Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Engage to correct injustices and build a culture of 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

“Come to me, all you who are weary and overburdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

Reflection: The burden Jesus is talking about is not just that you have bills to pay, tasks to accomplish, or a busy schedule to keep. He is speaking about the burden we feel when we see injustice all around us; the burden we experience when the rights of our brothers and sisters are trampled down and innocent blood is shed. He is speaking of the labor we engage in to correct these injustices and build a culture of life.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for refreshing me each day in the battle for life! Amen!

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: The “Golden Rule,” applies also when…

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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

“In everything, deal with others as you would like them to deal with you” (Matthew 7:12).

Reflection: The “Golden Rule,” applies also when the “others” are unborn children, scheduled for abortion. We are to do what we would want others to do if we were in the same situation. We sometimes wonder how many people we should risk offending, or how many positions we should risk losing. We can stop wondering. “In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.”

Prayer: Father, in this simple rule, you have shown us how far we need to go in defending human lives. Give us the courage to carry it out. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: …no human being has dominion over 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

“The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7)

Reflection: The act of creation described in Genesis 2:7 is a sovereign act. God did not have to do it, and would have been happy forever without us. Yet without our asking for it or earning it, God brought us out of nothingness and into life, and sustains our existence at every moment.

Prayer: Lord, teach us the lesson that there is no God but you, and that no human being has dominion over life. Fill us with awe in your presence. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: The truth of God’s Word exists before her own choosing.

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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

“Let it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).

Reflection: Facing an unplanned pregnancy, Mary freely chooses to accept the Child, and in doing so, acknowledges the primacy of the word. The truth of God’s Word exists before her own choosing. She submits to a word, a truth, she did not create. At the heart of the “pro-choice” mentality, instead, is the idea that we create our own truth. This mentality holds that the value of the unborn child, and that child’s right to exist, depend upon the choice of the mother.

Prayer: Lord, let it be done to me also according to your word, now and always! Amen!

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,

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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

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5).

Reflection: These verses show us that God not only recognizes the unborn child but also enters into a relationship with that child, bestowing on him or her a unique vocation. This shows the personhood of unborn children, and motivates us to work for their protection.

Prayer: Lord, give all the children in the womb the opportunity to fulfill the vocation you have given to each one of them. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: That should be our theme as we fight the evil 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

“Even now, I know that God will grant you whatever you ask of him” (John 11:22).

Reflection: Lazarus was already in the tomb four days, but Martha and Mary expressed to Jesus the hope that he could raise him. Even now. That should be our theme as we fight the evil of abortion. Some will say it has gone on so long it cannot be changed. But despite the culture of death, we are called to hope in the God who has not changed, and in his power to defeat abortion. Even now.

Prayer: Lord, we are people of hope. Grant us perseverance and victory in the battle for life. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Do you reject Satan?

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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

“Do you reject Satan? And all his empty promises?” (Sacramentary, Renewal of Baptismal Promises)

Reflection: Lent is a time to pray for the catechumens of the Church, who are preparing to be baptized at Easter. When they are baptized at the Easter vigil, the rest of us will renew the vows of our baptism. In these vows, we reject the empty promises of the devil.

One of those empty promises is abortion. How easily people are deceived that the choice of death somehow solves a problem!

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the power of baptism in my life, by which I am able to affirm life each day against the power of death!

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: His answer is, by receiving a 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

“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me” (Matthew 18:5).

Reflection: How do we welcome Jesus? His answer is, by receiving a child. The Lord identifies himself with the helplessness of a child, and with the relationship of giving that a child brings forth. The first “receiving” of the child is from the parents, but it does not stop there. We are all called to “receive” every child who is conceived.

Prayer: Lord, as you bring forth new life each day into our world, bring it forth also in our hearts, and enable us to receive every life, knowing that thereby we receive you. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: …Jesus endured his Passion for every unborn child in the womb.

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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 so Pilate…handed him over to be crucified” (Mark 15:15).

Reflection: The Passion of Christ was far more horrible than our crucifixes portray.

He suffered to rescue the human life he had created, to snatch it from the kingdom of death and bring it into his kingdom of life.

Let us remember this Lent that Jesus endured his Passion for every unborn child in the womb. He endured every pain that the unborn might be saved as well as the born.

Prayer: Lord, I am so afraid to suffer. Lessen my fear, and increase my courage, that I may suffer with you for the sake of life. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Joseph is a model for all fathers …

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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

“Arise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt” (Matthew 2:13).

Reflection: St. Joseph is the just man who was entrusted with the care of Jesus and Mary. Joseph is a model for all fathers in his example of faithfulness and protection for his family. Thousands of times a day, children are aborted, not because of a choice of the mother, but because of the choice of a father, who fails to show that faithfulness and willingness to protect the child he has helped conceive.

Prayer: Lord, bless fathers. When their child is unexpected, may they welcome that child and encourage the child’s mother to say yes to life. Amen.