Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Our job is to focus the discussion on abortion itself…

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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 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.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Lord, I pray today for all parents.

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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

“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: Lord, I do trust the power of your word…

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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: Throughout history, groups that have been oppressed…

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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.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: That’s the same as “I don’t know.”

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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 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.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: A person’s size does not determine their value.

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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

“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.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Enable us to devote ourselves … to the service of God and neighbor.

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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

“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.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: This is how we know what love is…

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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

“This is how we know what love is: he laid down his life for us” (1 John 3:16).

Reflection: The word “love” is the most misused, abused, and confused word in the English language. We say: I love ice cream, I love my mother, I love my wife, I love God. And some use “love” to justify abortion. The real meaning of love is found at the Cross. Love says, “I sacrifice myself for the good of the other person.” Abortion says, “I sacrifice the other person for the good of myself.”

Prayer: Lord I commit myself today to the love of others, especially those most in need. Amen.

Today’s Pro-life Reflection: …calling for mercy, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

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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 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.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Politicians fear who will vote against 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

“Lord, by now there will be a stench, for he has been dead for four days” (John 11:39).

Reflection: Jesus was about to raise Lazarus, but Martha was worried about the stench. We too fear the stench. We fear who will object, who will get angry. Politicians fear who will vote against them; businesses fear who will stop supporting them. “Surely, there will be a stench.” And that becomes the excuse not to act – even when we know that Jesus has authority over death.

Prayer: Lord, free us from our fears and calculations, and give us boldness as we battle the culture of death. Amen.