Here is the reflection today for 40 Days for Life:
DAY 1 INTENTION
That we may use these 40 Days for Life to plead for God's mercy and grace upon all those involved in thesin of abortion.
Blow the trumpet in Zion! Proclaim a fast, call anassembly. Gather the people, notify the congregation.Assemble the elders; gather the children and theinfants at the breast... Let the priests, theministers of the Lord, weep and say, "Spare, O Lord,your people."-- Joel 2:15-17
REFLECTION by David Brandao, 40 Days for Life
The toll of abortion cannot be measured. We hear estimates of almost 50 million innocent victims, but that's only one aspect of the harm that has unfoldedin abortion's wake. There are also the mothers and fathers of these millions, as well as thegrandparents, brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins. Unborn lives destroyed. Lives of the living shattered. It's overwhelming and depressing, but even in themidst of such unfathomable darkness, the Church teaches us to have hope. Yes, it was indeed Calvary that followed Christ's 40 days in the desert, but without Calvary there would have been no Resurrection-- His victory over death that opened the gates of heaven to those who believe in and follow Him.The psalmist encourages us to go humbly before God as we seek His will: "A clean heart create for me, OGod, and a steadfast spirit renew within me... Giveme back the joy of your salvation and a willingspirit sustain in me... O Lord, open my lips, and mymouth shall proclaim your praise" (Psalm 51:12, 14,17). We are called to be God's messengers; or as the Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "We are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealingthrough us. We implore you on behalf of Christ: be reconciled to God" (2 Corinthians 5:20).That is the true message to all we encounter at theabortion centers and in our communities who have been deceived by the Culture of Death. We don't bring condemnation; we bring God's good news.
Lord, we ask for the strength, courage, wisdom,determination and stamina to carry out this mission according to Your will. Guide us, we pray, as we go forth and proclaim Your truth, always doing so with a spirit of love andcompassion, as was demonstrated to us by Your Son, Jesus Christ.
In His name we pray,
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