“Be mindful, O Lord, that mercy and kindness have been yours from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth” (Psalm 25:6-7).

Reflection: A woman wrote of her abortion, “It was very painful, physically and mentally. It affected me in the worst way. I felt very guilty. I couldn’t look at any kids. I know I won’t ever do it again.” Those getting an abortion think it will solve their problems, and they find out it only creates more of them.

Prayer: Lord, show us how to reach out to those who have had abortions, and how to understand their pain. Bring us all to healing. Amen.

*taken from Priestsforlife.com*

 

 


 

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* from Pope Francis recent visit to South Korea where he visited a home for people with disabilities*

God has blessed you with life, and with differing talents and gifts. Through these you are able to serve him and society in various ways. While some people’s contributions seem great and others’ more modest, the witness value of our efforts is always a sign of hope for everyone.

Sometimes it is challenging to find a reason for what appears only as a difficulty to be overcome or even pain to be endured. Yet our faith helps us to break open the horizon beyond our own selves in order to see life as God does. God’s unconditional love, which bathes every human individual, points to a meaning and purpose for all human life. Through his Cross, Jesus in fact draws us into his saving love (cf. Jn 12:32) and in so doing shows us the way ahead – the way of hope which transfigures us all, so that we too, become bearers of that hope and charity for others.

Pope Benedict, meeting with young people with disabilities 19 April 2008, New York


Fantastic support for our clothes sale meant we raised an amazing £1016.61!

Thank you to all those who made this event a success.


 

“Likewise, if we really believe that abortion is an intimate act of violence – and of course, it is – then we can’t aim at anything less than ending abortion. It doesn’t matter that some abortions have always occurred, or that some will always occur. If we really believe that abortion kills a developing, unborn human life, then we can never be satisfied with mere ‘reductions’ in the body count.”
 
 
~ Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Why This Work Matters: Human Dignity and the Road Ahead, March 9, 2010 ~
 


 

Pope St.  John Paul II

“The history of mankind, the history of salvation, passes by way of the family. In these pages I have tried to show how the family is placed at the centre of the great struggle between good and evil, between life and death, between love and all that is opposed to love. To the family is entrusted the task of striving, first and foremost, to unleash the forces of good, the source of which is found in Christ the Redeemer of man.” (Pope St. John Paul II, Letter to Families, 23.4, 1994)



It’s not hard to find stories which show us clearly that the world is full of people who are different, unique and special.  That’s the way God made us and for some people being different involves overcoming difficulties physically and mentally.  Linda and Timmy Bannon are two of these special people.  Linda’s experience of the unconditional love from her family, growing up and also from her husband have helped her to overcome her physical difficulties and now she is passing this on to her son.   The suggestion that she would abort her child who has the same condition as her, Holt-Oram Syndrome, characterised by skeletal abnormalitites of the hands and arms and heart problems, was alien to her and her husband.

Society seems to be scared of bringing any child into the world who has any sort of difficulty or problem as if this cannot be helped and must be solved by abortion.  When you see Timmy Bannon enjoying the love of his parents and life, it is clear that he enjoys his life and he is meant to be here to teach us so much about how to live life to the very most no matter what the difficulties we may have.  That’s God’s gift to us.


St Augustine

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St Augustine

Late have I loved you, Beauty so ancient and so new, late have I loved you!
Lo, you were within,
but I outside, seeking there for you,
and upon the shapely things you have made
I rushed headlong – I, misshapen.
You were with me, but I was not with you.
They held me back far from you,
those things which would have no being,
were they not in you.
You called, shouted, broke through my deafness;
you flared, blazed, banished my blindness;
you lavished your fragrance, I gasped; and now I pant for you;
I tasted you, and now I hunger and thirst;
you touched me, and I burned for your peace.

Saint Augustine, pray for us!


One of our favourite websites, savingdowns.com have posted a response to a tweet of Richard Dawkins that said,

“Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice”

It is beautiful and puts the point across with a minimum of words.  Please pass on to everyone especially those who think Richard Dawkins speaks any sense.

http://www.savingdowns.com/our-letter-to-richard-dawkins-we-will-stay-in-the-love-thanks/




I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. - John 10:10
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