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.
Friday, January 23, 2015
9 Days for Life: Day Seven
DAY SEVEN January 23, 2015
For an end to the use of the death penalty in our country.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Catholics, we believe and put our hope in a merciful and loving God. We
are conscious of our own brokenness and need for redemption. Our Lord
calls us to imitate him more perfectly by witnessing to the inherent
dignity of every human being, including those whose actions have been
despicable. Our faith and hope is in the mercy of God who says to us,
"Blessed are the merciful for they shall be shown mercy" (Mt 5:7) and,
"I desire mercy, not sacrifices" (Mt 9:13). As Christians we are called
to oppose the culture of death by witnessing to something greater and
more perfect: a gospel of life, hope and mercy.
Acts of Reparation (choose one)
a room in your house without being asked or without telling anyone.
Pray for your family members while you clean, "and your Father who sees
in secret will repay you" (Matthew 6:6).
Read about a Church teaching you don't understand in the Catechism.
an honest assessment of your "giving finances" -- are you giving too
little? Make a resolution to give a set weekly or monthly donation to
your parish or favorite local charity.
One Step Further
J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia, summed up the case against the
death penalty in these words: "As children of God, we're better than
this, and we need to start acting like it. We need to end the death
penalty now." Find out why in "Life Matters: A Catholic Response to the
Death Penalty" at www.bit.ly/CatholicResponse.