"Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." -Ephesians 5:14-17
Friday, January 21, 2011
A Day of Prayer and Penance
Please see the request below from Father Pavone and the Priests for Life, to join in a day of prayer and penance for the events taking place this weekend in San Francisco (Saturday) and Washington D.C. (Monday). Please join in prayer, and consider offering a fast, for an end to the scourge of our time.
Pray to End Abortion
January 20, 2011
The Catholic bishops of the United States have designated January 22 as a special day of prayer and penance in reparation for the massive killing that has resulted from the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision (handed down January 22, 1973) which permitted abortion throughout pregnancy.
Prayer is the foundation of all we do in the pro-life movement, and Priests for Life invites you to join tens of thousands of others who are offering, each day, a prayer of commitment to build a culture of life. We urge you to pray, throughout the year, the daily prayer to end abortion. You can find the prayer at www.prayercampaign.org and at the end of this email.
We ask not only individuals to commit to saying this prayer but entire congregations in churches of all denominations. The pro-life movement is ecumenical and consists of men and women of every religious persuasion. We also encourage families and schools to say this prayer together.
In addition, please join our Pray to End Abortion cause on Facebook atwww.prolifeprayers.com. There are already over 72, 000 people signed on to this cause. Let’s get that number into the millions!
Please spread the word about the daily prayer to end abortion to your email lists, from your websites, from your social networking accounts and in any way possible.
This weekend and early next week will hold many pro-life events from Coast to Coast. Seewww.priestsforlife.org/marchforlife for more information. I hope to see you in the next few days!
God bless you,
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
Prayer to End Abortion
Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life,
And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.
I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion,
Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death
by the Resurrection of Your Son.
I am ready to do my part in ending abortion.
Today I commit myself
Never to be silent,
Never to be passive,
Never to be forgetful of the unborn.
I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement,
And never to stop defending life
Until all my brothers and sisters are protected,
And our nation once again becomes
A nation with liberty and justice
Not just for some, but for all,
Through Christ our Lord. Amen!