And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.
“Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Lord, I did not know how strong my faith in the communion of saints and in the resurrection was until my mother died. I knew then with absolute certainty that I would see her again. Her death also reminded me that I believe life starts at the moment of conception. Before she died, I lost two children in the early stages of pregnancy. Within hours of my mother’s death, I found myself saying to her: “Mommy, when you meet my children, tell them I love them.” Because our society does not value the unborn, people tend to act as if a miscarriage is no big deal, instead of the loss it truly is.
Today, pray for all the parents who lost a child they never got to hold. And work so that everyone in our society has access to a quality education, the opportunity for a job that pays wages you can live on, safe housing and freedom from gun violence, so that fewer women feel that abortion is their only choice.
—Peg Anderson is a Chicago lawyer who is on the board of the Ignatian Spirituality Project.
Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive!
I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.
I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart for others;
to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.
I am going to have kind thoughts towards others,
I am not going to get angry or think badly about others.
I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”
—Prayer of the Dalai Lama