Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Work exists for people

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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 human person is the measure of the dignity of work” — Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

Reflection: The Church teaches that work has its final goal in the human person. In other words, people are not to be considered as just cogs in a wheel of productivity. Work exists for people, not the other way around. It is an expression of the person and builds up his or her dignity. This is a key conviction in a Culture of Life.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Amen.
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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Renew the face of the earth

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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

“Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:20).

Reflection: Pro-abortion politicians will often say to us, “Abortion is the law of the land.” But the “law of the land” can be changed, just as it was changed regarding slavery and segregation. The law of the land is meant to protect the good of the people. Because imperfect people make the law of the land, they sometimes make mistakes, and allow things which experience later proves are not good for the people. That’s why the law can be changed.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, come and renew the face of the earth, and make us agents of change. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: OH MY GOSH!

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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

“Among all the crimes which can be committed against life, procured abortion has characteristics making it particularly serious and deplorable … But today, in many people’s consciences, the perception of its gravity has become progressively obscured” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.58).

Reflection: A woman who saw the photos of aborted babies wrote, “OH MY GOSH. I just read your entire web page. OH MY GOSH is all I can really say out loud. I have seen articles and read about abortions before-but I still felt like it was the woman’s decision. My mind was changed TODAY.”

Prayer: Lord, grant light and conversion to all about abortion . Amen.

​Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: Mercy and Kindness

“Be mindful, O Lord, that mercy and kindness have been yours from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth” (Psalm 25:6-7).

Reflection: A woman wrote of her abortion, “It was very painful, physically and mentally. It affected me in the worst way. I felt very guilty. I couldn’t look at any kids. I know I won’t ever do it again.” Those getting an abortion think it will solve their problems, and they find out it only creates more of them.

Prayer: Lord, show us how to reach out to those who have had abortions, and how to understand their pain. Bring us all to healing. Amen.

Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: Boldly Proclaim

“The king…had John beheaded in the prison” (Matthew 14:9-10).

Reflection: St. John the Baptizer, who leaped for joy in Elizabeth’s womb, preach a message of repentance to those in power. He told King Herod that it was wrong for him to have his brother’s wife, and was killed as a result. John is an example for us to speak the truth boldly. Being a prophet is not primarily about telling the future, but about telling the present – pointing out what God says about what is happening now.

Prayer: Saint John the Baptizer, pray that we may boldly proclaim the right to life for all people. Amen.

Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: Uniquely Capable

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you” — St Augustine.

Reflection: These famous words of St. Augustine remind us what the Church means by saying human life is “sacred.” God has made us for himself; as human persons, we are uniquely capable of having a relationship with God. Our lives are oriented to him as our final goal and fulfillment; hence we cannot be owned by others, manipulated, or discarded.

Prayer: Lord, I rejoice in my ability to relate to you, and I honor every human being as your own special possession. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Holy Spirit, grant us to see beyond appearances …

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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

“I have gazed upon you in the sanctuary so that I may behold your power and your glory” (Psalm 63:3).

Reflection: The baby in the manger and the man on the cross do not look like God; yet by faith we know Jesus is no mere man. The Eucharist does not look like Jesus, but we worship him. Christians are used to looking beyond appearances. Hence we can also see in the annoying or ugly person or the person who is unconscious in a hospital bed, or in the unborn child, the image of God.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, grant us to see beyond appearances to the dignity of every life! Amen!

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: The Spirit unites the human family.

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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

“Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our abode with him” (John 14:23).

Reflection: The Spirit is the bond of love between the Father and the Son. When the Father and Son come and abide with us, it is through this Holy Spirit. The Spirit unites the human family in bonds of self-giving love. Abortion, and other manifestations of the culture of death, however, divides the human family, because they are the opposite of self-giving.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, we need you and we long for the unity you bring. Give us the love that overcomes division. Amen.

Read Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: Gift

“Behold, children are a gift from the Lord, a reward of the fruit of the womb” (Psalm 127:3).

Reflection: Because children are a “gift,” they can neither be demanded nor discarded. That is why it is wrong not only to abort them, but also to “create” them through artificial means that replace normal human procreation. We do not have a “right” to children, but rather an awesome privilege to receive them, if God so chooses to give the gift.

Prayer: Lord, deepen our understanding of children as a gift. Give generosity to all parents, and patience to all those who await that gift. Amen.

Today’s Daily Pro-Life Reflection: Wisdom

“God…set me apart even before my birth” (Galatians 1:15).

Reflection: Many pro-abortion public officials will say they believe that life begins at conception. Then they say they can’t legislate that belief on those who think it begins later. Suppose someone said, “I believe that life begins at birth, but I cannot legislate my beliefs on those who think it begins later.” Then the newborn would lose their legal protection. Such protection is needed precisely when some believe others shouldn’t have it.

Prayer: Lord, give our legislators, and your people, wisdom to know the difference between legislating beliefs and protecting lives. Amen.