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April 2018 Pray for Life: Divine Mercy

 


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Pray for Life: Divine Mercy

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Intercession: 

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

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Our Father,
3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: As we prepare for the Sunday of Divine Mercy this weekend, we can reflect upon the 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).

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

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The Church grants a plenary indulgence for celebrating the Sunday of Divine Mercy. Learn more!

 

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Intercession: May Congress include the Conscience Protection Act in the Fiscal Year 2018 funding bill.

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Our Father,
3 Hail Marys, Glory Be


Reflection:
Congress needs to hear from us! Health care providers and trainees, churches, and others are being forced to participate in abortion or provide coverage for it in their health care plans. Federal conscience laws prohibit such coercion, but these laws continue to be violated—mostly because they don't provide victims with the ability to defend their rights in court.

This week, Congress will likely decide whether to improve enforcement of these laws by enacting the Conscience Protection Act. No one should be forced to participate in abortion. Tell your representatives today at humanlifeaction.org!

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View and share a quick video and the link www.bit.ly/support-cpa to invite your friends to stand up for conscience rights!

Video: Catholics Called To Stand Up For Conscience Rights

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Sandra and Cathy are two nurses who were forced by their employers to choose between their jobs and their pro-life convictions. Watch their stories!


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February 2018

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Intercession: 

May married couples experience the fullness of God's plan for their love through openness to life.

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3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: "A husband and wife express their committed love not only with words, but with the language of their bodies. That 'body language'—what a husband and wife say to one another through the intimacy of sexual relations—speaks of total commitment and openness to a future together. …Married love differs from any other love in the world. By its nature, the love of husband and wife is so complete, so ordered to a lifetime of communion with God and each other, that it is open to creating a new human being they will love and care for together. …As many couples who have turned away from contraception tell us, living [the Church's teaching] can contribute to the honesty, openness, and intimacy of marriage and help make couples truly fulfilled."

Married Love and the Gift of Life, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

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"Marriage, the Sanctuary of Life" presents, in a fascinating and compelling way, the Catholic vision of marriage, drawing from Scripture, Pope Saint John Paul II, and social research. 

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180x150_static_revNational Marriage Week is Wednesday, February 7 – Wednesday, February 14. Archbishop Chaput, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, wrote: "It is an opportunity to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family."

Visit For Your Marriage, an initiative of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, for blog posts, stories, tips, FAQs, and more for dating, engaged, and married couples.


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