Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

July 17th, 2014

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

“As for Mary, she treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19).

Reflection: The Rosary has conquered many enemies, and many pray it in front of abortion mills. As we acknowledge Jesus as the fruit of Mary’s womb, we stand to pray for our brothers and sisters who are being torn from the wombs of their mothers. As we honor the greatest mother, we pray for the frightened mothers. As we worship God who was an unborn child, we proclaim the image of God in every unborn child.

Prayer: Mary, our Mother, bring us Jesus yet again; lead us to his victory over all forms of death. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

July 16th, 2014

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

“Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28).

Reflection: The single largest destroyer of human life in our nation and in the world is not poverty or AIDS; it is not heart disease or cancer; it is not terrorism or war. It is abortion. Some 50 million children around the world are killed each year by this procedure.

Prayer: Save us, O Lord, from the forces of destruction, especially those that we unleash upon ourselves. Enable us to pursue those things that will preserve our species and continue to fulfill Your original command to multiply. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

July 15th, 2014

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

“There is a time for everything … a time to be born and a time to die” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2).

Reflection: Advocates of euthanasia use terms like “help in dying.” But this blurs the distinction between giving assistance to a dying person and causing their death. Mother Teresa “helped” many people “in dying.” She was present to them, assuring them that they were not alone, helping them find courage to face death, reminding them of their dignity, preparing them to meet the Lord. This is the legitimate meaning of death with dignity and of helping people to die.

Prayer: Lord, may we show the dying their dignity and Your compassion. Amen.

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Today’s ProLife Reflection

July 14th, 2014

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

“After sending them all outside, he …entered the room where the child was…and said to her…’Little girl, I say to you, arise!’” (Mark 5:40-41).

Reflection: When a fire is reported, the firemen do not sit around the fire house and have a prayer service. They go to where the fire is. When a priest gets a sick call, he goes to the bedside of the sick person. The same is true with abortion. We are called to show up at the places where the killing occurs. This expresses solidarity with them in their hour of greatest need.

Prayer: Enable Your people, O Lord, to give each other the gift of presence. Amen

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

July 11th, 2014

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

“I shall accept whatever they will do to me provided they save the child” (St. Gianna Molla).

Reflection: In 1962, Saint Gianna Beretta Molla died after giving birth to her fourth child. She was a physician herself, and understood the risks of her own complications in pregnancy, but steadfastly refused abortion. Some would question her decision, given that she already had three born children. However, nothing would have harmed those children more than if she had aborted their sister, and nothing blessed them more than the example of a mother who gave her life for her child.

Prayer: Saint Gianna, pray for us, that we may imitate your selfless love. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

July 10th, 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 consoles us in all our afflictions and thereby enables us to console others in their tribulations” (2 Corinthians 1:4).

Reflection: Terri Schiavo’s family now assists other families who face tragedies similar to their own, and is calling for laws in various states to protect the disabled from being dehydrated to death as Terri was. Rather than being absorbed in bitterness or despair, this family has accepted from the Lord their mission to be a voice for the voiceless. Their book, “A Life that Matters,” is their personal account of what happened to Terri.

Prayer: As I battle the culture of death, Lord, may I receive and share your consolation. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

July 9th, 2014

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

“The people of Judah have done evil in my eyes, declares the Lord … They have built the high places … to burn their sons and daughters in the fire” (Jeremiah 7:30-31).

Reflection: A woman who saw the photos of aborted babies on the Priests for Life website wrote to us,  “Let me state first that I am rarely if ever speechless, I am very outspoken and speak what I feel. The abortion images are jolting, and will haunt me the rest of my life. … I will never be silent about this matter again.”

Prayer: Jolt us, Lord; awaken us, and preserve us from sin. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

July 8th, 2014

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

“Give to Caesar what is due to Caesar and to God what is due to God” (Matthew 22:21).

Reflection: When asked whether taxes should be paid to Caesar, Jesus asked whose image and inscription was on the coin. “Caesar’s,” came the answer. Jesus said the coin belongs to Caesar, for it bears Caesar’s image. What then belongs to God? — human beings, because they bear God’s image! The implication of the passage is that what belongs to God includes Caesar himself! Caesar must obey God.

Prayer: Lord, bless all those in civil authority, that they may obey your Divine and eternal law holding all life as sacred. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

July 7th, 2014

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

“Before I was born the Lord called me” (Isaiah 49:1).

Reflection: When someone is pregnant, she is not “expecting a child” — she already has one. She is not “going to be a mother” – she already is a mother. The baby is not “on the way;” the baby has already arrived. If we are going to change the way society treats unborn children, we have to change the way we talk about them.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for my brothers and sisters now alive in their mothers’ wombs. May we all speak and act in a way that recognizes they are already among us! Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

July 4th, 2014

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

“Jesus spoke to men a message of peace, and taught us to live as brothers. His message took form in the vision of our fathers as they fashioned a nation where men might live as one. This message lives on in our midst as a task for men today and a promise for tomorrow. We thank you, Father, for your blessings in the past, and for all that with your help we must yet achieve” (Preface, Liturgy for Independence Day)

Reflection: The pro-life work we do advances the purpose of today’s celebration: liberty and justice for all.

Prayer: Lord, grant the blessings of liberty to our unborn brothers and sisters. Amen.

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