“Let everyone submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which derives from God” – Romans 13:1
Reflection: Abortion supporters say the government has no business telling us what we can do in the bedroom. But laws do prohibit theft, statutory rape, child abuse, or murder in bedrooms. Moreover, abortions do not occur in the bedroom. They are committed in publicly advertised facilities, and they tear little children apart. The government does in fact have the duty to stop such violence.
Prayer: Lord, I thank you for those who serve you in public office. Give our legislators wisdom to enact laws that preserve the rights of all. Amen.
“The human being is to be respected and treated as a person from the moment of conception” – Donum Vitae, 1
Reflection: Adult stem-cell research has been going on for decades, and has proven helpful in treating various diseases. This research does not kill anyone. Embryonic stem cell research, on the other hand, only began in 1998, and does involve killing a new human life in order to obtain the cells. The number of diseases that have been successfully treated with embryonic stem cells is zero.
Prayer: Lord, you love those who are unseen. I pray for the tiniest human beings. Free them from exploitation, and free us all from moral blindness. Amen.
“The requirements of the Law are inscribed in their hearts; and their own conscience will also bear witness for them” Romans 2:15
Reflection: Since the early ‘90’s, over half of the freestanding abortion facilities in the United States have closed. Abortionists admit that one of the key reasons is that fewer doctors are willing to do abortions. Despite all their money and influence, the abortion advocates have not succeeded in removing the stigma from abortion. And they never will.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for writing your law on our hearts. Though it is often obscured by many things, it persists. May it strengthen us all in right conduct. Amen.
“And they shall name him Emmanuel, a name that means ‘God is with us'” Matthew 1:23.
Reflection: In the midst of the abortion tragedy, the Church does not point fingers of condemnation. Rather, the Church extends hands of compassion and help, to lift up out of despair those who are tempted to abort their children. The Church informs her people of the many alternatives to abortion, and says “I am with you, and will enable you to say yes to life.”
Prayer: Lord, so many are tempted to abort because they feel alone. May we reach out to them, that they may know that we and you are with them. Amen
“If both you and the king who reigns over you follow the Lord your God—good!” (1 Samuel 12:14). Reflection: Pro-abortion politicians will say to us, “My office does not deal with abortion.” But their position on abortion tells us what they think of government: does it protect rights that come from God, or does it give those rights itself? Whether one will vote on abortion is beside the point. Before we cast our vote for our leaders, we need to know what kind of authority they think we are giving them.
Prayer: Lord, keep our leaders aware of the difference between their role and yours. Amen.
“Governor Haley has indicated she will sign this bill and I applaud her commitment to ending brutal and medically unnecessary late-term abortions,” Father Pavone said. “South Carolina joins a growing list of states that recognize that babies in the womb feel pain and are deserving of our protection. The South Carolina House and Senate, and particularly Rep. Wendy Nanney, should be proud that some of the most vulnerable citizens in the state have been given back their right to life.”
“At this important juncture of Zubik vs. Burwell, and as we celebrate a major positive development, we want to thank publicly all those who filed briefs with the Court,” he said. “It’s truly gratifying, but not surprising, that so many believers of diverse religious backgrounds support Priests for Life in this battle.”
“Did not he who made me in the womb make them? – Job 31:15
Reflection: In a Culture of Life we recognize that miscarriage is the loss of an actual child, who is a person. Every reasonable effort should be made, therefore, to take the bodily remains of this child and commit them to the earth by a proper memorial service and burial. Such a witness is a significant step to building a culture of life.
Prayer: Father, I entrust to you today all children who died from miscarriage, and ask you to console their families. May the way that we mourn these children be an inspiration to others. Amen.
Technically, the Supreme Court’s order does not resolve any of the substantive issues raised in these lawsuits, but it acknowledges that the government itself resolved one. The government’s response brief admission that an accommodation can be devised that does not require the violation of religious rights means that the current HHS mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act — that a “less restrictive means” of implementing the administration’s agenda exists.
“Judge Garland did not side with us on this case; now, however, that we are back in his court, we come with even stronger arguments,” Fr. Pavone said, referring to the additional briefings that the Supreme Court requested of the petitioners and the government. The briefings show that both sides agree there is a way forward by which the government can pursue its objectives of contraceptive coverage and that the petitioners can be free of any involvement in the process.”