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.

Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: False Barriers

“Some scribes who were Pharisees noticed that Jesus was eating with sinners and tax collectors, and they asked his disciples, ‘Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’” (Mark 2:16).

Reflection: Jesus broke down false barriers that people set up among themselves, and instead acknowledged the equal human dignity of every individual, despite what common opinion might say. He moved to those who needed his help instead of rejecting them because of who they were.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, give us the mind of Christ, that we may never cast off any human person or group, but rather be vehicles of your care for them. Amen.

Fr. Pavone remembers Terri Schiavo on 12th anniversary of her death

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement to mark today’s “International Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Terri Schindler Schiavo, and All of Our Vulnerable Brothers and Sisters,” or “Terri’s Day”:

“Twelve years ago, I sat and prayed with a woman who had been denied food and water for two weeks. I saw the light fading from her eyes, and just minutes after our time together, she died. Terri’s death was the perverse wish of her murderous husband and carried out by order of a court.

“With the killing of the sick and disabled expanding across our nation, it’s important to remember Terri and the increasingly callous way our society judges a person’s right to life. She was not hooked up to any machines. She was able to smile and kiss her parents and siblings. Her family saw her as a blessing, not a burden. Terri didn’t insist on any ‘right to die,’ and I am certain that if she could have spoken up for herself, she would still be with us today.”

Although Terri died on March 31, the annual memorial is taking place today, April 7, when EWTN will remember Terri’s Day with various specials, including Mass by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput (see EWTN.com for details).

To find prayers and activities for today’s observance, go to www.TerrisDay.org. You will also find there Fr. Frank’s eyewitness account of Terri Schiavo’s death, his homily at her funeral, and much more.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

Democrats: Let the nation move on – confirm Judge Gorsuch!

While the saga of Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation drags on, Senate Democrats know they are facing a dilemma of their own making. They should spare the country further drama and just get on with the process of filling Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Although Judge Gorsuch said during his confirmation hearing that he would have walked out of the room if President Trump asked him to overturn Roe v. Wade, and even though he has never ruled specifically on abortion, he is still a good choice for the pro-life movement, and anyone who cares about the rights of the unborn.
“[A]ll human beings are intrinsically valuable and the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong,” the judge wrote in his book on assisted suicide. But his words obviously apply to abortion as well. And in that case, his words are in direct conflict with some, if not most, of the Supreme Court’s abortion rulings, including Roe v. Wade.

Judge Gorsuch also wrote in his 2006 book The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, “But even if a certain degree of arbitrariness or uncertainty is tolerable and perhaps even inherent in many policy decisions, it is simply not acceptable when we are deciding who is and is not treated as fully human.”

Is there any doubt but that the Roe court did precisely that? The Roe v. Wade decision and all subsequent Supreme Court abortion rulings have turned on the arbitrary pronouncement that babies in the womb are not “persons.” Sixty million aborted children later, they’re still treated as not fully human.

We understand why the Democrats and their donors at Planned Parenthood would want to block Judge Gorsuch’s path to the Supreme Court bench, and it has nothing to do with Republicans’ refusal to grant a hearing to President Obama’s pick, Judge Merrick Garland. It’s because they know as well as pro-lifers do that 1973’s Roe v. Wade decision was an obscene example of judicial overreach and that, given the right case, Judge Gorsuch would vote in favor of protecting babies in the womb.

Democrats: Let the nation move on. Confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court!

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.