All Children are Loved by God

All Children are Loved by God

Most Rev. Joseph Strickland, Bishop of Tyler, is asking that all Catholics join in prayer on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, the 40th anniversary of the legalization of abortion in the United States. Wherever you are at noon on Jan. 22, please pause to pray 40 Hail Mary’s that our society may move to a greater respect for the sanctity of life and an end to abortion. Let us support each other in prayerful thanksgiving for the truth that God revealed to us and let us call our neighbors to support the sanctity of life from conception to natural death.

Here is a sitge where you will also find a Novena – Nine days of prayer, penance and pilgrimage, which is part of a pastoral initiative to help build a culture that is favorable to life, marriage and religious freedom. http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/january-roe-events/nine-days-of-prayer-penance-and-pilgrimage-marking-the-40th-anniversary-of-roe-v-wade.cfm
More information can be found at http://www.usccb.org/life-marriage-liberty.

You can also text “9days” to 99000 and the USCCB will send you daily messages/readings for the novena beginning January 19.

I ask all brothers and sisters in Christ and people of good will to join us in prayer at noon on January 22, using the prayer of your choice for the end of abortion and the respect for all life. You may find the novena a convenient and inspiring way to surround January 22 with prayer.

May God bless our nation –
Mother Susan Catherine, DDH

Persevere in Hope

November 8, 2012

There are many ways to interpret the results of yesterday’s election.  Our federal government administration has worked openly and unashamedly for the culture of death; through its pro-abortion support and advocacy, same-sex union support, and the rationing of healthcare services under Obamacare, just to name a few examples.  Plus, they have overtly misused the power of office to attempt to silence voices to the contrary by their assault on religious freedom. A majority of voters have spoken that they are in favor of this government leadership philosophy.   How easy it would be for those who fight for life and religious freedom to become discouraged; but this we must not do.

As people of faith, we persevere in hope, for we know there is a loving omnipotent Power and Authority, whose ways are not our ways and who has promised to be with us until the end of the age.  So let us be renewed in commitment to be faithful to the gospel of life and proclaim life and freedom without ceasing.  Let us find in these recent events the zeal and fervor to tirelessly work to eradicate this culture of death.  With the help of God’s grace, let us be a hopeful people, working to reestablish the culture of life.  Let us pray for our Lord to bring about the conversion of hearts of all elected and appointed officials that they will strive to work for the dignity of all human persons.  Let us pray for all who voted contrary to life, that they may be open to the grace of conversion and seek to promote a culture in which life is welcomed, embraced, nurtured and sustained in freedom.

We are not alone, nor are we asked to stand up for life in isolation.  We are the Body of Christ and a part of the communion of saints.  We hear St. Paul’s words today just as they were given to the early church:  Now hope that is seen is not hope.  For who hopes for what he sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.  Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him. (Rom 8: 24b-26, 28a)

The Blessed Virgin Mary is a wonderful model of hope, trust and courage.  As patroness of the United States under her title of Immaculate Conception, we can look to her for encouragement.  Imagine a young pregnant woman, traveling in response to a government edict, who gives birth to a son in a manger and then flees to a foreign country to protect the life of her son.  Then when her son is grown, she stands by him as he is falsely accused, publicly ridiculed, beaten, whipped, spat upon, and crucified.  In her we can see the potential for each one of us to be faithful, to be courageous, to be trusting, to be hope-filled.  Mary, Mother of Divine Hope, pray for us that we may persevere in hope, diligently work to reestablish a culture of life in our nation, and faithfully proclaim the truth of the Gospel of life. Pray that your son, our Lord Jesus Christ, will grant his mercy upon us and send his Spirit to bring about the conversion of hearts for those who hold public office and set public policy.  Amen.