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, December 6, 2015
From CMMB: From you rose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God.
Your Weekly Reflection
from Catholic Medical Mission Board
From you rose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God.
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe – Lectionary: 690A
Windsock Visitation by Brother Mickey McGrath, OSFS
Have you ever experienced a night so absolutely dark, as to be terrifying?
December brings long winter nights where the darkness can feel
complete. Slowly, however, the stars burn, one by one, through heaven’s
blanket. By midnight, their brilliance convinces our hearts and souls
that we have never been, and can never be alone.
During this second week of Advent, which includes the feasts of both the
Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Guadalupe, we are continually
assured that we are never alone. Mary rises like an evening star in the
long story of salvation. She begins a motherhood for Jesus, and becomes
our Mother too.
Mary visits each of us with the same joy she brought to Elizabeth in
that ancient Advent. She shares the simple secret of her holiness: that
she understood her life to be a sacred channel for God.
As we pray and give thanks to Mary this week, let us hold all mothers in
our hearts. May our prayers embrace our own mothers, as well as any
mothers overburdened by poverty or illness. May any darkness these
mothers face, be lifted by the gracious hand of Mary who knows all
hearts and circumstances.
Yours in grace,
Sr. Renee Yann, RSM, D. Min
Adapted from Catholic Health Association of the US 2015 Advent Reflections
Mary, full of grace. The lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among
women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of
God, pray for us sinners. Now and at the hour of our death. Amen.