19 Jan Mark 3:4 (Sensationally Tangled)
Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook).
“‘Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?’ But they remained silent.” Mark 3:4 (full readings)
Pat’s Reflections: With nearly one in four pregnancies ending in abortion, the death/damage has caused a sensationally tangled mess that has silenced many friends, families and professionals from sharing the healing Truth. After sharing this eye-opening video about a twin surviving an abortion, I received a message from a pro-choice therapist friend who said, “sensational videos can be very damaging.” Abortion is by definition sensational (“arouse strong reaction”), much like a horrific mass murder trial or the unthinkable Nazi extermination camps. Abortion causes death/damage…Truth leads to abortion regret, reconciliation, healing. The therapist friend said, “life is too complex to make blanket statements for all people in all situations.” Life is indeed complex, but all babies do have the right to simply live…in all situations. The simple Truth is that abortion kills a baby and damages a family…but Christ heals. Fear and convenience make some mothers feel like they ironically have no choice but to abort. We need to love those mothers to pregnancy centers, adoption services and churches that will help take the crisis out of the pregnancy. For those hurting with post-abortion damage, we need to love them to faith reconciliation resources (Sacrament, Project Rachel, etc)…see Monday devotion. The Body of Christ (us) has the power to untangle this evil abortion mess and weave a culture of Life.
Faith Challenge: Courageously speak the simple Truth about abortion…for death/damage prevention and eternal healing.
Counter-Culture News: LSN, Vatican, AFA, Priests for Life, Live Action
* Unborn twins interact with each other as early as 14 weeks
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). Add Prayers on our website. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, running, etc. Consider a mid-week family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
* The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally celebrated every year from 18 to 25 January.
Feast Day: St. Fabian (martyr)
Through Christ Our Lord,
* 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.
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