9 Days For Life Novena Day 2

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9 Days For Life Day 2

Here are the intercessions, prayers, and activities for day 2.

Intercession: For the end to abortion.

Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: More women and girls consider abortion than we may realize. They are our relatives and friends, people who work with us or for us, married or unmarried. Even if someone identifies as being pro-life, the shock of an unexpected pregnancy, the devastation of a difficult prenatal diagnosis, shame, pressures, or fears may influence her to consider abortion.

If someone shared with you she was pregnant and hadn’t ruled out having an abortion, would you know how to respond in a loving way that is life-affirming for both her and her baby?

Learn about the four steps of the L.O.V.E. Approach™*: Listen and LearnOpen OptionsVision and Value, and Extend and Empower (www.usccb.org/l-o-v-e).

Acts of Reparation (choose one):

  • Go to an abortion clinic and pray, or set aside an hour today to pray for those who are struggling with a decision of life or death for their unborn child.
  • Read “What to Do When a Friend Is Considering Abortion” (www.usccb.org/l-o-v-e), and spend some time reflecting on it. Would someone in a difficult pregnancy situation know she could turn to you for loving support?
  • Donate needed items to a pregnancy care center, or volunteer an hour of your time at one. Find a center near you at www.heartbeatinternational.org/worldwide-directory. . . .

One Step Further: Find out other simple tips on how to provide loving, life-affirming support for a friend who is unexpectedly pregnant: “10 Ways to Support Her When She’s Unexpectedly Expecting” (www.usccb.org/support-her).

God bless!

Wanda

9 Days For Life 2018

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9 Days for Life is a “digital pilgrimage” of prayer and action focused on cherishing the gift of every person’s life. A multi-faceted novena highlighting a different intention each day provides reflections, bonus information, and suggested actions.  This year’s Respect Life’s theme is “Be Not Afraid”.

This novena begins today January 18th and runs through the 26th.  To participate in this novena just go to USCCB website and fill out your info and they will send you a daily message via text or email with a link to the day’s intentions.  Or, I will be posting each day’s info here on my blog, and you can follow along here.

This program is very near and dear to my heart.  I believe that life is a precious gift from God.  A gift so special that it should never be up to any human being to decide to end it.

That is my belief.  I realize that everyone who follows my blog doesn’t feel the same way.  I hope that you will respect my beliefs even though you may disagree with me and not post unpleasant comments.

This is the information for Day 1.

Intercession: May a culture of life grow ever stronger in our communities.

Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: From each tiny child waiting to be born, to people nearing death, all are precious and deserve our care and protection. Women and men suffering after abortion, individuals tempted to end their lives, expectant mothers facing challenging pregnancies, people pushed to the margins of society by a “throwaway culture,” and every other person—each “has a place in God’s heart from all eternity” (Amoris laetitia, 168).

As Pope Saint John Paul II reminds us in The Gospel of Life, we are asked not only to love and honor human life, but also “to work with perseverance and courage” to establish “a new culture of life, the fruit of the culture of truth and of love” (no 77).

Acts of Reparation (choose one):

  • “Unplug” for some time praying in silence with a short reflection on this year’s Respect Life theme, “Be Not Afraid” (www.usccb.org/be-not-afraid).
  • Use one of our Respect Life social media toolkits (www.usccb.org/prolifetools) to build up a culture of life on social media.
  • Do you love your cup of tea or coffee? Fast from caffeine today, or try your coffee black.

One Step Further: Watching the news and reading the headlines, we may sometimes feel helpless seeing the heartbreaking lack of respect for human life. How do we respond to Pope Saint John Paul II’s invitation when our efforts to make a difference feel small? “How to Build a Culture of Life” (www.usccb.org/culture-of-life) briefly explains where to start.

God bless!

Wanda

 

Blessed Christmas

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Luke 2, 1:20

1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled.  2 This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria.  3 So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town.  4 And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, 5 to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.  6 While they were there, the time came for her to have her child,7 and she gave birth to her firstborn son.  She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock.  9 The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear.  10 The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  11 For today in the city of David, a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.  12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”  13 And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:

14 “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.”  16 So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.  17 When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child.  18 All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds.  19 And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.  20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.

