Keep your eyes
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January 22, 2018
(Mat 19:14-15) But
Jesus said to them: Suffer the little children, and forbid them not to
come to me: for the kingdom of heaven is for such. And when he had
imposed hands upon them, he departed from thence.
“Mary is a Mother who does not abandon her children. Mary continues to
defend us and point out the gate that opens for us the way to authentic
life, to the Life that does not pass away.”
VIDEO: President Trump addresses 2018 March for Life
ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT: Abortion Is ‘Violence with Bitter Public Consequences’
CATHOLICCULTURE.ORG: Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children
January 22 is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the day established by
the Church of penance for abortion, has been formally named as the “Day
of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.” On this day (or
January 23rd when January 22nd falls on a Sunday) your parish, school
or religious formation program may celebrate the Mass for Giving Thanks
to God for the Gift of Human Life. This Mass, found in our
newly-translated Missal, may now be used on occasions to celebrate the
dignity of human life.
The relevant change reads: “The liturgical celebrations for this day
may be the Mass “For Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life?
(no. 48/1 of the Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions),
celebrated with white vestments, or the Mass “For the Preservation of
Peace and Justice? (no. 30 of the Masses and Prayers for Various Needs
and Occasions), celebrated with violet vestments.”
In addition to this special Mass on this day, perhaps your parish,
school or religious formation program could encourage traditional forms
of penance, host pro-life and chastity speakers, lead informative
projects that will directly build up the culture of life, show a
pro-life film, raise funds for local crisis pregnancy centers or offer
additional prayer services.
According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form
of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of Sts. Vincent and Anastasius.
During the early years of the fourth century, Vincent, a young deacon,
was inhumanly tortured by Dacian, Roman governor of Valencia in Spain.
Vincent rejoiced in his sufferings until he drew his last breath. More
than three hundred years later, Anastasius the Persian, a convert from
the priestly caste of Magi, endured a similar martyrdom in distant
Assyria. Through all the Christian sacrifices to that of Calvary for
the salvation of every man born into the world.
God our Creator, we give thanks to you, who alone have the power to
impart the breath of life as you form each of us in our mother's womb;
grant, we pray, that we, whom you have made stewards of creation, may
remain faithful to this sacred trust and constant in safeguarding the
dignity of every human life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
for ever and ever.
Before we can advocate about any other life issues, we must have life
itself. The first and fundamental right that must be argued and
defended, therefore, is the beginning of life.
And so, we must oppose abortion without confusion or uncertainty. It
stands as the primary and perennial issue for the person who cherishes
and respects life.
While not a single issue, since it’s the first of many life issues, our
opposition to abortion calls us to a solidarity with life. Such a
solidarity compels us to care for the poor, the migrant and refugee,
the person with special needs, and others who are helped by our
attention and service. Such a solidarity urges us to work for peace,
champion the rights of minorities, oppose capital punishment, and seek
social harmony however we’re able.
None of these issues, however, are equal to abortion but all of them
are connected to the dignity that abortion offends and they call for
our intervention and action. They call us to solidarity. Our opposition
to abortion, therefore, leads us into a solidarity with life and guides
us in our fight against other social ills.
The above explanation can help the Christian who wants to be true
brother or sister to all people, without falling into moral ambiguity,
or who wants to accompany and serve those who suffer, without being
entrapped in only one issue. Each of us, as believers or as people of
good will, are called to welcome life - defending it at its beginning -
and cherish it by living peacefully with all men and women and
advocating for all those who suffer.
And so, we are called to solidarity and subsidiarity. We are called to
be a people of life from the womb to the tomb, and everywhere in
ARCHBISHOP JOSE H. GOMEZ:
There is no question that #abortion is the fundamental injustice in
American society. If a child has no right to develop in the womb and be
brought into this world — then there is no foundation for any human
rights in society.
Ladder of Divine
Ascent excerpt: Step 21- "On unmanly and puerile cowardice"
5. Those who mourn and those who are insensitive are
not subject to fear, but the cowardly often have become deranged. And this
is natural. For the Lord rightly forsakes the proud that the resut of us
may learn not to be puffed up.
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