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

“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32 ESV)

Theophany

When You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (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.

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge sing praise to You: * "You have come, and You have appeared, O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Random Proverb

"One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want." (Proverbs 11:24 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

We should zealously cultivate watchfulness, my brethren; and when, our mind purified in Christ Jesus, we are exalted by the vision it confers, we should review our sins and our former life, so that shattered and humbled at the thought of them we may never lose the help of Jesus Christ our God in the invisible battle.

St. Hesychius the Presbyter