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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, August 18th, 2014

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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 things were created through him and for him” (Colossians 1:16). 

Reflection: Cloning is an assault on human dignity and a denial of God’s purpose for human life. Cloning is not about having carbon copies of people walking around. It’s about starting new lives in order to harvest cells for the purported benefit of the person who is genetically identical. In the process, of course, the embryo would be killed.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we were not created to be killed, harvested, or manipulated for some other purpose. We were created through you and for you. May we rejoice in that truth and oppose whatever contradicts it. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

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

​“You will be doing well if you truly observe the sovereign law…’You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (James 2:8).

Reflection: Some prominent politicians claim that it is not their business to impose their religious beliefs on the rest of America. That’s true. But none object to enforcing laws against stealing. Why isn’t that an imposition or religion, given the fact that the Bible and the Catechism tell us not to steal? The reason, of course, is that you have a right to your possessions, not because you are Catholic, but because you are human.

Prayer: Lord, help us distinguish between religious beliefs and moral laws rooted in our nature. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

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

“You may well ask: ‘Why direct action? Why sit-ins, marches and so forth? Isn’t negotiation a better path?’ … Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action. … It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored. (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 1963).

Reflection: There are strong parallels between the Civil Rights Movement and the Pro-life Movement. One of them is that the powers with whom we must negotiate are often unwilling to even begin negotiating, or do not see the need. Peaceful protest is therefore required.

Prayer: Lord, may Your people faithfully protest injustice and awaken those in power. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

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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

“God did not give us a spirit of timidity but rather a spirit of power and of love and of wisdom” (2 Timothy 1:7). 

Reflection: Our pro-life work requires constant courage, which is nurtured through Scripture, incessant prayer, and the example of saints and other historical figures who fought against the injustices of their times. When we feel we don’t have courage, we should simply do what we would do if we did.

Prayer: Lord, at times I ask what I should do next, but I already know. I simply need the courage to do it. Grant it to me today. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

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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

“Such is the complete confidence in God that we have through Christ…Our competence comes from God who has empowered us…” (2 Corinthians 3:4-6).

Reflection: The same Holy Spirit who created the universe, descended upon the womb of Mary, came as tongues of fire at Pentecost, and leads the Church on her mission, is the one who calls and equips us for our pro-life work. Let us not lack for a moment the confidence and joy which come from Him, and which impel us to build a Culture of Life.

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, and equip us, just as you equipped disciples of every century, to advance the Gospel of Life. Amen!

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, August 11th, 2014

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“Therefore strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Make level paths for your feet” (Hebrews 12:12-13).

Reflection: A woman wrote to Priests for Life,  “Up until I visited this site I had been pro-choice. … After seeing the images on your site, there was no decision to be made. I figured that whatever hardships having a baby at this time would bring me would be far easier than living with the guilt if I was to get an abortion. The pictures had such a powerful effect on me. They helped me to be strong.”

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the strength that comes from knowing the truth. Amen.

 

 

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

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

“Whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones…will not go unrewarded” (Matthew 10:42).

Reflection: As Terri Schiavo was dying, a police officer was in the room at all times, making sure that nobody gave Terri a drop of water. A vase of flowers sat on her night table. It was filled with water. Those flowers were being nourished, and a human being was not. How upside-down is the Culture of Death! How offensive is the cruelty we show to the weak and vulnerable.

Prayer: Have mercy on Your people, Lord; bring an end to the cycle of blindness and violence around us. Amen!

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

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

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were distressed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36).

Reflection: At times, we have all “aborted” God’s will in our lives. We never look down on those who have committed the sin of abortion or who promote it. They are not the enemy, but rather are captive to the enemy. We seek to free them, as their brothers and sisters who are no strangers to temptation, error, and sin.

Prayer: God of compassion, fill me with the same compassion You have for me and for all who have sinned. Amen.

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Assumption Novena for Life

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

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Lord Jesus Christ,
You have conquered the power of death
And opened for humanity
The hope of eternal life in body and soul.

You granted your Mother
A share in heavenly glory,
And did not allow decay to touch her body.

As we rejoice in the Assumption of Mary,
Grant us new confidence in the victory of life over death,
And renewed reverence for the human body.

As we honor Mary, Assumed into Heaven,
May we proclaim the hope of Your Gospel:
That you want every human life seated on your throne.

May that hope strengthen us to protect every life here on earth.

You live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

 

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

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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

“Suddenly, there were two men talking with him, Moses and Elijah” (Luke 9:30).

Reflection: Jesus was transfigured; the glory of his divinity shone through his humanity, which reminds us that humanity always expresses the image of God. Here, Moses and Elijah converse with Jesus about his upcoming death, which will itself conquer death. The Transfiguration was meant to remind the apostles that death would not have the last word.

Prayer: Jesus, may your Transfiguration strengthen all of us in the face of the power of death to realize that you have brought about a new kingdom of life. Amen.

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