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Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn

January 22, 2019
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9 Days For Life: Day 1

January 14, 2019

Intercession: May a culture of life grow ever stronger in our communities. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: From each tiny child waiting to be born, to people nearing death, all are precious and deserve our care and protection. Women and men suffering after abortion, individuals tempted to end their lives, expectant mothers facing challenging pregnancies, people pushed to the margins of society by a "throwaway culture," and every other person—each "has a place in God's heart from all eternity" (Amoris laetitia, 168).

Full Reflection and Additional Steps from USCCB here.

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9 Days for Life: Day 2

January 15, 2019

Intercession: For the end to abortion. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: More women and girls consider abortion than we may realize. They are our relatives and friends, people who work with us or for us, married or unmarried. Even if someone identifies as being pro-life, the shock of an unexpected pregnancy, the devastation of a difficult prenatal diagnosis, shame, pressures, or fears may influence her to consider abortion.

Full Reflection and Additional Steps from USCCB here.

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9 days for Life: Day 3

January 16, 2019

Intercession: For victims and survivors of human trafficking. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: Pope Francis calls for a renewed commitment to end human trafficking, which he aptly describes as "ugly…cruel…criminal" (Angelus, 7/30/2017). International Labor Organization's 2014 estimate placed the number of traffic victims — men, women, and children — at 21 million worldwide.When we meet others in our daily lives who have come from other lands, are we extending them the simple warmth of a smile and a welcome?

View full Reflection and additional steps from USCCB here.

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9 Days for Life: Day 4

January 17, 2019

Intercession: May all people embrace the truth that every life is a good and perfect gift, and is worth living. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: Our culture is obsessed with perfection—a superficial perfection. Photos are edited, and social media sites depict seemingly perfect lives. God calls us to seek perfection, too. He does not call us, however, to perfection of appearance or abilities, but to perfection in love.

View full Reflection and additional Steps from USCCB here.

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9 Days for Life: Day 5

January 18, 2019

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 45th 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."

http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/january-roe-events/9-days-for-life-day-five.cfm

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9 Days for Life: Day 6

January 19, 2019

Intercession: May those near the end of their lives receive medical care that respects their dignity and protects their lives. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: When Maggie's active father suffered an accident that eventually led to his passing, he taught her that pain and loss of autonomy doesn't diminish our human dignity, and that life—however much is left—is worth living. View full Reflection and additional steps from USCCB here

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9 Days for Life: Day 7

January 20, 2019

Intercession: May those who long for a child of their own be filled with trust in God's loving plan. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: It can be very difficult and painful when the Lord doesn't answer our prayers the way we hope. We may have many doubts and questions, wondering why we face the challenges that we do. Yet even though our suffering is often shrouded in a sense of mystery, we believe that the Lord loves us with great tenderness and compassion that is beyond our imagination. Knowing this, we can trust that "all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose" (Rom 8:28).

http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/january-roe-events/9-days-for-life-day-seven.cfm

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9 Days for Life: Day 8

January 21, 2019

Intercession: For an end to the use of the death penalty in our country. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: As Catholics, we believe and put our hope in a merciful and loving God. We are conscious of our own brokenness and need for redemption. Our Lord calls us to imitate him more perfectly by witnessing to the inherent dignity of every person, including those whose actions have been despicable. Our faith and hope is in the mercy of God who says to us, "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy" (Mt 5:7) and "I desire mercy, not sacrifice" (Mt 9:13). As Christians, we are called to oppose the culture of death by witnessing to something greater and more perfect: a gospel of life, hope and mercy. http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/january-roe-events/9-days-for-life-day-eight.cfm

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9 Days for Life: Day 9

January 22, 2019

Intercession: For God's peace to fill the hearts of all who travel upon the path of adoption. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: The Letter to the Hebrews reminds us to "hold fast to the hope that lies before us. This we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm" (Heb 6:18-19). We pray that all who are involved in the adoption process would be filled with the hope of Christ and "the peace of God that surpasses all understanding" (Phil 4:7). We also remember that we too can cling fast to this anchor of hope, for we have received "a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, 'Abba, Father!'" (Rom 8:15). May our loving Father envelop each of us in his love today and open our eyes in faith that we may see and rejoice in his love.

http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/january-roe-events/9-days-for-life-day-nine.cfm

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Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

January 22, 2019

A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator and lover of life, from every Christian community, from every group and association, from every family and from the heart of every believer. - Pope Saint John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, no. 100 Join thousands as we pray.

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Respect Life - The Gospel of Life

October 1, 2019

To all the members of the Church, the people of life and for life, I make this most urgent appeal, that together we may offer this world of ours new signs of hope, and work to ensure that justice and solidarity will increase and that a new culture of human life will be affirmed, for the building of an authentic civilization of truth and love.

John Paul II,Evangelim Vitae paragraph 6

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Respect Life Month Begins

October 1, 2019

Heavenly Father, the beauty and dignity of human life was the crowning of your creation. You further ennobled that life when your Son became one with us in his incarnation. Help us to realize the sacredness of human life and to respect it from the moment of conception until the last moment at death. Give us courage to speak with truth and love and with conviction in defense of life. Help us to extend the gentle hand of mercy and forgiveness to those who do not reverence your gift of life. To all, grant pardon for the times we have failed to be grateful for your precious gift of life or to respect it in others. We ask this in Jesus' Name. Amen.

