13th March

Today I attended a prayer vigil at the Maidstone abortion ‘clinic’ (real clinics heal rather than kill people!) We began with Mass at 10am and then prayed for about 2 hours while counsellors spoke to the expectant parents going in about pro-life alternatives.

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The gospel today spoke about the two great commandments:  ‘This is the first: Listen, Israel, the Lord our God is the one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: You must love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.’

Today’s Morning Prayer intercessions give food for thought in this regard.

We give thanks to Christ the Lord, who died on the cross that we might live. Let us pray to him with all our heart.

– Lord Jesus, may your death bring us to life.

Master and Saviour, you have taught us by your life and renewed us by your passion;

do not allow us to grow used to sin.

– Lord Jesus, may your death bring us to life.

You call on us to feed the hungry;

let us deny ourselves some food this day to help our brothers in their need.

– Lord Jesus, may your death bring us to life.

May we accept from your hands this day of Lent;

may we make it yours by deeds of love.

– Lord Jesus, may your death bring us to life.

End the rebellion within our hearts;

make us generous and willing to share.

– Lord Jesus, may your death bring us to life.

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