LOVE today's intention, scripture, reflection and reading!!! I just had a conversation about standing up for what is right with a group of friends. It can indeed become a cross you have to carry. We can only do it with God's grace.
Exciting news from the Lafayette 40 Days for Life group:
"Ladies and Gentlemen, we have some very exciting news for you! We have THREE babies who have been saved from death at the hands of Planned Parenthood in Lafayette.
Monday TWINS were saved. An vigil participant saw a distressed client leave PP and offered (off PP premises) to walk her down to Matrix Pregnancy Resource Center. She was given information and support and, at this point, has decided to have her babies.
Yesterday a young woman ended up on conversation and started asking questions. While she didn't want to have an abortion, she had come for support from PP. Through God's grace and the willingness of one vigil participant, the girl ended up seeking support from Matrix Pregnancy Resource Center, just down the street, instead."
Just yesterday in my post I talked about seeing or not seeing the fruits of our vigil and now today we hear of this! FANTASTIC!!!!!!!
Intention: We pray for the grace to be strong when others ridicule or oppose us.
Scripture: Anyone who does not take up his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. --Luke 14:27
Reflection: To stand up for what is right means we stand against what is wrong, and that means that those who love what is wrong will oppose us, just as they opposed Christ. Taking up the cross means we continue speaking and standing for the right even when that opposition comes. We experience this, in particular, when we are out on the streets, where people are not expecting the pro-life message and where they did not go to hear it. We must remember to never take the opposition personally. When people ridicule or yell at us, we might get a guilty feeling or be tempted to think we did something wrong. We did not. The insults are not being hurled at us personally, but rather at the truth of what we are standing for, and at the demands of the moral law. There are many who are trying to run away from those demands, or who have managed to tuck the abortion problem away into a distant corner of their minds where it can no longer disturb them. By standing publicly for the cause of life, we have short-circuited that denial and frustrated those efforts to ignore the issue. Therefore, some will be angry, perhaps not fully realizing why.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the grace of being pro-life, and of standing strong when others may ridicule or oppose me. During this 40 Day campaign, may your peace fill my soul, especially when I may endure the opposition of others, and may I become more like your crucified and risen Son. Amen.