Monday, January 22, 2018

ROE vs. WADE—SAINT VINCENT OF SARAGOSSA


Sirach, Chapter 26, Verse 3
A good wife is a generous gift bestowed upon him who fears the Lord.

So does this mean that if you don’t fear the Lord you are to be cursed with a bad wife? I don’t think that is the message here though; the point is that if our primary relationship with the Lord is right then as a natural result all our relationships will be improved. If you fear the Lord, that is Love the Lord, then you will love those around you and not see others as objects to be used but as persons of worth and dignity. As a husband seek to love your wife as Christ loved the church giving Himself up for her.

Today we are a community living in the fulfillment of faith in Christ and He asks us to do something unthinkable, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.”(John 6:53-58)

Be a good husbandman[1]

All men are called by God to be husbandmen. Some are called to the priesthood and they may hear Christ saying to them:

Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. (Mt. 4:19)

Others are called to the single life and they may serve the Lord via their work and there are those who are called to the married life but all are husbandmen. What makes a good husbandman?

Let us look at St. Joseph as an example of a good husbandman.

·         St. Joseph in all his dealings was humble.
·         He was the provider and protector of Mary and Jesus
·          full of zeal and great courage,
·         Obedient to the will of God. Yet he was not rash; and with prudence pondered
·         His decisions trusting in divine providence.
·         He was a model of workers and
·         an example of married life and chaste love.
·         He valued prayer and the hidden life.
·         He was ready for the call of a neighbor or to the call of God;
·         He gave an immediate response.
·         His was a life of sacrifice; his was a life of simplicity.

To be a good husbandman is to:

Do the ordinary in an extraordinary way.”
Roe vs. Wade[2] Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

January 22 is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the day established by the Church of penance for abortion, has been formally named as the “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.” On this day your parish, school or religious formation program may celebrate the Mass for Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life. This Mass, found in our newly-translated Missal, may now be used on occasions to celebrate the dignity of human life. In addition to this special Mass on this day, perhaps your parish, school or religious formation program could encourage traditional forms of penance, host pro-life and chastity speakers, lead informative projects that will directly build up the culture of life, show a pro-life film, raise funds for local crisis pregnancy centers or offer additional prayer services.

WASHINGTON–Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, thanked and praised the House of Representatives for passing the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act January 20, 2018 with a bi-partisan vote of 241-183.

"As Chairman of the United States Bishops' Committee, I offer gratitude and praise to the House of Representatives for passing the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 4712). This common-sense legislation offers a simple and widely supported proposition: a child born alive following an abortion should receive the same degree of care to preserve her life and health as would be given to any other child born alive at the same gestational age. I call on the Senate to pass this bill as well and ensure that the lethal mentality of Roe does not claim new victims – vulnerable human beings struggling for their lives outside the womb."

Attend Mass today.

St. Vincent of Saragossa[3]



I became acquainted with Saint Vincent during a time I was suffering with a half inch burst in the last disk in my back. I was almost paralyzed and the pain was intense with a burning sensation below the knee on my left leg. I was considering treatment using a VAC-D table that was then a new treatment yet I was hesitant. After reading the story of St. Vincent I asked for his help with my struggle-it then occurred to me to go get stretched on the rack, which VAC-D resembles as St. Vincent was. After 25 treatments my disk is now been healed and I have recovered to 90% before the rupture. I thank the intersession of St. Vincent.

Vincent of Saragossa was one of the Church's three most illustrious deacons, the other two being Stephen and Lawrence. He is also Spain's most renowned martyr. Ordained deacon by Bishop Valerius of Saragossa, he was taken in chains to Valencia during the Diocletian persecution and put to death. From legend we have the following details of his martyrdom. After brutal scourging in the presence of many witnesses, he was stretched on the rack; but neither torture nor blandishments nor threats could undermine the strength and courage of his faith. Next, he was cast on a heated grating, lacerated with iron hooks, and seared with hot metal plates. Then he was returned to prison, where the floor was heavily strewn with pieces of broken glass. A heavenly brightness flooded the entire dungeon, filling all who saw it with greatest awe.

After this he was placed on a soft bed in the hope that lenient treatment would induce apostasy, since torture had proven ineffective. But strengthened by faith in Christ Jesus and the hope of everlasting life, Vincent maintained an invincible spirit and overcame all efforts, whether by fire, sword, rack, or torture to induce defection. He persevered to the end and gained the heavenly crown of martyrdom.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity[4]

Day 5, Hark, the cry of my poor people from far and wide in the land

Scripture
·         Deuteronomy 1:19-35, The Lord God goes before you and carried you.
·         Psalm 145:9-20, The Lord upholds all who are falling.
·         James 1:9-11, The rich will disappear like a flower in the field.
·         Luke 18:35-43, Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!

Meditation
We can imagine the noise of the crowd as Jesus enters Jericho. Many voices shout down the cry of the blind beggar. But through all this tumult Jesus hears the blind man’s voice, just as God always hears the cries of the poor in the Hebrew Scriptures. How do Christians today hear the voice of the poor over the voices which attempt to silence them? The disunity of churches inhibits Christianity’s ability to hear and respond. Through the efforts of churches acting together, we can help one another to hear the cry of the poor and our disunity moves closer to unity in Christ.

Prayer
Loving God, You lift up the poor and distressed and restore their dignity. Hear now our cries for the poor of our world. Restore their hope and lift them up, that all your people may be one. This we pray in Jesus name. Amen.

Daily Devotions
·         Drops of Christ’s Blood
·         Nineveh 90 Day 22


·         Fitness Friday Week 12
·         Nine Days for Life-day 5
·         Please pray for me and this ministry

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