28 Jul Stiff-Necked People (Ex 34:9) by Peggy Bowes
“Then [Moses] said, ‘If I find favor with you, Lord, please, Lord, come along in our company. This is indeed a stiff-necked people; yet pardon our wickedness and sins, and claim us as your own.’’ ~ Ex 34:9 (full readings)
Peggy’s Reflections: The phrase “stiff-necked people” is often repeated in the Old Testament, and I find that it applies even today in our modern world. It’s especially true of those who promote abortion. They often fight anything that might help a woman to make a better and more informed choice such as ultrasounds, a waiting period before scheduling an abortion, and requiring parental permission for minor girls to get an abortion. Such restrictions are prudent and just, but so many in the abortion industry are focused on the profits they are making. Yet the quote above gives us hope. Even stiff-necked people can receive forgiveness for their wickedness and sins. It’s important for us to pray for those who are in the abortion industry and those who promote it in politics.
* Peggy Bowes is the author of The Rosary Workout and co-author of Tending the Temple and Truth for Teens. She is a former Air Force pilot and devoted wife and mother of two teens. Visit www.rosaryworkout.com..
Faith Challenge: Consider spiritually “adopting” someone in the abortion industry and praying for that person. Perhaps you could offer mass for him or her or pray a novena. You could spiritually adopt your local abortion provider or simply pray that the graces you are asking for are given to someone in the industry who needs them most.
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. Leopold Mandic
Faith Quote: “If you must choose between me and the baby, no hesitation; choose – and I demand it – the baby. Save the baby!” ~ St. Gianna Molla (1922–1962)
Through Christ our Lord,