Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: … the man became a living being.”

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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 God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7)

Reflection: The act of creation described in Genesis 2:7 is a sovereign act. God did not have to do it, and would have been happy forever without us. Yet without our asking for it or earning it, God brought us out of nothingness and into life, and sustains our existence at every moment.

Prayer: Lord, teach us the lesson that there is no God but you, and that no human being has dominion over life. Fill us with awe in your presence. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Facing an unplanned pregnancy, Mary …

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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

“Let it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).

Reflection: Facing an unplanned pregnancy, Mary freely chooses to accept the Child, and in doing so, acknowledges the primacy of the word. The truth of God’s Word exists before her own choosing. She submits to a word, a truth, she did not create. At the heart of the “pro-choice” mentality, instead, is the idea that we create our own truth. This mentality holds that the value of the unborn child, and that child’s right to exist, depend upon the choice of the mother.

Prayer: Lord, let it be done to me also according to your word, now and always! Amen!

​Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: Receiving a Child

“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me” (Matthew 18:5).

Reflection: How do we welcome Jesus? His answer is, by receiving a child. The Lord identifies himself with the helplessness of a child, and with the relationship of giving that a child brings forth. The first “receiving” of the child is from the parents, but it does not stop there. We are all called to “receive” every child who is conceived.

Prayer: Lord, as you bring forth new life each day into our world, bring it forth also in our hearts, and enable us to receive every life, knowing that thereby we receive you. Amen.

​Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: Season of Life

“My righteous servant will justify many and he will bear their iniquities.” (Isaiah 53:11)

Reflection: Lent is a season of life. The passion, death, and resurrection of Christ have brought us the new life we now live. We commit ourselves to join all our suffering to his for our own salvation and that of the whole world.

Prayer: Jesus, you are the Suffering Servant of the Father. Your passion took away my guilt; your death brought me life. I offer you all my sufferings, that they may be borne in union with your cross and may help bring about a Culture of Life, starting in me. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Joseph is a model for all fathers …

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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

“Arise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt” (Matthew 2:13).

Reflection: St. Joseph is the just man who was entrusted with the care of Jesus and Mary. Joseph is a model for all fathers in his example of faithfulness and protection for his family. Thousands of times a day, children are aborted, not because of a choice of the mother, but because of the choice of a father, who fails to show that faithfulness and willingness to protect the child he has helped conceive.

Prayer: Lord, bless fathers. When their child is unexpected, may they welcome that child and encourage the child’s mother to say yes to life. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Lent is a season 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

“My righteous servant will justify many and he will bear their iniquities.” (Isaiah 53:11)

Reflection: Lent is a season of life. The passion, death, and resurrection of Christ have brought us the new life we now live. We commit ourselves to join all our suffering to his for our own salvation and that of the whole world.

Prayer: Jesus, you are the Suffering Servant of the Father. Your passion took away my guilt; your death brought me life. I offer you all my sufferings, that they may be borne in union with your cross and may help bring about a Culture of Life, starting in me. Amen.

Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: Abide with Us

If anyone is rich in worldly possessions and sees a brother in need but refuses to open his heart, how can the love of God abide in him?” (1 John 3:17).

Reflection: Our relationship with God depends on how well we tend to the needs of others. If this applies to the need others have for material possessions, how much more does it apply to the need others have for life itself? God’s love cannot survive in us if we turn our backs on the unborn and all whose lives are in danger.

Prayer: Abide with us, Lord, for we do see those in need and our hearts are open to them. Amen.

Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: Child Sacrifice

“They mutilated their sons and daughters by fire…till the Lord, in his great anger against Israel, put them away out of his sight” (2 Kings 17:17-18).

Reflection: The people of God inherited the Holy Land according to God’s promise but then offended him. Therefore, the Assyrians, swept through the land and brought them into exile. The shedding of innocent blood by child-sacrifice was one of the major reasons that this occurred.

Prayer: Lord, taught your people that their destiny on the land depended upon their fidelity to your covenant. Keep us faithful in our day, and free of the guilt of child sacrifice. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: The shedding of innocent blood by child-sacrifice…

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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

“They mutilated their sons and daughters by fire…till the Lord, in his great anger against Israel, put them away out of his sight” (2 Kings 17:17-18).

Reflection: The people of God inherited the Holy Land according to God’s promise but then offended him. Therefore, the Assyrians, swept through the land and brought them into exile. The shedding of innocent blood by child-sacrifice was one of the major reasons that this occurred.

Prayer: Lord, you taught your people that their destiny on the land depended upon their fidelity to your covenant. Keep us faithful in our day, and free of the guilt of child sacrifice. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Turn away from sin…

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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

“Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel” (Liturgy of Ash Wednesday)

Reflection: Lent is the time when we learn more deeply why we are pro-life. Turning away from sin means we put God above our “freedom of choice.” Believing in the Gospel means we believe in life, and reject the forces of death, including abortion.

Prayer: Lord, I fully repent of all the times I have given my choices more weight than yours. This Lent, renew my fidelity to you. May I be a living example of what it means to choose life, through Christ our Lord. Amen.