My friends, I beg you to do something this weekend.
Many of you may be involved with the various marches, Masses, rallies and protests against abortion this weekend. As someone who physically could not participate, I want to sincerely thank you. We are united in prayer. In our prayers, how many of us will ask the Lord “for the respect of the dignity of every human life”?
This weekend, I invite you to let God answer that prayer through you…
Sunday, January 27 is the International Day of Intercession for Peace in the Holy Land. What does that have to do with the pro-life cause? Everything. We have enough trouble in this country communicating the dignity of the human person. Imagine doing that in an area where families are being ripped apart, children killed, and the government plays a part in these injustices. (Sound familiar?)
I’m not here to discuss the varying degrees of immorality and grave wrong. Without a doubt, abortion is intrinsically evil. That doesn’t mean we can just stand by and let other evils take place. In this Sunday’s readings, St. Paul describes the Body of Christ — a mystery he was taught by Christ himself, who asked Saul, “Why are you persecuting me?”
When we allow injustices to afflict the members of Christ’s Body, we allow Christ Himself to be afflicted.
But God has so constructed the body […]
that the parts may have the same concern for one another.
If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it;
if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy. (1 Cor. 12: 24-26)
I beg you to intercede for peace in Our Blessed Lord’s homeland. Let your prayer and fasting truly be for ALL human life. Families are being ripped apart, children are being killed, and human dignity is being violated everywhere on this earth. Take advantage of Sunday’s International Day of Intercession, and unite with people across the globe to pray for peace in the Holy Land.
Start by getting a glimpse of the situation in our spiritual motherland. Below, I’ve included an exposé by CBS 60 Minutes. From personal experience, I can attest to the veracity of the grave situation depicted in it. Pay special attention to the Anastas Family’s story. They are Catholics, and their story is very common in the Holy Land. After reviewing their tragic situation, 60 Minutes asks: Why haven’t you left the Holy Land?
Clare Anastas’ response is common among the remaining Christians:
We need to stay, and struggle, and fight. This is our cross.
Let’s make that cross lighter, and carry it together. I thank you in advance for your efforts, on behalf of the people I love – the people of the Holy Land.
Watch the 60 Minutes piece (less than 15 minutes):
- Jewish Voice for Peace
- Latin Patriarchate (Diocese) of Jerusalem
- Franciscans’ Custody of the Holy Land
- Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation
- Vatican Radio – “Holy Land bishop hopeful after Israeli elections”
UPDATE 01/27/13 — Prayer to Our Lady of Jerusalem
This beautiful prayer is at my bedside. I want to share it with you as a tool for today’s Day of Intercession.
O Mary Immaculate, gracious Queen of Heaven and Earth, we beseech you to turn a pitying glance on the Holy Land, which more than any other land belongs to you, and from there you have given the Redeemer to the world. Watch, therefore, with special protection over your native country, bring Peace and Justice to the people of the Holy Land.
Obtain for us all the grace to serve the Lord in sanctity and justice during all the days of our life, so that by the merits of Jesus and with your motherly aid, we may pass at last from this earthly Jerusalem to the splendors of the heavenly one.
Our Lady of Jerusalem, pray for us. Amen.