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.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 15: Meet Roko
Dear Deacon John,
Every once in a while, we get to meet a baby saved from abortion at a 40 Days for Life vigil.
It’s an occasion of almost unspeakable joy
… realizing what might have happened to a happy young child if people
had not been outside the abortion center, praying for mother and baby.
And now – we get to introduce one of those children to you!
Meet Roko and his mother, Melita.
“Roko is the first saved baby
during the 40 Days for Life campaign in Split,” said Ante, who brought
40 Days for Life’s first campaign to Croatia’s capital, Zagreb.
“Today,” he said, “Roko comes with his mother to pray for the other unborn children in Split to be rescued from abortion.”
When he visited
Croatia last year, 40 Days for Life’s David Bereit had a chance to meet
Roko and Melita. “And now they are actively participating in the local
40 Days for Life campaign that saved Roko’s life,” he said. “I love reports like this!”
The first 40 Days
for Life campaign in Romania’s capital city features a display posted on
a fence at the vigil site. It’s called “Look How They Grow” – a
series of fetal development posters that certainly dispel any of the
“clump of cells” arguments put forward by abortion proponents.
participants are also letting people know about a local organization
that offers life-affirming guidance for those who are told that abortion
will solve their problems.
The bishop in
Bucharest posted a message of support for the campaign. He noted that
abortion is the central point around which moral civilization will
either stand or collapse.
Why now? And why Bucharest? The bishop’s statement says there’s never a better time than the present.
The Birmingham campaign has seen several encouraging signs thus far – starting on Day 1, when the abortion facility was closed.
Early the next day,
vigil participants noticed a woman who was on her way in for an
abortion appointment – crying. They offered her information about other
options, but she refused.
A short time later, she came out … with a medical tag on her wrist.
“She chatted to the counsellor for a long time,” said Isabel in Birmingham, “and eventually went home without having her scheduled abortion. She needs prayers, please, as she is struggling to look after her 10-month-old.”
Some days later,
the team heard of another mother who’d chosen life for her baby. “Yet
again,” Isabel said, “the couple had their abortion booked but changed their minds at the very last minute.”
With that good news
as part of the invitation, she encouraged others to join the vigil.
“Break out of your comfort zone and get involved!”
Here's today's devotional from Rev. Rob Schenck, president of Faith and Action.
Day 15 intention
May God's people awaken to the fact that we are our brothers' keepers.
Now Cain talked
with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field,
that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Then the
Lord said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" He said, "I do not
know. Am I my brother's keeper?" And He said, "What have you done? The
voice of your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground."
— Genesis 4:8-10
Reflection from Rev. Rob Schenck
"Methinks he doth protest too much ..."
The Bible is filled
with passages that speak to our obligation to care for our fellow human
beings. From the many commands in the books of Moses enjoining love of
family, neighbors and even strangers, to Jesus' parable of the Good
Samaritan, the injunction to care for others is inescapable.
In this account,
the guilt-stricken Cain tries to shrug off his obligation to his own kin
by dismissing it as an unreasonable duty. A la Shakespeare, though,
"methinks he doth protest too much." Cain's objection doesn't stem from
his sense of proper boundaries of responsibility, but from his own
self-centered sense of self-preservation.
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his
friends" (John 15:13). This is the standard of divine love. It required
God to sacrifice what was most precious to Him for the temporal and
eternal well being of all humankind (see John 3:16). Though on a
much-reduced scale, he expects us to do the same.
Trying to duck our
obligation to others is futile. We can't get away with simply dismissing
others, especially the most vulnerable among us: the pre-born, the
disabled, the sick and the aged. As with Cain, God sees and hears their
suffering and will call us to account for what we do -- or do not do --
Father, help us to
embrace the fact that we are our "brother's keeper." When, due to
selfish motives, we try to cast off this responsibility please call to
us to account. We would be pleasing to you and to our "brother." Through
the help and grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.
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