Jan 25, 2013 by

Salus et Pax

Greetings from very cold Washington, DC. Today we marched for life and mourned the unborn lost through abortion – our brothers and sisters. LifeSiteNews says there were upwards of  500,000 of us who marched to the Supreme Court building.  Today we witnessed to Divine Mercy by asking the Lord to have mercy on all of us, especially those affected by by the evil of abortion. We witnessed through our presence and through praying both the World Mission Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. As John Paul II said, it is only God’s Mercy that can put a limit on evil.  See Pope John Paul II Beatification – Feast of Divine Mercy

The deliberate killing of some 55 million children in the US alone since the Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973 is a great evil, a man-made disaster whose ultimate author,  Satan, the Father of Lies, continues to perpetuate with our cooperation.

Lord, have Mercy

Christ, have Mercy

Lord, have Mercy

It is time to reclaim the human center of the debate.  Now is an important moment to reassert that the unborn child is a human person, the denial of which has been the great lie. And as the Lord requested of Sr. Faustina (Diary, 570) it is time to beg for God’s mercy. Let us do so in both prayer and song. He who sings the mercy of God well prays twice, to paraphrase St. Augustine’s “Qui bene cantat bis orat” (He who sings well prays twice). Here is some beautiful music through which we can implore the Mercy of God. Begging for God’s mercy is something we should all do. “For the sake of his sorrowful passion have mercy on us and on the whole world (Divine Mercy Chaplet). Click here to listen Miserere Mei Deus

Lord, be merciful and change our hearts as you did that of St. Paul. While we remembered the anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision on the 22nd of January, as we do every year on the 25th of January today we celebrate the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. I am also celebrating the anniversary of my first vows as a religious. On  January 25, 1999 after a one year novitiate in Brazil I professed first vows as a Camillian. What a glorious day! I was celebrating my first vows in Sao Paulo, Brazil on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, he from whom I took my confirmation name: Scott Francis Paul Binet.

St. Paul has been a big inspiration for me given his tireless efforts to evangelize – a true  missionary. And his conversion story is a wonderful metaphor for the Christian life. See Acts of the Apostles 22: Paul’s Conversion. Having persecuted Christ, as we all do through our sins, Saul encounters the Risen Lord. His conversion process begins at this moment. Then when he understands that it is Jesus of Nazareth that he is persecuting, Saul says “Lord, what do you want me to do?” (maybe he spoke in Latin and said, “Domine, quid me vis facere?”). Those were St. Paul’s first words after his encounter with the Lord on the road to Damascus. He shows us what we should say and how we are to act on the road to our Damascus – seeking to know what the Lord wants and then in obedience doing it.  After Saul seeks to do the will of  the Lord,  Jesus tells him to go to Damascus and do what he is instructed. Another opportunity for obedience. And the Lord provides for what He has commanded. Let us remember that God will provide for us as well on our journey: Deus providebit. Ananias, through a vision, understands that he is supposed to go to Saul. He does, helping him to see again. How many of us can through the gift of faith and with the aid of others truly see? Saul is baptized, and with this he puts on the white robe of immortality and becomes a Christian. His name is changed as is ours in baptism. We are thenceforth also know as Christian. Paul’s ongoing conversion process is not done though. He begins to witness to the Gospel – evangelizing in word, deed and sacrament.

As we continue on our ongoing journey to Damascus let us fervently ask the Lord in His Mercy to help all of us in our conversion with the grace to do what He wants. St. Paul, intercede for us.

In Christ, through Mary – Fr. Scott Francis

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