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St. Henry

Exodus 1:8-14, 22
Psalm 124:1-8
Matthew 10:34—11:1

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aborting the future

"Pharaoh then commanded all his subjects, 'Throw into the river every boy that is born to the Hebrews, but you may let all the girls live.' " —Exodus 1:22

Today many babies are aborted just because they're girls, or black, or handicapped, or whatever might be the abiding prejudice of the moment. In the days when the Israelites were in Egypt, the government decreed that baby boys were to be thrown into the river. Moses' mother disobeyed this unjust law, and through a series of miracles her son became the leader that would set the nation free from slavery. Could it be that babies saved from abortion today will grow up to be among the greatest leaders in human history?

When we save a baby's life by praying in front of an abortion chamber, we may be saving the life of a new Moses and thereby saving the lives of millions. We may be saving the lives of a whole nation. The Lord promised a reward to those who give a cup of cold water to a lowly one (Mt 10:42). How much greater is the reward for those who save the lives of the lowly ones in the womb? Moses' mother, Jochebed (Nm 26:59), is one of the most important people in history because she resisted an unjust law that condemned her baby to death. Go and do likewise (Lk 10:37).

Prayer:  Father, may I be willing to give my life to save the lives of children in the womb.

Promise:  "He who seeks only himself brings himself to ruin, whereas he who brings himself to nought for Me discovers who he is." —Mt 10:39

Praise:  St. Henry wrote: "Present glory is fleeting and meaningless, while it is possessed, unless in it we can glimpse something of heaven's eternity."

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our leaflet, Abortion and Your Taxes, or on audio AV 42-1 or video V-42.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, January 5, 2009

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