Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Today marks the beginning of the week of prayer for Christian Unity (Jan 18 – 25). This year’s theme is “Called to proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord” (1 Peter 2:9).

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

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It is so important, especially in today’s world, to focus on what unites us rather divides us in our faith. In this way we can be a better witness to the world and work together to end the moral evils that surround us such as abortion, euthanasia, and threats to our religious liberty.

Fittingly, today is also the day we remember the contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr. He too, in his own way, fought for liberty and unity.

May this week be a catalyst to bring us together in prayer and deed as we work to bring about God’s glorious kingdom!

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Your Life is Precious and has Value

No matter what you are going through, no matter how bleak life seems sometimes, please never forget that life is a gift. You are precious, unique, and you are on this earth for a reason.

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I write this because last week I read how a 24-year-old healthy woman in Belgium will kill herself this summer via assisted suicide. Her name is Laura.

According to LifeNews,

“Euthanasia for psychological reasons is done when a psychiatrist agrees that the psychological pain that a person is experiencing cannot be relieved in a way that the individual finds acceptable. That means, Laura may be treatable, but Laura has decided that the only acceptable “treatment” is death.”

How unbelievably sad and heartbreaking. Euthanasia should never be an acceptable option, especially for “psychological reasons.” People who suffer from depression or other type of psychological pain need help and support; what they don’t need is to be killed off, even if they “think” that’s what they want.

God has created every human being in HIS image. Life is a gift and God is always with us, whether we realize it or not. Which leads me to the heart of the issue here. Life is hard. It just is, but life without God, can be almost impossible.

Belgium is supposed to be a predominately Catholic country. But where is God in this situation? He has been completely disregarded and ignored. The doctors and government officials have made themselves “god.” God’s existence and active presence has been almost completely eradicated from the minds and hearts of so many of us, it isĀ  not that too surprising that death has become a viable option for some.

Listen, I’m not a Pollyanna. I have struggled (and sometimes still struggle) with depression. In fact, there have been times in my life when I seriously considered suicide. So believe me, depression is real and psychological pain is very real.

However, I also have the love and support of wonderful family and friends. I am also blessed with an uncompromising faith that knows that God is there, even in the dark times. Over many years, I have received healing, grace, and unbounded hope and trust in the Lord. Yes, that trust and faith waivers at times, but it is the foundation of my life.

And, that is what this poor woman Laura needs. It is what every person needs. Until we rediscover our faith and begin a real and living relationship with Jesus Christ, we will never understand the real, amazing gift and value of life.

So I say again, YOU are precious, YOU have value, YOU matter. If you are struggling, get help. Talk to a priest (or other clergy if you aren’t Catholic). Get help from health professionals (preferably faith-based) who will guide you and help you into a better place. Because, things DO get better.

As always, know that I pray for you, my readers, and if you have a special intention never hesitate to contact me. I will add your name to my prayer list that I pray over almost every day.

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