Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Community of the Church

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“Now Thomas …was not with the rest when Jesus came.” (John 20:24)

Reflection: So where was Thomas on that first Easter night?
Perhaps he was out looking for Jesus! After all, he had to see things for himself.
Yet Thomas did not find Jesus until he returned to the community of Peter and the other apostles.
We too need the community of the Church, united around the successor of Peter. There we find the strength to affirm life.
Prayer: Lord, I thank you that I do not fight the Culture of Death alone, but rather in the midst of your People of Life. Keep me always in union with the Church, and vigorous in proclaiming life!

Fr. Pavone of Priests for Life Praises Kansas Legislature for Pro-life Measures

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“Governor Brownback, a longtime friend of Priests for Life, is committed to enacting pro-life legislation. This is why Priests for Life and the National Pro-life Religious Council recently honored him with our Pro-life Recognition Award on the day of the national March for Life in Washington,” Fr. Pavone explained. “We are delighted that these measures are going to him.”

 

Read the entire Press Release: http://www.priestsforlife.org/pressreleases/5691-fr-pavone-of-priests-for-life-praises-kansas-legislature-for-pro-life-measures

Today’s Pro-life Reflection: They Stood Still

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“They stood still, their faces filled with sadness.” (Luke 24:16)

Reflection: On the first Easter Sunday afternoon, the two disciples walking on the road to Emmaus failed to recognize Jesus when he started walking with them.
Perhaps it was because they were looking downcast.
Often we are too absorbed in our own disappointment to see that hope is right in front of us. For many who are pregnant, despair and fear can lead to the violence of abortion – unless we intervene and show that the Lord is walking with us.
Prayer: Lord, I pray for all whose sadness tempts them to abortion. Give me the opportunity to speak, and to reveal your presence. Amen!

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Victory of Life for Christ is Risen!

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“Who will roll back the stone for us?” (Mark 16:3)

Reflection: On Easter morning, little did the women know that the stone already been rolled away, and that Jesus was alive. But the women’s question persists today. Who will roll away the stone for us? Who will free humanity from death, from sin, and from despair? How do we roll away the culture of death? The answer also persists: Jesus Christ is Risen! In him we advance the victory of life.

Prayer: Lord, so many wonder how we will ever end abortion and the Culture of death. But I renew my faith that the stone has been rolled back already. Your victory is among us!

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: … blessed is the fruit of your womb.

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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

“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” (Luke 1:42)

Reflection: May is marked by the beautiful ceremony of the May crowning. We present to Mary, the mother of Life, the sign of life contained in the flowers that grow at this time of year. By doing this, we honor Mary for saying yes to the Life of God in her womb.

Prayer: Mary, we ask you today to intercede for all those who find it difficult to accept the gift of new life, whether within their own womb or in someone else. Help them say Yes. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Despair causes them to look to death as a solution.

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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

“Why do you look among the dead for one who is alive? He is not here. He has been raised.” (Luke 24:5-6)

Reflection: How easy it is for people to seek the living one among the dead. Despair causes them to look to death as a solution. But death is never a solution. When we look to Jesus, we find the Living One, and he strengthens us to choose life.

Prayer: Lord, we do not seek you, among the dead. Grant that your people may never turn to death for comfort or hope, but only to you, the Living Lord. Amen!

Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Run into the World

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“They ran from the tomb to inform his disciples…” (Matthew 28:8) 

Reflection: On the morning of Jesus’ resurrection, there was a lot of running taking place. The women, having seen the empty tomb, ran back to the disciples. Peter and John, having heard the women’s story, ran toward the tomb. And in the end, of course, all the apostles ran into the world to announce this greatest news of history.
We, too, must run to announce the Gospel of Life with vigor, and to intervene to save the unborn with urgency.

Prayer: Lord, your Gospel of Life is cause for urgent activity! Fill me with the vigor of Easter each day, that I may announce the victory of Life! Amen!

Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Victory of Life

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“When they heard that he was alive…they refused to believe it.” (Mark 16:11) 

Reflection: On Easter morning, the women who had seen the Risen Lord were greeted by disbelieving apostles. That night, Jesus chided them for their stubborn refusal to believe.
The apostles clearly were not engaged in wishful thinking. They came to believe because they saw and touched the risen Lord. This gives us confidence. The victory of life is more than wishful thinking.

Prayer: Lord, sometimes we doubt your victory over death, and your ability to overcome the Culture of Death. Drive the power of doubt away, and enable me to spread the certainty of the victory of life! Amen!

 

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Repent and Be Healed

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“Everyone who does evil hates the light and avoids coming near the light so that his misdeeds may not be exposed” – John 3:20.

Reflection: A key priority of our pro-life movement must be to expose the corruption of the abortion industry. Making abortion legal never made it safe, and keeping it legal can never keep it safe. You can’t practice vice virtuously. If you are willing to kill a baby, you will be willing to do many other kinds of evil as well.

Prayer: Lord, bring into the light the evils being done behind closed doors in abortion centers, that our nation may repent and be healed, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.