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Pray for Life: May 2017

 


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pray-for-life-may-2017-150x150Intercession: Through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Life, may the tragic promotion & practice of assisted suicide be stopped.

Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: Serious illness is one of life's most difficult challenges, and in such trials, we want to support and provide compassionate care for each other. Some have proposed assisted suicide as a way to do this.

However, far from fostering compassion or choice, assisted suicide fosters discrimination by creating two classes of people: those whose suicides we work hard to prevent and those whose suicides we assist. We don't discourage suicide by assisting suicide.  What's more, assisted suicide is bad medicine, a prescription for abuse.

Our God-given worth and dignity can't be diminished by illness, dependence on others, or any other circumstance. Every person's life is worth living.

Acts of Reparation (choose one):

    • Pray the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Life for those contemplating, advocating for, or supporting assisted suicide.

    • Visit someone who is lonely, homebound, or ill. (If you don't know of such a person, ask your pastor, or go with friends to visit a hospital or nursing home.) Sharing life and living in community gives much-needed support and friendship to those who are suffering.

    • Spend some time informing and equipping yourself to help stop the further legalization of assisted suicide. "Going to Battle Against Assisted Suicide" gives a quick explanation of the landscape and tips for how you can help stop it.

One Step Further:

Read "Every Suicide is Tragic" to learn more about the dangers of legalizing assisted suicide.

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Did You Know?

Equip yourself with fact sheets, videos, and other resources available at www.usccb.org/toliveeachday, www.patientsrightscouncil.org, and www.patientsrightsaction.org.

Visit the Patients Rights Action Fund's YouTube account for many short videos of people sharing their own powerful stories of why they oppose assisted suicide. 


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April 2017

Intercession: May we find forgiveness, healing, and peace in God's Divine Mercy.

Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be 

Reflection: As we prepare to enter Holy Week, we can reflect upon the Divine Mercy Christ shows us in His suffering, death, and Resurrection. By our sin, we distance or cut ourselves off from the life of God's grace within us. But rather than leave us among the dead, our God wants to wipe away our sins and welcome us in friendship.

His forgiveness, which brings us to life in Him, is possible in the Sacrament of Reconciliation because He first offered Himself for our sake. Trusting in God's mercy and the power of the Resurrection, let us ask His forgiveness for the times we have failed to respect one another or to cherish His gift of life.

Jesus's Passion and death are not the end; they point to the joy of the Resurrection.

"By His wounds, we were healed" (Isaiah 53:5).

Acts of Reparation (choose one):

On Divine Mercy Sunday (April 23rd this year), take some time to learn about St. Faustina and the message of Divine Mercy. Then pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for all who suffer after abortion.

Reflect on one of the Mass readings for Holy Week. How is God speaking to you?

Encounter Christ's ready forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and then continue to place your trust in God's mercy with this short prayer.

One Step Further:

Read "Bridges of Mercy for Post-Abortion Healing" to learn how to extend God's mercy to those who suffer after abortion.

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Did You Know?

pro-life"We Follow One Who Wept": Anne McGuire, Assistant Director for Education and Outreach, reflects on true compassion and our need for God and each other.

The Life Issues Forum is a bi-weekly column that may be reprinted without further permission, provided it is reproduced in full and without alteration. Read individually, or use in classrooms, diocesan newspapers, bulletins, and more. (Subscribe.)

 

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March 2017

Praying for Life Year-Round: March 2017Intercession: May God bless all those for whom adoption is part of their life story.

Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: Adoption is a loving and generous way for a child to be welcomed as part of a family. It can also include uncertainty and other challenges—for the children waiting to find "forever families," for the parents placing their children for adoption, for the couples waiting to be matched with a child, and for so many others.

This month, we celebrate the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.* Remembering his very special role as the earthly foster father of Jesus, we invoke St. Joseph's intercession, asking the Lord to bless all those for whom adoption has a place in their story. And, recalling the mercy which God our Father has shown to us, we also ask that, through our words and actions, they may encounter the outstretched hands of his mercy.

*Because March 19 falls on a Sunday this year, the observance of the Solemnity of St. Joseph is Monday, March 20.

Acts of Reparation (choose one):

One Step Further:

Read Accompanying Expectant Mothers Considering Adoption. Drawing from the personal experience of a mother who placed her child for adoption, this article gives nine pointers for offering ongoing support to other expectant mothers considering adoption. Find out how you can be an agent of mercy.

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