Tuesday, December 5, 2017

From USCCB: Pray for Life: Supporting Expectant Mothers

December 2017

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Intercession May every expectant mother encounter loving support as she awaits the birth of her child.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

For an expectant mother whose pregnancy is marked by challenging circumstances, the time before the birth of her child can be full of uncertainty and fear. In this period of anticipation, the future can seem threatening, and even a woman who identifies as being pro-life might consider abortion. Without a community of support from friends and family, a new mother’s pregnancy can be more painful than joyous.

As Catholics, we have a duty to respond with life-affirming love for both an expectant mother and her child. If someone shared with you she was pregnant and hadn’t ruled out abortion, would you know how to respond?

Read What to Do When a Friend Is Considering Abortion to learn the four steps of the L.O.V.E. ApproachTM*Listen and LearnOpen OptionsVision and Value, and Extend and Empower.

*The L.O.V.E. Approach™ is trademarked by Heartbeat International, Inc. and may not be adapted or modified. The L.O.V.E. Approach™ is used in "What to Do When a Friend Is Considering Abortion" with permission from Heartbeat International, Inc.
Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)

  • Ask Our Lady of Guadalupe for her intercession using this short prayer. Consider praying it every day for the next week.

  • Reach out to a friend or family member who is pregnant, and ask how you can support them, or offer specific help, like making a meal or running errands.

One Step Further

Read “10 Ways to Support Her When She’s Unexpectedly Expecting,” and share it on social media with your favorite suggestion.

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Did You Know?

The bishops’ annual pro-life digital pilgrimage, 9 Days for Life, takes place next month from Thursday, January 18 – Friday, January 26.

You’ll receive the novena by email automatically, but invite your friends to join, and check out the other ways you can participate at www.9daysforlife.com.

There are also many resources to help leaders integrate 9 Days for Life into their regular programming or to plan special events as part of local participation.