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, December 4, 2015
Praying for Life: For Those Who Are Unexpectedly Pregnant
Praying for Life Year-Round
For those who are unexpectedly pregnant and anxious or afraid: May the Lord provide for their every need and grant them peace, the joy of new life, and assurance of his loving care.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
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In hisUSCCB presidential addresslast month, Archbishop Kurtz noted "the need for us to accompany in gentle mercy those who are struggling." As we ask God to care for those in need, we also ask that others may encounter the outstretched hands of his mercy through our words and actions.
As we prepare ourselves this Advent to welcome the Christ Child with renewed love, let us be mindful of Jesus' words in Matthew 25:40: "Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me."
Pray this short prayereach day for a time period of your choosing (for example, for one week, or for all of Advent, or for the entire month of December). (Prayer cards are also available to order in either English or Spanish in packages of 100).
Ask your local pro-life, pregnancy care center what they particularly need this holiday season, and try to help meet that need.
Focus for a day on being fully present to those around you, especially those who are going through difficult times. Listen, and be attentive to their needs.
In "A Perfect Gift,"* one parent shares her experience of raising her son who has Down syndrome. Her brief, but poignant, account is an inspiring witness of the love we are each invited to both give and receive.
"It's like looking at a stained-glass window from the outside: The colors look dark, and you can't quite make out the figures. From the inside, however, with the sun shining through it, the effect can be brilliant. From inside our family, love illuminates our life with Charlie. What may seem dreary to others, perhaps even unbearable, is actually filled with beauty and color."