Summoned To Life: Spiritual Foundations

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In his goodness, God calls each human person into existence with infinite intention, care, and love. Explore what it means to be created by God, in his image and likeness.

Scripture for Reflection 

“But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.’” (Isaiah 42:1)

“For thou didst form my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise thee, for thou art fearful and wonderful. Wonderful are thy works!” (Psalm 139:13-14)

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)

Reflection Questions 

  1. Was there a word, phrase, or story that resonated with me? 
  2. When was a time when I recognized my own dignity, my own goodness, my own belovedness? What does it mean to me that God desired me from all eternity to live in infinite communion with him?
  3. In reflecting on my own life and choices, where do I tend to find my self worth? Do I tend to identify myself with my career, with what I am able to do, etc.? 
  4. Mother Agnes Mary, SV and Sister Bethany Madonna, SV talk about the reality of fear, darkness, and loneliness in our world. In what ways do I share in that reality? Are there places in my own heart that are touched by pain and anguish? Where do I need to let Jesus’ healing light in? 
  5. Has there been a moment in my life when I was convicted about the dignity of the human person?
  6. How is God summoning me? How do I feel that the Lord is inviting me to see others? To uphold others? To build a culture of life? What is he saying to my heart?
  7. Is there a fruit from my prayer that I would like to share with others? 

Discussion Questions

  1. Is there a fruit from your prayer that you would like to share with others? 
  2. Is there something that surprised you or challenged you? Or is there something that was new to you?
  3. What struck you about the summons stories shared by Mother Agnes Mary and Sister Bethany Madonna?
  4. In the video, Sister Bethany Madonna says, “Pro-life isn’t about labels, it’s about people” and “abortion is more than a political issue or a legal term or a medical procedure. Abortion had a face and it was it was the face of my own friends and sisters in Christ.” How do Sister Bethany Madonna’s observations shed new light on what it means to be pro-life?


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