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Amazing Coincidence

Do you believe in coincidence? After all that I’ve experienced in life, I suspect that there is little real coincidence. Edgar Cayce said that coincidences were extremely rare. Well, today I was in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel with the events of the past week or so on my mind, concerned that my pro-life stand was the reason for some major problems I’ve been having, and wondering if I should continue to write the things I “stumble across”. Maybe I’m being too pushy with it, I thought. So I spent a little time in prayer before I opened a book of Scripture. Amazingly, it opened right up to the first chapter of Jeremiah:

“Now the word of the Lord came to me saying,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.’

Then I said, ‘Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.’ [in my case, I am only a little mouse] But the Lord said to me,

‘Do not say, I am only a youth [a little library mouse];
for you shall go to all to whom I send you
and you shall speak whatever I command you.
Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver you,’
says the Lord."

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am no prophet, and I have no delusions of being one. But this certainly did sound like a validation of my pro-life efforts to ME! Even if I am only a little library mouse…. It also sounded like an immediate answer to what I was thinking. First, it validates the purposefulness of life, and names God as the author of life – “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you….” That affirms the necessary pro-life stand. Secondly, it’s a kind of statement to the effect that God is the one who inspired me to take this stand and to write about my findings and my own meditations on the unborn and on abortion. At least, that’s how it seemed to me.

And lest you think the book was creased on that page, it was not. I opened for a Scripture reading after every decade of the Rosary. It never opened to that page again. In fact, it opened to an excerpt from Wisdom Ch 2:

“For they reasoned unsoundly, saying to themselves….
…we were born by mere chance,
and hereafter we shall be as though we had never been,
for the breath in our nostrils is smoke,
…when it is extinguished, the body will turn to ashes,
and the spirit will dissolve like empty air….

“…Let us oppress the righteous poor man;
let us not spare the widow
or regard the gray hairs of the aged.
But let our might be our law of right,
for what is weak proves itself to be useless.

“Let us lie in wait for the righteous man,
because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions;
he reproaches us for sins against the law,
and accuses us of sins againt our training
He professes to have knowledge of God,
and calls himself a child of the Lord.
…the very sight of him is a burden to us,
because his manner of life is unlike that of others,
and his ways are strange.”

What an incredible statement that was: “They reasoned unsoundly saying, we were born by mere chance…”! We were NOT born by mere chance! It was all very purposeful!

The reading also did speak to the way that some have responded to pro-life writings and the fact that the legislation passed. But that was not all that popped up, seemingly perfectly related to that entire debate. Again in Amos, ch. 8, one could think of the unborn and abortion:

“Hear this, you that trample on the needy,
and bring to ruin the poor of the land,
saying, ’When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain;
and the sabbath,
so that we may offer wheat for sale:
We will make the ephah small and the shekel great,
and practice deceit with false balances,
buying the poor for silver
and the needy for a pair of sandals,
and selling the sweepings of the wheat.”

“The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob:
Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.”

Anyway, that was what was in my mind when I read these passages. Actually, they were Mass readings, from the book I picked up in church. They were of a theme, and the theme was pro-life, and life in the womb. It was quite beautiful. I definitely felt that I had been writing what the Lord would have me write, and that I was not squeaking up too much for the unborn. This was encouraging, and my doubts were banished.

Have you ever had moments like that, when you walk into church or to your time of prayer and meditation, and whatever issues brought you to that hour seemed to be answered almost right away? Don’t you love it? :)) In fact, my entire time spent in chapel was hugely rewarding.

So when you feel that peace has left your mind and heart, or when you have doubts about some issues in your life, or when you are anxious or fearful, go to the chapel and speak to the Lord. Bring your prayers and read Scripture. Spend time meditating on the Word. Spend some time in silence. Then there, in the deeps of your heart, God will speak to you some consoling words.

Don’t be afraid to go to God if you are burdened with sin. He will be more overjoyed to see you than the 20 righteous in the pew ahead of you. For He is the Lord of Mercy, and in this time, He is calling to us to enter through the gates of his Mercy, as He told St. Faustina, no matter what our sins may be. Come to the fountain of His mercy and be relieved of those burdens, because He lives, and He walks among us. He is with un to the end of the world. No one is alone. Just a few words to encourage those who feel faint-hearted or hopeless. It’s never hopeless if God’s in the picture.

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