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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, November 2nd, 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

“O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, both now and forevermore” (Psalm 131:3).

Reflection: The month of November is dedicated in a particular way to praying for the dead. This includes children who died before birth. These children did not have the opportunity to be baptized; the Church teaches, however, that we can hope for their salvation, and that we can entrust them with confidence to the mercy of God.

Prayer: Lord, You love these aborted children even more than we do, and You provide in mysterious ways for them to take hold of eternal life in Christ. We entrust them to You and we pray that the killing may stop. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

All Saints

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

“Love the Lord, all his saints” (Psalm 31:24).

Reflection: Many of the saints we honor today 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.

Prayer: Lord, as we honor Your saints, grant that we may build a world that acknowledges You alone as the Master of life and death. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection

Friday, October 31st, 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

“Every voice matters in the public forum. Every vote counts. Every act of responsible citizenship is an exercise of significant individual power. We must exercise that power in ways that defend human life, especially those of God’s children who are unborn, disabled or otherwise vulnerable” (US Bishops, Living the Gospel of Life, 34).


Reflection:
The Presidential race of 2000 was decided by fewer votes than are present in most parishes on a Sunday morning. Many other races are decided by literally a handful of votes, and sometimes by a single vote. Citizens easily underestimate the power of their vote.

Prayer:
Lord, may I never fail to exercise my vote! Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Thursday, October 30th, 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

“We encourage all citizens … to embrace their citizenship not merely as a duty and privilege, but as an opportunity meaningfully to participate in building the culture of life” (US Bishops, Living the Gospel of Life, 34).

Reflection: Voting is a moral obligation. In a representative form of government, the obligations Scripture places on kings and rulers belong to the voters. The obligation to advance the culture of life by one’s vote springs from one’s obligation to the good of the nation, and to the well-being of all the other citizens who live in it.

Prayer: Lord, give us a deep commitment to participate in the political process. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, October 29th, 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

“We urge our fellow citizens to see beyond party politics, to analyze campaign rhetoric critically, and to choose their political leaders according to principle, not party affiliation or mere self-interest” (US Bishops, Living the Gospel of Life, 34).

Reflection: Politics, though messy, is an opportunity to shape society according to moral principles. The first requirement of a public servant is to be able to tell the difference between serving the public and killing the public. The inability to discern that attacks on life like abortion and euthanasia are evil should disqualify a candidate.

Prayer: Lord, shine through the eclipse of conscience that afflicts many public officials, and give them wisdom. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflections

Tuesday, October 28th, 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

“We get the public officials we deserve. Their virtue — or lack thereof — is a judgment not only on them, but on us” (US Bishops, Living the Gospel of Life, 34).

Reflection: This powerful statement points to our responsibility to elect pro-life candidates and keep pro-abortion candidates out of office. They cannot get into office, of course, without a sufficient number of people voting for them. Voters need to ask, If a politician can’t respect the life of a little baby, how is he supposed to respect mine?

Prayer: Lord, raise up in our nation wise and virtuous voters, that we may have godly leaders. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection

Monday, October 27th, 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

“Let us never grow weary in doing what is right” (Galatians 6:9).

Reflection: Sometimes the moral obligation to vote is stronger than at other times. This is especially true when pro-life people can elect, in a close race, someone who will protect the unborn, and remove from office someone who won’t. The tighter the race, the more each person’s vote matters. Among candidates who have a strong enough base to win, we have a moral obligation to vote in such a way that will do the most to advance the culture of life.

Prayer: Lord, let me not miss the opportunity to advance what is good and right. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Sunday, October 26th, 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

“Faithful Christians have a duty to participate in society … by voting so that they may advance the common good. And this duty must be taken seriously by Christians” (Bishop Elio Sgreccia, Vice-President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, The Vatican).

Reflection: The Lord does not save us in isolation, but in community, and commands us to seek the good of the community in which we live. Participation in the processes of civic society simply reflects the solidarity God calls us to have with others, rooted in the call to justice, love, and service.

Prayer: Father, You bring Your people together. Help me respond by full participation in civic life. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Saturday, October 25th, 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

“Every man has the obligation to vote, because by voting he can determine … who will make tomorrow’s laws either to be unjust and perverse, or to promote human values. . . God Himself asks that every Christian, make his contribution by voting” (Bishop Karl Romer, Secretary, Pontifical Council for the Family, The Vatican).

Reflection: Everything we can say about the tremendous moral responsibility of those who craft legislation and put it into effect really reflects the moral responsibility of those who put them in those positions in the first place – the voters.

Prayer: Lord, may we use wisely the freedom to elect our lawmakers. Amen.

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Help Defend Religious Freedom in California, where government is mandating abortion coverage.

Friday, October 24th, 2014

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The state of California is requiring every insurance policy to cover abortion. And this has national implications.

Even religious employers who are exempt from paying for contraceptives are now required to pay for abortions, for any reason, until 24 weeks, long after the child in the womb can feel pain.

We need every pro-life person not only in California but across the nation to join us in taking action RIGHT NOW and to stop this in its tracks. If one state gets away with this, so will others.

The Federalist posted a story on Oct. 22, giving great background on the issue. Here’s an excerpt:

“California’s Department of Managed Health Care has ordered all insurance plans in the state

to immediately begin covering elective abortion…

“At the insistence of the American Civil Liberties Union, the DMHC concluded that a 40-year-old state law requiring health plans to cover “basic health services” had been misinterpreted all these decades. Every plan in the state was immediately ordered, effective August 22, to cover elective abortion. …

“…While California (like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS) exempts churches from its contraceptive mandate,

there is no exception to this bureaucratic abortion mandate.”

The California Catholic Conference of Bishops has complained to DMHC. Alliance Defending Freedom and the Life Legal Defense Fund, according to The Federalist, have filed administrative complaints with the HHS Office of Civil Rights, which oversees this federal law.

Please send an email today to the California Department of Managed Health Care and the Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights. I will give you information below as to how best to do that

This is not just a threat to Californians. This tactic could be used in every abortion-friendly state in the country!

Albin Rhomberg, a long-time advocate for life in California, was on Priest’s for Life’s “Gospel of Life” radio show on Radio Maria this week to talk about this jarring example of government overreach.

“The abortion situation in California is getting worse and destroying society, youth, marriage, family, and the Catholic Church,” he told us. “Within just the last year, the California legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown legalized non-physician midwives, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners to perform abortions, repealed all regulations on abortion services in ‘primary care clinics’ and increased the rate of payment for Medi-Cal abortions by 40 percent in the 2014-2015 state budget.”

And the latest outrage is this order requiring health-care plans to cover abortion.

We cannot sit by and let this happen.

So please click here for the information on how to make that phone call or send that email today. And please send this email to as many people as you can!

This edict has to be overturned. Not only does the mandate violate the Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but it also violates Obamacare, which says that there has to be at least one insurance plan in every state that doesn’t cover abortion.

We should help defeat this edict. Now!

Sincerely,

Fr. Frank Pavone National Director, Priests for Life

P.S. This is the type of action that Priests for Life can take nationwide as we mobilize our movement. To help make it possible for Priests for Life to conduct campaigns such as this one, please click here and be as generous as you can

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