MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, NOV. 8, 2007 (Zenit.org).- The bishops of Uruguay are making plans for how they will confront the Senate's decision Tuesday in favor of legislation that would decriminalize abortion.

According to the ANSA news agency, the prelates began a meeting Wednesday to consider legal actions that could stop an eventual application of the measure, should the House of Deputies also decide in favor of it. One option under consideration is citizen petition, followed by a referendum.

President Tabaré Vázquez promised a veto for any pro-abortion legislation when he took office in 2005.

Bishop Pablo Galimberti of Salto told the El País newspaper that the Church "rejects that which violates the fundamental and first human right, the right to life."

"We are going to continue denouncing this," he said, "given that human rights are ever more vulnerable; today we are dealing with the unborn, tomorrow it could be children, elderly or black people."

Since 1938, Uruguay has allowed abortion only in cases of rape or if the mother's life is in danger.

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Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account." (Matthew 5:11 ESV)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion - Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

"My son, do not lose sight of these — keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul." (Proverbs 3:21,22a ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Our holy fathers have renounced all other spiritual work and concentrated wholly on this one doing, that is, on guarding the heart, convinced that, through this practice, they would easily attain every other virtue, whereas without it not a single virtue can be firmly established.

St. Symeon the New Theologian