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Mother Teresa was a staunch defender of the weak. She said: "...if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?"

In her beautiful book, Dancing Before the Ark, Sr. Mary Fritz, CSJ, readily agrees: “...our society devalues, in so many ways, the human person who does not fit the current alchemy for beauty, power and success. So the unborn, the handicapped, the weak, the terminally ill, the mentally disturbed or deficient, are considered expendable, useless, disposable. It is a highly dangerous time for the frail and unprotected. So we must affirm that the love of God and all His promises are especially for the poor, the afflicted and the outcast. These are singularly cherished by God, who share in such a pronounced way in the mystery of the Cross of Jesus.”

How true! Jesus spent much of his time among the cast-offs: the lepers, the uneducated, the destitute men and women, the blind, lame and sick. And what did He do? He told them of their worth: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:3-10)

Lord, we thank you this day for the gift of life in all stages, in all forms. Help us to value each human being as Mother Teresa did, as a precious soul created by God to receive His Love. And may we be the ones to show that Love. Amen…

Bl. Mother Teresa, pray for us!