Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Your Weekly Reflection in Prayer
“Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave…”
September 25, 2011 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Dear Deacon John,
The teacher of catechism class once explained the commandments and the Golden Rule by explaining to the children: “Remember, we are here to help others.” In response, one wise child then asked: “Then what are the others here for?" An innocent answer, but one that reminds us that each and every one is to reach out and help the neighbor. St. Paul describes how Jesus did this, emptying Himself to bring life, hope, and salvation to everyone.
Give us, O God, the power to go on, to carry our share of labor to the end, to live all the years of our lives faithful to the neighbor, no looking back, no cowardice. Give us the power to give ourselves, to break the bread of our lives for others, as You, O Lord, have done in Your Son, Christ our Lord. Amen.
Rev. Peter Schineller, S.J., CMMB Board of Directors