Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: Peaceful Protest

“You may ask: ‘Why direct action? Why sit-ins, marches and so forth? Isn’t negotiation better?’ … Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action. … It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 1963).

Reflection: There are parallels between the Civil Rights Movement and the Pro-life Movement. One is the powers with whom we must negotiate are often unwilling to even begin negotiating, or do not see the need. Peaceful protest is required.

Prayer: Lord, may your people faithfully protest injustice and awaken those in power. Amen.

Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: Blessed Mother

“The Mighty One has done great things for me” (Luke 1:49).

Reflection: Because of her unique role as his mother, Mary received from Jesus a full share, body and soul, in his victory over death. In the human family, which God decided to join, there can be no closer bond than mother and child. They belong together; their destinies are intertwined. That is one of the central messages of the pro-life movement. To love and care for a mother necessarily means protecting, loving, and caring for her child.

Prayer: Blessed Virgin Mother, on this day of joy we honor you. Pray for us, and for the victory of life! Amen!

Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: Courage

“God did not give us a spirit of timidity but rather a spirit of power and of love and of wisdom” (2 Timothy 1:7).

Reflection: Our pro-life work requires constant courage, which is nurtured through Scripture, incessant prayer, and the example of saints and other historical figures who fought against the injustices of their times. When we feel we don’t have courage, we should simply do what we would do if we did.

Prayer: Lord, at times I ask what I should do next, but I already know. I simply need the courage to do it. Grant it to me today. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Constant Courage

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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 did not give us a spirit of timidity but rather a spirit of power and of love and of wisdom” (2 Timothy 1:7).

Reflection: Our pro-life work requires constant courage, which is nurtured through Scripture, incessant prayer, and the example of saints and other historical figures who fought against the injustices of their times. When we feel we don’t have courage, we should simply do what we would do if we did.

Prayer: Lord, at times I ask what I should do next, but I already know. I simply need the courage to do it. Grant it to me today. Amen.
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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Culture of 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

“Such is the complete confidence in God that we have through Christ…Our competence comes from God who has empowered us…” (2 Corinthians 3:4-6).

Reflection: The same Holy Spirit who created the universe, descended upon the womb of Mary, came as tongues of fire at Pentecost, and leads the Church on her mission, is the one who calls and equips us for our pro-life work. Let us not lack for a moment the confidence and joy which come from Him, and which impel us to build a Culture of Life.

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, and equip us, just as you equipped disciples of every century, to advance the Gospel of Life. Amen!

Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: Truth

“Therefore strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Make level paths for your feet” (Hebrews 12:12-13).

Reflection: A woman wrote to Priests for Life, “Up until I visited this site I had been pro-choice. … After seeing the images on your site, there was no decision to be made. I figured that whatever hardships having a baby at this time would bring me would be far easier than living with the guilt if I was to get an abortion. The pictures had such a powerful effect on me. They helped me to be strong.”

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the strength that comes from knowing the truth. Amen.

Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: Blindness

“Whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones…will not go unrewarded” (Matthew 10:42).

Reflection: As Terri Schiavo was dying, a police officer was in the room at all times, making sure that nobody gave Terri a drop of water. A vase of flowers sat on her night table. It was filled with water. Those flowers were being nourished, and a human being was not. How upside-down is the Culture of Death! How offensive is the cruelty we show to the weak and vulnerable.

Prayer: Have mercy on your people, Lord; bring an end to the cycle of blindness and violence around us. Amen!

Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: Compassion

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were distressed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36).

Reflection: At times, we have all “aborted” God’s will in our lives. We never look down on those who have committed the sin of abortion or who promote it. They are not the enemy, but rather are captive to the enemy. We seek to free them, as their brothers and sisters who are no strangers to temptation, error, and sin.

Prayer: God of compassion, fill me with the same compassion you have for me and for all who have sinned. Amen.

Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: Prayer

“Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

Reflection: Prayer is not just asking God to do something. Prayer is union with God. Prayer means we open ourselves so wide to God that He comes in and does something through us! Prayer and action are not two separate options, but rather two aspects of union with God.. When we come away from prayer we should not feel rested but restless. We should not feel that we’ve done our duty, but that we’ve been given our duty.

Prayer: Lord, you are a consuming fire, the source of all activity. Keep me rooted in prayer and strong in action. Amen.

Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: the Truth

“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