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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!
Note: This text was translated from a transcript of the original Spanish text published by the Argentinean Catholic Information Agency (AICA).
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