In the Bible, the first person to render worship to our Lord Jesus Christ is Saint John the Baptist, the unborn baby. When Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:41). Elizabeth, then, tells Our Lady "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy” (Luke 1:42-44).
Indeed while still in the womb the human person has already been sanctified by God. On the book of the Prophet Jeremiah, the Lord says "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you” (Jeremiah 1:5). Similarly, we learn that Saint John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit from his mother’s womb (Luke 1:15), and named by the angel of God even before he was conceived in the womb (Luke 2:21).
Make no mistake about it. The Catholic Church is solid on its teaching on the respect for the dignity of the human life from conception to natural death. The Church has also made it clear in the official Catechism the difference between abortion and just war, being the first an intrinsically evil act, and the later a means at times necessary for a nation to protect its people (CCC 2271-2274; CCC 2309).
It is heartbreaking to see how many baptized Christians let themselves be deceived by the culture of death, and instead of following Our Lord they rather follow the lies of blind guides who do not know how the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, and hence do not know the work of God who makes everything (Ecclesiastes 11:5).
But we are called to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). With the proximity of the 2008 Presidential Election, we need to do our part in helping to form the Catholic conscious of the people we know. If you haven’t yet done so, please share this resource with everyone in your e-mail contacts: http://catholic.net/index.php?option=dedestaca&origen=3&id=1015
Do it ASAP because a lot of people will vote on early ballots. Let’s do our part and pray that the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify their conscience from dead works to serve the living God (Hebrews 9:14).
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