Thursday, October 6, 2016

Praying for Life: For All Who Are Abused

Praying for Life: October 2016

For all who are abused: May they experience God’s love and receive the support and resources they need to find help. 

 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

In his recent Respect Life Month statement, Cardinal Dolan reflected, "God loves us, treats us with respect, and asks us to do the same with others. ...No one should ever be treated callously or carelessly—everyone should be cherished and protected!"

Celebrated as Respect Life Month, October also shares the observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As noted by the bishops, "violence against another person in any form fails to treat that person as someone worthy of love." 

Let's pray this month for all who are not treated according to their God-given dignity, especially those suffering abuse.
Acts of Reparation (choose one)
  • In "Saying 'No' to Violence in the Home" Bishop Malone refers to Pope Francis's commentary on "throwaway culture," wherein people are treated as disposable. Other than domestic violence, where do you see examples of a "throwaway culture," and how you can counteract it?
  • On October 28, join in a united day of prayer.
  • Throughout this month, keep up the prayers and spread the message of peace and mercy on social media. (A social media toolkit is available online, and other sample posts are on page 2.)
One Step Further 

If you or someone you know is suffering after abortion, confidential non-judgmental help is available:

Call Project Rachel's national toll-free number: 888-456-HOPE(-4673) or visit 

USCCB | 3211 Fourth Street NE, Washington, DC 20017-1194