Today’s Pro-Life Reflection










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

“I have come to call not the righteous but sinners” (Mark 2:17).

Reflection: Some abortion supporters seek “common ground” with pro-lifers. How do we respond? Jesus Christ ate and talked with sinners, and yet also warned them strongly to repent of their sins. There is no common ground between life and death, yet to talk with those who disagree conveys to them that we respect their lives, too. There is no room for compromise about abortion, but there must always be room to talk to people about it.

Prayer: Lord, teach us the wisdom of dialogue that does not compromise, and of respect that does not equate evil with good. Amen.

Garden of Eden










“You will be like gods,” the serpent said to our first parents in the Garden of Eden. This original temptation was a promise that what was right and what was wrong would be up to us; that we could write our own moral law. That’s what the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” meant, and why Adam and Eve couldn’t eat from it.

We are all called to know good from evil, but not to decide it. To think we decide it is the error of the “pro-choice” mindset. “It’s all up to me and my choice, even if it means killing a baby.” This way of thinking, of course, leads to total chaos. On what basis do we tell people not to kill each other or steal from each other unless there are standards of right and wrong that apply to everyone no matter what they believe?

The Sin is in the Decision to do Evil









Abortion is a sin committed by men as well as women.

Imagine that someone planned to kill his neighbor, obtained the weapon, but at the last minute was caught by the police before he could pull the trigger. Although the intended victim in this plan did not die, the one who tried to kill him still committed a sin. The sin is in the decision to do evil.

Abortions are usually the decision of someone else who pressures the mother to do it. Often, this is a man – perhaps the father of the baby, or the father of the woman getting the abortion. These men commit the sin of abortion, even if the abortion doesn’t occur. To decide that a baby should be killed is to sin against that baby and against the Lord of life.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection












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

“If anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the Righteous One” (1 John 2:1)

Reflection: Often, we tend to think that God is advocating against those who have committed sins against human life and dignity. Scripture tells us, however that if we sin, he advocates for us – not, of course, to justify the sin, but to justify us, to bring us reconciliation, healing, and salvation. This is true precisely because of the dignity of the human person.

Prayer: Lord, as we steadfastly oppose sins against human life and dignity, may we steadfastly proclaim your mercy and healing. Amen.