Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

November 9th, 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 free them from oppression and violence, for their blood is precious in his sight” (Psalm 72:14).

Reflection: This psalm foretells the Messiah and describes the effects of his coming. The Messiah holds the blood of human lives as precious, and therefore He brings an end to oppression and violence. He is on the side of the helpless.

Prayer: Lord, as the blood of all my brothers and sisters, especially the oppressed, is precious to You, so let it be precious to me. May we praise You, the God who sets us free from violence, and cooperate with Your grace to free the oppressed. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

November 8th, 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

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and undefiled is this: to come to the aid of orphans and widows in their hardships…”(James 1:27).

Reflection: When Roe vs. Wade permitted abortion, it said, “The word person as used in the 14th Amendment does not include the unborn.” It was a statement of exclusion and intolerance, of prejudice and marginalization. We, in contrast, have our arms open wider, to expand the circle of welcome into the human family. Pro-life people are the more tolerant ones.

Prayer: Lord, break down the walls of prejudice that would exclude anyone from our protection and love. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

November 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

“To claim the right to abortion, infanticide and euthanasia, and to recognize that right in law, means to attribute to human freedom a perverse and evil significance: that of an absolute power over others and against others. This is the death of true freedom: “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin” (Jn 8:34)” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.20).

Reflection: Freedom has a meaning and a consistency; it never destroys in others what it claims for itself. So much oppression masquerades as “freedom of choice.”

Prayer: Lord, only in you and in your Word do we discover the power of freedom. Amen

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

November 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

“Social injustices stood in tension to the high ideals the Founders articulated” (Living the Gospel of Life, 14).

Reflection:
The founding fathers of our nation were religious men, many of whom studied in seminaries and Bible schools. They spoke openly of Jesus, even in official government meetings. They did not see religion as an aspect of life that one could freely ignore. For decades now, our courts have been removing religion and morality from public life, and we see the price we have paid in tens of millions of aborted children.

Prayer: Bless our nation, Lord, that it may always acknowledge you publicly as the foundation of our rights and freedom. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

November 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

“There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers” (Proverbs 6:16-19).


Reflection:
Legalized abortion worldwide has obliterated so many people that it is the equivalent of having China as the only nation left, with all the rest of the world’s population gone. The damage done already surpasses that of a nuclear war.

Prayer: Lord, may all share your hatred of evil and love for humanity. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection

November 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

“We are…sorrowful, yet we are always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:8,10).

Reflection: Life is joyful, and defending life is a mission that should be carried out with joy. We seek to foster, in ourselves and others, a “joyful sorrow,” that is, a spirit that is always mourning because of its keen awareness of the ongoing, unseen destruction of human life, and at the same time, is always serene and rejoicing that death has been conquered by Jesus Christ, who is Risen and is with us at all times

Prayer: Father, give us sorrow over the evils in the world, and joy as we fight them in union with you. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection

November 3rd, 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 Holy Father speaks of the protection of life as the fundamental realization and respect for human rights. Without that realization, without that respect for the right to life, no other discussion of human rights can continue” (Cardinal Renato Martino, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, The Vatican).

Reflection: Talk is cheap, and often it’s worse than that. The very thing which we support in speech, we sometimes destroy by our actions. So it is with those who fail to protect the unborn. That failure contradicts everything else they say about human rights.

Prayer: Father, fill all nations with respect for life, the foundation of all rights. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

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

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

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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