January 16, 2012
The Catholic bishops of America have announced a prayer campaign against abortion, as reported by Life News.
“The call to prayer and penance includes monthly Eucharistic Holy Hours in cathedrals and parishes, a daily family rosary, special Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses, fasting and abstinence on Fridays, and a second observance of a Fortnight for Freedom,” says U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Executive Director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities Tom Grenchik.
Grenchik said the initiative emphasizes that life, marriage, and religious liberty are foundational to Catholic social teaching and fundamental to the good of society.
“During this call to prayer and the Year of Faith, our nation faces the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade,” he continued. “Since that tragic decision, more than 55 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion and the lives of millions of their parents have been shattered. Whether you choose to participate in the national March for Life or in local rallies, marches or liturgies in your own diocese, please consider participating in the Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage from January 19 to 27, 2013. These nine days, surrounding the Roe v. Wade anniversary and focused on the theme of pilgrimage, are part of the nationwide pastoral initiative.”
To sign up for email or text messaging of the novena, visit the USCCB page.
What I particularly like about this novena is that it is more than prayer. Each day includes suggested acts of reparation and a fact about abortion, thus making it possible to involve the whole family in life-centered activities and discussion.
Our work in the pro-life arena must, of necessity, expand beyond the subject of abortion. That’s what this novena does. I hope many parents will be inspired to add to the list of action items. Particularly I’d like to see parents adopt practices in the home to safeguard the moral formation of their children such as severely limiting TV viewing and banning computers in bedrooms. Not allowing the playing of violent video games would be great, too.
To fill the time spent in these harmful activities kids could be encouraged to read Catholic classics for children individually or to each other. Neumann Press has a lot of good candidates as does TAN books. And playing games together or adding family outdoor activity would be great, too. Also, singing together is a great activity, especially learning some of the classical Catholic hymns that haven’t had words changed to advance the feminist agenda in the Church. Family love, fun, and nurturing of the mind are great inducers of pro-life action.
Parents are raising the next generation of politicians, scientists, teachers, and business leaders. This is such an awesome responsibility. The more we can help kids know and understand what a well formed conscience is, how to “think Catholic”, and the richer the family interaction becomes, the better the leaders of tomorrow will be at engaging others in discussions on truth and morality that promote the common good. Change enacted will have at the core Jesus Christ who told us, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”
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