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 9, 2014
CMMB: Your Weekly Reflection in Prayer 2/9/14
“You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the
world… Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see
your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5: 13-16
February 9, 2014
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
There is the story of the response by the wise Rabbi to his
students who were complaining about the myriad of evils, the deep
darkness they faced in the world.
The Rabbi said: take a broom and sweep out darkness from the cellar.
That didn’t work. Then he said, take a stick and drive out evil. Of
course that didn’t work either. Then he told them: “let each of you meet
the challenge of darkness by lighting a candle – and go to the cellar
and the darkness will flee.” Indeed, we can even go one step farther. Not only drive out
the darkness by being a torchbearer, but in the words of Catholic
writer, Leon Bloy, become an incendiary! Is not this part of the mission
of the Catholic Medical Mission Board? To bring assistance (light and
hope and healing) to thousands in need, and in addition, to teach, train
and organize others to continue to carry out the healing mission of
Lord Jesus Christ, who went about doing good and healing all manner of
sickness, give strength, wisdom and gentleness to all your servants, our
physicians and nurses, that they may not only heal but bless, and shine
as lamps of hope in the darkest hours of distress and fear. We ask
this in your name, you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy
Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Rev. Peter Schineller, S.J., CMMB Board of Directors