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, November 12, 2015
From USCCB: Praying for Life Year-Round: November 2015
Praying for Life Year-Round
As we observe November as the Month of Holy Souls, we pray both for the souls in Purgatory and for people nearing the ends of their lives--that they may be lovingly cared for, strengthened by God's grace, and welcomed into eternal life.
Shortly before she passed away from a terminal illness, Maggie shared about the gift her father had left her in his own final days:
"He taught me how to live and die with faith and with dignity marked by patience and grace. He taught me that dignity can't be diminished by pain or loss of personal control. ...he taught me that our suffering is not meaningless when we unite it with Christ's own suffering. ...My dad's legacy of faith and courage have been a beacon for me, lighting my path as I walk through the valley of the shadow of my own death." (Full article.)
Take 15 minutes to pray the Rosary for the souls in Purgatory, those who are facing death, and the families and friends of both.
Give up a favorite food for a week.
Embrace prayerful silence for a day. Remove any recreational sound during your day, such as music, audio books, the radio, TV, etc.
One Step Further
"Just ten days before [California legalized assisted suicide], one of the most eloquent opponents of assisted suicide, Maggie Karner, passed away after living with aggressive brain cancer for a year and a half. A 52-year-old wife and mother of three daughters, Maggie bravely faced her terminal cancer with courage and grace." - "Life Issues Forum: Facing Death with Dignity"
See also: A response by Maggie's daughter, Mary, to the heartbreaking news from California, shortly after her mother's passing.