Respect Life Month – Day Four

Our Lady of GuadalupeWould you spend some time with the little babies in your own neighborhood before they die? Maybe you’ll even be able directly to save lives; maybe not. What’s even more important: you’ll be there. In a sense, it may be a way to redeem the abandonment of Jesus by His apostles when they refused to be with Him at His death. Too often we also refuse to be with Jesus for fear of the Cross, do we not?
These little ones dying today are intricately connected with the sufferings and death of Our Savior. There is a bond here that must not be overlooked. All the political action, educating, donation of funds, demonstrations, alternative work, important and necessary as these are, do not make up for an absence at the death scene. Thus, let me beg you to view your presence at the killing center in your area as the place where God wants you to be.  Grab your Rosary, pick up your Bible, bring your devotionals, and go out to the Calvary not far from you – where Christ is being crucified today in your midst.
… we may not be able to save their lives, but can we not plead on their behalf?  And should they die, as usually happens (God forgive us!), let us lift up our hearts to God Almighty on their behalf … it will be the only human love they will know on this earth…”
  • Attend a local prayer vigil outside a place of abortion.
  • In Auckland there is a vigil every Wednesday morning at 9:30am outside AMAC (Dominion Road).
  • In Wellington a Vigil for the Unborn will take place on  Friday 12th October at St Anne’s Church, Newtown from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
  • For more information about these vigils please contact Family Life International NZ.

O Mary, bright dawn of the new world,
Mother of the living,
to you do we entrust the cause of life:
Look down, O Mother,
upon the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born,
of the poor whose lives are made difficult,
of men and women who are victims of brutal violence,
of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy.
Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim the Gospel of life
with honesty and love to the people of our time.
Obtain for them the grace to accept that Gospel as a gift ever new,
the joy of celebrating it with gratitude throughout their lives
and the courage to bear witness to it resolutely, in order to build,
together with all people of good will,the civilization of truth and love,
to the praise and glory of God,the Creator and lover of life.

~Pope John Paul II, March 25, 1995

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