30 Jan Enduring a Great Contest of Suffering (Heb 10:32-33) by Scott Casmer
“Remember the days past when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a great contest of suffering. At times you were publicly exposed to abuse and affliction; at other times you associated yourselves with those so treated.” ~ Heb 10:32-33 (full readings)
Scott’s Reflections: Today’s passage in Hebrews reminds us that doing the will of God requires suffering at times. It even talks about being “publicly exposed to abuse and affliction.” Those of us in the Pro-Life movement are familiar with the many forms this can take. On one end of the spectrum, simple conversation about abortion with friends and co-workers can be very difficult. The topic touches the sensitive areas of faith and politics, leading to emotionally charged debate. On the other end of the spectrum, those who publicly witness the truth on abortion through marches, sidewalk counseling, and wearing LIFE Runners gear often experience the jeering of those who do not understand that the value of human life trumps all other priorities. In all cases, the discomfort we experience must be endured with firm conviction that the end goal is well worth it.
* Scott Casmer was part of the original fellowship group that led to the formation of the LIFE Group and is currently the Colorado Springs chapter leader. Scott works at Schriever AFB and is married with two daughters..
Faith Challenge: Find an opportunity today to remind somebody you talk to that the value of human life is great in all its forms.
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. Aldegunais
Faith Quote: “God loves with a great love the man whose heart is bursting with a passion for the impossible.” ~ William Booth (A British Methodist Preacher and founder of the Salvation Army)
Through Christ our Lord,