28 Nov Bear Testimony (Lk 21:12-14) by Lindsey Bachman
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“They will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake. This will be a time for you to bear testimony.” ~ Lk 21:12-14 (full readings)
Lindsey’s Reflections: The devil hates truth and loves power. And what has more power over men than government? George Washington said that, “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” It should not then surprise those who defend the sanctity of life that our principal earthly opponent is government. Jesus himself was a victim of evil power. He warns of persecution by kings and governors for His name’s sake. Yet persecution is the time to bear your testimony. Wasn’t it for Jesus? And for the Saints who were martyred? Our Church is facing more persecution by our government than any of us can remember. Yet throughout history the Church has been a living testimony through persecution. So, now is the time to bear testimony, as our Bishops have so boldly done in opposing the HHS mandate. They know that persecution is powerful. Therefore, use it. Bear your testimony. We cannot waste it.
* Lindsey Bachman (LIFE Runner) is an attorney. She lives in St. Joseph, MO with her LIFE Runner husband Joshua, who is also an attorney. Lindsey is on the LIFE Group Advisory Board and leads the KC LIFE Runners Chapter.
Faith Challenge: In what ways are you being persecuted for being pro-life? Use it to bear testimony.
Counter-Culture News: LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, American Family, Vatican, Project Rachel.
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion. LIFE Runners Creed. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. James of the Marche.
Faith Quote: “Suffering is the very best gift He has to give us. He gives it only to His chosen friends.” ~ St. Therese of Lisieux
Through Christ our Lord,
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will and His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (and families): Abortion (images) is #1 death cause (22% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 and Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa.
* Evangelize: Make room for unbelievers and re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.
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