Even as we pray for unity among Christians this week, we are also called to remember and pray about an issue that causes more division among us than the enduring effects of the Reformation… that of the abortion of unborn children. It was on January 22nd, 1973 when the Supreme Court ruled upon the court case of Roe v Wade and set the precedent that abortion is legal in the United States of America. Forty-five years later, millions of children never made it to their birth. Many, if not more adults carry deep and lasting suffering resulting from their involvement. If you are one of the many affected by such a decision in your past, please seek reconciliation (priests have been able to freely absolve this sin for several years now). In addition, Project Rachel provides helpful resources at: http://www.hopeafterabortion.com.
There are many reasons why one may fall to the temptation to abort a pregnancy. As Christians, we know that we are called leave the judgment of the circumstances, the choice, and the person to God the Father. We are blessed to know that the Father is understanding and merciful and that no sin is too serious for Him to forgive. Knowing that we have found forgiveness of so many of our own sins, we should be ready to extend the same mercy toward others, no matter the mistakes they have made.
One way we can all participate in this work of mercy for the innumerable souls affected is to pray for them. Every year, on the anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling, the bishops of the United States call us to make some effort to pray and seek God’s mercy, His help in guiding our leaders to pass legislation that promotes the respect of life, and to pray for the legal protection of unborn children. Prayer resources can be found at http://www.9daysforlife.com.
Let us pray…
Good and gracious God, you blew into our nostrils
the breath of life.
You are the One to whom we owe our very existence.
Grant your mercy and forgiveness to those who have fallen
to the temptation to end a life.
Give us the courage to do what needs to be done
to protect those who have no voice,
the unborn child in the womb to the person taking
his or her last breath.
The life you have given us is a gift beyond measure.
Embolden us to speak the truth about protecting the child, the elderly,
and the everyone without a voice.
Grant these prayers through Christ our Lord.