Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Helping Mothers in Need

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“Mary set out and journeyed in haste into the hill country…Mary remained with Elizabeth for about three months” (Luke 1:39, 56).
Reflection: After Mary was told she would be the mother of God, the truth of her new status did not distract her from Elizabeth’s needs. Real encounters with God do not turn us into ourselves, but rather make us more responsive to the needs of others. Religion does not keep us within the walls of our churches; rather, we serve the needs of those whose lives and rights are in danger.
Prayer: Lord, may we learn from what Mary did. Send us to help mothers and children in need. Amen!

Today’s Pro–Life Reflection: Send us to help mothers and children in need.

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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

“Mary set out and journeyed in haste into the hill country…Mary remained with Elizabeth for about three months” (Luke 1:39, 56).

Reflection: After Mary was told she would be the mother of God, the truth of her new status did not distract her from Elizabeth’s needs. Real encounters with God do not turn us into ourselves, but rather make us more responsive to the needs of others. Religion does not keep us within the walls of our churches; rather, we serve the needs of those whose lives and rights are in danger.

Prayer: Lord, may we learn from what Mary did. Send us to help mothers and children in need. Amen!

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: To hinder a birth is merely a speedier man-killing

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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 hinder a birth is merely a speedier man-killing; nor does it matter whether you take away a life that is born, or destroy one that is coming to the birth. That is a man which is going to be one; you have the fruit already in the seed” (Tertullian, 3rd century).

Reflection: The Lord’s dominion over life, and over the whole process of its coming and going, is the basis for our pro-life convictions. To say “No” to life at any stage of its development is to say “No” to God himself.

Prayer: Lord, may we rejoice in your faithful care for life from its earliest stages. Amen!

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: “Now choose life …”

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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 have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life …” (Deuteronomy 30:19).

Reflection: The early First Century document called the “Teaching of the Twelve Apostles” begins by saying, “There are two ways, one of life and the other of death, and great is the difference between the two.” It states, “Do not murder a child by abortion or kill a newborn infant.” Throughout the centuries, this teaching has been consistent.

Prayer: Lord, you have revealed the road of happiness to us and to our world. Keep us, in our laws and in our culture, on the path of life. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: ​“Before the foundation of the world he chose us…”

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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

“Before the foundation of the world he chose us…” (Ephesians 1:4)

Reflection: God’s choice always comes before ours. We could not choose to be created, because we were not there to do the choosing. From all eternity, he took the initiative to make us and to save us. Our choices are secondary, and are carried out in the context of his choice to give life and love.

Prayer: Father, thank you for choosing us, freely and without any merit of our own. Thank you also for the gift of our own free will. Protect it from corruption; may we always choose in you and for you. Amen.

Priests for Life Proposes Next Step in HHS Mandate Case

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“The Supreme Court noted in its Zubik v. Burwell decision that the administration has confirmed that it could draft a regulation that meets our religious liberty concerns,” said Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life.  “We are hopeful that the government will adhere to that confirmation and end this case quickly.”

Reach more: http://www.priestsforlife.org/pressreleases/5731-priests-for-life-proposes-next-step-in-hhs-mandate-case

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: The Unborn Feel Pain

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“When a prayer or plea is made by any of your people…each on aware of his afflictions and pain…then hear from heaven…” 2 Chronicles 6:29-30
Reflection: Bertrand Russell once wrote, “A fisherman once told me that fish have neither sense nor sensation, but how he knew this, he could not tell me.”
A practicing abortionist once told me that unborn children could feel no pain — but how he know this, he could not tell me either. Research now suggests that babies in the womb feel pain much earlier than we thought.
Prayer: Lord, may the pain of these children awaken the consciences of your people, that the killing may end. Amen.

Fr. Pavone: Anti-coercion bill in Michigan is pro-woman

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“We know through our decades of work with our Rachel’s Vineyard and the Silent No More Awareness Campaign ministries that many women are coerced into abortion. Where is freedom of choice when women are forced by parents, boyfriends or husbands to end the life of the child they are carrying?

Read the entire Press Release: http://www.priestsforlife.org/library/5729-fr-pavone-anti-coercion-bill-in-michigan-is-pro-woman

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Every Individual as a ‘Wonder’

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“We need first of all to foster…a contemplative outlook [which] arises from faith in the God of life, who has created every individual as a ‘wonder'” – The Gospel of Life, 83. 

Reflection: There are two ways to look at a tree: we can calculate the value of the lumber, or we can be moved by the beauty of the branches. Both views have their place, but our culture has gone overboard in calculating usefulness, to the detriment of reverence. This is especially dangerous when we look at human lives for their productivity rather than their dignity.

Prayer: Lord, fill us with wonder as we contemplate human life and all your creation. Amen.

Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Beware of False Gospels

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“He will not speak on his own authority, but he will speak what he hears…for he will take what is mine and communicate it to you.” (Jn. 16:13-14)

Reflection: The Holy Spirit is God, and all he says to us is consistent with what the Father and the Son have revealed. “The Holy Spirit…will…remind you of all that I told you” (Jn.14:26). No disciple can claim the “freedom of the Spirit” to contradict the commandments, including that which forbids the killing of the innocent.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of all people, that they may not believe any new or false gospels that justify the Culture of Death. Amen.