pretending that there are no differences between denominations, but rather it is about recognizing and building on what we hold in common. The pro-life movement continues to be one of the most powerful practical ways that Christians are coming together. The National Pro-life Religious Council, which consists of many denominations, is a symbol of that fact.

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God Alone is the Master of Life and Death

Monday, November 1st, 2010





Today the Church observes All Saints’ Day, and many of those saints 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, because the martyr declares that God alone is Lord of Life, and that being faithful to Him is worth any price, including death.

As we honor the martyrs and all the saints, let’s recommit ourselves to building a world that acknowledges God alone as the Master of life and death.

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