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Today's Pro-Life Reflection
(From Fr. Frank Pavone's Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day) 
August 15
"The Mighty One has done great things for me" (Luke 1:49).
Reflection: Because of her unique role as his mother, Mary received from Jesus a full share, body and soul, in his victory over death. In the human family, which God decided to join, there can be no closer bond than mother and child. They belong together; their destinies are intertwined. That is one of the central messages of the pro-life movement. To love and care for a mother necessarily means protecting, loving, and caring for her child.
Prayer: Blessed Virgin Mother, on this day of joy we honor you. Pray for us, and for the victory of life! Amen!
    

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Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time - Cycle B

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General Intercessions: [English PDF]
 

Celebrant: The Lord knows our every need and urges us to pray to him with confidence. We therefore join now with all God's people in coming before his throne.

Deacon/Lector:

That as the Church continues to foster the growth of the Kingdom of God on earth, her members may grow in unity and holiness, we pray to the Lord...

For all fathers, that this Father's Day may encourage and strengthen them to be faithful in their calling to give themselves in love to their families, we pray to the Lord.

That efforts to promote and preserve peace between the nations may be marked by perseverance and reliance on God, we pray to the Lord...

That God, who places value in the smallest of His creatures, may renew in our hearts an active love and reverence for all children, born and unborn, we pray to the Lord...

That those who travel from one nation to another seeking a home may find guidance, encouragement, and welcome, we pray to the Lord...

That those who are ill may be comforted and healed, and that those who have died may have eternal rest, we pray to the Lord...

Celebrant:
Father, 
We rejoice to be your sons and daughters.
As we seek the fulfillment of our needs,
We long for the growth of your Kingdom.
Bring us safely to our eternal home.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Bulletin Insert:
 

A Father Looks Back

Longtime country music singer Kenny Rogers has a song called “Water and Bridges,” which highlights a father's pain after losing a child to abortion. Rogers told CNN that the song is not about him, but is "really about choices you make when you're young that you pay for when you're old." He goes on to explain, "It starts off with a young couple who have an abortion, and the guy says, 'If a father could hold his son, I could undo what's been done, but I guess everyone is living with water and bridges.'" Counseling and healing is available for any man or woman who has lost a child to abortion. See www.RachelsVineyard.org for details.

Homily Suggestions:
 

Ez 17:22-24
2 Cor 5:6-10
Mk 4:26-34

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Building the Culture of Life is a combination of our responsibility and God's responsibility. In Christ, God has already conquered death and brought about the victory of life. This is the starting point both of the Church and of the pro-life movement. And the Kingdom of Life is constantly growing in the world and in the hearts of those who are open to it. The images, in the first reading and the Gospel, of constant growth under the hand of God, are meant to inspire confidence in God's plan for the ultimate triumph of life and of all that is good.

We too share responsibility. We will be judged according to what we do (2nd reading). Either our actions will promote and defend life, or they will promote and defend death. God gives the growth, but we must constantly plant the seeds. This is the opportunity to exhort our people to practical action on behalf of the defense of life. When one life is saved, that brings into the world all the good that individual will do, and all the children that individual will have.


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