“Defending the dignity of the human person is not a task added on to our ministry but rather one inseparable from it and flowing from its very heart,” Father Pavone writes in a chapter on “The Heart of the Priesthood.”
“Who will roll back the stone for us?” (Mark 16:3)
Reflection: On Easter morning, little did the women know that the stone already been rolled away, and that Jesus was alive. But the women’s question persists today. Who will roll away the stone for us? Who will free humanity from death, from sin, and from despair? How do we roll away the culture of death? The answer also persists: Jesus Christ is Risen! In him we advance the victory of life.
Prayer: Lord, so many wonder how we will ever end abortion and the Culture of death. But I renew my faith that the stone has been rolled back already. Your victory is among us!
“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” (Luke 1:42)
Reflection: May is marked by the beautiful ceremony of the May crowning. We present to Mary, the mother of Life, the sign of life contained in the flowers that grow at this time of year. By doing this, we honor Mary for saying yes to the Life of God in her womb.
Prayer: Mary, we ask you today to intercede for all those who find it difficult to accept the gift of new life, whether within their own womb or in someone else. Help them say Yes. Amen.
“Why do you look among the dead for one who is alive? He is not here. He has been raised.” (Luke 24:5-6)
Reflection: How easy it is for people to seek the living one among the dead. Despair causes them to look to death as a solution. But death is never a solution. When we look to Jesus, we find the Living One, and he strengthens us to choose life.
Prayer: Lord, we do not seek you, among the dead. Grant that your people may never turn to death for comfort or hope, but only to you, the Living Lord. Amen!
“They ran from the tomb to inform his disciples…” (Matthew 28:8)
Reflection: On the morning of Jesus’ resurrection, there was a lot of running taking place. The women, having seen the empty tomb, ran back to the disciples. Peter and John, having heard the women’s story, ran toward the tomb. And in the end, of course, all the apostles ran into the world to announce this greatest news of history.
We, too, must run to announce the Gospel of Life with vigor, and to intervene to save the unborn with urgency.
Prayer: Lord, your Gospel of Life is cause for urgent activity! Fill me with the vigor of Easter each day, that I may announce the victory of Life! Amen!
“When they heard that he was alive…they refused to believe it.” (Mark 16:11)
Reflection: On Easter morning, the women who had seen the Risen Lord were greeted by disbelieving apostles. That night, Jesus chided them for their stubborn refusal to believe.
The apostles clearly were not engaged in wishful thinking. They came to believe because they saw and touched the risen Lord. This gives us confidence. The victory of life is more than wishful thinking.
Prayer: Lord, sometimes we doubt your victory over death, and your ability to overcome the Culture of Death. Drive the power of doubt away, and enable me to spread the certainty of the victory of life! Amen!
“Everyone who does evil hates the light and avoids coming near the light so that his misdeeds may not be exposed” – John 3:20.
Reflection: A key priority of our pro-life movement must be to expose the corruption of the abortion industry. Making abortion legal never made it safe, and keeping it legal can never keep it safe. You can’t practice vice virtuously. If you are willing to kill a baby, you will be willing to do many other kinds of evil as well.
Prayer: Lord, bring into the light the evils being done behind closed doors in abortion centers, that our nation may repent and be healed, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
“An angel of the Lord descended from heaven, came and rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.” (Matthew 28:2)
Reflection: The stone is what sealed human beings in the grave. By sitting on it, the angel says that death is conquered – not only Jesus’ death, but all death. The stone is not going to roll back; it cannot any longer hold humanity captive to the grave. Our destiny is now the heights of heaven.
Prayer: Alleluia! The Kingdom of death has been overturned! The power of abortion, euthanasia, and other evils has already been defeated! Lord, your power is greater than death. May Easter give me confidence to be a witness to Life!
Published on Mar 30, 2016
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“At dawn on the first day of the week…there was a violent earthquake.” (Matthew 28:1-2)
Reflection: In the Old Testament, earthquakes are a sign of the coming of God, the breaking in of the new age in which God’s kingdom will flourish. That is what happens, of course, at the Resurrection. A new chapter of history now begins, in which the risen life of Christ is accepted by believers and overcomes humanity’s slavery to death.
Prayer: Father, you have shaken up the world with the Risen life of Christ, and you have shaken us loose from the stranglehold of death. In the light of the resurrection, may we continue to extend your victory over death!