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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

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1 Samuel 17:32-33, 37, 40-51
Psalm 144
Mark 3:1-6

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the spirit and the giant

"I come against you in the name of the Lord." —1 Samuel 17:45

Yesterday was the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion in the USA in 1973. The Church in today's eucharistic readings is reminding us that the Lord is raising up Davids to fight the Goliath of abortion. When Planned Parenthood sees the Davids approaching, they laugh at us, for we are simple people without substantial funding and worldly prestige. However, our strength is not in ourselves or in money but in the Lord, and the Lord will give us victory (1 Sm 17:47).

To claim God's victory over abortion and save babies' lives in the womb, we must attack the giant. We fight abortion not primarily with money, weapons, or even David's slingshot, but with the sword of the Spirit. The Spirit is our Weapon against the ultimate enemy and abortionist, Satan himself (see Eph 6:12; see also Zec 4:6). In the power of the Spirit, we can repent, forgive, evangelize, pray, fast, suffer, and heal. We can set people free from the demons of abortion. We can not only stop abortions but also convert abortionists. We will not kill Goliath but convert him.

We need faith to attack abortion, the most deadly enemy in the history of the human race. By faith we can wield the sword of the Spirit and save the lives of babies in the womb and the eternal lives of abortionists.

Prayer:  Father, stir up the Spirit in me (2 Tm 1:6) and give me faith to move the mountain of abortion (see Mt 17:20).

Promise:  "Blessed be the Lord, my Rock, Who trains my hands for battle." —Ps 144:1

Praise:  One by one, Delores has seen abortion mills in front of which she has prayed the rosary close their doors and go out of business.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our leaflet, How to Stop Abortion, or our tape on audio AV 46-3 or video V-46.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 30, 2007

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