March is done. Now what?

Trenton Rally for Life

 

By now, many of us finished marching for life in either DC, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, or even anywhere in our state.

The question now is, “Are we finished?”

No, you have just begun. In fact, you should be pro-life 24/7/365. Yes, being pro-life is not reserved once a year like Christmas or Thanksgiving. Instead, it must be a daily thing.

We are called to be pro-life every day. That will mean taking part in prayer vigils.

I even outlined 10 things you can do that do not have to apply as a yearly thing but a daily routine.

If you are one of those people that think being pro-life is once a year, it is time to start taking a leap of faith.

9 Days for Life Novena- Day 6

9 Days for Life

Intention
May expectant mothers choosing adoption receive grace and support in embracing this loving option.

Prayers
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection
Mothers placing their children for adoption often face many challenges along the way. One of the greatest obstacles can be inaccurately perceiving adoption as abandonment. But mothers who place their children for adoption are not abandoning their children. Rather, they are exemplifying the sacrificial love of Christ on the Cross in choosing to do what is best for their children, even at great cost to themselves. Like Christ, they pour out their bodies and souls for the sake of another. The Letter to the Hebrews reminds us that, in the face of fears and trials, we can “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 mothers considering adoption would be filled with “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding” (Phil 4:7) and see the beauty of their sacrifice. Let us all cling fast to the anchor of hope, for we have received “a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, ‘Abba, Father!’” (Rom 8:15).

Acts of Reparation
(Choose one.)

Do you have a sweet tooth? Or do you prefer salty snacks? Pick your favorite kind of treat, and give it up for the day.

Make an act of faith, hope, or love.

Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.

One Step Further
“Accompanying Expectant Mothers Considering Adoption” suggests nine ways to offer ongoing support to a woman who is considering placing her unborn child for adoption. Many of the tips given are also helpful for supporting a friend who is experiencing a challenging unexpected pregnancy, even if adoption has not been brought up.

Supplemental resources regarding adoption can be found at http://www.usccb.org/adoption-resources.

9 Days for Life Novena- Day 5

9 Days for Life

Intercession: May each person suffering from the loss of a child through abortion find hope and healing in Christ.

Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: After 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.

Consider 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 (http://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 tomorrow 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).

Join us in Praying the 9 Day Novena for Life

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will once again launch the annual novena for life. This year it runs from January 21st to the 29th.

Voices for Life will have each day of the novena posted to our blog and in turn our social media accounts. You are encouraged to participate and share each reflection of the novena to others.

Learn more about the novena here

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe Day 9

Ninth Day – December 12 – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
O God, you have been pleased to bestow upon us unceasing favors by having placed us under the special protection of
the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. Grant us, your humble servants, who rejoice in honoring her today upon earth, the happiness of seeing her face to face in heaven… (Here mention your requests)
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be and Memorare of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Remember, O most gracious Virgin of Guadalupe, that in your heavenly apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, you
promised to show your compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting you, seek your help and call upon you in
their necessities and afflictions. You promised to hear our supplications, to dry our tears, and to give us consolation and
relief.
Never has it been known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left
unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly to you, O Mary, ever-Virgin Mother of the true God! Though grieving under the
weight of our sins, we come to prostrate ourselves before you. We fully trust that, standing beneath your shadow and
protection, nothing will trouble or afflict us, nor do we need to fear illness or misfortune, or any other sorrow.
O Virgin of Guadalupe, you want to remain with us through your admirable Image, you who are our Mother, our health,
and our life. Placing ourselves beneath your maternal gaze, and having recourse to you in all our necessities, we need do nothing more.
O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer us. Amen

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe Day 8

Eighth Day – December 11
O Lady of Guadalupe, with my heart full of the most sincere veneration, I prostrate myself before you, O Mother, to ask
you to obtain for me the grace to fulfill the duties of my state in life with faithfulness and constancy… (Here mention your
requests)
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be and Memorare of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Remember, O most gracious Virgin of Guadalupe, that in your heavenly apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, you
promised to show your compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting you, seek your help and call upon you in
their necessities and afflictions. You promised to hear our supplications, to dry our tears, and to give us consolation and
relief.
Never has it been known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left
unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly to you, O Mary, ever-Virgin Mother of the true God! Though grieving under the
weight of our sins, we come to prostrate ourselves before you. We fully trust that, standing beneath your shadow and
protection, nothing will trouble or afflict us, nor do we need to fear illness or misfortune, or any other sorrow.
O Virgin of Guadalupe, you want to remain with us through your admirable Image, you who are our Mother, our health,
and our life. Placing ourselves beneath your maternal gaze, and having recourse to you in all our necessities, we need do
nothing more.
O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer us. Amen

