“They do more harm to those who practice them than to those who suffer from the injury” (Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes, 27).
Reflection: This quote from Vatican II is speaking about abortion, euthanasia, genocide, and various other forms of violence against human life and dignity. It obviously calls for a deep concern for the welfare of those who carry out these activities. Such people distort their own humanity and jeopardize their salvation. The Church seeks both the protection of the victims and the salvation of the perpetrators.
Prayer: Lord, have mercy on those who carry out practices against human life and dignity. Convert, heal and save them. Amen.
“As for Mary, she treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19).
Reflection: The Rosary has conquered many enemies, and many pray it in front of abortion mills. As we acknowledge Jesus as the fruit of Mary's womb, we stand to pray for our brothers and sisters who are being torn from the wombs of their mothers. As we honor the greatest mother, we pray for the frightened mothers. As we worship God who was an unborn child, we proclaim the image of God in every unborn child.
Prayer: Mary, our Mother, bring us Jesus yet again; lead us to his victory over all forms of death. Amen.
AMAZING Video of young girl who memorized Hebrews Chapter 11!
While Speaking at the Night Vision Festival in Olathe, Colorado, I ran into this precious little girl named Ariana. She wanted to recite The Entire Chapter 11 of the book of Hebrews (I only started recorded at verse 5), FROM MEMORY! Watch and enjoy as Ariana enthusiastically proclaims this Bible Chapter and please share it with your friends to brighten their day! The Text of the Bible Chapter she is reading is below for you to read if you wish, as well as a prayer.
1Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
2For by it the men of old received divine approval.
3By faith we understand that the world was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was made out of things which do not appear.
4By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he received approval as righteous, God bearing witness by accepting his gifts; he died, but through his faith he is still speaking.
5By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death; and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was attested as having pleased God.
6And without faith it is impossible to please him. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
7By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, took heed and constructed an ark for the saving of his household; by this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness which comes by faith.
8By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place which he was to receive as an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was to go.
9By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise.
10For he looked forward to the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.
12Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.
13These all died in faith, not having received what was promised, but having seen it and greeted it from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.
14For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.
15If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return.
16But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
17By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was ready to offer up his only son,
18of whom it was said, "Through Isaac shall your descendants be named."
19He considered that God was able to raise men even from the dead; hence, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.
20By faith Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Esau.
21By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff.
22By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his burial.
23By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful; and they were not afraid of the king's edict.
24By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter,
25choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.
26He considered abuse suffered for the Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he looked to the reward.
27By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king; for he endured as seeing him who is invisible.
28By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the first-born might not touch them.
29By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as if on dry land; but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned.
30By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.
31By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given friendly welcome to the spies.
32And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets--
33who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
34quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.
35Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might rise again to a better life.
36Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment.
37They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated--
38of whom the world was not worthy--wandering over deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
39And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised,
40since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.
A Prayer for our Nation as we Prepare to Elect our Leaders
In preparation for Election Day, Priests for Life calls upon believers to say
this "Election Prayer" each day.Click below to let us know of your participation.Ministries, organizations and churches
may also co-sponsor this effort. Let us know in the form below.O God, we acknowledge you today as Lord,
Not only of individuals, but of nations and governments.We thank you for the privilege
Of being able to organize ourselves politically
And of knowing that political loyalty
Does not have to mean disloyalty to you.We thank you for your law,
Which our Founding Fathers acknowledged
And recognized as higher than any human law.We thank you for the opportunity that this election year puts before us,
To exercise our solemn duty not only to vote,
But to influence countless others to vote,
And to vote correctly.Lord, we pray that your people may be awakened.
Let them realize that while politics is not their salvation,
Their response to you requires that they be politically active.Awaken your people to know that they are not called to be a sect fleeing the world
But rather a community of faith renewing the world.Awaken them that the same hands lifted up to you in prayer
Are the hands that pull the lever in the voting booth;
That the same eyes that read your Word
Are the eyes that read the names on the ballot,
And that they do not cease to be Christians
When they enter the voting booth.Awaken your people to a commitment to justice
To the sanctity of marriage and the family,
To the dignity of each individual human life,
And to the truth that human rights begin when human lives begin,
And not one moment later.
