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, January 22, 2016
9 Days for Life: Day 7, January 22: For Hope & Healing
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DAY SEVEN: January 22, 2016
each person suffering from the loss of a child through abortion find hope &
healing in Christ.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory
Today, on this 43nd
anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we consider the past four decades in which
our society has legally permitted abortion. Since that tragic decision, many
children’s lives have been lost, and many suffer that loss—often in silence.
Yet God’s greatest desire is to forgive. No matter how far we have each strayed
from his side, he says to us, “Don’t be afraid. Draw close to my heart.”
the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, also called confession, we meet
the Lord, who wants to grantforgiveness
and the grace to live a renewed life in him. … We bishops and priests are eager
to help you if you experience difficulty, hesitation, or uncertainty about
approaching the Lord in this sacrament. If you have notreceived
this healing sacrament in a long time, we are ready to welcome you” (“God’s Gift of
Let us run into the arms of Jesus, who is love and mercy.
Acts of Reparation (choose one)
go visit an adoration chapel and spend some time with Jesus.
to confession—today, if possible—or during this week. Before you go, look up
St. Faustina and learn a little about the message of Divine Mercy she shared
during her life.
the Divine Mercy Chaplet for those who are suffering the
loss of a child through abortion, asking that they find healing and peace.
I thank you for the mercy you have shown in forgiving my
sins and for the peace that comes from being reconciled with you and with your
O God, you are faithful, and you never abandon those who
hope in you. I know that my redemption from sin and death has been purchased at
the cost of your Son’s blood. In return for this priceless gift, I resolve
today to renew my trust in your unfailing mercy.
In times of doubt, when painful memories of past sins
threaten to destroy the peace you have given, let the power of your Holy Spirit
cast out all self-condemnation and give me greater confidence in your word of
Teach me to encourage others so they, too, may seek your
tender compassion and come to know your peace, which nothing can take away.
I pray this in the name of Jesus, your Son, in whom you have
restored me to life. Amen.