“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.
“It is written: ‘I believed; therefore I have spoken.’ With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak “(2 Corinthians 4:13-14).
Reflection: A Virginia High School senior was told he could not wear a sweatshirt that read, “Abortion is Homicide.” However, after he sought legal help, the school allowed him to wear it. The best way to defend our free speech rights is to exercise them without fear.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, you inspire the faithful to speak courageously the words of life. Open our lips to speak boldly, even when that speech may upset others. Give us grace to defend our rights without fear. Amen.
“Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you” (Mark 5:19)
Reflection: Do post-abortion healing programs and pro-life activism mix? Countless women and men say yes. Many activists, of course, have had abortions. They speak up for the children they once killed — and that is part of the healing. Many of those in need of healing begin that journey because their conscience is stirred by those who expose the reality of abortion.
Prayer: Lord, you inspire those who have found your healing to carry out your mission. Give fruitfulness to their words and words! Amen.
“These commandments that I give you today … Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates” (Deuteronomy 6:6,8-9).
Reflection: Many states now have specialty license plates that have the words “Choose Life” above the plate number. Money raised from the purchase of these plates supports alternatives to abortion, and the pro-life message is spread on the road!
Prayer: Father, in the most ordinary activities of life, we can spread the message of life! Give us creativity to see more of these ways, and courage and perseverance in using them! Amen.