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, November 1, 2017
Pray for Life: Preparing for the End of Life
PRAY FOR LIFE
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Intercession May we help each other on our earthly pilgrimage to heaven.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
annual observances of All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day
(November 2) remind us that “death is not the end, but rather the door
through which we must pass to gain eternal life.” We are called to
journey together on our pilgrimage to heaven, and we can take steps now
to deepen our understanding of the transition from this life to the next
and prepare for it.
example, let’s encourage each another in regular prayer and reception
of the sacraments, especially Confession and the Eucharist; these give
us “grace to live in ever-deeper communion with God and with one
another.” It is also important to learn about the dignity of human life
and applicable principles for medical care, so we can make decisions
about end-of-life care that respect God’s gift of life. And, knowing
“our prayers can help those who are being purified in Purgatory,” let us
pray especially this month for those who have gone before us.
Praying for the living and the dead is a spiritual work of mercy. Pray a decade of the Rosary today for someone you know who is nearing death or who has passed away.
Visiting those who are sick is one of the corporal works of mercy.
Set a time this month to visit someone who is ill. Your local church
may be able connect you with a parishioner who would welcome a visit.
is celebrated in the United States as Black Catholic History Month.
Learn about one of the following candidates for sainthood: Venerable
Henriette Delille; Venerable Pierre Toussaint; Servant of God, Mother
Mary Lange; and Servant of God, Father Augustus Tolton. Focus this week
on practicing one of the virtues he or she exemplified.