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, May 27, 2012
CMMB: Your Weekly Reflection in Prayer: Pentecost
"I will pour out My Spirit upon all humankind. Your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. Even upon the servants and the handmaids, in those days, I will pour out My Spirit."
Joel 2:28-29 May 27, 2012 Pentecost Sunday
What happened to the apostles on Pentecost happens to us. From fear, even hiding, from uncertainty and withdrawal, they go forth to proclaim that Jesus is the Risen Lord, and they go from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth.
How was this possible? Because the Spirit was poured out and bathed them in power. The Spirit united, inspired, and empowered them. He healed them of their slowness and lack of faith. He took away their fears and sent them forth. That same Spirit comes to us, so that we in our day share in the unifying, compassionate, healing power of Jesus Christ.
Almighty God, we are privileged to be called to share in the loving, healing, and reconciling mission of Your Son Jesus Christ in this age and wherever we are. Since without You, we can do nothing, may Your Spirit make us wise; may Your Spirit guide and renew us. May Your Spirit strengthen us so we will be strong in faith, courageous in witness, and persistent in good deeds. This we ask, through Christ our Lord. Amen
Rev. Peter Schineller, S.J., CMMB Board of Directors