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9 Days For Life: Day 1

January 14, 2019

Intercession: May a culture of life grow ever stronger in our communities. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: From each tiny child waiting to be born, to people nearing death, all are precious and deserve our care and protection. Women and men suffering after abortion, individuals tempted to end their lives, expectant mothers facing challenging pregnancies, people pushed to the margins of society by a "throwaway culture," and every other person—each "has a place in God's heart from all eternity" (Amoris laetitia, 168).

Full Reflection and Additional Steps from USCCB here.

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9 Days for Life: Day 2

January 15, 2019

Intercession: For the end to abortion. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: More women and girls consider abortion than we may realize. They are our relatives and friends, people who work with us or for us, married or unmarried. Even if someone identifies as being pro-life, the shock of an unexpected pregnancy, the devastation of a difficult prenatal diagnosis, shame, pressures, or fears may influence her to consider abortion.

Full Reflection and Additional Steps from USCCB here.

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9 days for Life: Day 3

January 16, 2019

Intercession: For victims and survivors of human trafficking. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: Pope Francis calls for a renewed commitment to end human trafficking, which he aptly describes as "ugly…cruel…criminal" (Angelus, 7/30/2017). International Labor Organization's 2014 estimate placed the number of traffic victims — men, women, and children — at 21 million worldwide.When we meet others in our daily lives who have come from other lands, are we extending them the simple warmth of a smile and a welcome?

View full Reflection and additional steps from USCCB here.

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9 Days for Life: Day 4

January 17, 2019

Intercession: May all people embrace the truth that every life is a good and perfect gift, and is worth living. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: Our culture is obsessed with perfection—a superficial perfection. Photos are edited, and social media sites depict seemingly perfect lives. God calls us to seek perfection, too. He does not call us, however, to perfection of appearance or abilities, but to perfection in love.

View full Reflection and additional Steps from USCCB here.

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9 Days for Life: Day 5

January 18, 2019

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 45th 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."

http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/january-roe-events/9-days-for-life-day-five.cfm

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9 Days for Life: Day 6

January 19, 2019

Intercession: May those near the end of their lives receive medical care that respects their dignity and protects their lives. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: When Maggie's active father suffered an accident that eventually led to his passing, he taught her that pain and loss of autonomy doesn't diminish our human dignity, and that life—however much is left—is worth living. View full Reflection and additional steps from USCCB here

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9 Days for Life: Day 7

January 20, 2019

Intercession: May those who long for a child of their own be filled with trust in God's loving plan. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: It can be very difficult and painful when the Lord doesn't answer our prayers the way we hope. We may have many doubts and questions, wondering why we face the challenges that we do. Yet even though our suffering is often shrouded in a sense of mystery, we believe that the Lord loves us with great tenderness and compassion that is beyond our imagination. Knowing this, we can trust that "all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose" (Rom 8:28).

http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/january-roe-events/9-days-for-life-day-seven.cfm

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9 Days for Life: Day 8

January 21, 2019

Intercession: For an end to the use of the death penalty in our country. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: As Catholics, we believe and put our hope in a merciful and loving God. We are conscious of our own brokenness and need for redemption. Our Lord calls us to imitate him more perfectly by witnessing to the inherent dignity of every person, including those whose actions have been despicable. Our faith and hope is in the mercy of God who says to us, "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy" (Mt 5:7) and "I desire mercy, not sacrifice" (Mt 9:13). As Christians, we are called to oppose the culture of death by witnessing to something greater and more perfect: a gospel of life, hope and mercy. http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/january-roe-events/9-days-for-life-day-eight.cfm

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9 Days for Life: Day 9

January 22, 2019

Intercession: For God's peace to fill the hearts of all who travel upon the path of adoption. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: The Letter to the Hebrews reminds us to "hold fast to the hope that lies before us. This we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm" (Heb 6:18-19). We pray that all who are involved in the adoption process would be filled with the hope of Christ and "the peace of God that surpasses all understanding" (Phil 4:7). We also remember that we too can cling fast to this anchor of hope, for we have received "a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, 'Abba, Father!'" (Rom 8:15). May our loving Father envelop each of us in his love today and open our eyes in faith that we may see and rejoice in his love.

http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/january-roe-events/9-days-for-life-day-nine.cfm

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Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

January 22, 2019

A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator and lover of life, from every Christian community, from every group and association, from every family and from the heart of every believer. - Pope Saint John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, no. 100 Join thousands as we pray.

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Respect Life - The Gospel of Life

October 1, 2019

To all the members of the Church, the people of life and for life, I make this most urgent appeal, that together we may offer this world of ours new signs of hope, and work to ensure that justice and solidarity will increase and that a new culture of human life will be affirmed, for the building of an authentic civilization of truth and love.

John Paul II,Evangelim Vitae paragraph 6

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Respect Life Month Begins

October 1, 2019

Heavenly Father, the beauty and dignity of human life was the crowning of your creation. You further ennobled that life when your Son became one with us in his incarnation. Help us to realize the sacredness of human life and to respect it from the moment of conception until the last moment at death. Give us courage to speak with truth and love and with conviction in defense of life. Help us to extend the gentle hand of mercy and forgiveness to those who do not reverence your gift of life. To all, grant pardon for the times we have failed to be grateful for your precious gift of life or to respect it in others. We ask this in Jesus' Name. Amen.

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