Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: They shed innocent blood…

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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

“They mingled with the nations and adopted their practices… They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and their daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, polluting the land with their blood” (Psalm 106:35, 37-38).

Reflection: The killing of children is especially condemned by God through the prophets. In the land God gave his people to occupy, foreign nations had the custom of sacrificing some of their children in fire. God told His people that they were not to share in this sin. Sadly, however, they did so.

Prayer: Have mercy on us, Lord, and save us from the idolatry of death. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Let the children come to me…

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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

“People brought children to him so that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them. For it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs’” (Matthew 19:14).

Reflection: The apostles mistakenly thought that Jesus didn’t have time for the children, that they were not important enough for his attention, that they were a distraction from his mission. Instead, Jesus indicates they are at the heart of his mission.

Prayer: Lord, the kingdom belongs to children. Grant that we may treat them accordingly. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: There is a big difference between abortion on the one hand…

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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 consistent ethic of life…far from …equating all issues touching on the dignity of human life—recognizes instead the distinctive character of each issue while giving each its proper place within a coherent moral vision “ – US Bishops’ Pastoral Plan for Pro-life Activities, 2001

Reflection: There is a big difference between abortion on the one hand, and war and capital punishment on the other. The fundamental pro-life principle is that we never target the innocent. War and capital punishment are never justified if they do, whereas abortion is never successful if it doesn’t.

Prayer: Lord, give us a consistent respect for every life and a proper understanding of every life issue. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Do not give in to discouragement …

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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 would now like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion… Do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope.” — John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.99.

Reflection: The God of Life is a God of Mercy. The pro-life movement rejects abortion, but does not reject those who have abortions. Rather, it embraces them with love and mercy, and invites them to the forgiveness and peace of Christ.

Prayer: Lord, I pray for all those who have had abortions. Through the compassion of those around them, make them confident that they can turn to you for forgiveness, and grant them your peace.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: …this is my body.

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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

“Take this and eat; this is my body” (Matthew 26:26).

Reflection: Supporters of abortion say, “This is my body, I can do what I want.” Jesus says, “This is my body, given up for you.” The same words are spoken from opposite ends of the universe, with totally opposite results. Let us resolve to live those words as Jesus did, giving ourselves away for the good of others, born and unborn.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for my body, my life and my freedom. May all of us understand the purpose of these gifts: to freely give ourselves away in love just as you did. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: …who ought to live and who ought to die.

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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 height of arbitrariness and injustice is reached when certain people… arrogate to themselves the power to decide who ought to live and who ought to die” – Evangelium Vitae, 66.

Reflection: When people ask me about the right to die, I say, Don’t worry — you won’t miss out on it. A right is a moral claim. We do not have a claim on death; it has a claim on us! It is our duty to surround our dying brothers and sisters with all the love and care we can.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you conquered the power of death. May we seek freedom from its power only in you! Amen!

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: It’s like a man killing his wife and saying, “I terminated our marriage.”

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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

“We need now more than ever to have the courage to look the truth in the eye and to call things by their proper name, without yielding to convenient compromises or to the temptation of self-deception.” (Evangelium Vitae, 58)

Reflection: Some call abortion “termination of pregnancy.”

But so is birth.

The fact is that every pregnancy terminates. The issue is how. Abortion supporters are simply masking an act of violence with their language.

It’s like a man killing his wife and saying, “I terminated our marriage.”

Prayer: Spirit of truth, keep us free from the power of deception. Give us clear minds to know truth, and courageous tongues to speak it. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: Take up your cross…

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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

“Anyone who does not take up his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” – Lk. 14:27

Reflection: To stand up for what is right means we stand against what is wrong, and that means that those who love what is wrong will oppose us, just as they opposed Christ. Taking up the cross means we continue speaking and standing for the right even when that opposition comes.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the grace of being pro-life, and of standing strong when others may ridicule or oppose me. May your peace fill my soul, and may I become more like your crucified and risen Son.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: God gives us the gift 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

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End” (Revelation 21:6).

Reflection: God gives us the gift of life, in units of years and months and days, and we likewise give it back to him, in days and months and years of faithful service. In the New Year, let us put the defense of the unborn at the top of our priority list.

Prayer: Lord, enable me to devote more time, more energy, more resources to the greatest human rights movement of our day, the pro-life movement. May I speak up more vigorously, act more decisively, and be even more confident about the victory of life.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection: …restoring the right to 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

“With the Lord …a thousand years are like one day” (2 Peter 3:8).

Reflection: At the year’s end, we reflect upon what we have done and what we have failed to do. God gives us the gift of time and we use it in loving service to others.

What have we done this year for the defense of life? Let us resolve tonight that we will increase the amount of time and energy we devote to the number one moral issue: restoring the right to life!

Prayer: Father, thank you for this past year and for all my past years; may my future be filled with the joy of life, and of defending life, through Christ our Lord. Amen.