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, February 17, 2013
CMMB: Your Weekly Reflection in Prayer 2/17/2013
“The devil showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and said to Him, “I shall give You all this power and glory… All this will be Yours, if You worship me.” Jesus said in reply, “It is written: You shall worship the Lord, Your God, and Him alone shall You serve.”
February 17, 2013 First Sunday of Lent
Each year on the First Sunday of Lent we go to the desert with Jesus and see how He overcame the temptations He faced. One of these temptations was to use His power and authority for evil ends. Since we're observing Presidents Day this weekend, it is appropriate that we pray for those who exercise power and for those in positions of leadership.
May they heed the thought of Dr. Albert Schweitzer, and show that true leadership consists of service. What he once wrote applies in a special way to business, church, and political leaders – in fact it applies to every person: “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know. The only ones among you who will really be happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”
Lord of grace and gentleness, we pray for those who are leaders in every nation. We pray that those who lead and take on great responsibilities may not simply wish to seem great in the eyes of others, but may genuinely serve their peoples, searching continually for policies and strategies which will be for the good of all, especially for the weakest and most vulnerable. We ask this for the sake of Him Who is both servant and Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen
Rev. Peter Schineller, S.J., CMMB Board of Directors