thus far in the current 40 Days for Life campaign, there have been ...
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I have been kept up to date with daily email which also includes stories from around the world. Here's some of today's email:
It's the "that we know of" part that gives me the greatest hope. Who knows but the Lord Himself how many lives have been saved because Planned Parenthood can't find an abortionist in Columbia, Missouri, where a 40 Days for Life vigil is going on? Abortions have not taken place there since January! Who knows how many lives have been spared because Golden Gate Health Care closed its abortion centers in San Francisco and San Mateo, where 40 Days for Life vigils have been held? They locked the doors right before this campaign began -- and have thus far not been able to re-open! The bottom line is that PRAYER WORKS! Thank you for all your prayers -- and thanks to our all-merciful God for these glorious blessings!
Today's intention, scripture and reflection are, I think, controversial in today's society. There are not too many families with more than 2-3 children. One reason, I think, is that there are so many families that have to have two incomes. When you are both working it would be very hard, and financially impossible for daycare expenses, to have a large family. I have been following the TV series "19 Kid's & Counting" for a couple of years now. When I first heard the story of the Dugger's - back when they had "only" 16 or 17 children, I wondered how on earth they did it. Not only financially, but mentally!!!! But they really are an amazing family. They are always open to more children if it is God's will. That's what today's reflection is saying.
We pray for the gift of openness to children.
Scripture:God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them. And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth."-- Genesis 1:27-28
God's intention is that we multiply and fill the earth.
One of the most pernicious lies that sociologists have foisted off on the public is that the earth is becoming overpopulated. What kind of a sadistic god would create the earth and human creatures on it, only to have them literally reproduce themselves into oblivion? The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is our divine Creator, has commanded us to multiply and fill the earth and far from letting the population get out of control, He has, in fact given his human creatures a dominical role over all the lesser creatures. The "birth control" movement, which had its beginnings with Margaret Sanger in the early years of the last century, has led, in many parts of the world, to a birthrate that is drastically below the normal replacement rate.
God's Word assures us that children are a blessing, that they are a reward of faithfully trusting and serving God and that they are the crown of their parents' old age. The spread of the contraception mentality that has so permeated our culture is, undoubtedly, a factor in the ready acceptance of abortion. God's commandment to multiply and fill the earth has never been withdrawn. May He help us to accept the gift of children and give him thanks for every baby who is born into the world.
Father of mercy and grace, we thank you for the gift of our children. Grant that every fiber of our being may rejoice when a new baby, our own or any else's, is born into the world. Help us to welcome them as we would welcome you, for whenever a new baby is conceived, another life to bear your image and another voice to praise and worship you, is beginning. In Christ's name we pray. Amen.