02 Sep Col 1:15 (Firstborn)
“He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” ~ Col 1:15 (full readings)
Steve’s Reflections: Jesus Himself stands as the ultimate proof for LIFE – He is the firstborn of ALL Creation! The Annunciation of the Angel Gabriel to Mary heralded the ironclad maxim that life begins at conception. A recent study showed that most Americans believe that life begins at conception – it is a self-evident truth. Unfortunately, that is not enough for many. The battle has now shifted away from the rights of the unborn baby to the choice of the expecting mother. It is in educating the mother of the terrible effects of abortion (physical/emotional/spiritual nuclear bomb) that the battle lines have been drawn. The terrible consequences of this sin are immense; depression, suicide, infertility, difficulty in relationships, and links to cancer.
Faith Challenge: Commit to educating yourself today, so you may one day help a mother in crisis save her baby.
Sr. Francelle’s Devotion: My Cup Runneth Over…
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Spiritual Adoption, Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). Add Prayers on our website. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, LIFE Runners, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now. >
Feast Day: Blessed John Francis Burte and Companions.
Faith Quote: “We always find that those who walked closest to Christ were those who had to bear the greatest trials.” ~ St. Teresa of Avila
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & 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 (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (22% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & 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 & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.