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.
Monday, January 14, 2019
9 DAYS FOR LIFE NOVENA: Day 1: For a Culture of Life
May a culture of life grow ever stronger in our communities.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
has carefully, lovingly created every person—in His own image and
likeness—to be in a loving relationship with Himself. From each tiny
child knit within a mother’s womb, to every person approaching death,
all are loved perfectly and completely by God. “It is therefore a
service of love,” Pope Saint John Paul II explains, “which we are all
committed to ensure to our neighbor, that his or her life may be always
defended and promoted, especially when it is weak or threatened [emphasis added]” (Evangelium vitae, 77).
a world in which the most vulnerable are so often overlooked and
disregarded, Christ calls us to embrace and uphold the unconditional
dignity of every human life. In doing so, we help to build “a new
culture of life, the fruit of the culture of truth and of love” (EV, 77).
Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)
Do you love your cup of tea or coffee? Abstain from caffeine today, or try your coffee black.
for some time, and reflect on how God may be asking you to help build a
culture of life in your home, workplace, or Church community.
Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.
One Step Further
Watching the news and
reading headlines, we may often feel helpless in the face of a
heartbreaking lack of respect for human life. When our efforts to make a
difference feel small, it’s important to remember that changing the
culture is a process of conversion that begins in our own hearts. It
includes a willingness to be instructed and a desire to be close to
Jesus—the source of joy and love.