Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: …Susan B. Anthony said, “Abortion is child murder.”

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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 transforming culture so that it supports life, women occupy a place, in thought and action, which is unique and decisive. It depends on them to promote a ‘new feminism’” – The Gospel of Life, 99.

Reflection: The early feminist leader Susan B. Anthony said, “Abortion is child murder.” Women are equal in dignity to men because all human beings are equal in dignity. And “all” includes the human beings still living in the womb.

Prayer: Lord, how easy it is for people and for movements to forget the meaning of “equality.” Free the legitimate efforts for women’s advancement worldwide from the mistaken notion that this includes abortion. Amen!

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: …you don’t get it — you just killed someone.

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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

“What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” – Psalm 8:5

Reflection: A television movie had a scene in which two women were arguing. One said, “But you don’t get it, you don’t get it — you just killed someone.” And the other responded, “No, you don’t get it — I don’t care!” Many abortion supporters know abortion kills children; they just no longer care.

Prayer: Lord, we ask for more than education and knowledge. We ask that you fill our world with hearts that care. May those who have forgotten how to care learn from our example. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Protect us all as we do what is right.

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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

“To refuse to take part in committing an injustice is not only a moral duty; it is also a basic human right” – (The Gospel of Life, 74).

Reflection: One of the key battlegrounds in the fight for life is to defend the freedom of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, judges and other professionals to refuse to violate their conscience as they carry out their work. At times this freedom is secure, and at other times, fidelity carries a high price.

Prayer: Lord, provide light and strength to all those who may face the loss of their jobs in order to maintain their integrity. Protect us all as we do what is right. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Abortion is violence. Honoring …

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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

“Join in imitating me, and take note of those who conduct themselves in accord with the model you have in us” – Philippians 3:17

Reflection: The US bishops have said Catholic institutions should not “give awards, honors, or platforms to those who act contrary to church teaching on fundamental moral principles.” Abortion is violence. Honoring supporters of child-killing not only contradicts Church teaching; it contradicts American ideals and basic human decency.

Prayer: Lord, as we strive to follow you, continue to give us good examples of fidelity, not only in the saints, but in the leaders you give us today. Amen!

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Our unity in Christ is even stronger than that …

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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

“We who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread” (1 Cor. 10:17).

Reflection: When we call each other “brothers and sisters,” we are not merely using a metaphor that dimly reflects the unity between children of the same parents. Our unity in Christ is even stronger than that, because we do have common blood: the blood of Christ! The result of the Eucharist is that we become one, and this obliges us to be as concerned for each other as we are for our own bodies.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the unity which marks the Culture of Life. Amen!

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Do not put an innocent … person to 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

“Do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty” (Exodus 23:7)

Reflection: The shedding of innocent blood was strictly forbidden to the people of the Covenant. The giving of the law and the establishment of the way of life they were to live in the Promised Land set them apart from other nations, who did not know the true God, and as a result, did not have the same respect for human life.

Prayer: Lord, we are blessed to know you, the God of Life. Keep us faithful to your covenant, and immersed in the awareness of how sacred every life is. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: …the baby leaped in her womb.

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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

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb” (Luke 1:41).

Reflection: Scripture uses the same language for the unborn as it does other children. Luke’s gospel uses the word “baby” or “child” (Gr. brephos ) to describe John the Baptist prior to his birth. But one chapter later (2:12,16), the already born Christ child is also referred to as a “baby” (brephos ). “Brephos” is commonly used to describe infants and older children (Luke 18:15, Acts 7:19, 1 Peter 2:2).

Prayer: Lord, your word speaks of the born and the unborn in the same terms. Give us the same respect and love for both. Amen

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: abortion is … destroying one innocent of doing any harm.

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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

“Rulers are a source of fear not to those who do good but rather to those who do evil” – Romans 13:3.

Reflection: There is a big difference between abortion on the one hand, and war and capital punishment on the other. War and capital punishment, when justified, are carried out by the authority of the state restraining those guilty of doing harm; abortion is always carried out by the authority of an individual destroying one innocent of doing any harm.

Prayer: Protect your people from all harm, O Lord, and give your strength to those you have appointed to preserve our peace and security. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: And Jesus answered, ‘You shall not kill…’

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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

“’If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.’ He said, ‘Which ones?’And Jesus answered, ‘You shall not kill…’” (Matthew 19:17-18).

Reflection: The prohibition of murder is mentioned first by Jesus when he refers to the commandments in answer to the rich young man’s question about how to reach eternal life. Taking one’s neighbor’s life is the most direct contradiction to the love of that neighbor and to the goods God wants to give, the foundation of which is life.

Prayer: Lord, all the good you give us depends on life. Bring an end to all killing, that we may each walk the path to life eternal. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Today is “Terri’s Day,”

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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 reason for you to rejoice, even if now for a little while you must suffer trials of many kinds” (1 Peter 1:6).

Reflection: Today is “Terri’s Day,” the anniversary of the death of Terri Schiavo, who was killed by deliberate dehydration. Some say, “I wouldn’t want to live like that.” But there are many people about whom we can all say that. We would not want to live like the homeless or those in wretched poverty, or those with various forms of addiction or severe financial crises. But that doesn’t mean we can kill them.

Prayer: Give continued consolation, Lord, to Terri’s family, and protection to the vulnerable. Amen.