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

A Matter of Love

January 22, 2012

Simply put, to live is to love.  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.  You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mk 12: 29b-31) In these two sentences we see the whole life of the person.  We are each uniquely created in the image and likeness of God, endowed individually with gifts for the purpose of loving.  Our very lives, and the free will to live our lives in the service of love, are a gift from God.  God entrusts us with the care of each other, commanding us to love our neighbor as our selves. 

Yet today is the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade that legalized the most anti-love act: the taking of an innocent human life.  These innocents will never have the opportunity to love. This is a great scandal, that a country built on Judo-Christian principles, allows by the law of the land, the killing of unborn babies; over 50 million since this decision on January 22, 1973.

It is a matter of love that we accept our stewardship of life that God has given us and work to create a society where all life, from conception to a natural death, is held sacred.  Monday, January 23, is set aside as a day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life.  Tomorrow we can be united with Christians throughout our nation in prayer and also make a commitment to pray and work every day for the legal guarantee of the right of life.