Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

December 7th, 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

“A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.100).

Reflection: Prayer is the opposite dynamic of “pro-choice” or “choice to die,” because those erroneous ideas assert the primacy of the individual, while prayer acknowledges the primacy of God. Prayer for life, moreover, does not simply ask God to end the culture of death, but commits us to be active in fighting for the vulnerable.

Prayer: Lord, unite Your people in prayer, in praise and thanksgiving for life, in repentance for taking it, and in supplication for protecting it. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

December 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

“He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.” (Creed)

Reflection: Advent focuses us on the Second Coming of Christ. He will return to earth, separate good from evil entirely, and publicly judge every person who ever lived. All the good we have done, especially at the price of ridicule, will be rewarded publicly. In the light of his coming, what sacrifice is too great to make for our smallest brothers and sisters who need our help today?

Prayer: Lord, remove my fear of ridicule, of unpopularity, and of suffering for standing up for what is right. May the light of your coming strengthen my pro-life witness. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

December 5th, 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

“The dawn from on high will break upon us to shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death” (Luke 1:78-79).

Reflection:
A woman who saw the photos of aborted babies on the Priests for Life website wrote to us,  “I have always thought that it should be a woman’s right to do what she wanted to her body. Today I stand corrected. Thank you for showing me the truth. I will pray for success in your fight against abortion.”

Prayer: Correct us, Lord, that we may see life as you see it, and help others do the same. Amen.

 

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

December 4th, 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

“You also must be prepared, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Matthew 24:44). 

Reflection: The word “Advent” means “coming,” and the season focuses on the coming of Christ at the end of time, and then on his first coming at Christmas.
The joy of Advent is joined by a strong warning that we must be prepared for his coming. Promoting justice and human rights is a key element of our preparation. A society that aborts its children is not prepared for the coming of Christ.

Prayer: Come, Lord Jesus. May we be prepared to welcome you by welcoming all human life. Amen.

 

 

 

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection

December 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

“‘Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears’ …declares the Lord…’There is hope for your future” (Jeremiah 31:16-17). 

Reflection: A woman writes of her abortion,  “It was gruesome. I looked over and could see body parts floating in a sea of blood. I was 10 weeks pregnant. The canister was right next to my head. I screamed and screamed. The nurse covered it. It changed my life forever. I could never look at children after that without crying. I did become a Christian…I know God has forgiven me.”

Prayer: Lord, send repentance and forgiveness on all who have had abortions. Hear their cries; fill them with new hope. Amen.

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December 1st, 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

“The program of Jesus is “a heart which sees”. This heart sees where love is needed and acts accordingly” (Pope Benedict XVI, God is Love).

Reflection: What can you do to stop abortion? One of the first things is to be sure you know, by memory, a phone number that people can call for alternatives to abortion and healing after abortion. The national hotline number 1-800-712-HELP connects people to both kinds of help nearest to where they live. Promote this number in any way you can!

Prayer: Father, make me ready to point people to where they can find help, and courageous to speak up when they need it. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

November 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

“God greatly increased the number of his people and made them too strong for their foes” (Psalm 105:24).

Reflection: Dr. Joseph Chamie, Director of the Population Division at the United Nations, has said, “A growing number of countries view their low birth rates with the resulting population decline and ageing to be a serious crisis, jeopardizing the basic foundations of the nation and threatening its survival.” Keep this in mind the next time someone talks to you about over-population.

Prayer: Lord, continue to make Your people fruitful. Bless all nations with the gift of life and the joy of welcoming it. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

November 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

“To anyone who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne” (Revelation 3:21).

Reflection: Milwaukee police found children were throwing things off a bridge one day. When the police asked the children what they were throwing, they answered, “Little people.” The police then saw the small containers of tiny babies that had been aborted in a nearby abortion clinic and left in the garbage bin. The destiny of the human person is the heights of heaven. That’s why we can’t ignore it when people are thrown in the garbage.

Prayer: Lord, may Your awesome promise to humanity inspire our pro-life efforts. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection

November 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

“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.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

November 24th, 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

“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.

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