Tuesday, January 16, 2024

INTERCESSION

May the tragic practice of abortion end.

PRAYERS

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

REFLECTION

At every stage and in every circumstance, we are held in existence by God’s love. The presence of an illness, disability, or other challenging situation never diminishes the value of a human life. God does not call us to perfection of appearance or abilities, but to perfection in love. Christ invites us to embrace our own lives and the lives of others as true gifts.



Abortion tragically rejects the truth that every life is a good and perfect gift, deserving protection. This violent practice ends the life of a human being at its very beginning and horribly wounds all those involved. But Christ came that we “might have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10), taking on human flesh for the sake of our redemption. May our culture experience the power of God’s transforming love, that all eyes may be opened to the incredible beauty of every human life.

ACTS OF REPARATION (Choose one.)

  • Take a break from television and movies today. Consider spending some of that time praying with today’s reflection.



Heavenly Father, thank you for the precious gift of life. Help us to cherish and protect this gift, even in the midst of fear, pain, and suffering. Give us love for all people, especially the most vulnerable, and help us bear witness to the truth that every life is worth living. Grant us the humility to accept help when we are in need, and teach us to be merciful to all. Through our words and actions, may others encounter the outstretched hands of Your mercy. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.


  • Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today's intention.

ONE STEP FURTHER

Abortion is frequently a topic in the news, political debates, and everyday conversations with family or friends. Because abortion can be a controversial and emotional issue in any arena, many of us may feel intimidated when the topic arises, not knowing what to say. "Another Look at Abortion" provides a basic overview and summarizes key points. This article will help you be better prepared to witness to the sanctity of human life.



 Religious freedom day

 

Psalm 76, Verse 12-13

12 Make and keep vows to the LORD your God. May all around him bring gifts to the one to be FEARED, 13 who checks the spirit of princes, who is fearful to the kings of earth.

 

Why are the powerful so reluctant to make and keep vows to God? Do they not know that if they humble themselves before Him; He will exalt them. God gives all men gifts and talents of spirit, mind and beauty. Today consider letting a more qualified Other defend your ego.


7 Ways to Getting Rid of Ego[1]

Confident people respect themselves no matter what. Their ego will never run their show. After all, you’re human and you’re doing the best you can. So here are some tips to get you in the right headspace so you can kill your ego.

    1. Take responsibility. Focus on the aspects of life which you can change. Taking responsibility for these aspects will give you a sense of control. For example, if you didn’t make up your bed this morning, do it now (and do it every day).

    2. Stop beating yourself up. Life is pretty tough and everyone makes mistakes. If you know you’re doing the best you can, that’s all that matters.

    3. Focus on growth. The outcome doesn’t matter as much as your transformation. As long as you’re growing as a person, the outcome will follow.

    4. Take care of yourself. Don’t feel ashamed for taking time off. Do something that you enjoy without feeling guilty about it. You’re allowed to live your life the way you want to.

    5. Don’t speak badly about yourself. The words you say to yourself become part of your identity. Unconsciously, your brain registers everything you say. And if you keep telling yourself that you’re not good enough, your confidence will sink.

    6. Show kindness to others. Whether you’re an introvert or not, we all thrive on social connections. And when you show kindness to the people around you, you’ll be in a much better place in your own head too.

7. Don’t value other people’s opinions (both good and bad). This idea comes from the legend, Gary Vaynerchuk. But think about it. The moment you value good opinions from others, it makes you vulnerable to bad opinions too. Appreciate compliments but don’t allow this to become the validation of your self-worth.

In addition, check out these innovative strategies to become more confident in life.

Religious Freedom Day[2]

Religions and religious organizations have been responsible for a great deal of good being done in the world, from the founding of worldwide charity organizations to simply inspiring people to be kinder and humbler daily, as well as more sympathetic to the plight of his fellow man. Unfortunately, an often-observed characteristic of many religions is that their faithful often try to convert others to their faith, and when those others refuse, the consequences can be grave. From the Roman persecutions of Christians in the ancient times, to the infamous Spanish Inquisition, to the witch hunts of Puritan America, to the Islamic Jihads (or secular progressives for that matter) still occurring today, it is easy to see how dangerous religions can be if not checked, and how overzealous believers in a certain god or no god at all can be in attempting to force everyone else to believe as they do. This is why it is enormously important to make sure religious freedom is granted and protected to all, and this is why the Founding Fathers of the United States of America saw this as such.