Lord, we rejoice today
That we are citizens of your kingdom.
May that make us all the more committed
To being faithful citizens on earth.
“Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28).
Reflection: The single largest destroyer of human life in our nation and in the world is not poverty or AIDS; it is not heart disease or cancer; it is not terrorism or war. It is abortion. Some 50 million children around the world are killed each year by this procedure.
Prayer: Save us, O Lord, from the forces of destruction, especially those that we unleash upon ourselves. Enable us to pursue those things that will preserve our species and continue to fulfill your original command to multiply. Amen.
“There is a time for everything … a time to be born and a time to die” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2).
Reflection: Advocates of euthanasia use terms like "help in dying." But this blurs the distinction between giving assistance to a dying person and causing their death. Mother Teresa "helped" many people "in dying." She was present to them, assuring them that they were not alone, helping them find courage to face death, reminding them of their dignity, preparing them to meet the Lord. This is the legitimate meaning of death with dignity and of helping people to die.
Prayer: Lord, may we show the dying their dignity and your compassion. Amen.
“After sending them all outside, he …entered the room where the child was…and said to her…’Little girl, I say to you, arise!’” (Mark 5:40-41).
Reflection: When a fire is reported, the firemen do not sit around the fire house and have a prayer service. They go to where the fire is. When a priest gets a sick call, he goes to the bedside of the sick person. The same is true with abortion. We are called to show up at the places where the killing occurs. This expresses solidarity with them in their hour of greatest need.
Prayer: Enable your people, O Lord, to give each other the gift of presence. Amen.
“O Lord, do not withhold your mercy from me…my sins have so engulfed me that I cannot see…and my heart sinks within me” (Psalm 40:12-13).
Reflection: A woman who had an abortion wrote, “I was deceived by all I had read or heard ... It was a rough procedure. I knew as soon as my uterus was violated that I had participated in a murder. My spirit fragmented and the evil that was in that clinic came in all around me. I lost my mind.”
Prayer: I lift up to you, Lord, all those enduring mental anguish from their abortion. Send your Spirit to heal them. Amen.
“Therefore, just as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to walk in him” (Colossians 2:6).
Reflection: Imagine a person who receives Communion, accepts the Host when the priest says, "The Body of Christ," says "Amen," and then breaks off a piece, hands it back, and says, "Except this piece, Father!" This is what the person who rejects other people may as well do. In receiving Christ, we are to receive the whole Christ, in all his members, our brothers and sisters, whether convenient or inconvenient, wanted or unwanted.
Prayer: Lord, may all your people who have received you in Communion receive one another with unconditional welcome. Amen.
"I shall accept whatever they will do to me provided they save the child" (St. Gianna Molla).
Reflection: In 1962, Saint Gianna Beretta Molla died after giving birth to her fourth child. She was a physician herself, and understood the risks of her own complications in pregnancy, but steadfastly refused abortion. Some would question her decision, given that she already had three born children. However, nothing would have harmed those children more than if she had aborted their sister, and nothing blessed them more than the example of a mother who gave her life for her child.
Prayer: Saint Gianna, pray for us, that we may imitate your selfless love. Amen.
“He consoles us in all our afflictions and thereby enables us to console others in their tribulations” (2 Corinthians 1:4).
Reflection: Terri Schiavo’s family now assists other families who face tragedies similar to their own, and is calling for laws in various states to protect the disabled from being dehydrated to death as Terri was. Rather than being absorbed in bitterness or despair, this family has accepted from the Lord their mission to be a voice for the voiceless. Their book, “A Life that Matters,” is their personal account of what happened to Terri.
Prayer: As I battle the culture of death, Lord, may I receive and share your consolation. Amen.