Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: …we should love one another, unlike Cain…

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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

“From the beginning you have heard the message that we should love one another, unlike Cain who was from the evil one and slew his brother” (1 John 3:11-12).

Reflection: When an unborn child is diagnosed with a terminal illness, some feel justified in aborting the child. The excuse they use is that he or she “will die anyway.” But we will all die anyway. Since when does our mortality make us disposable? Since when is the inevitability of death a justification to kill?

Prayer: Lord, teach us that the beauty of life is not measured in days or years, but in the love we give and receive. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Indeed, Roe vs. Wade is extreme.

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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

“This is what the Lord says: ‘For three sins of Ammon, even for four, I will not turn back my wrath. Because he ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead in order to extend his borders” (Amos 1:13).

Reflection: As the University of Detroit Law Review pointed out in a 1990 article, “The Supreme Court’s decisions…allowed abortion on demand throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy.” An abortionist may kill a healthy baby of a healthy mother right up to and including her delivery date. Indeed, Roe vs. Wade is extreme.

Prayer: Lord, bless our efforts to educate people about what “legal abortion” really means. Amen

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: …our humanity has a sacred value…

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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

“By his Incarnation the Son of God has united himself in some fashion with every person” (Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes, n.22).

Reflection: God has joined all humanity to himself in Christ. There is only one human nature, shared by all human beings born and unborn, healthy and sick, rich and poor, wanted and unwanted. Every one of these human beings is joined to God through the Incarnation, which means our humanity has a sacred value even greater than it received just by being created.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for taking upon yourself our human nature, and for uniting our human family in yourself. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: save the life of your child

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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

“Service of the Gospel of life is … a valuable and fruitful area for … practical ecumenism … and joint efforts with the followers of other religions and with all people of good will” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.91).

Reflection: If your child needed emergency medical attention, you would cooperate with the medical technicians, no matter what their religion, to save the life of your child. Isn’t it only right, then, to cooperate with people of a different religion in order to save the life of someone else’s child?

Prayer: Lord, give us the wisdom to cooperate with everyone in the fundamental task of saving lives. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Rachel weeping for her children

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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

“A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because her children are no more” (Jeremiah 31:15).

Reflection: A woman wrote of her abortion, “I had a severe emotional collapse. I was thinking of killing myself. I cried every day for a year or more. I did not get along with anyone too well. I felt like I hated the world. I suffered nightmares. Every time the vacuum was used I thought about how my baby died.”

Prayer: Lord, receive the tears of so many who cry for their aborted children; may we cry with them. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: blood is on their hands

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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 said to me: ‘Son of man … confront them with their detestable practices, for …blood is on their hands …they even sacrificed their children, whom they bore” (Ezekiel 23:36-37).

Reflection: The pro-life movement did not begin with Roe vs. Wade. It began the first time a human being extended his hand to help another. It continued as Old Testament prophets preached against child sacrifice, and as Christians in the Roman Empire rescued abandoned infants. It continues today in the lives of so many. And it will be victorious, just as surely as Christ is Risen!

Prayer: Keep us standing, Lord, in the great tradition of life! Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: The Holy Spirit shows us the truth

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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

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil, who put darkness for light, and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

Reflection: The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, shows us the truth about our sins (see Jn.16:8). In Him we come to understand the difference between good and evil. This works directly against the dynamics of the abortion movement, which identifies a moral evil as a “right.” Devotion to the Holy Spirit is a key element in a Culture of Life.

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, convert the minds and hearts of all those who defend abortion. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: God hates 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

“On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever” (Isaiah 25:7-8).

Reflection: God did not make death. He hates it, and in fact has fulfilled this ancient promise of Isaiah through the death and resurrection of Christ, by which he destroyed death and made us the People of Life. Those who continue God’s work in the world therefore fight against the lingering power of death’s kingdom, in whatever form it takes.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the hope and joy of this promise that you gave through Isaiah and fulfilled in Christ. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Pro-life people are the more tolerant ones.

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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

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and undefiled is this: to come to the aid of orphans and widows in their hardships…”(James 1:27).

Reflection: When Roe vs. Wade permitted abortion, it said, “The word person as used in the 14th Amendment does not include the unborn.” It was a statement of exclusion and intolerance, of prejudice and marginalization. We, in contrast, have our arms open wider, to expand the circle of welcome into the human family. Pro-life people are the more tolerant ones.

Prayer: Lord, break down the walls of prejudice that would exclude anyone from our protection and love. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: … is a slave to sin.

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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 claim the right to abortion, infanticide and euthanasia, and to recognize that right in law, means to attribute to human freedom a perverse and evil significance: that of an absolute power over others and against others. This is the death of true freedom: “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin” (Jn 8:34)” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.20).

Reflection: Freedom has a meaning and a consistency; it never destroys in others what it claims for itself. So much oppression masquerades as “freedom of choice.”

Prayer: Lord, only in you and in your Word do we discover the power of freedom. Amen.