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, June 22, 2014
From CMMB: Your Weekly Reflection in Prayer 6/22/14
“Because the loaf of bread is one, we, though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf”
1 Corinthians 10:17
June 22, 2014
Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ
Dear Friend, Different
religions have different traditions, rituals, and events to recall and
celebrate how the almighty God is present and active in their midst. For
Catholics, that presence centers on Jesus Christ, God’s Son. Today we
remember and celebrate that Jesus Christ is with us sacramentally in the
bread and wine of Holy Communion. Thus we celebrate the Solemnity of
the Body and Blood of Christ. In
many Catholic countries and parishes, as part of this feast the Blessed
Sacrament is carried in processions through the streets. I recall very
well processions through the streets of Nigeria on this annual feast.
One year it rained. It poured. Everyone was drenched—but that did not
matter. The procession continued, the prayers and singing of hymns did
not stop. Lawyers, doctors, parents, children, stood their ground as if
nothing were happening except the Eucharist. Such
is the power of Catholic faith, such is the strength and depth of
Catholic belief in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed
Sacrament. May that presence unite us and send us forth on mission to serve God’s people, especially the most vulnerable. On
Father’s Day we thank our fathers for fulfilling this difficult and
challenging mission. And we ask God to continue to shower His blessings
upon them – those still with us as well as those who have passed away.
Lord Jesus Christ, You gave us the Eucharist as the memorial of Your
suffering and death. May our worship of this sacrament of Your Body and
Your Blood help us to experience the salvation You won for us and the
peace of the kingdom where You live with the Father and the Holy Spirit,one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Rev. Peter Schineller, S.J., CMMB Board of Directors