30 May America, Defend Life! (Acts 18:9-10) by Dr. Pat Castle
“Do not be afraid. Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with you.” ~ Acts 18:9-10 (full readings).
Pat’s Reflections: God speaks these words to all LIFE Runners, “Do not be afraid” – encouraging us forward to speak up for the Unborn. We don’t need to fear because God is with us. After 25 years in uniform, I retire from the Air Force today. Transitions are filled with opportunities to live out our faith and trust in God. St. John Paul II’s first words as pope were “be not afraid.” He challenges us all, “If you want equal justice for all, and true freedom and lasting peace, then, America, defend life!” Defending God’s gift of life, this is precisely what motivated me to serve in the Air Force and the Pro-Life movement. Dr. Rich Reich and I were inspired to co-found the Living In Faith Exchange (LIFE) Devotions in 2007, and LIFE Runners became the devotions action arm in 2008. As I close my last LIFE Runners Devotion while on Air Force active duty, I remind myself that we are all called to remain on faith active duty with God as our eternal Wingman. Our Pro-Life mission demands we move forward, forward, always forward!
* Dr. Pat Castle is the founder and president of the National LIFE Runners Team (full bio). Pat and Angi have two daughters and will soon be living in Jefferson City, MO to serve with the Vitae Foundation.
Faith Challenge: Let’s keep putting our Pro-Life faith in action, every day. Strive to publicly wear your LIFE Runners “REMEMBER The Unborn, Jer 1:5” jersey at least once every week – to help change hearts/minds for saving lives.
Counter-Culture News: LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, American Family, Vatican, Project Rachel.
Our Prayers: Pray LIFE Runners Creed to end abortion. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, unceasingly. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. Joan of Arc. Theologian George Tavard writes that her life “offers a perfect example of the conjunction of contemplation and action.”
Faith Quote: “The greatest threat to world peace is abortion.” ~ Blessed Mother Teresa. The LIFE Runners Creed is for ending abortion to bring PEACE – through Prayer, Endurance, Awareness, Charity, End abortion. www.liferunners.org/creed
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