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 18, 2019
9 Days For Life Novena: Day 5: For Those Suffering after Abortion
If you or someone you know is suffering after abortion, confidential, non-judgmental help is available. Visit www.hopeafterabortion.org.
May each person suffering from the loss of a child through abortion find hope and healing in Christ.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
more than four decades of legalized abortion, many children’s lives
have been ended, and many parents and family members 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.” Be assured that it is never too
late to seek God's forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
the parable of the Prodigal Son. After repenting of sinning against his
father, he returns from far away to seek forgiveness and work as a
servant. But the father sees him approaching from far away, runs to
warmly embrace him, and hosts a banquet to celebrate his return. So,
too, does God welcome all repentant sinners, no matter how serious the
sin. Let us run into the arms of Our Lord, Who is love and mercy.
Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)
Abstain from meat today. If you are already abstaining from meat today, skip your favorite snack, too.
Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy (www.usccb.org/divine-mercy-chaplet) for those who are suffering the loss of a child through abortion, asking that they find healing and peace.
Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.
One Step Further
If a friend confided in you
that she had an abortion, would you be able to respond in a way that
brings her closer to healing? Learn what to do and say in “How to Talk
to a Friend Who’s Had an Abortion” (www.usccb.org/friend-had-abortion).