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

 July 12, 2013:  Pray & Fast for couples struggling to conceive
Thank you for participating in the Bishops’ Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty! Explore the links on the left side of this newsletter to discover more ways to get involved.  

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

International Bereaved Mother’s Day

May 5, 2013 was International Bereaved Mother’s Day.  Please go to the links provided below as CarlyMarie provides comfort to those enduring the cross and grief of infertility and loss.

Ministry:   www.CarlyMarieProjectHeal.com

Need a card to support someone struggling with loss or infertility:

                 http://lostforwordscardline.com/

Gifts Shared…

Today I seek the fruit of patience, the gift of fortitude and the virtue of hope.  How about you?

 

The 12 Fruits of the Holy Ghost
Charity
Joy
Peace
Patience
Benignity
Goodness
Longanimity
Mildness
Faith
Modesty
Continency
Chastity

Note: See Galatians 5:22-25 (three of these are not mentioned in some Greek and Latin manuscripts). The 12 Fruits of the Holy Ghost are the effects of the 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost.

The 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost
Wisdom
Understanding
Counsel
Fortitude
Knowledge
Piety
Fear of the Lord

Note: See Isaias 11:1-3

The 3 Theological Virtues
Faith
Hope
Charity

Note:  Reference I Corinthians 13:13. The Theological Virtues are called such because they are supernatural in origin, relate immediately to God, and can only be gained through His grace

The 4 Cardinal Virtues
Prudence
Justice
Fortitude
Temperance

Note:  Refrerence Wisdom 8:7. The Cardinal Virtues, unlike the Theological Virtues, can be achieved by human effort.

Treating the Sacred with RESPECT

We must get this message to the youth, that they are a treasure that is unique and special and their lives must seek the love of Christ as we are made in the image of the one who is sacred we too are sacred. This is why our vote today is so very important, we must make a stand for life and not take it lightly, we must protect the unborn and the laws that will be made in this country. We must stand for the gift of life, family and marriage. Others make their choices but we must make a stand for what is true!

Bl. John Paul pray for us…