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, February 21, 2016
Your Weekly Reflection from CMMB 2/21/16
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“The Lord is my light and my salvation. ”- PS 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14
Hear, O LORD, the sound of my call; have pity on me, and answer me. Of you my heart speaks; you my glance seeks.
responsorial psalm is a call for faith and courage. This message
provides much needed comfort to our global CMMB family. This week, team
members from New York arrived in Ezo, South Sudan, where no local
government authorities are present or active due to the recent
insecurity. The healthcare facilities where we work have been completely
looted and vandalized. Vehicles, medicine and medical equipment have
But even more painful than the loss of these valuable “things” are the
exhausted faces of women and children who are desperate for help, with
nowhere to go. Violence has forced them from their homes, and access to
food is severely limited. We are devastated to report deaths of children
under the age of 5 in recent weeks due to severe malnutrition.
It’s moments like these, full of frustration, when we may be tempted to
cry out, “God, why do you allow such suffering?” How do we make sense of
the needless pain in the world with a God who is all-powerful and good?
Lent is a time for reflection, renewal and penance. It’s a time to reaffirm our faith and remember that we all need
redeeming. God became human to make all things new again. His act of
love saved us. Our own acts of love can redeem us. Love and faith have
the power to conquer evil, which will always be part of a world that
suffers from sin. We pray that our brothers and sisters in South Sudan
will take the call to faith and courage to heart:
Wait for the LORD with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.