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, January 18, 2015
9 Days for Life: Day Two
DAY TWO January 18, 2015
May those near the end of their lives receive medical care that respects their dignity and protects their lives.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
today's Gospel reading (Jn 1:35-42), John the Baptist testifies that
Jesus is "the Lamb of God." How often do we meditate on Jesus as the
Lamb and our salvation? There is nothing we could ever accomplish on our
own that could make up for our daily failures to love others with the
merciful and sacrificial love of Christ. But in the Sacrament of
Reconciliation, he forgives our faults, wipes the stain of sin from our
souls and gives us the strength to begin anew with the help of his
grace. Let us live each day in gratitude for the mercy God shows us!
Acts of Reparation (choose one)
Take time to write a handwritten note to someone who is lonely or needing encouragement.
Read about the life of a modern (19th or 20th century) saint. You might be surprised by how much you have in common with them.
Go to bed a little early tonight, and spend some time talking and listening to God.
One Step Further
types of advance medical directives raise some concerns you should be
aware of as you consider your health care options. Find out what they
are in "Advance Medical Directives: Planning for Your Future." (Visit www.bit.ly/AdvanceMedicalDirectivesto access the full article).