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Sunday, January 22, 2017

9 Days for Life, Day 2, USCCB

DAY TWO:
January 22, 2017*
*Because January 22, 2017 falls on a Sunday, the annual "Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children" is observed Monday, January 23 in 2017. 
Intercession
May each person suffering from the loss of a child through abortion find hope & healing in Christ.

Prayers

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection

Today, on this 44th 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.”   

“In the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, also called confession, we meet the Lord, who wants to grant forgiveness 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 not received this healing sacrament in a long time, we are ready to welcome you” (“God's Gift of Forgiveness).

Let us run into the arms of Jesus, who is love and mercy.

Acts of Reparation (choose one)
  • Today, go visit an adoration chapel and spend some time with Jesus. 
  • Go to confession today or this week. Before you go, look up St. Faustina and learn a little about the message of Divine Mercy that she shared during her life.
  • Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for those who are suffering the loss of a child through abortion, asking that they find healing and peace.

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