Pro-Life Meditations on the Mysteries of the Rosary

By Frank Pavone

Joyful Mysteries

The Annunciation
Mary is troubled by the angel’s greeting, yet rejoices to do God‘s will. Let us pray that those who are troubled by their pregnancy may have the grace to trust in God‘s will.
The Visitation
John the Baptist leapt for joy in his mothers womb. We pray that people may realize that abortion is not about children who might come into the world, but is about children who are already in the world living in growing in the womb, and are scheduled to be killed.
The Nativity
God himself was born as a child. The greatness of a person does not depend on the size, for the newborn King is very small. Let us pray for an end to the prejudice against the tiny babies threatened by abortion.
The Presentation
The child is presented in the temple because the child belongs to God. Children or not the property of their parents, nor the government. They - and we - belong to God Himself.
The Finding of Jesus in the Temple
The boy Jesus was filled with wisdom because He is God. Let us pray that all people may see the wisdom of His teachings about the dignity of life, and may understand that this teaching is not an opinion, but the truth.

Luminous Mysteries

 Christ is Baptized in the Jordan
When Jesus is baptized, the Father‘s voice is heard: “This is my beloved Son” All are called to become adopted sons and daughters of God through baptism. We pray that children in the womb may be protected, so that they may be born and welcomed into the Christian community by baptism.
Christ is made known at the Wedding of Cana
Jesus revealed His glory by the miracle at Cana. The new couple was blessed not only with wine, but with faith in Christ. Let us pray for strong marriages, rooted in the Lord, and open to the gift of new life.
Christ Proclaims the Kingdom and Calls all to Conversion “Repent and believe the Good News.” Let us pray that this first words of Jesus’ public ministry may be heard by all who have committed abortion. May they know that the Lord calls them to conversion, and may they experience life-giving repentance. The Transfiguration
Christ is transformed on the mountain, and the disciples see His glory. May the eyes of all people be transformed, that they may see each and every human life as a reflection of the glory of God Himself.
Jesus Gives us the Eucharist
“This is my Body, given up for you.” The Eucharist teaches us how to live and how to love. Let us pray that parents who sacrifice their babies for the sake of themselves may learn instead to put themselves aside for the sake of their babies. 

Sorrowful Mysteries

The Agony in the Garden
Let us pray for mothers and fathers who are in agony because they are tempted to abort a child. May they be given the good news that there are alternatives, the and may they make use of the help that is available.
The Scourging
As Christ flesh was torn by the instruments of those who scourged Him, so the bodies or babies in the womb are torn by the instruments of the abortionists. Let us pray that abortionist may repent of these acts of child-killings.
The Crowning with Thorns
Jesus suffered the pain of thorns in His head, and did so silently. We pray for the mothers and fathers of aborted children. So many of them suffer deep grief and regret over a choice they can never reverse. So many suffer in silence, because others tell them it’s no big deal.
The Carrying of the Cross
Jesus was not condemned by the power of wicked people. He was condemned because of the silence of good people. Silence always helps the oppressor, never the victim. Let us pray that we may never be silent about abortion, but rather will clearly speak up to save babies from death.
The Crucifixion
As we ponder to death of Christ, let us remember the many women who have died from so-called “safe, legal” abortions. Let us ask for forgiveness and mercy for them. May their memory save other than that women from making this tragic mistake. 

Glorious Mysteries

 The Resurrection
Christ is risen! By his Resurrection, He has destroyed the power of death, and therefore the power or abortion. The outcome of the battle for Life has already been decided. Life is victorious! Let us pray that all pro-lifers will spread this victory to every segment of our society.
The Ascension By ascending to the Father’s throne Christ takes our human nature, given to us in the womb, to the heights of heaven. He shows us that human beings are made to be raised to heaven, not thrown in the garbage. Let us pray that the world may learn this truth and reject abortion.
The Descent of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Advocate: He pleads our cause, for we cannot save ourselves. We pray that He will make us advocates for the babies, who cannot speak or write or vote or protest or even pray.
The Assumption
The blessed Virgin Mary was taking body and soul into heaven because she’s the Mother of God. Mother and Child are united. The Assumption reminds us that they belong together. We pray that society will see that it cannot love women while killing their children, and cannot save children without helping their mothers. We pray that people will be touched by the pro-life question, “Why can’t we love them both?”
The Coronation
Mary is the Queen of the Universe. The Church teaches that she is the greatest creature, second only to God Himself. The Church defends the dignity of women. We pray that people will understand that to be pro-life needs to be pro-woman, and that to be pro-woman, demands that we be pro-life.