Prayers for Life
I do want to thank everyone again who participated in our spiritual adoption prayer campaign last year for the sake of children in danger of abortion. I hope that that pledge to pray regularly for the protection of an unborn child created a life-long habit that will never be broken! The battle of good vs. evil still has the issue of abortion at the epicenter. And prayers are still needed of course. But remember, as Catholics it is about fighting for a culture of life on all fronts, not only with respect to the killing of the unborn, but promoting the great dignity of God-given human life in all of its phases. That is why the bishops of the U.S. have invited all people of good will to join in a national novena for life that begins on January 17th and continues to the 25th. A novena is 9 days of prayer in a row in which a particular intention is prayed for each day (often they are done through the intercession of a particular saint.) This novena is being called “9 Days for Life” and there is a specific intention tied to building a culture of life for each day of the novena. (If you are internet savvy, you can read more about this national campaign at the U.S. Bishop’s website: www.usccb.org) For those not able to easily check out the Novena intentions online, I will give them to you right here:
Day One: For the conversion of all hearts and the end to abortion.
Day Two: May those near the end of their lives receive medical care that respects their dignity and protects their lives.
Day Three: May those who long for a child of their own be filled with trust in God’s loving plan.
Day Four: May children awaiting adoption be welcomed into loving families.
Day Five: May all people reject pornography and discover the true meaning of love through an encounter and relationship with Christ.
Day Six: May each person suffering from the loss of a child through abortion find hope and healing in Christ.
Day Seven: For an end to the use of the death penalty in our country.
Day Eight: For an end to all domestic violence.
Day Nine: May we treat others with the love and respect that is due to each person as a “masterpiece of God’s creation.”
A suggested way to pray the novena is simply to meditate on each day’s intention, do an our Father, 3 Hail Mary’s, a Glory Be. One could do more than that, but that could be a simple beginning. The Bishop’s website also suggests a daily penance to go along with that.
Another beautiful way to pray is through the intentions offered on a Pro-Life Rosary. This is simply praying a rosary like normal, but beginning each decade with a particular intention to promote a true culture of life. These intentions are provided in the bulletin insert this weekend. Please join those marching in Washington D.C. this coming Thursday in spirit as we continue to stand up for the voiceless and promote a culture of Life’s goodness! The “Yoopers 4 Life” leave on Tuesday and will return late Saturday night. Thus, I will be gone for the Saturday night Mass next week, but will be here for the Sunday Masses. Please pray for our safety in travel! Thank you!
May the Peace of Christ be with you always!