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Monday, January 24, 2022

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St. Francis de Sales

2 Samuel 5:1-7, 10
Psalm 89:20-22, 25-26
Mark 3:22-30

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can’t cant

“David was told, ‘You cannot enter here.’ ” —2 Samuel 5:6

Two days ago was the 49th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing abortion. This precipitated the development in the USA of what Pope St. John Paul II called the “culture of death.” We are so entrenched in this culture of death, violence, and the degradation of the human person that it seems impossible to change the situation. We have been told we cannot stop Planned Parenthood, cannot change the “politically correct” to the “God-correct,” cannot expect people to be pure, and cannot stop our government from financing the holocaust of babies in the womb. Of course, by our own power, we cannot do anything (Jn 15:5). So our pro-death, anti-life enemies are correct. God, however, can do and has done all things. “Thus says the Lord of hosts: Even if this should seem impossible in the eyes of the remnant of this people, shall it in those days be impossible in My eyes also, says the Lord of hosts?” (Zec 8:6) “Ah, Lord God, You have made heaven and earth by Your great might, with Your outstretched arm; nothing is impossible to You” (Jer 32:17).

So don’t be discouraged. Jesus already has won the victory of life over death when He died on the cross and rose from the dead (see Acts 2:24). God’s love has conquered death (see Sg 8:6). Planned Parenthood and the “politically correct” are destined to fall into the same garbage dump of history as did the Third Reich and the Soviet Union. Jesus alone will stand the test of time. He alone will reign supreme.

Worship Jesus, “the Way, and the Truth, and the Life” (Jn 14:6), “the Resurrection and the Life” (Jn 11:25).

Prayer:  Father, thank You for saving me from the “culture of death.”

Promise:  “David grew steadily more powerful, for the Lord of hosts was with him.” —2 Sm 5:10

Praise:  St. Francis de Sales is the patron of journalists, the deaf, and adult education. He wrote that it is an error to teach that ordinary lay men and women cannot reach the state of being saints.


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