The Friday Five: Let the Children Come to Me

By: Elise Italiano, Director of Communications

One of my favorite things about the Gospel is how often Jesus will take someone by the hand. He heals by touching with His hands. He extends His hands to help others as they arise.  He tenderly embraces children with them.

Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” After he placed his hands on them, he went away’ (Mt. 19:14).

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I am blessed to have so many memories of my own father putting his hands on my head, caressing or patting my hair to reassure me that he loved me.  This is what Jesus is doing with the children –  revealing to them that they are incomparably loved by their Father.

What an important reminder today for our world – that a child’s wantedness is established at the moment of his conception, because his very existence was willed by his Heavenly Father.

“Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed. Each of us is loved. Each of us is necessary.”  Pope Benedict XVI

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This week, with the release of two more videos depicting the dehumanization of abortion, our shepherd urges us to resist the temptations of a throwaway culture, writing:

“The name “Planned Parenthood” reflects a dominant misconception in our contemporary culture that people should have the freedom to engage in an act which is capable of making them parents while denying that reality.”

Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), responded, writing:

“The recent news stories concerning Planned Parenthood direct our attention to two larger issues involving many institutions in our society. The first is abortion itself: a direct attack on human life in its most vulnerable condition. The second is the now standard practice of obtaining fetal organs and tissues through abortion. Both actions fail to respect the humanity and dignity of human life. This fact should be the center of attention in the present public controversy.”

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Today, on the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, at 3 p.m., the Hour of Mercy when Christ died on the cross, we are asking all to pause and pray.

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As Kathryn Jean Lopez asked in her National Review Online piece calling forth this prayer campaign,

“Pray for the women and men touched by abortion in any way. Pray for those who work at Planned Parenthood, that they might see. Pray for politicians, for their courage. Pray for all priests, ministers, family members, friends — anyone who is being or will be approached by someone who is suffering now that this light has exposed such darkness. Pray for all those who speak about this, that their words will help with healing and something better. Pray for all who suffer.”

Follow #Call2Prayer on social media with others who are joining this national effort.

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To truly be pro-life, we provide an environment of hope, love and empowerment for both the mother and child. In the Diocese of Arlington, we offer assistance to pregnant women in need and a post-abortion healing ministry open to anyone who seeks healing after an abortion.

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We are less than one year away from the beginning of World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow! The Office of Youth Ministry will be leading a trip — with the option for an extended pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi, Venice and Vienna. For more information, click here.  Pray for our young people whom Jesus is calling to this event!

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“Quo Vadis” means “Where are you going?” This year was the 9th annual ‪#‎ArlingtonQV‬ camp. Seminarians, priests, other staff and 115 high school men took one week of their summer to deepen their faith, learn more about all vocations, and better discern God’s call in their lives. ‪#‎vocations

 

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Let us remember today that we are all wanted and we are all loved.

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