Have You Prayed Today?

Specifically the first part of a nine day novena marking the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade? To ease the pain of this grave reality?

Today we are drawn out of ourselves to pray for the mother who remembers her child in a culture that tries to pretend there never was anything but a choice. From the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website:

Intercession: For the mother who awakens each morning with the memory of abortion fresh in her mind: that the Lord may still the terror in her heart and lead her gently to the well-spring of his love and mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. May she, and all who’ve been involved in an abortion decision, find healing and hope through Project Rachel Ministry.

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: Today’s Gospel reading from Mark recounts Jesus dining with tax collectors and sinners. When the Pharisees question Jesus about this, he responds, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” In a society where millions of people have fallen prey to the false promises of the culture of death, let us witness to the mercy of Jesus and invite all who’ve been harmed to experience his abundant love and healing.

Acts of Reparation (choose one):

Take time to write a handwritten note to someone who is lonely or needing encouragement.

Pray for your deceased relatives and those who have no one to pray for them.

“Spiritually adopt” a baby by saying this prayer every day: “Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of [baby's name], the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion.” – Prayer of Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Did you know? Women who’ve had an abortion have a 138% higher risk of mental health problems compared to women who’ve given birth, according to a 2011 article in the British Journal of Psychiatry that analyzed 22 major studies on women’s mental health following abortion. Together, the studies involved over 800,000 women. Visit HopeAfterAbortion.org for more information on abortion’s aftermath and where to find help.

Let’s join together in prayer. To make the next forty years more welcoming to life, more generous toward mothers; a time when men know they are needed, as men, as fathers; where we all love one another more.

The prayer guide is here. You can sign up for text-message and e-mail reminders, too.

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  • TomH

    hi kathryn, i just read a blog by alex pareene of salon magazine, going back to june 21/12 about you. i’ve led a private life and perhaps a sheltered one. and that may account for my reaction. also, i’m new to the internet and blogging. however,i have trouble getting that a writer could be as dishonest as he was. the way he slandered your character without any regard for facts or respect for truth is hard to believe. yet his disrespect speaks for itself and speaks volumes about the sad state of his character. obviously, there is a price to be paid for bearing public witness to your catholic faith as you do. so kathryn, thank you for your courage and god bless.

  • alan

    When the USCCB or either the individual bishops of Biden, Pelosi, Sebelius and any other pro-abort politicians get serious about enforcing Catholic doctrine, I will then pray the novenna.

  • Tom T

    Pray for the end to abortion. Definitely. I have prayed at abortion clinics and written letters. But listen to anything the USCCB has to say??? They have been part of the problem. Since the late 60,s they encouraged
    people with silence and mixed messages to not vote for a single issue as abortion, but vote for the candidate that will make things better for the poor thereby reducing the need for abortions. They even came out and praised Labor Sec. Hilda Solis in 2011 in an article that appeared in diocesan newspapers across the country as a model politician while ignoring her 100 % voting record while a congresswoman in Calif. where she even opposed partial birth abortion. Then along comes Cd Dolan in 2012. Head of the USCCB who yuks it up with
    the most anti Catholic, pro-abortion candidate, this country has ever seen at an Al Smith dinner in New York
    which by the way , has been canceled before for just such reasons, and then delivers a speech to three thousand students at Fordham University praising Stephen Colbert. Couple all that and much more with
    the ever confusing and lack of serious pastoral guidance of the “Faithful Citizens Voting Guide” and the general push by liberal bishops towards social justice issues while ignoring abortion for years and I hope you will forgive me many others for not paying much attention to anything that comes from the USCCB.