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.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
40 Days For Life: DAY 18: Why you need to be there
Dear Deacon John,
do I have to go to the abortion center? Can't I pray at home or at
church?" We get this question often; and the answer is very simple. You
need to pray outside the abortion facility because your prayers there
have an immediate impact on an urgent situation.
Yes, God hears and answers prayers, no matter where they're said. But
when women arriving for abortions see the public vigil, they know and
understand that at the moment they need it most, someone is praying
specifically for them.
Your presence there is the last sign of hope before the abortion ...
and the first sign of mercy after the abortion. Many of the moms who
have chosen life ... and even former abortion workers ... say the prayer
presence outside turned them away from abortion. They saw that someone
was there, just for them.
Ithaca, New York
"This picture speaks volumes of why our presence is so important," said Mary Anne in Ithaca.
The young woman in the photo is a journalism major at Ithaca College
who was doing an article on 40 Days for Life. She arrived and started
posing questions to the vigil participants. "What’s your name?" she
asked. "What’s your role in 40 Days for Life? Why are you here?"
One of the volunteers she spoke to was Deb, the woman on the left in the picture.
Deb explained that when she realized that what was being aborted was
actually a baby, she needed to take a position. Convinced that life was
being destroyed, she chose to stand for life. She had close friends who
aborted their babies, and they are now without children.
She explained that the prayer volunteers are at the vigil to share the good news, "We are not the good news," Deb said, getting a bit teary-eyed at this point; "but God is the good news."
"We need to be on the sidewalk standing for life," Mary Anne said. "We
never know when someone is looking or searching for the truth. The truth
is that Life is the good news - God-given life is good news.
Here's today's devotional from Randolph Sly of the National Pro-life Religious Council...
Day 18 intention
We pray for a flowering of the joy of parenthood.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is
a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of
one's youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they
shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.
-- Psalm 127:3-5
Reflection by Randolph Sly
I still vividly remember the day my first child was born. As she came
into the world I gazed upon the most beautiful little baby I'd ever
Later I was driving home from the hospital for a shower and a fresh
change of clothes when a song came on the radio, "The Men in My Little
Girl's Life" -- a ballad about being a father as he watches his daughter
grow through childhood to womanhood.
I wept as I listened, knowing those years would go by very fast... and they did.
Being a father, whenever I read the Psalm quoted above I'm always
captivated by one word - "heritage." It basically means "something
passed down from a preceding generation."
That little girl I watched being born and wept for is not mine to give
to God like a product of our fertility, but rather His, which he has
entrusted to us. So are all her siblings.
My wife and I share a great treasure: precious lives, which are placed
in our lineage that His life with us might be perpetuated.
To the psalmist, this was a blessing from the Lawgiver, God Himself,
who blessed Israel with another generation intended to continue their
For us in Christ, it is his gift of succeeding generations for His Church and her families.
These days I'm looking upon my grandchildren, and rejoicing that my
children and their spouses will pass on the greatness of Christ's gospel
to them and thus will continue the work of God in the world. What a
blessing. What a heritage!
Father, please keep me from taking for granted the gift of children.
Help us to remember this heritage that you have given us. Make us
faithful stewards of these precious lives, that each generation might be
raised in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. We ask this through
Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
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