Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: …so many are tempted to abort because they feel alone.

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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

“And they shall name him Emmanuel, a name that means ‘God is with us’” Matthew 1:23.

Reflection: In the midst of the abortion tragedy, the Church does not point fingers of condemnation. Rather, the Church extends hands of compassion and help, to lift up out of despair those who are tempted to abort their children. The Church informs her people of the many alternatives to abortion, and says “I am with you, and will enable you to say yes to life.”

Prayer: Lord, so many are tempted to abort because they feel alone. May we reach out to them, that they may know that we and you are with them. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: …the loss of an actual child, who is a person.

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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

“Did not he who made me in the womb make them? – Job 31:15

Reflection: In a Culture of Life we recognize that miscarriage is the loss of an actual child, who is a person. Every reasonable effort should be made, therefore, to take the bodily remains of this child and commit them to the earth by a proper memorial service and burial. Such a witness is a significant step to building a culture of life.

Prayer: Father, I entrust to you today all children who died from miscarriage, and ask you to console their families. May the way that we mourn these children be an inspiration to others. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: I had no idea the practice was so brutal.

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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 blind man said to him, ‘Rabbi, let me receive my sight’“ Mark 10:51.

Reflection: People change when they see abortion. One wrote, “I was horrified by the gallery of photos of those tiny innocents – murdered, but I’m glad to have seen them. No one can truly form an opinion on abortion without seeing the horror. I had no idea the practice was so brutal.”

Prayer: Lord, sometimes it is only when we see evil that we are able to fully appreciate the good. Give your people courage to face the evils around us, that we may have greater strength to fight them in Your Name. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: The Holy Spirit is “the Lord and Giver 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

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” (Genesis 1:1-2)

Reflection: The Spirit of God brought life and light out of chaos and darkness. The Holy Spirit is “the Lord and Giver of Life,” and this is true both on a natural and supernatural level. To worship the Holy Spirit, then, demands that we stand against all that destroys life.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, breathe on us and renew within us the fullness of life and the strength to defend it. Amen!

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Mother and child belong together.

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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

“There is one mediator between God and man, Christ Jesus, himself a man” (1 Timothy 2:5).

Reflection: Jesus is humanity’s only mediator with God precisely because he is both God and human, and his humanity comes from Mary. All her importance flows from her Son, and our worship of the Son naturally leads to honoring his mother. Marian devotion teaches us something about our pro-life commitment. Mother and child belong together. To hurt one is to hurt the other; to love one is to love the other.

Prayer: Mary, thank you for being the mother of Jesus, who now shares our humanity. Teach us to honor every mother and child. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: The answer is, “Eliminate 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

“Not even a murderer loses his personal dignity” – Evangelium Vitae, 9

Reflection: If we ask, “How can we eliminate capital punishment?” The answer is, “Eliminate abortion.” After all, as long as we try to solve problems by throwing away the innocent, it is quite hard to convince people that we don’t solve problems by throwing away the guilty.

Prayer: Lord, we confess that so often we think that the way to fix people’s problems is to throw people away. Free us from that way of thinking. May we protect the innocent, and may we not fail to recognize the dignity even of the guilty. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Bring order and beauty out of the chaos of the Culture of Death.

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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

“He breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’…”(John 20:22)

Reflection: On the first Easter night, Jesus breathes His Spirit upon the apostles, that they too might bring new life out of the chaos and darkness of sin. A second Creation account is taking place here. God indeed “has sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins” (Prayer of Absolution). The same Spirit who causes sin to flee will cause death to flee as well, and his priests have a key role to play.

Prayer: Spirit of Life, we beg you to come. Bring order and beauty out of the chaos of the Culture of Death. Amen!

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: …it is an insult to all human beings.

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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 notion of freedom which…gives no place to solidarity … ends up by becoming the freedom of ‘the strong’ against the weak” –The Gospel of Life, 19.

Reflection: Cardinal Meisner of Germany compared the slaughter of tens of millions of unborn children by abortion to the genocide campaigns conducted by Hitler and Stalin. Whenever a government removes equal protection from some human beings, it is an insult to all human beings. The class of victims may change, but the evil is the same.

Prayer: Deliver us from evil, O Lord. Preserve world governments from corruption and make them havens for human rights. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: …we give life to one another.

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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

“Beloved, since God loved us so much, we should love one another” (1 John 4:9).

Reflection: When we obey the command in this verse of Scripture, we give life to one another. When we love our unborn neighbors, we do all we can to save them from the violence of abortion. And in doing so, we are loving God himself.

Prayer: Lord, help me understand that my love for those who may be difficult to accept or care for is not supposed to be measured based on my own strength, but on the strength of your love for us. Inspired by your generosity, make me generous. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: It is I [God] who bring both death and 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

“It is I who bring both death and life” (Deuteronomy 32:39).

Reflection: Some in our society are using language about the right to die to disguise a right to kill — to get the burdensome and inconvenient out of our way, all the while making it look as though we are doing them a favor. No matter how frail they become, people are always children of God whose lives are valuable beyond measure.

Prayer: Lord, give us strength in our frailty, and compassion when we encounter the frailty of others. Give us patience in our sufferings, and a spirit of service when we encounter the sufferings of others. Amen.