 

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe Day 7

Seventh Day – December 10
O Lady of Guadalupe, we beg you that parents live a holy life and educate their children in accordance with the true
Catholic faith; that children obey and follow the directions of their parents; and that all members of the family pray and
worship together. This we ask of you, O Mother… (Here mention your requests)
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be and Memorare of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Remember, O most gracious Virgin of Guadalupe, that in your heavenly apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, you
promised to show your compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting you, seek your help and call upon you in
their necessities and afflictions. You promised to hear our supplications, to dry our tears, and to give us consolation and
relief.
Never has it been known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left
unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly to you, O Mary, ever-Virgin Mother of the true God! Though grieving under the
weight of our sins, we come to prostrate ourselves before you. We fully trust that, standing beneath your shadow and
protection, nothing will trouble or afflict us, nor do we need to fear illness or misfortune, or any other sorrow.
O Virgin of Guadalupe, you want to remain with us through your admirable Image, you who are our Mother, our health,
and our life. Placing ourselves beneath your maternal gaze, and having recourse to you in all our necessities, we need do
nothing more.
O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer us. Amen

 

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe Day 6

Sixth Day – December 9
Mary, Mother of vocations, we beg you to multiply priestly vocations and fill the earth with religious houses which will be
light and warmth for the world, and safety in stormy nights. Beg your Son to send us many holy priests and religious. This
we ask of you, O Mother… (Here mention your requests)
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be and Memorare of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Remember, O most gracious Virgin of Guadalupe, that in your heavenly apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, you
promised to show your compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting you, seek your help and call upon you in
their necessities and afflictions. You promised to hear our supplications, to dry our tears, and to give us consolation and
relief.
Never has it been known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left
unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly to you, O Mary, ever-Virgin Mother of the true God! Though grieving under the
weight of our sins, we come to prostrate ourselves before you. We fully trust that, standing beneath your shadow and
protection, nothing will trouble or afflict us, nor do we need to fear illness or misfortune, or any other sorrow.
O Virgin of Guadalupe, you want to remain with us through your admirable Image, you who are our Mother, our health,
and our life. Placing ourselves beneath your maternal gaze, and having recourse to you in all our necessities, we need do
nothing more.
O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer us. Amen

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe Day 5

Fifth Day – December 8
O most holy Mother, I beg you to obtain for me the pardon of all my sins, abundant graces to serve your Son more
faithfully from now on, and lastly, the grace to praise Him with you forever in heaven… (Here mention your requests)
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be and Memorare of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Remember, O most gracious Virgin of Guadalupe, that in your heavenly apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, you
promised to show your compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting you, seek your help and call upon you in
their necessities and afflictions. You promised to hear our supplications, to dry our tears, and to give us consolation and
relief.
Never has it been known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left
unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly to you, O Mary, ever-Virgin Mother of the true God! Though grieving under the
weight of our sins, we come to prostrate ourselves before you. We fully trust that, standing beneath your shadow and
protection, nothing will trouble or afflict us, nor do we need to fear illness or misfortune, or any other sorrow.
O Virgin of Guadalupe, you want to remain with us through your admirable Image, you who are our Mother, our health,
and our life. Placing ourselves beneath your maternal gaze, and having recourse to you in all our necessities, we need do
nothing more.
O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer us. Amen

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe Day 4

Fourth Day – December 7
Dearest Mother of Guadalupe, I beg you for a fortified will to imitate your divine Son’s charity, to always seek the good of others in need. Grant me this, I humbly ask of you… (Here mention your requests)
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be and Memorare of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Remember, O most gracious Virgin of Guadalupe, that in your heavenly apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, you
promised to show your compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting you, seek your help and call upon you in
their necessities and afflictions. You promised to hear our supplications, to dry our tears, and to give us consolation and
relief.
Never has it been known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left
unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly to you, O Mary, ever-Virgin Mother of the true God! Though grieving under the
weight of our sins, we come to prostrate ourselves before you. We fully trust that, standing beneath your shadow and
protection, nothing will trouble or afflict us, nor do we need to fear illness or misfortune, or any other sorrow.
O Virgin of Guadalupe, you want to remain with us through your admirable Image, you who are our Mother, our health,
and our life. Placing ourselves beneath your maternal gaze, and having recourse to you in all our necessities, we need do
nothing more.
O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer us. Amen