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, March 13, 2016
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 33: A movement of sinners
Dear Deacon John,
Abortion workers, the media, politicians ... and even a few pastors (see below) will label pro-life people as self-righteous, judgmental Christians.
But the reality is that we are a movement of sinners.
All of us are sinners
... and our movement is led by those who don't have a distant
relationship with abortion. Quite the opposite; there are many leaders
who have had an abortion, paid for an abortion – or even done abortions.
The pro-life movement is a movement of repentance, and therefore, a movement of hope.
abortionist was recently quoted as saying, “The Jesus that I was taught
about would be holding the hands of women inside the clinic.”
These days, Jesus is often molded into whatever the individual (or the world) wants Him to be. But we need to remember that He is exactly what we and our world need: mercy.
freedom and clarity in an often confused world; but mercy is not always a
welcome message. It wasn’t for Jesus, and won’t always be for us.
Southfield were thankful that members of a local church met at the 40
Days for Life vigil … taking time out of a Sunday afternoon to pray for
an end to abortion.
They were wondering
why more churches weren’t involved when a man who said he was a
Christian pastor stopped by to suggest that they change their tone and stop being so judgmental.
“How can signs that
say ‘Pray to End Abortion’ and ‘Love One Another as I Have Loved You’
be viewed as judgmental?” one team member wondered.
This volunteer reflected on the previous day of prayer and peaceful vigil. “This abortion center was packed on Saturday. Patients were arriving by 7:30 am and the last ones were released after 5:00 pm.”
The need for a peaceful, prayerful, loving witness – such as 40 Days for Life – was never more obvious.
“When a woman comes out of the abortion center,” said one of the 40 Days for Life team members in Bogota, “sometimes she thinks will be judged by the volunteers standing on the sidewalk.”
She may assume
that vigil participants are self-righteous Christians, that can't wait
to tell her she's going to an unhappy place in the hereafter. “On the
contrary, she is received with hope and love.”
And in the moments
after the abortion, precisely when the woman feels that there is no
hope, when she feels vulnerable, the volunteers are there to express the
mercy of Jesus.
“The love and acceptance expressed by our volunteers might be the only message that woman hears in her whole life that there is healing after the abortion,” the team member said.
Here’s today’s devotional from Fr. Terry Gensemer, National Director of the Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life.
Day 33 intention
May we absorb the truth that God is paying attention to us, and to each human life, personally and individually.
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and
the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of
him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a
little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and
— Psalm 8:3-9
Reflection from Fr. Terry Gensemer
How often we ignore the phrase, “stop and smell the roses” and instead
submit to the all-too-urgent task at hand. Is this tendency what keeps
us, at least in part, from acknowledging that God’s care for His sacred
creation is paramount in His own mind?
The Psalmist speaks of God’s handiwork: the heavens, the work of his
“fingers,” and then points to God’s masterpiece – human life. He
declares to us that God is mindful of us. God keeps His masterpiece in
God, the creator of the awe-inspiring heavens, is not distracted by the
tasks before Him. He is not pulled away, as we might be, by thoughts of
something “more important.”
God is paying attention to and attending to His crowning glory, His
masterpiece of creation, which cannot be duplicated or replaced, which
surpasses the beauty of all other created things – the human being.
There is no way to adequately describe how God feels about us as human
beings. There are no words to fully portray His love, compassion or
desire to be in communion with us.
Perhaps, the closest we can come, is to contemplate the thoughts of a
mother as she gazes for the first time at her newborn child. God cares
We, as His followers, should take time to consider the life He has created and called upon us to love and protect.
Lord, you are the creator of all things. Guide my thoughts to consider
your creation in all of its majesty, beauty and holiness. Guide my heart
especially to your creation of precious human life.
Help me to comprehend how essential life is in your own heart. Teach me
to appreciate, love and protect all human life through your son, Jesus
Christ our Lord, Amen.
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