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Today's Pro-Life Reflection
(From Fr. Frank Pavone's Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day) 
April 23
"You did not choose me. Rather, I chose you" (John 15:16)
Reflection: Baptism is a sacrament of welcome. God chooses us long before we choose, and all the chosen welcome each other. This is the exact opposite of the mindset of abortion, which ignores God's choice, and says that we can choose not to welcome children into the community. Let's thank God for baptism, and for life!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for choosing us. As a people made one by baptism, may we grow in the spirit of welcome, and rejoice in all those you continue to add to your chosen people and to the human family. Amen.

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Sixth Sunday of Easter - Cycle B

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General Intercessions: [English PDF]

Celebrant: Today we call upon the Lord to help us to love others as he loved us. With that desire in our hearts, we present our needs to him.


That the Church may continue to proclaim the message and love of Christ to the world with clarity and conviction, we pray to the Lord...

That public officials will be open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit in their decisions and actions, we pray to the Lord...

For all who lay down their lives, their resources, and their reputations to defend unborn children from abortion, we pray to the Lord...

That the members of this faith community will pattern their lives on the commandment of Jesus to love one another, we pray to the Lord...

That all who have died may receive the blessings which Jesus promises to his friends, let us pray to the Lord...


God of love, you sent Jesus to show us how to live and care for each other. Hear our prayers and help us to discern your will for us. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Bulletin Insert:

Are You Registered to Vote?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, “Submission to authority and co-responsibility for the common good make it morally obligatory … to exercise the right to vote” (2240). Pope John Paul II wrote in 2003, "Certainly the Christian vision leads to the expectation of "new heavens" and "a new earth" (Rev 21:1), but this increases, rather than lessens, our sense of responsibility for the world today. I wish to reaffirm this forcefully at the beginning of the new millennium, so that Christians will feel more obliged than ever not to neglect their duties as citizens in this world" (Ecclesia de Eucharistia, n. 20). Please make sure you are ready to exercise this Christian responsibility by registering and voting in the primaries and the General Election. 

Homily Suggestions:

Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48
1 Jn 4:7-10
Jn 15:9-17

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The readings today teach us that God’s love for us takes precedence over our love for him, and that his choice of us takes precedence over our choice for him. “In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us” (First reading); “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you” (Gospel). In a society that places such a high value on “freedom of choice,” this truth is especially important. It is God’s choice of a human life that gives it value, not our choice. It is God’s decision to entrust us to the care of each other that creates the responsibilities we have toward human life, not the choice we make to be responsible for them.

If our responsibility to love and care for human life, starting with our own children (born and unborn) is rooted in God’s eternal choice and his decision to love us (and those children), then we do not have the moral right to reject that responsibility, love, and life.

Giving life, moreover, is the very revelation of God’s love. “In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent hid only Son into the world so that we might have life through him” (First reading). The command given to us to love, therefore, is a command both to receive and give the kind of love God shows. “Love one another as I love you” (Gospel). We are to lay down our lives for one another, which is exactly the opposite of laying down others’ lives for ourselves (as so many do by abortion and other forms of violence).