02 Mar Compassionately Convicted! (Dan 9:9) by Fr. Jonathan St. Andre
“But Yours, O Lord, our God, are compassion and forgiveness!” ~ Dan 9:9 (full readings)
Fr. Jonathan’s Reflections: Is it possible to be absolutely convicted about the call to protect the unborn and yet to be compassionate towards those who uphold a right to aborting children? The Gospel today would tell us a resounding “yes”. We can show compassion for our brothers and sisters because our love towards them does not mean an attitude of indifference to the tragic decision they may be promoting. We don’t agree with them but we love them as a person. I have always hoped that I could take a “pro-choice” person to lunch and listen to them share what they believe to be true. I would hope that the measure with which I measured out to them (a listening ear, respect for their dignity as a person, my love for them despite our differences) would be the means God might mysteriously use to influence their heart towards the truth. Of course this has to start close to home for all of us. Are we merciful, forgiving and generous to our spouses, children, brothers? This is the true measure of our identity as Men and Women who are all in Christ for Pro-Life. Lord, please help us to have the grace to be compassionately convicted.
* Fr. Jonathan St. André is a Franciscan Friar of the Third Order Regular (T.O.R.) and a Priest of God. He currently lives in Loretto, Pennsylvania where he is blessed to work with young Men seeking God’s will as Franciscan novices..
Faith Challenge: Take the day to pray for a person who you know is strongly against Pro-Life positions. Ask the Lord to draw them closer to Himself, their family and ask Him to move their hearts as He wills.
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. Agnes of Prague lived in the 13th Century and become a Contemplative Franciscan Sister like St. Clare of Assisi. She is known for a series of letters she exchanged with St. Clare in which they talk about prayer.
Faith Quote: “God’s mercy is so great that you may sooner drain the sea of its water, or deprive the sun of its light, or make space too narrow, than diminish the great mercy of God.“~ Charles Spurgeon
Through Christ our Lord,
Fr. Jonathan, T.O.R.