Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Spirit and Life: Saint Michael the Archangel, Defend Us In Battle
On September 29, 2008, the Feast of the Archangels, Human Life International launched its Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer Campaign for the Conversion of Abortionists.
Recognizing that the fight against the culture of death is primarily a
spiritual battle, the prayer campaign was designed to encourage the
faithful after every Mass to seek Saint Michael's intercession for the
conversion of abortionists and all agents involved in the crime of
abortion. HLI asked people to sign a pledge, to pray the Saint Michael
Prayer daily and distribute as many copies of the prayer as possible.
2008, HLI has, through this campaign, united hundreds of thousands of
people around the world in this powerful prayer of intercession and
invocation. Over 2.5 million prayer cards in 27 different languages have
been distributed since then. Because of the worldwide threat against
the dignity of life, we continue to vigorously promote this devotion.
to Saint Paul: "Our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the
principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present
darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens." (Ephesians 6:12)
The widespread acceptance of abortion is perhaps the clearest proof of
this reality -- the legalization of a crime that destroys tens of
thousands of lives every day across the world, and over two billion
since this scourge began decades ago.
Leo XIII composed the Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer in response to
the threats of evil consuming the world and required it to be recited
after the celebration of every Holy Mass. Pope Pius XI asked the
faithful to pray the prayer for the restoration of religious freedom in
Russia, who was threatening to spread her "errors" throughout the world.
As we know, the Soviet Union was the first country to legalize
abortion. Blessed John Paul II in 1994 urged the faithful to devoutly
recite the prayer in order to obtain heavenly assistance in the battle
against the forces of darkness.
Before his conversion in 1979, Doctor Bernard Nathanson was a successful gynecologist and co-founder of NARAL. He was
responsible for close to 75,000 abortions during his career as an
obstetrician before undergoing his conversion. His life is but one
example of many who have been transformed through the power of prayer
and heavenly intervention. We need to pray more earnestly in order to
lovingly pull lost souls out of the grip of darkness because we seek not the death of a sinner but their conversion.
We have also seen the effect of prayer in asking for the intercession of the Mother of Jesus during our From Ocean to Ocean Campaign in Defense of Life.
Now moving through the Southeast, HLI's Father Peter West reports
another miraculous event in Tallahassee, as a surprise return to the
area and a prayer at an abortion clinic was followed soon by the
clinic's sudden closure. It's God who wins these battles, and He wants
to do so with our collaboration in prayer, through the intercession of
His mother and others who are particularly close to Him in Heaven. This
is how His grace works!
we enter into the Season of Lent, we are called to do penance, acts of
charity and to deepen our spiritual lives. I am humbly asking you to
join HLI in praying the Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer every day
during Lent, especially after Mass, for the conversion of abortionists
and all agents who participate in the crime of abortion. I am asking you
to pray this prayer daily as a family and encourage others -- friends,
neighbors and fellow parishioners -- to join us in this devotional
prayer. Please help us spread this powerful devotion to as many as
became man to destroy the power of evil forever so that we might live
and never die. Saint Michael reminds us of the infinite goodness of the
Heavenly Father and the mercy He extends towards all He loves. If we can
spread this devotion, we can help bring about the conversion of souls,
the protection of human life and the building up of a Culture of Life.
Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against
the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly
pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God,
cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Father Shenan J. Boquet President, Human Life International
P.S.These 40 days of Lent are also a chance to join a 40 Days for Life campaign near you. Click here to see how you can join this wonderful and fruitful prayer effort!
Joseph Meaney Discusses HLI Documentary on From the Median Radio
by HLI Staff
Life International Director of International Coordination Joseph Meany
joined host Molly Smith, president of Cleveland Right to Life, last week
on her radio program From the Median to talk about HLI's documentary
"Central America and Mexico: Fighting for Life, Faith and Family." Listen here.