URGENT: Friday Fast for Life, Marriage & Religious Liberty July 12, 2013

 July 12, 2013:  Pray & Fast for couples struggling to conceive
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Intention

For married couples whose hearts ache to welcome
a(nother) child into their family: that they may find refuge in Jesus’ Sacred Heart, and that His love would fill their hearts and flow to others through them.

Reflection

  

As our lives unfold, we may find that they look quite different than we expected, and it may seem as though God does not hear our heart’s requests. Times like this can be very painful. But let us recognize that in the midst of the heartache and confusion, there is an invitation.

 

There is an invitation to run into the arms of the Father as His little child and entrust to Him our fears and disappointments, as well as our hopes and desires. There is an invitation to stop, look and listen: to stop for a moment, to look at our desires more deeply, and to listen to what the Lord may be telling us through them. There is an invitation to surrender everything to Him, plunge deeply into His heart, and allow Him into ours.

 

Let us draw close to the One who loves us so tenderly and ask that our hearts may be open to see His presence in our lives and that we may trust in His loving care for us.

Did you know? 

Read the stories of three married couples who have faced the ache of infertility, and learn more about resources for effective and morally sound ways to treat the causes of infertility in “Hope for Married Couples Who Want to Have a Child.”

 

Contact Information

Pope Benedict Speaks about Infertility

Pope: Facing infertility with care and hope

(this is a quote taken from the resource link below this post)

2012-02-25 Vatican Radio

Pope Benedict said : “The human and Christian dignity of procreation, consists not in a “product”, but in its connection with the conjugal act, an expression of love of the spouses, their union which is not only biological but also spiritual”.

He said: “This approach is moved not only from the desire to gift the couple a child, but to restore fertility to couple and with it all the dignity of being responsible for their own reproductive choices, to be God’s collaborators in the generation of a new human being. The search for a diagnosis and therapy is scientifically the correct approach to the issue of infertility, but it must also be respectful of the integral humanity of those involved. In fact, the union of man and woman in that community of love and life that is marriage, is the only “place” worthy for the call into existence of a new human being, which is always a gift”.

But what happens when even science cannot provide the answer to a couples desire for parenthood? Here the Pope warned against what he described as “the lure of the technology of artificial insemination” where “scientism and the logic of profit seem to dominate the field of infertility and human procreation, to the point of limiting many other areas of research”.

The Holy Father noted that “So I would like to remind the couples who are experiencing the condition of infertility, that their vocation to marriage is no less because of this. Spouses, for their own baptismal and marriage vocation, are called to cooperate with God in the creation of a new humanity. The vocation to love, in fact, is a vocation to the gift of self and this is a possibility that no organic condition can prevent. There, where science has not yet found an answer, the answer that gives light comes from Christ”.

For the complete article please go to the resource link below.

Resource:  http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-facing-infertility-with-care-and-hope

The Father’s Will

Have you opened your heart to the Father’s holy will for your life?  When you do, you will be set free as He doesn’t hold us captive and His perfect plan for you is LOVE.  Take this chance and go to confession so that your heart and soul will be free in Christ Jesus.  His plan is perfect our plans have flaws.

STRUGGLING WITH INFERTILITY?

A special Mass for couples struggling with infertility will be celebrated by Bishop Kevin Rhoades on Sunday, February 24 at 1 PM in the chapel of the Mother-house of the Sisters of St. Francis, which is located on Dragoon Trail across from Marian High School in Mishawaka. Following Mass, a presentation on the life of St. Gianna Molla, a twentieth-century wife, mother and physician who has become a powerful intercessor for those struggling with infertility, will be given by Thomas McKenna, founder and president of the St.Gianna Physicians’ Guild. An opportunity for silent prayer and veneration of St. Gianna’s relics will also be provided, and the event will include a light reception. Sponsored by the diocesan Office of Family Life Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana.

St. Francis Convent
1515 W. Dragoon Trail
Mishawaka, IN 46546-0766

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