Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Let’s thank God for baptism, and for 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

“You did not choose me. Rather, I chose you” (John 15:16)

Reflection: Baptism is a sacrament of welcome. God chooses us long before we choose, and all the chosen welcome each other. This is the exact opposite of the mindset of abortion, which ignores God’s choice, and says that we can choose not to welcome children into the community. Let’s thank God for baptism, and for life!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for choosing us. As a people made one by baptism, may we grow in the spirit of welcome, and rejoice in all those you continue to add to your chosen people and to the human family. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: The first murder in history was within the immediate family…

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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 while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.” (Genesis 4:8)

Reflection: The first murder in history was within the immediate family, brother killing brother. One of the reasons abortion and euthanasia are preeminent issues today is that those forms of killing likewise take place by one family member upon another. The family is the sanctuary of life. It should be the safest place. Without life, there cannot be family; without family, there cannot be life.

Prayer: Lord, have mercy on the families of our world. Fill them with the spirit of welcome and love, of nurture and protection. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: See what the speaker does.

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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 us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth” (1 John 3:18).

Reflection: There is an axiom in psychiatry that says, “Believe behavior.” See what the speaker does. We are not just supposed to talk about how we care. The “pro-choice” movement, for all its rhetoric, leaves women alone with the pain of abortion. The pro-life movement, through thousands of pregnancy resource centers, offers women real help in their need, and the gifts of life and peace.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, free us from a superficial commitment to goodness. Continue to turn our good words into good actions, that life may flourish. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: …you are not representing all the people.

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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

“I have listened to everything you said to me and have set a king over you” (1 Samuel 12:1).

Reflection: Pro-abortion politicians will often say to us, “I respect your views, but I have to represent all the people.” Our response? That’s what we’re trying to say to you. If you neglect the unborn, you are not representing all the people. Representing the people starts with protecting them. Yes, an elected official has to represent all the people. That means that we cannot draw artificial lines that say that some people aren’t really people after all.

Prayer: Lord, give us leaders who will indeed represent and protect all the people. Amen.

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.