Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: ​“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves

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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

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. (Proverbs 30:8).

Reflection: The ministry of Jesus shows a preferential option for the poor and weak, and the Church therefore inherits this as her own priority. The work of peace, justice, and life gives preference to the weakest, those whom society has marginalized, and those who cannot defend themselves. These ministries are, essentially, a voice to the voiceless — whether those voiceless are oppressed nations, the poor, the terminally ill, or the unborn.

Prayer: Thank you for the voice you give me, Lord. May I use it for those who have none. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: show us how to help them.

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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

“But when her baby is born, she no longer recalls the suffering, because of her joy that she has brought a child into the world” (John 16:21).

Reflection: St. Gerard Majella (18th c.) is the patron saint of pregnant mothers, of childbirth, and of unborn children. In many countries, mothers will devoutly keep a St. Gerard medal with them throughout their pregnancy and delivery. Thousands of children have been named after St. Gerard by parents who are convinced that it was his intercession that helped them to have healthy children.

Prayer: St. Gerard, intercede for mothers who are having difficulties in pregnancy and childbirth, and show us how to help them. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: To make one’s humanity negotiable means …

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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 failure to protect and defend life in its most vulnerable stages renders suspect any claims to the ‘rightness’ of positions in other matters …” (US Bishops, Living the Gospel of Life, n.23).

Reflection: Why do the bishops say that when public servants disregard the right to life, their stand for other human rights is “suspect?” The reason is that the right to be safe, free, educated, and economically secure, cannot be human rights if life itself isn’t a human right. To make one’s humanity negotiable means that other rights that flow from one’s humanity are negotiable, too.

Prayer: Lord, make the humanity and rights of all your people secure. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Spirit of Wisdom

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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 observes the whole Law but trips up on a single point is held guilty of breaking all of it” (James 2:10).

Reflection: Suppose a political candidate said that although he personally opposed terrorism, he thought the terrorists had a right to do what they did. What kind of support do you think this candidate would have? Would voters say, “I disagree with you about the terrorists, but what is your economic policy?” Certain positions of candidates are so clearly contrary to the good of the nation that the candidate’s other positions, although good, do not matter.

Prayer: Spirit of Wisdom, fill your people, their candidates, and their leaders. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: the survivors of abortion

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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 Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you” (Jeremiah 1:7).

Reflection: More and more youth are involved in the pro-life movement. They are motivated by the fact that they could have been aborted. As they speak up for the unborn, they are really speaking up for themselves. And we reaffirm that they are persons not because they are wanted, but because of the dignity they receive from their Creator, and therefore they are welcome.

Prayer: Lord, bless our youth, the survivors of abortion, and make them mighty witnesses for life. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: we too have the power to love

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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

“No one can have greater love than to lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

Reflection: Jesus Christ made the sacrifice of himself “through the eternal spirit” (Heb.9:14). It is in the Holy Spirit that we too have the power to love, which consists in giving ourselves away for the good of the other. Such is to be our response to the unborn and to all the vulnerable.

Prayer: Lord, may the world see us, your disciples, giving our very lives to other human beings. Seeing this love, may they discover and receive the Spirit who inspires it. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: The Wonders of Divine Mercy

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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

“As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12).

Reflection: Today is the Feast of St. Faustina, to whom Jesus revealed the wonders of divine mercy. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy was given to her especially because of the sin of abortion. God revealed to her that because of this evil, the world needs His mercy more than ever. He even permitted St. Faustina to suffer special pains, representing the pain of abortion.

Prayer: For the sake of his sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world! Amen!

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: St. Francis of Assisi, pray for 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

“My brothers, birds, you should praise your Creator very much and always love him; he gave you feathers to clothe you, wings so that you can fly, and whatever else was necessary for you; though you neither sow nor reap, he nevertheless protects and governs you without any solicitude on your part” – St. Francis of Assisi.

Reflection: St. Francis was inspired to preach even to the birds about God’s care. He understood that if such a message is true for birds, it’s true for the tiniest human beings, those yet unborn. God loves them, and so must we.

Prayer: St. Francis, pray for us, that we may have reverence for all creation. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Influence thousands of votes

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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

“You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14).

Reflection: In elections, each of us has but one vote. Yet we can all influence thousands of votes. And we should start with the people who need the least amount of urging – those who already agree with us on the key issues of the day, and who would probably support the candidates we support. Let’s reach for the “low-hanging fruit,” thereby getting more results for the energy we expend.

Prayer: Lord, let me not miss the opportunities you give me to mobilize your people to do good! Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Send your angels…

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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

“It must be his angel” (Acts 12:15).

Reflection: God assigns an angel to watch over us at every moment of our lives. Each unborn child has a guardian angel, too. If God cares enough about each unborn child to create that child and then assign him or her an angel, then certainly he expects us also to exercise some care and vigilance to speak up for and protect the lives of those children.

Prayer: Send your angels, O Lord, to the assistance of all who are tempted to abort, and to all who work to persuade them to choose life. Amen.