“Your light must shine so that it can be seen by others” (Matthew 5:16).
Reflection: A preacher once wrote that there is no such thing as secret discipleship. Either the discipleship will destroy the secrecy, or the secrecy will destroy the discipleship. That’s why being pro-life cannot just be a personal, private conviction. If it’s in our heart, it needs to be on our lips and in our actions.
Prayer: Praise to you, Lord God, for you open my mouth in worship and in witness; you reveal my faith through my actions. May I never try to be a secret disciple, but rather be proud to be known as one of yours. Amen.
“They cannot sleep till they do evil; they are robbed of slumber till they make someone fall” (Proverbs 4:16).
Reflection: Hundreds of taped phone conversations show abortion clinics throughout the nation deliberately failing to report the sexual abuse of minors. This is a flagrant violation of ethics and law. It also reveals what happens when we lose sight of the sanctity of life. Our concern for other aspects of the moral law is likewise weakened. One can’t practice vice virtuously.
Prayer: Lord, protect all those who may become victims of the malice and negligence of the abortion industry – not only the unborn babies, but their vulnerable young mothers as well. Amen.
“If only my anguish could be weighed …It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas” (Job 6:2-3).
Reflection: Those who have had abortions are more likely to be tempted to suicide. The mother may see death as the only way of being reunited with her child, and escaping the daily pain that the abortion brings. “I deprived my child of life,” she thinks, “and therefore I don’t deserve my own.”
Prayer: Lord, you are the God who overcomes despair, and whose mighty hand keeps us on the right path. Send your Spirit upon all who are tempted to suicide, and refresh them with new hope. Amen.
“For you created all things; by your will they were created (Revelation 4:11).
Reflection: Cloning advocates make a misleading distinction between “reproductive” cloning — that is, actually bringing clones to birth — and “therapeutic cloning” — that is, using the clone’s cells, but killing the clone before he or she is born. In reality, all cloning is reproductive, because the unborn clone is human, and no cloning is therapeutic, because no medical benefit has been demonstrated.
Prayer: Father, you alone can create human life, and you have created it for yourself. Preserve us from the temptation of trying to do what you alone can do. Amen.
“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name” (Exodus 20:7).
Reflection: This commandment does not simply mean we should not use God’s name as a curse word. It also means that we should not invoke his name to justify evil practices. Some abortion supporters do this, saying they support abortion because of their faith, or claiming that the Bible justifies killing the unborn.
Prayer: Oh Lord, holy is your Name. May we never abuse your Name to justify what you abhor. Preserve the purity of our worship, and the integrity of our prayer. Amen.
“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the world” Matthew 28:20.
Reflection: Abortion leads to isolation, despair, and a feeling of being abandoned by everyone. The Church, on the other hand, brings the assurance of Jesus: “I am with you.” The People of God, while rejecting abortion, embrace with love those who have had abortions, and lead them to the healing mercy of Christ.
Prayer: Lord, I pray for every person who feels alone and abandoned today, in the dark shadows of the abortion they have committed. Reach into that darkness, and enable your people to bring the light of Jesus’ presence to wounded hearts. Amen.
“They maintain the appearance of godliness but deny its power…” (2 Timothy 3:5).
Reflection: Abortion supporters used to call it a decision between a woman and her doctor. Now they say it’s a decision between a woman and her God. They have run out of arguments to defend abortion, so they simply appeal to God as a way to shut down all argument. Meanwhile, pro-lifers have both the arguments and the God who is their foundation.
Prayer: Lord, preserve us from the misfortune of turning to you without seeking you, and from the deception of invoking you without listening to you. Amen.
“Although faith provides special light and strength, this question arises in every human conscience which seeks the truth and which cares about the future of humanity” – EV 101
Reflection: Jesus, the Bible, and the Church teach that stealing is wrong. Therefore, do the laws that prohibit stealing impose a religious belief on the rest of us? Of course not. But some argue that a law protecting the unborn would impose religion. They think freedom of religion should allow child-killing.
Prayer: Lord, you have blessed human conscience with the ability to perceive that killing children is wrong. Increase the moral strength of your people, that this evil may end. Amen.
“Their message goes forth throughout the earth, and their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19:5).
Reflection: The Internet provides one of the easiest and least expensive ways of spreading God’s word. Each of us can reach thousands of others by joining Internet discussion groups and blogs, and from the comfort of our own home, take a stand on the sanctity of life.
Prayer: Lord, we thank you for the technology that assists us to spread your word to countless people. May our efforts on behalf of life be marked by creativity and courage in using the means you give us. Amen.
“The only honest stance…is that of radical solidarity with the woman” (John Paul II, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, p. 206-207)
Reflection: The difference between the pro-life and pro-abortion movements is not that we love the baby and they love the mother. The real difference is that they think you can separate the two and we say you can’t. You cannot kill a baby without hurting the mother, and you cannot protect the baby without loving the mother.
Prayer: Lord, you have intertwined the destiny of mother and child, and have called us to a love that recognizes this intimate union. May every mother and child flourish together in love and protection. Amen.