Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: …they [men] can choose abortions.

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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 will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children…” (Malachi 4:6)

Reflection: Abortion is a sin that not only women commit. Men commit it too.

Though men cannot have abortions, they can choose abortions. A sin is committed when somebody willingly and knowingly chooses a moral wrong. If, then, a man decides that his girlfriend or wife should have an abortion, suggests it to her, pressures her, drives her to the abortion mill, or pays for the procedure, he has committed the sin of abortion.

Prayer: Lord, you are the source of all fatherhood, the inspiration and strength of all protectors. Bless all men with the wisdom to protect their children. Amen.

Fr. Pavone: I’m sorry Norma McCorvey won’t be here to celebrate when we finally abolish abortion

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NEW YORK – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and Janet Morana, Executive Director, issued the following statement today upon the death of Norma McCorvey, the Jane Roe in 1973’s Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

“Norma has been a friend of mine, and of Priests for Life, for more than 20 years,” Father Pavone said. “She was victimized and exploited by abortion ideologues when she was a young woman but she came to be genuinely sorry that a decision named for her has led to the deaths of more than 58 million children. Norma’s conversion to Christianity, then to Catholicism, was sincere and I was honored to be part of that journey. I’m sorry she won’t be here to celebrate with me when we finally abolish legal abortion in this country, but I know she will be watching.”

Norma called Father Pavone “the catalyst that brought me into the Catholic Church.” He confirmed Norma in 1998. They maintained their friendship throughout the years, with Norma traveling to Staten Island in 2013 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Father Pavone’s ordination.

Mrs. Morana said: “Norma McCorvey was a woman who allowed herself to be manipulated when she was at a low point, but she rose above that. She never had an abortion but she sought, and found, healing at Rachel’s Vineyard for the part she played in the tragic and unjust Roe v. Wade decision, and she worked hard on behalf of the unborn as long as she was able. I am proud to have called Norma my friend, and I will miss her.”

Mrs. Morana hosted Ms. McCorvey in her New York home and stayed with Ms. McCorvey in her Dallas home. The two women remained close even as Ms. McCorvey’s health has declined in recent years.

Just prior to the March for Life this January, Norma told me to greet all the pro-life activists in her name and tell them to keep strong in the battle for life, which we are winning.

To arrange an interview with Father Pavone or Mrs. Morana, contact Leslie Palma, director of communications for Priests for Life, at 347-286-7277 or media@priestsforlife.org

Photos, Audio and Articles about Norma

http://www.priestsforlife.org/library/7246-statement-on-the-death-of-norma-mccorvey

​Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: What is Chosen

“No word has the power to change the reality of things: procured abortion is the deliberate and direct killing… of a human being.” (Evangelium Vitae, 58)

Reflection: In discussing abortion, its supporters never defend the act of abortion itself, but only the alleged right of someone to have one. They focus on the freedom to choose it, but avoid describing what is chosen. Our job is to focus the discussion on abortion itself, on what the act is.

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit of truth. Fill our minds and give speech to our tongues. Give us grace to always face truth honestly, and enable us to challenge those who would evade it. Amen

​Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: God’s Dominion

“With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.” (Genesis 4:1)

Reflection: This was the declaration of the first woman upon becoming the first mother. The help of the Lord is essential, for he alone has dominion over human life and is its origin. Parents cooperate with God in bringing forth life, but are not its owners or ultimate source. Because this whole process is under God’s dominion, we are not permitted to interrupt it.

Prayer: Lord, I pray today for all parents. May they recognize the awesome privilege they have to cooperate with you in bringing forth new life. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: We will preach to the bones.

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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

“’Son of man, can these bones live?’ I said, “O Sovereign LORD, you alone know.” Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones’” (Ezekiel 37:3-4).

Reflection: When God commanded Ezekiel to preach to the bones, he had a choice between doing the foolish thing or the dangerous thing (disobeying God). Ezekiel chose to preach to the bones, and they came to life. We are in the same dilemma. Some will say it’s impossible to end abortion. But we dare not distrust or disobey God. We will preach to the bones.

Prayer: Lord, I do trust the power of your word to bring a culture of death back to life. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: …using dehumanizing language is sinful.

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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

“Whoever addresses his brother in an insulting way will answer for it before the Sanhedrin, and whoever calls his brother a fool will be liable to the fires of Gehenna” (Matthew 5:22).

Reflection: Jesus says that using dehumanizing language is sinful. Before the schoolyard bully beats up his victim, he calls him names. Throughout history, groups that have been oppressed – like slaves and Holocaust victims — have first been called names. It also happens to the unborn, who have been called “parasites,” “tissue,” and “medical waste.”

Prayer: Lord, may we affirm one another, including the unborn, with ennobling language that inspires respect and love. Amen.

​Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: The Final Judgement

“The Lord said to Cain, ‘Where is your brother Abel?’ ‘I don’t know,’ he replied” (Genesis 4:9)

Reflection: In 1973, the Supreme Court was asked the same question, and gave the same answer. Unable to admit that the unborn children are our brothers and sisters, the Supreme Court said, “We need not resolve the difficult question of when human life begins…the judiciary… is not competent to speculate as to the answer.” That’s the same as “I don’t know.”

Prayer: Lord, you ask us the same question today, and will ask it at the final judgment. May all of us recognize and love our brothers and sisters, born and unborn. Amen.

Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: Small and Great Alike

“Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike.” (Deuteronomy 1:17)

Reflection: Some say an embryo is too small to have human rights. But rights do not depend on size. Do men have more rights than women because they are generally larger? Are shorter people to enjoy fewer protections than tall people? The size of a person has nothing to do with his or her value.

Prayer: O God, you have dominion over all things great and small, and have created a variety of life that we have not yet even counted. May we reverence the very smallest of our brothers and sisters. Amen.

​Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: A Culture of Life

“Greet one another with a holy kiss” (Romans 16:16).

Reflection: On Valentine’s Day, many messages of affection are exchanged. A culture of life is a culture that avoids two extremes – one, which looks down on all affection and thinks that the only good things are the things of the spirit; and the other, which allows the emotions to run out of control, with no discipline.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, font of love both human and divine, bless us today with understanding, balance, and grace. Enable us to devote ourselves, body and soul, to the service of God and neighbor. Teach us how to love in a holy way. Amen.

Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: Blood of the Innocent

“You have come to Jesus … and to the sprinkled blood that speaks more powerfully than even the blood of Abel” (Hebrews 12:24)

Reflection: In the culture of death, the blood of tens of millions of unborn children is shed together with that of Jesus. Scripture teaches that the blood of the innocent cries out to God. Fortunately, it also teaches that the blood of Jesus cries out louder, calling for mercy, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

Prayer: Lord, in Communion, we receive your Body and Blood. May we weep for the blood of the babies; may we be consoled as we receive the blood of Christ. Amen.