Wednesday, January 29, 2020

9 Days For Life Novena: Day 9: All Who Defend Life


Day Nine:
January 29, 2020
Intercession

May all who defend life find strength and renewal in the Holy Spirit.

Prayers

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection

God has carefully, tenderly created every person in His own image and likeness, to be in a loving relationship with Himself. From each tiny child knit within a mother’s womb, to every person approaching death, all are loved perfectly and completely by God. “It is therefore a service of love,” Pope Saint John Paul II explains, “which we are all committed to ensure to our neighbor, that his or her life may be always defended and promoted, especially when it is weak or threatened [emphasis added]” (Evangelium vitae 77).
In a world in which the most vulnerable are so often overlooked and disregarded, Christ calls us to embrace and uphold the unconditional dignity of every human life. In answering this call, we help to build “a new culture of life, the fruit of the culture of truth and of love” (EV 77). May the Holy Spirit continually renew us as we strive to faithfully defend God’s gift of life.


Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)

  • Do you love your cup of tea or coffee? Abstain from caffeine today, or try your coffee black.

  • “Unplug” for some time, and reflect on how God may be asking you to help build a culture of life in your home, workplace, or Church community.

  • Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.


One Step Further

Watching the news and reading headlines, we may often feel helpless in the face of heartbreaking lack of respect for human life. When our efforts to make a difference feel small, it’s important to remember that changing the culture is a process of conversion that begins in our own hearts. It includes a willingness to be instructed by the Holy Spirit and a desire to be close to Jesus—the source of joy and love. “How to Build a Culture of Life” briefly explains where to start.
 

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Updates





Tribulation Times

January 29, 2020  

(Psa 6:2) Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak: heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled.

POPE FRANCIS: "I pray for the people who have become ill because of the virus that has spread in China. May the Lord welcome the dead in his peace, comfort the families and support the great work already put in place by the Chinese community to fight the outbreak.”

HEADLINE: Wuhan coronavirus: China will contain ‘demon’ outbreak, Xi Jinping says as death toll mounts


VIDEO: One day in Wuhan through a photographer's lens


ASIANEWS.IT
Coronavirus contagion in China continues with 106 victims


Chinese health authorities are revising upwards the death toll from the coronavirus that is spreading across the country: to date, 106 deaths have risen sharply compared to 81 yesterday. Regarding the number of total infections, the National Health Commission reports that there are 4,515 confirmed cases. In just 24 hours, 1,680 more people contracted lung infection. According to the government agency, there are almost 7 thousand other suspected cases and awaiting clinical confirmation.

This morning because of the epidemic, Beijing postponed the beginning of the spring semester for schools and universities across the country. At the moment, students are on vacation for the Chinese New Year and the Ministry of Education has not made public a date for the resumption of lessons. School leaders are required to "ask students not to go out, gather together, hold or participate in centralized activities," reads a government note.

At today's meeting, the National Health Commission announced that another 6,000 medical staff members have been mobilized to combat the spread of the virus in the epicenter of the epidemic - Hubei province. To limit population flows and facilitate checks, yesterday the communist regime decided to extend the holidays by three days. They should originally have ended on January 30th.

The virus, which first appeared in the city of Wuhan, has been identified in more than a dozen other countries. Last week Beijing isolated Hubei province in the largest registered quarantine operation and is building two new hospitals to treat patients with the virus. The government plans to finish building the structures in 10 days. President Xi Jinping created a special committee to deal with the epidemic.

SOUTH CHINA MORNING POSTWuhan virus: a visual explainer

CDC NEWSROOM2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Updates

SCIENTIFIC AMERICANStopping the Coronavirus: Have We Learned the Lessons from SARS?
UCANEWS REPORT
Chinese churches suspend Masses as deadly coronavirus spreads

Hankou Diocese in Hubei province has announced the suspension of community activities in all its parishes as the province is on high alert to check the virus. Restoration programs will be notified separately, it said in a notice.

St. Ignatius Cathedral of Shanghai Diocese in Xujiahui on Jan. 22 said it will be temporarily closed and no prayer services or Masses will be conducted during Chinese New Year.

Holy Family Catholic Church in Wuchang, which is just across the Yangtze River from Wuhan, has issued a notice suspending all Masses temporarily following a government directive.

Ningbo Diocese in Zhejiang province has asked parish priests not to distribute communion on tongues from Jan. 22 as a preventive measure. "The church members shall receive the Eucharist in their hands," it said in a notice seeking parishioners' prayers to end the epidemic.

A Hubei priest, who asked not to be named, told UCA News that although the situation is "very serious," churches should not stop Masses. "In the current situation, shouldn't we pray more?" he asked.

A Catholic layman in Hebei, identified only as Paul, said he was "worried that the authorities would use this to crack down on the Church."
"If it spreads quickly and uncontrollably, church meetings and gatherings may be banned. Authorities may also use this a pretext to crack down on the Church more severely," he said.

HEADLINES OF CONCERN

Wuhan virus could infect 150,000 people a day
WHO Admits to Error in Its Risk Assessment of China Coronavirus
Virus-hit Wuhan has two laboratories linked to Chinese bio-warfare program

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 27- "On holy stillness of body and soul"
68. Faith is the wing of prayer; without it, my prayer will return again to my bosom. Faith is the unshaken firmness of the soul, unmoved by any adversity. A believer is not one who thinks that God can do everything, but one who believes that he will obtain all things. 
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