Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: the most basic care, even nourishment, is denied.

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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 point has been reached where the most basic care, even nourishment, is denied” (The Gospel of Life, 14).

Reflection: Some do not believe that artificial means, like feeding tubes, need to be used to provide nutrition. But every meal we have is also artificially provided. Straws and cups are artificial. So are the numerous processes by which our food comes from the fields, through the food companies and supermarkets, through chemical preservation and processing, through the ovens and microwaves, and onto our tables. Food and water are always normal, obligatory care, even when administered in artificial ways.

Prayer: Lord, protect all who need assistance for the most basic provisions of life. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: …the patroness of the unborn.

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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

“A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon beneath her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head” (Revelation 12:1).

Reflection: Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of the unborn. Her image shows her as pregnant, carrying God himself. That image converted millions of Aztecs. Today, this image is taken to abortion clinics, where human sacrifice is practiced, and turns the despair of those mothers and fathers into the hope that brings new life.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you continue the miracles of the past and turn death into life. Through Our Lady of Guadalupe may we spread that hope everywhere. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: … He [God] overcomes isolation, division, and abandonment

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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

“For he will save the poor who cry out and the needy who have no one to help them” (Psalm 72:12).

Reflection: When God works among his people, he overcomes isolation, division, and abandonment. He is the God who gathers together, unites, and bonds. When there are needy people around, that problem is made worse when they “have no one to help them.” That’s where God comes in to make the difference, by inspiring people to do something.

Prayer: Lord, you do not want the cries of the defenseless to go unheeded. Help us to come to the aid of those who have no help and whose lives are endangered. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Why can’t we love them both?

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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 hired hand…sees the wolf approaching, and he leaves the sheep and runs away, while the wolf catches and scatters them” (John 10:12).

Reflection: The pro-life struggle is not about a mother against her baby. It is about mother and baby together against a destructive and unscrupulous abortion industry that cares for neither. To be pro-life is to be pro-woman, and to ask, ‘Why can’t we love them both?’

Prayer: Lord, so many women and children are in danger today from the abortion industry, which deceives, injures, and kills them. Make us good shepherds, like you are, that we may stand for the vulnerable and protect them. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: This gave them hope…

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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

“O Mary, bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life” (The Gospel of Life, 105).

Reflection: When Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego (whose feast is today), the Aztecs were practicing human sacrifice. They thought God was against them, and in despair, took life to appease him.

Mary’s image brought the message that God was with them — so much, in fact, that he became a child, carried in Mary’s womb. This gave them hope, and they stopped their human sacrifice and became Christian.

Prayer: Saint Juan Diego, pray for us. Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: The Lord is with you.

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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

“Hail, full of grace. The Lord is with you.” (Luke 1:28)

Reflection: Mary was full of grace from the first moment of her conception. She was not exempt from the need of a Savior; he simply shared with her in a unique way the victory over sin that he offers all of us. For those tempted to abort, there is always sufficient grace to do what is right.

Prayer: Mary, we rejoice in the power of grace that kept you from sin, and we renew our courage in the face of all temptation. Pray for us and for all tempted to abort, that they may say yes to life. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Today I stand corrected.

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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 dawn from on high will break upon us to shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death” (Luke 1:78-79).

Reflection: A woman who saw the photos of aborted babies on the Priests for Life website wrote to us, “I have always thought that it should be a woman’s right to do what she wanted to her body. Today I stand corrected. Thank you for showing me the truth. I will pray for success in your fight against abortion.”

Prayer: Correct us, Lord, that we may see life as you see it, and help others do the same. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: What can you do to stop 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 program of Jesus is “a heart which sees”. This heart sees where love is needed and acts accordingly” (Pope Benedict XVI, God is Love).

Reflection: What can you do to stop abortion? One of the first things is to be sure you know, by memory, a phone number that people can call for alternatives to abortion and healing after abortion. The national hotline number 1-800-712-HELP connects people to both kinds of help nearest to where they live. Promote this number in any way you can!

Prayer: Father, make me ready to point people to where they can find help, and courageous to speak up when they need it. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: low birth rates — a serious crisis

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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

“God greatly increased the number of his people and made them too strong for their foes” (Psalm 105:24).

Reflection: Dr. Joseph Chamie, Director of the Population Division at the United Nations, has said, “A growing number of countries view their low birth rates with the resulting population decline and ageing to be a serious crisis, jeopardizing the basic foundations of the nation and threatening its survival.” Keep this in mind the next time someone talks to you about over-population.

Prayer: Lord, continue to make your people fruitful. Bless all nations with the gift of life and the joy of welcoming it. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: …they answered, “Little people.”

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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 anyone who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne” (Revelation 3:21).

Reflection: Milwaukee police found children were throwing things off a bridge one day. When the police asked the children what they were throwing, they answered, “Little people.” The police then saw the small containers of tiny babies that had been aborted in a nearby abortion clinic and left in the garbage bin. The destiny of the human person is the heights of heaven. That’s why we can’t ignore it when people are thrown in the garbage.

Prayer: Lord, may your awesome promise to humanity inspire our pro-life efforts. Amen.