Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: a human 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

“Right from fertilization is begun the adventure of a human life” (Donum Vitae, n.1).

Reflection: Never has there been a more unscientific debate than the one about embryonic stem cell research. There is no disease that embryonic stem cells have been able to treat. Science is based on evidence. If there is no evidence that embryonic stem cells can help, why do people continue to call for the killing of embryos in order to harvest those cells?

Prayer: Lord, I pray for all researchers and scientists, that their moral character may grow as strong as their technical knowledge. Amen.

Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: People of Life

“Have no fear. The outcome of the battle for life is already decided” (John Paul II, World Youth Day, Denver, 1993).

Reflection: Despite how powerful the culture of death seems, we foster, in ourselves and others, a supreme and uninterrupted confidence that the tools of grace with which God has equipped the People of Life are far more powerful and eternally victorious. We do, at the same time, have to work anxiously to be faithful to our own role in proclaiming, celebrating and serving that victory

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for conquering death, and for giving us what we need to counteract its destructive power in our day. Amen.

Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: Vigor

“Roe v. Wade must be reversed” (US Bishops, “A Matter of the Heart”).

Reflection: Some are fond of saying that because of Roe vs. Wade, abortion is a settled issue. But it is no such thing. Roe v Wade did not “settle” abortion any more than the Dred Scott decision “settled” slavery, or the “Plessy v Ferguson” decision “settled” segregation. Those evils were defeated precisely because we are a nation that thirsts for equality and justice, and that thirst cannot be quenched or extinguished by a Supreme Court decision.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the vigor you inspire in your people to resist injustice. Let that vigor grow! Amen!

Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: Divine Law

“For here we have no lasting city, but we are seeking the one that is to come” (Hebrews 13:14).

Reflection: The Church has always held that the State does not contain the fullness of human hope or embrace the totality of human existence. The State rather, exists for the human person, not the other way around. That is why governments either have to protect human rights, or have to be reformed. Human law is always subject to Divine law; only the latter can claim our absolute obedience.

Prayer: Lord, as I strive for my heavenly home, I thank you for my earthly home; may I work to improve it. Amen.

Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: Life and Dignity

“They do more harm to those who practice them than to those who suffer from the injury” (Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes, 27).

Reflection: This quote from Vatican II is speaking about abortion, euthanasia, genocide, and other forms of violence against human life. It calls for a deep concern for the welfare of those who carry out these activities. Such people distort their own humanity and jeopardize their salvation. The Church seeks the protection of the victims and the salvation of the perpetrators.

Prayer: Lord, have mercy on those who carry out practices against human life and dignity. Convert, heal and save them. Amen.

Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: Greatest Mother

“As for Mary, she treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19).

Reflection: The Rosary has conquered many enemies, and many pray it in front of abortion mills. As we acknowledge Jesus as the fruit of Mary’s womb, we stand to pray for our brothers and sisters who are being torn from the wombs of their mothers. As we honor the greatest mother, we pray for the frightened mothers. As we worship God who was an unborn child, we proclaim the image of God in every unborn child.

Prayer: Mary, our Mother, bring us Jesus yet again; lead us to his victory over all forms of death. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Increase in number

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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

“Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28).

Reflection: The single largest destroyer of human life in our nation and in the world is not poverty or AIDS; it is not heart disease or cancer; it is not terrorism or war. It is abortion. Some 50 million children around the world are killed each year by this procedure.

Prayer: Save us, O Lord, from the forces of destruction, especially those that we unleash upon ourselves. Enable us to pursue those things that will preserve our species and continue to fulfill your original command to multiply. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: a time to be born

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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

“There is a time for everything … a time to be born and a time to die” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2).

Reflection: Advocates of euthanasia use terms like “help in dying.” But this blurs the distinction between giving assistance to a dying person and causing their death. Mother Teresa “helped” many people “in dying.” She was present to them, assuring them that they were not alone, helping them find courage to face death, reminding them of their dignity, preparing them to meet the Lord. This is the legitimate meaning of death with dignity and of helping people to die.

Prayer: Lord, may we show the dying their dignity and your compassion. Amen.

Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: Presence

“After sending them all outside, he …entered the room where the child was…and said to her…’Little girl, I say to you, arise!’” (Mark 5:40-41).

Reflection: When a fire is reported, the firemen do not sit around the fire house and have a prayer service. They go to where the fire is. When a priest gets a sick call, he goes to the bedside of the sick person. The same is true with abortion. We are called to show up at the places where the killing occurs. This expresses solidarity with them in their hour of greatest need.

Prayer: Enable your people, O Lord, to give each other the gift of presence. Amen.

Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: Deceived

“O Lord, do not withhold your mercy from me…my sins have so engulfed me that I cannot see…and my heart sinks within me” (Psalm 40:12-13).

Reflection: A woman who had an abortion wrote, “I was deceived by all I had read or heard … It was a rough procedure. I knew as soon as my uterus was violated that I had participated in a murder. My spirit fragmented and the evil that was in that clinic came in all around me. I lost my mind.”

Prayer: I lift up to you, Lord, all those enduring mental anguish from their abortion. Send your Spirit to heal them. Amen.