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<< Tuesday, November 8, 2011 >>
Wisdom 2:23—3:9
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Psalm 34:2-3, 16-19 Luke 17:7-10
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"By the envy of the devil, death entered the world, and they who are in his possession experience it." —Wisdom 2:24

Pope John Paul II called© our Western, secularized culture "the culture of death." Married couples refuse to conceive children; we abort babies; we withdraw food from terminally ill patients so that they will die; masses commit suicide through alcohol and other drugs; we entertain ourselves by watching people kill each other on TV. We are a culture of sin, and because the wages of sin is death (Rm 6:23), we are a culture of death.

"It was the wicked who with hands and words invited death, considered it a friend, and pined for it, and made a covenant with it, because they deserve to be in its possession" (Wis 1:16). "Court not death by your erring way of life, nor draw to yourselves destruction by the works of your hands" (Wis 1:12). We either repent of our sins or court, marry, and become possessed by death. We either give our lives to God, Who is Life (Jn 14:6), or become lifelong, everlasting slaves of Satan, the prince of death (Heb 2:14-15).

"I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life" (Dt 30:19).

Prayer: Father, use me to save babies from abortion and other people from sin and damnation.
Promise: "The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us, utter destruction. But they are in peace." —Wis 3:1-3
Praise: Larry and Sarah repented of their contraceptive lifestyle and soon became prominent figures in pro-life movements.
(For a related teaching, order our tape The Culture of Death on audio AV 73-3 or video V-73.)
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Imprimatur ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from October 1, 2011 through November 30, 2011.
†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Bishop-Elect, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 26, 2011 (for 10-1-2011 through 11-29-2011) and May 26, 2011 (for 11-30-2011).
The Imprimatur ("Permission to Publish") is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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