OLL News: Witnessing
We may do it in different ways... but we are all expected to stand up for our faith, to give witness to our God and His expectations of us. Does He expect us to be uncomfortable at times? Sure seems that way. Discouraged? Probably. Put our reputations and even ourselves at risk? Sometimes. Inconvenienced? Absolutely!!
Read our history, the bible. They were just like us. They didn't want to be in danger or uncomfortable or rejected either. But we have an advantage, we know Jesus was resurrected and we know what He expects from us. He made it very clear that we are to love the other. Period! Especially the helpless and vulnerable? Yes.
This NewsMail is about an annual opportunity to take a stand on something big! Be sure and read Bishop Barron's article below.
Our Lady of Lourdes parishioners
National March for Life
on Friday, January 19
Up at 4, in Washington at 10, home at midnight. Thank you for your witness.
Bishop Robert Barron on Monday, January 22
"Friends, today’s Gospel (Mark 3:22-30) speaks plainly of Satan and sin. And in light of today’s anniversary of the infamous
Roe v. Wade
decision, we still feel the echoes. When we look realistically at the society around us, we can become pretty discouraged. The conservative estimate regarding the number of abortions since
Roe v. Wade
is 58,000,000. That’s almost ten times Hitler’s holocaust. Assisted suicide is now legal in a half dozen states, including California, and the death penalty remains a blight on a half dozen others. And most people in our culture now feel that these states of affairs are simply a fact of life. The culture of death, as St. John Paul II called it so bluntly, seems to be on the march.
But I want everyone to attend to what the prophet Habakkuk tells us: "Write down the vision clearly on the tablets…for the vision…will not disappoint." What is he talking about? He’s describing the arrival of salvation to a people who had grown weary and desperate, convinced that God had abandoned them. And he is urging them to have faith, to trust.
And so on this somber anniversary, we continue to raise our voices and to walk according to faith. Our vision will not disappoint."
Sent by Bob Bowerman on Monday, January 29 at 2:00PM