27 Dec John 20:3-6 (Hasty Courage)
“So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial clothes there but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb…” John 20:3-6 (full readings)
Faith Challenge: Take a moment to determine what one small thing you can do now to advance the cause of Life. What is it? Send an encouraging e-mail to a friend? Put a Pro-Life sticker on your car? Say a prayer for a pro-abortion family member? Whatever it is, do it now. Then identify one difficult Pro-Life action you’ve not had the zeal to pursue to completion and pray for the courage to plunge headlong into that action when you are called to do so.
Counter-Culture News: LSN, LifeNews, Priests for Life, AFA, Vatican, Project Rachel.
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion. LIFE Runners Creed & Patron Saint. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: Saint John the Apostle. Identified as the author of the Gospel of John, the Epistles of John and the Book of Revelation, Saint John’s gifts to the Church are many and rich. We draw much of the Mass from The Gospel of John and Revelation. Saint John also indirectly points to the potential cost of following Jesus as he is the only Apostle believed to have died of natural causes. The rest of the Apostles died as Martyrs for the Faith.
Faith Quote: “Do not abandon yourself to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” ~ Blessed John Paul II.
Through Christ Our Lord,
* 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 (23% 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.