“Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured” (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 1963).
Reflection: The injustice of abortion is hidden. We must expose it through pictures and descriptions of the procedure and testimonies of those wounded by it.
Prayer: Lord, you are the light that exposes darkness. May we expose and overcome evil. Amen
Information is very sketchy about the currently active shooting situation in Colorado Springs. The Planned Parenthood was the address given in the initial call to the police, but we still do not know what connection, if any, the shooting has to do with Planned Parenthood or abortion.
As leaders in the pro-life movement, we call for calm and pray for a peaceful resolution of this situation.
What is motivating this shooting will become clearer in due time. We ask that in the meantime, nobody jump to conclusions regarding the connection between this violence and the controversy over abortion and Planned Parenthood, and we ask that people do not use this situation to inflame emotions on either side of the abortion issue.
Fr. Frank Pavone and Pastoral Team of Priests for Life
“Any politics of human life must work to resist the violence of war and the scandal of capital punishment. Any politics of human dignity must seriously address issues of racism, poverty, hunger, employment, education, housing, and health care” (US Bishops, Living the Gospel of Life, n. 23).
Reflection: Care for human life is multi-faceted. That doesn’t mean anyone has to try to do everything. It means that we have concern for all people, and that we realize that progress in any area of human dignity facilitates progress in every other area.
Prayer: Lord, as progress is made for human rights, may all people, born and unborn, reap the benefit. Amen.
“Despite their differences of nature and moral gravity, contraception and abortion are often closely connected, as fruits of the same tree” …” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n. 13).
Reflection: Contraception is more like the sister to abortion rather than the parent. What gives rise to them both? The Pope continues, “Such practices are rooted in a hedonistic mentality unwilling to accept responsibility in matters of sexuality, and they imply a self-centered concept of freedom, which regards procreation as an obstacle to personal fulfillment” (n. 13).
Prayer: Lord, free us from the bitter fruits of a false idea of freedom and procreation. Make us generous servants. Amen.
“Your hands are full of blood; wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, learn to do right!” (Isaiah 1:15-17).
Reflection: Some abortion advocates agree that abortion should be “reduced.” The pro-life movement does reduce abortions, but also works to end it, and this is what the other side considers “divisive.” They want to present themselves as favoring life, but they don’t want to ultimately protect every life. It’s like saying we should reduce child abuse in our nation, but that trying to prohibit it altogether is too divisive.
Prayer: Lord, continue to divide good from evil as you work through us. Amen.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will no longer be death” (Revelation 21:4).
Reflection: Men continue to suffer from the abortion of their children. Many of them repent of having shed the blood of the person God entrusted to their care, love, and protection. Others tried to protect their child, and were not allowed by the child’s mother or by the law to intervene to stop the abortion. Men in these circumstances need to know that they do not weep alone, and that healing is available.
Prayer: Redeem, O Lord, the fathers whose hearts are torn by the abortion of their children. Amen.