Today’s Pro-life Reflection

October 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

​”I hold the keys to death” (Revelation 1:18). 

 
Reflection: The alternative to accepting death is to try to control it by giving ourselves the authority to take life before life will make too many demands on us. Hence we have abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia. Just take control. Eliminate suffering by eliminating the person. “Euthanasia” is killing. As such, it contradicts the fact that God is God. In his “how-to” manual of suicide, Derek Humphrey, a key euthanasia advocate, writes, “If you consider God the master of your fate, then read no further” (Final Exit, p. 21).

 Prayer: Lord, you are in control of my life, my suffering, and my death. Amen.

 

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Rest in Peace, Pro-Life Warrior

September 30th, 2014

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NEW YORK – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and Janet Morana, Executive Director, issued the following statements today after learning of the death of their friend and fellow pro-life activist Sandra Cano.
“My heart is broken that Sandra will never witness an end to abortion,” Mrs. Morana said. “She never wanted to have an abortion, she never had an abortion and she certainly never wanted to be a part of the Supreme Court decision, Doe V. Bolton, that opened the gates for legal abortion at any time during pregnancy and for any reason. I will work harder now, in Sandra’s memory, to make sure this harmful and deadly product is taken off the market.”

Father Pavone recalled that during a 1997 event at the National Memorial for the Unborn in Chattanooga, TN., Sandra said: “I pledge that as long as I have breath, I will strive to see abortion ended in America.”

Calling her statement “a lasting hope for our nation,” Father Pavone said: “Sandra’s work to overturn that devastating decision that was based on lies will not end with her death. When life ultimately triumphs over death, Sandra will share in that victory.”

When Sandra Cano approached attorneys for help, she understood her case as an effort to obtain a divorce and regain custody of her children. She was pregnant, and her attorney, in partnership with her mother, arranged an abortion for Sandra at Georgia Baptist Hospital. When she found out about the plan, she fled to Oklahoma and never had the abortion.

Read more about Sandra

An Interview with Sandra Cano

An Interview with Norma McCorvey and Sandra Cano

Roe’s Companion

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Justice Ginsburg Has Prejudged Texas’s Abortion Law and Must Recuse Herself when It Comes before the Supreme Court

September 30th, 2014

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today called on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse herself from deciding any case related to Texas’s abortion law passed in 2013.

“Supreme Court justices are not supposed to announce how they will rule on a case before they even hear oral arguments.  It’s a question of basic integrity and common sense.” said Fr. Pavone.  “Justice Ginsburg has already announced to the world how she would vote on a key question regarding Texas’s abortion law that’s now in federal court.  That’s wrong and she should remove herself from any decision on that law.”

At issue in legal challenges to Texas’s abortion law is whether it is intended to protect women’s health or just a way to close abortion clinics.  Justice Ginsburg strongly implied to an interviewer that she has already made up her mind on this question.  When asked if legislatures can be trusted to protect “access to reproductive choice,” she answered, “How could you trust legislatures in view of the restrictions states are imposing?  Think of the Texas legislation that would put most clinics out of business.”

“This really boils down to what Justice Ginsburg values more, protecting the integrity of the Supreme Court, or protecting the abortion industry,” added Fr. Pavone.  “This is not an abstract, theoretical matter – Justice Ginsburg has already decided a specific case she hasn’t even heard yet.  By any logical standard, she should recuse herself from any Supreme Court decision on any part of Texas’s abortion laws.”

Legal challenges to various sections of Texas’s 2013 abortion law are currently before federal courts and are widely expected to reach the Supreme Court in the next year or two.  In question are provisions stating that abortion clinics must meet the health and safety standards of ambulatory surgical centers and that abortionists should have admitting privileges at a local hospital so that they can continue to provide care to women experiencing emergency complications.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

September 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

“The Gospel of God’s love for man, the Gospel of the dignity of the person and the Gospel of life are a single and indivisible Gospel” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.2). 

Reflection: Some who preach the Gospel think that pro-life activity is a “hobby,” added onto the Gospel. It is not. It is as integral to the Gospel as any cause or activity could be. The Gospel is all about the redemption and exaltation of the human person, and the marriage of humanity and divinity, in and through Christ.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, may we never lose our awe at the destiny your Gospel announces for humanity. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

September 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

“The angel said to her, do not be afraid, Mary” (Luke 1:30).

Reflection: Such is Gabriel’s message today to every pregnant mother. “Do not be afraid” to welcome new life, even when it upsets your plans, changes the direction of your life, and requires you to mature in unexpected ways. Do not be afraid if you feel unprepared, or others tell you that you are not ready. If God creates a life in the womb, he is making you ready, and has plans for that child and for you.

Prayer: Lord, remove all fear from the hearts of those who are pregnant, and fill them with your peace and joy. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

September 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

“War broke out in heaven, with Michael and his angels in combat against the dragon” (Revelation 12:7).

Reflection: The Archangel Michael led the faithful angels in the battle that broke out in heaven when Lucifer rebelled. The devil and his followers thought they could be like God by their own choice. But Michael’s name means “Who is like God?” Only God’s choice can exalt us to his throne.
The battle between pro-life and pro-choice is the same battle. Some think their own choice, rather than God, that determines right and wrong.

Prayer: Sovereign Lord, may all acknowledge that You alone are God, and that your choice, not our own, exalts us. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

September 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

“Adopting a consistent ethic of life, the Catholic Church promotes a broad spectrum of issues …Opposition to abortion and euthanasia does not excuse indifference to those who suffer from poverty, violence and injustice. …But being ‘right’ in such matters can never excuse a wrong choice regarding direct attacks on innocent human life” (US Bishops, Living the Gospel of Life, n. 23).

Reflection: Consistency cuts both ways, and challenges those with blind spots to human rights. The most common mistake is to tolerate child-killing while advocating for adults.

Prayer: Lord, free us from every trying to use justice as an excuse for injustice, or right as a justification for wrong. Amen.

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September 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

“Take warning, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear…” (Psalm 2:10-11). 

Reflection: Pro-abortion politicians say, “The government should not be involved in a personal decision like abortion.” But the government got “too involved” in abortion when it claimed to have the authority to authorize it. The Declaration of Independence says government exists to secure the rights already bestowed by the Creator. Some say it is none of the government’s business to prohibit abortion. Actually, it is none of the government’s business to permit abortion.

Prayer: Instill in our civic leaders, O God, the proper fear of your kingship. May they realize the limits of their authority. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-life Reflection

September 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

“I must confess that I am not afraid of the word “tension.” I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth” (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 1963).

  
Reflection: Pro-life people likewise must not be afraid of “tension.” When there is the false peace of a society that has accommodated child-killing and the killing of the disabled and terminally ill, then the solution requires constructive tension.
Prayer: Lord, you brought about the tension of the cross and the tension of salvation. May your followers reject false peace and work for true justice. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

September 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

“Really, what we have here is only the tragic caricature of legality; the democratic ideal, which is only truly such when it acknowledges and safeguards the dignity of every human person, is betrayed in its very foundations”
– The Gospel of Life, 20 

 
Reflection: Simply because a law may be passed “in the proper way” does not automatically mean it is legitimate. Authentic law serves the good of people, and the protection of their rights.

 
Prayer: Lord, may legislators and judges see the foundations of authentic law.

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