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.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
40 Days For Life: DAY 30: God's continuous answers to prayer
Dear Deacon John,
answers prayer. We might not always get to see His hand in action. But
there is no doubt that when we pray, He listens. Always!
Here are just a couple of examples.
Schenectady, New York
said some of the Schenectady prayer volunteers were asking if the vigil
in front of Planned Parenthood was making a difference. It didn't take
long for them to get an answer.
A man visited early one morning to talk to vigil participants. The week
before, he and his girlfriend had spoken to a woman who showed them
fetal models, letting them know exactly what their baby looked like at
that point in pregnancy.
After they left, they realized there was no way they could have the
abortion. He had returned to thank that woman for helping them make the
Not long afterward, a woman arrived to tell volunteers that they'd saved her baby ... a child who is now 3 years old.
At the time, she was convinced abortion was the only option. She had
two children and was facing jail time on a petty theft conviction. "But
when she saw us praying there," Viviane said, "she changed her mind
about the abortion."
She was allowed out of jail to have the baby, and her cousin took care of the child until she was free.
"We were emotionally overcome," Viviane said. "God sent us not one, but
two confirmations that our prayerful presence alone makes all the
San Fernando Valley, California
one of the prayer volunteers, spent quite a bit of time speaking with
the boyfriend of a young woman who had already gone inside for an
"While the conversation did not appear to be going well at the time,"
said Patti, the local coordinator, "a short while later the young woman
left the abortion center and they both drove away together. She was
definitely NOT inside long enough for an abortion!"
Patti said on a busy Saturday, a volunteer noticed a couple who drove
into the parking lot slowly. "They were looking at the signs on the
sidewalk," she said. They stayed in their car talking for about 20
minutes, then drove away.
"Thank you, Lord God Almighty," said Patti, "for your continuous answers to our prayers!"
Here's today's devotional from Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life.
Day 30 intention
That those tempted to abort may understand that their child is already present, and already a real person.
And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary that the
babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, "Blessed are you among
women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to
me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon
as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my
womb for joy.
-- Luke 1:41-44
Reflection by Fr. Frank Pavone
Jesus not only loves unborn children -- He was one himself!
Think about this for a moment.
We often hear people speak of a pregnant mother by saying, "She's
expecting a child." Now if one is expecting a package, the package is
not yet there. As reflected in our verse for today, however, this is not
the case with the mother.
Her gift is already there. The pregnant woman, a mother already, does
not have a child "on the way," but has a child, already present and in
full possession of his or her human rights, starting with the right to
Jesus, open my eyes to your presence in the life of every child. Open
my heart to joy in the birth of every child, a birth that reflects the
joy of your own birth in Bethlehem.
As you shared life in the womb of Mary, so now send your protection
upon every child still in the womb, and grant to their mothers the
strength and joy that comes from welcoming the gift of life. We pray
through Christ our Lord, Amen.
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