Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: …opposite of the mindset of 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

“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: …and killed him.”

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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: …it is also a basic human 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: Join in imitating me…

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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: …we do have common blood: the blood of Christ!

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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: …fill us with awe and reverence 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

“Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I tell you that their angels in heaven gaze continually on the face of my heavenly Father” (Matthew 18:10).

Reflection: All of us, including the smallest children, have angels in heaven who are worshipping the Father and reflecting to us his care. If an angel is assigned to guard each human life, how much more are fellow human beings to avoid despising such lives!

Prayer: Lord, fill us with awe and reverence for life. Though we are not able to see the angels, remind us of their presence, too, through the face of every human person. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Protect your people from all harm, O Lord…

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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: Bring an end to all killing …

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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: … 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!