On January 16, 1786, soon after the United States of America came into existence as a sovereign nation, the Virginia General Assembly adopted Thomas Jefferson’s landmark Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. This statute then became the basis for what we know today as the First Amendment, which guarantees religious freedom to all people residing in the U.S.A. Every year since then, a statement is released on this same day by the president of the United States officially proclaiming Religious Freedom Day.

How to Celebrate Religious Freedom Day

A good way to celebrate Religious Freedom Day is to do some research about what life used to be like before religious freedom was protected, and every person had the right to believe as he or she chose.

·         “The Name of the Rose” is both an excellent book and an excellent movie, which quite accurately depicts what life was like during the Inquisition, and how far the inquisitors were willing to go to find and punish people they suspected of sorcery.

·         The young adult novel titled, “The Witch of Blackbird Pond” can also help one understand what it was like to be the least bit different from the rest of the villagers in 17th century New England, and just how dangerous it was to avoid church.

·         1951’s Quo Vadis, on the other hand, demonstrates how badly Christian were persecuted during the reign of the Emperor Nero in Ancient Rome.

·         “The Diary of a Young Girl”, written by Jewish teenager Anne Frank during the height of the Nazi persecution of Europe’s Jewish population is both interesting a heartbreaking when one thinks about all the other innocent children like Anne who died horrible deaths for simply being of the wrong religion.

·         The works of Salman Rushdie could also prove to be a very insightful read, as the author himself received years of death threats after the release of his acclaimed novel “The Satanic Verses”, which was critical of Islam was published.

·         Now. What if you refuse abortion tainted vaccines?

It could also be an interesting idea to have several of your friends of different faiths get together for coffee and discuss how positively religious freedom and the freedom to not practice any religion at all impact all your lives and help make them better. Religious freedom is a wonderful thing, that should be fully appreciated and celebrated.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

PART THREE: LIFE IN CHRIST

SECTION ONE-MAN'S VOCATION LIFE IN THE SPIRIT

                                                CHAPTER TWO-THE HUMAN COMMUNION

Article 2-PARTICIPATION IN SOCIAL LIFE

III. Responsibility and Participation

1913 "Participation" is the voluntary and generous engagement of a person in social interchange. It is necessary that all participate, each according to his position and role, in promoting the common good. This obligation is inherent in the dignity of the human person.

1914 Participation is achieved first of all by taking charge of the areas for which one assumes personal responsibility: by the care taken for the education of his family, by conscientious work, and so forth, man participates in the good of others and of society.

1915 As far as possible citizens should take an active part in public life. The manner of this participation may vary from one country or culture to another. "One must pay tribute to those nations whose systems permit the largest possible number of the citizens to take part in public life in a climate of genuine freedom."

1916 As with any ethical obligation, the participation of all in realizing the common good calls for a continually renewed conversion of the social partners. Fraud and other subterfuges, by which some people evade the constraints of the law and the prescriptions of societal obligation, must be firmly condemned because they are incompatible with the requirements of justice. Much care should be taken to promote institutions that improve the conditions of human life.

1917 It is incumbent on those who exercise authority to strengthen the values that inspire the confidence of the members of the group and encourage them to put themselves at the service of others. Participation begins with education and culture. "One is entitled to think that the future of humanity is in the hands of those who are capable of providing the generations to come with reasons for life and optimism."



Today is my sister’s birthday Denise Gail (her name means “To be devoted …to the joy of the father); please pray for her intentions. 

Daily Devotions 

·         Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: Today's Fast: Individuals with Mental Illness

·         Make reparations to the Holy Face-Tuesday Devotion

·         Pray Day 8 of the Novena for our Pope and Bishops

·         The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity-Day 1

·         Tuesday: Litany of St. Michael the Archangel

·         Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus

·         Plan winter fun:

o   Soak in hot springs

o   Hit the snow slopes

o   Ride a snowmobile

o   Go for a dog sled ride

o   Ride a hot air balloon




[2]https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/religious-freedom-day/








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