This is day 10 of Voice of the Family’s spiritual crusade. Today we begin the second of our six rosary novenas. Please join us in prayer for the protection of unborn children in Ireland and in your own country.
Intention: to obtain from God, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, that Ireland may be entirely delivered from the evil of abortion and that the bishops may be granted the grace to preach the gospel fearlessly and to defend unborn children with all their strength.
Prayer: Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary
Daily Spiritual Reflection
“Now, if the Word of God is the Son of God and all the words of God bear a certain likeness of this Word, then we ought to hear the word of God gladly; for such is a sign that we love God.
“We ought also believe the word of God whereby the Word of God dwells in us, who is Christ: ‘That Christ may dwell by faith in your hearts’ [Eph 3:17]. ‘And you have not His Word abiding in you’ [Jn 5:38].
“But we ought not only to believe that the Word of God dwells in us, but also we should meditate often upon this; for otherwise we will not be benefited to the extent that such meditation is a great help against sin: ‘Thy words have I hidden in my heart, that I may not sin against Thee’ [Ps 108:11]. Again it is said of the just man: ‘On His law he shall meditate day and night’ [Ps 1:2]. And it is said of the Blessed Virgin that she ‘kept all these words, pondering them in her heart’ [Lk 2:19].
“Then also, one should communicate the word of God to others by advising, preaching and inflaming their hearts: ‘Let no evil speech proceed from your mouth; but that which is good, to the edification of faith’ [Eph 4:29]. Likewise, ‘let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another’ [Col 3:16]. So also: ‘Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine’ [2 Tim 4:2].
“Finally, we ought to put the word of God into practice: ‘Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves’ [James 1:22].
“The Blessed Virgin observed these five points when she gave birth to the Word of God. First, she heard what was said to her: ‘The Holy Spirit shall come upon you’ [Lk 1:35]. Then she gave her consent through faith: ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord’ [Lk 1:38]. And she also received and carried the Word in her womb. Then she brought forth the Word of God and, finally, she nourished and cared for Him. And so the Church sings: ‘Only a Virgin nourished Him who is King of the Angels.'”
– St Thomas Aquinas, Exposition on the Apostle’s Creed