Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: The truth will set you free

This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).

Reflection: A woman who saw the photos of aborted babies on the Priests for Life website wrote to us, “I have a dear friend who is very ‘pro-choice’ and I said: ‘Have you ever seen what an abortion looks like?’ The answer was: ‘No.’ I showed her the pictures. She was rightfully and truly horrified about what this REALLY looks like. And, she started to cry. She isn’t ‘pro-choice’ anymore.”

Prayer: You are truth, Lord Jesus, and in you we find the truth about everything. Assist us to expose the truth about abortion. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: There is no room for compromise about abortion, but …

This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“I have come to call not the righteous but sinners” (Mark 2:17).

Reflection: Some abortion supporters seek "common ground" with pro-lifers. How do we respond? Jesus Christ ate and talked with sinners, and yet also warned them strongly to repent of their sins. There is no common ground between life and death, yet to talk with those who disagree conveys to them that we respect their lives, too. There is no room for compromise about abortion, but there must always be room to talk to people about it.

Prayer: Lord, teach us the wisdom of dialogue that does not compromise, and of respect that does not equate evil with good. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Abortion is not about beliefs; …

This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“I have … seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering” (Exodus 3:7).

Reflection: Some abortion supporters say to us, "Let's agree to disagree." We have the greatest respect for those who disagree with us. But when victims are oppressed, we don't just "agree to disagree" with the oppressor. Rather, we intervene to stop the oppressor and save the victim. Abortion is not about beliefs; it's about bloodshed. It's not about viewpoints, it's about victims.

Prayer: Lord, you hear the cry of the oppressed; may we hear it also, and respond. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Humanae Vitae, which means, “Of Human Life.”

This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“That which came to be found life in him” (John 1:2-3).

Reflection: On this day in 1968, Pope Paul VI issued Humanae Vitae, which means, "Of Human Life." That encyclical outlines the Church's vision of human life, marriage, and the connection between human love and the creative action of God. Love and life represent two gifts that go together. Love leads to life; it does not close it off. Love welcomes life, it is not afraid of it. Love and life go together because they are two aspects of the one God.

Prayer: Lord God, you are love and you are life. Open all people to your love, that they may give life. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Once admit the right to kill unproductive persons…

This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“The Lord sustains the poor, but humbles the wicked in the dust” (Psalm 147:6)

Reflection: German Cardinal Clemens von Galen became famous for sermons he preached in 1941 against the Nazi euthanasia program. He declared, “These numerous cases of unexpected death in the case of the insane are not natural, but often deliberately caused, and result from the belief that it is lawful to take away life which is unworthy of being lived. Once admit the right to kill unproductive persons . . . then none of us can be sure of his life.”

Prayer: Inspire your preachers, Lord, with the courage we see in Cardinal von Galen. Amen!

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Every life at every stage of its existence…

This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“Where life is involved, the service of charity must be profoundly consistent … for human life is sacred and inviolable at every stage and in every situation; it is an indivisible good. We need then to show care for all life and for the life of everyone” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.87.

Reflection: The consistency of our care for life flows from the fact that God’s care is constant. Every life at every stage of its existence belongs to him. God’s rights over human life are never interrupted or diminished.

Prayer: God of uninterrupted love, keep us constant and consistent in our care for one another. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Lord, I pray for all researchers and scientists…

This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“Right from fertilization is begun the adventure of a human life” (Donum Vitae, n.1).

Reflection: Never has there been a more unscientific debate than the one about embryonic stem cell research. There is no disease that embryonic stem cells have been able to treat. Science is based on evidence. If there is no evidence that embryonic stem cells can help, why do people continue to call for the killing of embryos in order to harvest those cells?

Prayer: Lord, I pray for all researchers and scientists, that their moral character may grow as strong as their technical knowledge. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: “…the battle for life is already decided”

This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“Have no fear. The outcome of the battle for life is already decided” (John Paul II, World Youth Day, Denver, 1993).

Reflection: Despite how powerful the culture of death seems, we foster, in ourselves and others, a supreme and uninterrupted confidence that the tools of grace with which God has equipped the People of Life are far more powerful and eternally victorious. We do, at the same time, have to work anxiously to be faithful to our own role in proclaiming, celebrating and serving that victory.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for conquering death, and for giving us what we need to counteract its destructive power in our day. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: …because of Roe vs. Wade, abortion is a settled issue.

This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“Roe v. Wade must be reversed” (US Bishops, “A Matter of the Heart”).

Reflection: Some are fond of saying that because of Roe vs. Wade, abortion is a settled issue. But it is no such thing. Roe v Wade did not “settle” abortion any more than the Dred Scott decision “settled” slavery, or the “Plessy v Ferguson” decision “settled” segregation. Those evils were defeated precisely because we are a nation that thirsts for equality and justice, and that thirst cannot be quenched or extinguished by a Supreme Court decision.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the vigor you inspire in your people to resist injustice. Let that vigor grow! Amen!

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Human law is always subject to Divine law …

This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“For here we have no lasting city, but we are seeking the one that is to come” (Hebrews 13:14).

Reflection: The Church has always held that the State does not contain the fullness of human hope or embrace the totality of human existence. The State rather, exists for the human person, not the other way around. That is why governments either have to protect human rights, or have to be reformed. Human law is always subject to Divine law; only the latter can claim our absolute obedience.

Prayer: Lord, as I strive for my heavenly home, I thank you for my earthly home; may I work to improve it. Amen.