-The New American Bible, Revised Edition (NABRE)

I wish all of my family, friends, and online acquaintances a Very Merry Christmas.  I wish that the joy the Christ Child brings to us fills your hearts.  I wish you all love, hope, and peace this season and the rest of the year and that God blesses all of you with your needs and wants throughout the coming year.

I am celebrating with Gracie this Christmas Day.  We are on our own.  My daughter and her family are ill with the flu.  I have a terrible cold that brought on an asthma attack.  My youngest is celebrating with her in-laws.  My son and his family are healthy and celebrating at home in Miami.

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Daily Prompt:  Interest

 

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It is with great interest and sadness that I recall the terrible ordeal that has happened in Las Vegas this past weekend.  Interest because I just cannot imagine being pushed to the point of committing senseless murder.  In my mind, I have to believe that the man was sick.  There is no other explanation for his actions.  It is inconceivable to me that one’s life can have such little meaning so as to cause you to express your anger in this way.  I find I need an answer.

Or is it the work of the devil?  I believe he exists and he works tirelessly to corrupt our lives causing havoc and despair.  Is what so many have said true?  Is our country in a deluge of evil spirits?  Are the many visionaries right that we are in for a terrible chastisement because of our fondness for self-gratification and immorality? Is God losing patience with us?  I hope not.  I pray that He will continue to shed His light on us, to gently guide us to become the country we once were.

Satanic worship, blasphemes, the murder of innocent children, and discrimination have become commonplace in this country.  Respect for life has disappeared.  How much longer can we continue on this self-destructive path?  I worry for my grandchildren.  This country was founded on Christian principles.  It’s about time we get back to them because I am very afraid that if we don’t, we will cease to exist.

Wanda

 

Blessed Mother

Daily Prompt:  Paragon

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In the Catholic faith, you are named after a saint.  I was named after my Great Aunt Wanda.  There is no Saint Wanda.  But my middle name is Marie.  Marie is a form of Mary.  Mary is the mother of Jesus and so I have always felt that she is my patron saint.  

My earthly mother was an alcoholic and was abusive.  I started spending a lot of my Saturdays at the convent where I went to school.  The sisters were wonderful to me. They would give me little jobs to do for them.  I felt useful and loved by these wonderful women.  

These sisters taught me to love Mary.  She is, after all the mother of Jesus Christ and also our heavenly mother.  When Christ was on the cross, he gave his mother to all of us when he told John, “Son, behold your mother.” They taught me she is the paragon of virtue.  One I could look to as the example for my life and through her I would learn to love and forgive my mother.  I developed a deep and lasting devotion to the Blessed Mother.  

There is often confusion about the Blessed Mother by non-Catholics.  We do not worship her.  We venerate her.  There is a huge difference.  Only God is worshiped and adored. Mary, however, is a wonderful intercessor for us.  She willingly goes before God and her divine Son Jesus Christ to ask for our needs.  

Now many feel that since Mary is not mentioned much in the bible that there is error in our beliefs.  However, I am confident that when you ask something of our Lord, He listens.  But, when as at the wedding at Cana, Mary was an advocate for the wedding couple and Jesus said His time had not come, he did as His mother asked and performed His first miracle changing water into wine.  

I am blessed to have been raised Catholic and to have this wonderful relationship with Jesus and His mother.  

Wanda

How We See Ourselves, How Others See Us, And How To Embrace Where We Are — Catholic Wife, Catholic Life

I thought I would share this especially since the 2017 Kindness Challenge is going on right now.  I think it’s definitely worth the read.

I thought it was about time that I share some more of the best finds with you! These are some of the things that really resonated with me this week, and a lot of them have to do with who we are — with our identity, with how we see ourselves

via How We See Ourselves, How Others See Us, And How To Embrace Where We Are — Catholic Wife, Catholic Life

Paying Homage to the Sacred Heart of Jesus — Women of Grace

June 3 Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus “From the depths of my nothingness, I prostrate myself before Thee, O Most Sacred, Divine and Adorable Heart of Jesus, to pay Thee all the homage of love, praise and adoration in my power. Amen.” …

via Paying Homage to the Sacred Heart of Jesus — Women of Grace