Thus saith the Lord:
Listen! In Rama one hears laments, bitter weeping:
it is Rachel who cries to her children;
she does not want to be consoled, because they no longer exist.
The Prophet Jeremiah 31:15
Then Herod perceiving that he was deluded by the
wise men, was exceedingly angry; and sent to be
killed all the male children that were in Bethlehem,
and in all the borders thereof, from two years old
and under, according to the time which he had
diligently inquired of the wise men.
Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremias
the prophet, saying:
A voice in Rama was heard, lamentation
and great mourning; Rachel cries to her children,
and she does not want them to console her,
because they no longer exist.
Saint Matthew 2:16-18
This impious command of Herod was issued six months after the birth
of the Savior. It happened that when his orders began to be executed
our great Queen was holding her most Holy Son in her arms, looking at his soul and
his operations she knew, in her, like a clear mirror, all that was happening
in Bethlehem, more clearly than if She herself
had been present to hear the wailing of the children and their parents.
The divine Lady also saw how her most holy Son asked his eternal Father for
the parents of the innocents and the dead, for which He offered up the
murdered children as the first fruits of his own Death;
asking Him also that they receive the use of reason, in
order that they might be a willing sacrifice for their
Redeemer and accept their death for His Father's glory. Thus the Father
would be able to reward them with the rewards and crowns of martyrdom
for all who had suffered.
All this the eternal Father granted,
and it was made known to our Queen in Her only-begotten Son,
and she accompanied and joined Him in the offerings and petitions that She made,
to the fathers and mothers of the martyred children; she accompanied them also in the
pain and compassion for the death of their children. She was thus the true and first
Rachel that wept to the children in Bethlehem (Jer. 31, 15); and
there was no mother who knew how to cry for them as She did, since no
one knew how to be a mother like our Queen and Lady did.
Excerpt from The Mystical City of God,
manifested by Our Lady to Sr. Mary of Jesus (Mary of Agreda),
translated from the original Spanish by J.P. von Wendt
Prayer to End Abortion
Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life,
And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.
I know there is nothing that destroys more life than
Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death
by the Resurrection of Your Son.
I am ready to do my part in ending abortion.
Today I commit myself
Never to be silent,
Never to be passive,
Never to be forgetful of the unborn.
I commit myself to be active in the pro-life
And never to stop defending life
Until all my brothers and sisters are protected,
And our nation once again becomes
A nation with liberty and justice
Not just for some, but for all,
Through Christ our Lord. Amen
Excerpts from Pope Francisí (Cardinal Bergoglio) 2005 pro-life homily
"Care for it! I came to bring life, and life in abundance,
but care for it!"
And this, this mandate that Jesus gives us is very
important. Itís for something very great. Jesus tells
us something that attracts our attention, when someone
asks him: "well, why did you come into the world?" "Look, I
come to bring life and for that life to be in abundance,
and I am sending you so that you can advance that life,
and so that it will be abundant."
Jesus didnít come to bring death, but rather, the death of
hatred, the death of fighting, the death of calumny, that
is, killing with the tongue. Jesus did not come to bring
death, the death that He suffered for defending life. Jesus
came to bring life and to bring the abundant life, and he
sends us out, carrying that life, but he tells us: "Care for it!"
Because there are people who have what we are hearing about today,
who arenít involved in the Gospel: the culture of death. That is,
life interests them insofar as it is useful, insofar as it has some
kind of utility and if not, it doesnít interest them. And throughout
the world, this weed has been planted, of the culture of death.
When one speaks of these things of the culture of life, to
which we are called, one feels the sadness that, in these
hearts, and even from childhood, the culture of death has
been sown. Egoism is sown in them, the "well, and what
does it matter to me what happens to others" is sown in them.
Who am I to care for others? This statement, do you remember
who made it first? Cain. "Am I the one who must care for his
brother?" This criminal statement, this phrase of death - it
is a shame that even from childhood people grow up with this
thinking that this egoistic thinking in inculcated within them,
that men and women are formed in this way.
I said it once and Iíll repeat it - we could place it as a nickname -
I, me, mine, with me, for me, everything for one, give nothing to others,
because to give life is to open the heart, and to care for life is to
expend oneís self in tenderness and warmth for others, to have concern
in my heart for others.
Caring for life from the beginning to the end. What a
simple thing, what a beautiful thing. So, go forth and
donít be discouraged. Care for life. Itís worth it!
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