Isaiah 49:1-6

Islands, listen to me,
pay attention, remotest peoples,
the Lord called me before I was born,
from my mother’s womb he pronounced my name.

He made my mouth a sharp sword,
and hid me in the shadow of his hand.
He made me into a sharpened arrow,
and concealed me in his quiver.

He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel,
in whom I shall be glorified”;
while I was thinking, “I have toiled in vain,
I have exhausted myself for nothing”;

and all the while my cause was with the Lord,
my reward with my God.
I was honoured in the eyes of the Lord,
my God was my strength.

And now the Lord has spoken,
he who formed me in the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him,
to gather Israel to him:

“It is not enough for you to be my servant,
to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back the survivors of Israel;
I will make you the light of the nations
so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”

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Psalm 138:1-3, 13-15

O Lord, you search me and you know me,
you know my resting and my rising,
you discern my purpose from afar.
You mark when I walk or lie down,
all my ways lie open to you.

For it was you who created my being,
knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I thank you for the wonder of my being,
for the wonders of all your creation.

Already you knew my soul,
my body held no secret from you
when I was being fashioned in secret
and moulded in the depths of the earth.

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I read this a few weeks ago, and it came rushing back to me when I was at Mass today listening to the psalm:

Diary of an Unborn Baby

1 May: Today my mother and my father showed how much they love one another. They slept together and my life began.

15 May: My blood circulation system is beginning now. My body is beginning to grow; I am now big enough to be seen.

19 May: My mouth is beginning to develop.

21 May: My heart is beginning to beat. Who can say that I am not alive?

22 May: For some reason or another, today my mother began to worry because I am inside of her.

28 May: My two hands and two feet have begun to grow. I can now stretch and straighten my back.

8 June: Little fingers are now appearing at the ends of my hands. That’s wonderful. In a short time I’ll be able to touch and hold things.

15 June: Today my mother felt me moving around and she is sure that I am inside her. How happy I am!

20 June: Now I know I’m going to be a little girl.

24 June: Now organs inside of me are beginning to grow: my stomach and my live and my lungs and things like that. Now I am able to feel pain.

6 July: Now hair is starting to grow on top of my head and above my eyes. Now I am starting to make myself pretty.

8 July: My eyes are ready for use; but they are still both shut. But it won’t be long before I can enjoy the sight of many nice things, and especially the face of my mother.

19 July: My heart is really beating strong now. I am growing in all directions. I am happy and contented.

20 July: Today my mother killed me….

If it had happened to you, you would not be reading this. Aren’t you lucky?

- Medical Journal
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I thank you Lord for the wonder of my being.

We pray for all mothers who are considering abortion, that they may choose the loving decision and give thanks to God for being able to play a part in God’s plan of bringing new life to the world.

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