As we approach this holy season of Lent on March 5th, all round the world, there are 40 Days for Life efforts also beginning. Over the past few years, more than 8,000 babies have been saved from abortion that are known about. This grass roots endeavor is changing minds and hearts all over the world! Please think about being a part of your closest campaign. To see the locations in the United States, please visit: http://www.40daysforlife.com/location.html
Please consider being a part of this holy endeavor; lives and souls are at stake!
I place myself in the presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, contemplating Him as the Redeemer and Sanctifier of my soul.
And I place myself in the presence of Mary Immaculate, my loving Mother, and listen to her invitation:"Come over to me all you who desire me; and I will declare to you what great things God has done for my soul."
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is in perfect harmony with the spirit of Advent, while the soul is preparing for the coming of the Redeemer, it is fitting to think of her, the all-pure one, who was His Mother. The very promise of a Savior was joined to, or rather, was included in the promise of this peerless Virgin. After havng cursed the insidious serpent, God proclaimed: "I will put emnity between thee and the Woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head" (Gen 3:15). And behold the Virgin whose coming was foretold approaches, "white as snow, more beautiful than the sun, full of grace, and blessed above all women."
+ meditations from Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene (Divine Intimacy)
Today I would like to share a reflection with you, if you do not mind. It is on what makes a “prayer warrior”. What makes people pray and fast, totally unseen in the privacy of their homes for the sake of lives and souls? What makes others donate money or supplies so that pro-life campaigns can occur? What makes people stand in a very prominent public place at a Planned Parenthood in the sun and heat, rain and wet, snow, slush, and cold? What makes folks give of their time with no remuneration? What makes a college student stop by to pray in between classes? Or a tired business person come by after a long day at work? Or a young mother who bundles up her little ones to come out to pray when even the presence of the little children does not stop rude remarks? What makes folks give up a morning or afternoon weekly for weeks on end or drive a great distance? What makes a pretty lady, the mother of six, stand in all weathers and often alone in front of an abortion mill, calling out for the women to come and talk to her? Is it because she knows the pain of the ‘choice’ these women are making? Or the mother who was given up for adoption herself and knows that all children are really wanted children? Or what of the man who buys pro-life books and materials at his own expense to give to whomever will accept them? Or those ones who come all year round with no reward but perhaps to learn years later that the calling out of “Mom, you don’t have to do this!” saved the life of a little boy?
Two passages for ALL these good Christians come to mind:
Your Father who sees in secret will reward you…lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven…for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Mt 6:18, 20-21)
My commandment is this: love one another as I have loved you. (Jn 13:34)
I submit to you that they do this out of love. Love for God, love for Jesus who laid down His life to redeem us and so these sacrifices are made: in a way to also lay down our lives for the sake of others. This is not done for money. A TRUE prayer warrior who enters into the spiritual battle does not do it for human respect or praise or attention or self-seeking. For if done for those reasons, then they will have their reward on this earth. But rather when they are alone perhaps in the heat or cold with the ‘slings and arrows’ coming their direction, they return a blessing and a prayer for those from whom those things come. They come for the love of souls, for the love of the unborn children and their parents; they come for the staff and for the hired killers. They come knowing that the Father who sees in secret hears their prayers and somehow, someway lives and souls are benefitting as the sacrifices they make are joined to the sacrifice of the Son. They come to enter into conversation with those who have not fully considered what “pro-choice” means and its repercussions. They stand in the gap to intercede for those affected by abortion.
For all those who have helped in ways seen and unseen in this 40 Days for Life campaign, I can only pray that you will one day hear those long awaited words from our Heavenly Father:
Well done, good and faithful servant. (Mt 25:21)
For the full measure of love is heaven for the beloved.
“America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father's role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts -- a child -- as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters. And, in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many women to unjust and selfish demands from their husbands or other sexual partners. Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being's entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign."
We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the holy innocents Of Bethlehem by King Herod. Receive, we pray, into the arms of your mercy all innocent victims; and by your great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants and establish your rule of justice, love, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Prayer to end abortion, the present day slaughter of Innocents:
O Almighty God, Creator of Heaven and earth and all things, You create today millions of human beings who are never permitted to see the light of day because of the sin of abortion. Grant to mankind the wisdom to respect human life at every stage of development.
You infuse souls into innocent babies even while still in their mothers’ wombs, their temporary homes. Grant that no one deprives your most innocent ones the privilege of your holy Baptism whereby they may be born again to Your supernatural life by grace. One soul in Your eyes, Almighty God, is of more value than the whole created universe.
Accept the precious blood of Your Son Jesus Christ, present on our altars and in our tabernacles, throughout the world in reparation for the sins of abortive murder. Even before Your Divine Son was born of Mary, dear God, when Your holy Mother greeted Elizabeth shortly after the conception of the Divine Child. Elizabeth asked, “How am I worthy that the Mother of my Lord should come to me?” Long before the birth of the Divine Child the Holy Spirit inspired Elizabeth to call Mary “Mother” and the unborn Child, her “Lord.”
Almighty God, remove the scourge of abortion from the face of the earth. Amen.
PRAYER FOR THE HELPLESS UNBORN CHILD:
Heavenly Father, in Your love for us, protect against the wickedness of the devil, those helpless little ones to whom You have given the gift of life.
Touch with pity the hearts of those women pregnant in our world today who are not thinking of motherhood. Help them to see that the child they carry is made in Your image – as well as theirs – made for eternal life.Dispel their fear and selfishness and give them true womanly hearts to love their babies and give them birth and all the needed care that a mother alone can give.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever, Amen