Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Day of Penance for Life

For forty years I loathed that generation,
And said they are a people who err in their heart,
And they do not know My ways.
Therefore I swore in My anger,
Truly they shall not enter into My rest.
~Psalm 95:10
Today is the 35th Anniversary of Roe v Wade, the Supreme Court decision allowing abortion throughout all 9 months of pregnancy in the United States. Yes, abortion is legal through the 9th month of pregnancy here, a fact that many in the U.S. don't even realize.

The U.S. Bishops have designated today a day of penance for the sin of taking pre-born life.

In all the dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life. The Mass “For Peace and Justice” (no. 22 of the “Masses for Various Needs”) should be celebrated with violet vestments as an appropriate liturgical observance for this day.

General Instruction of the Roman Missal, no. 373
Sweet Jesus, have mercy on us.


Anonymous said...

will certainly pray..

Marilena said...

we need to stop abortion now! more women need to wake up and get with the program and stop abortion! babies have a RIGHT to their lives. its murder to abort them! oh how God must grieve at every abortion! how righteously angry He must feel when someone aborts a baby! how those doctors will be held accountable for murder! they will be held accountable!

Carmel said...

Isn't that just terrible!! I am in my 7th month and I couldn't imagine thinking of my baby as something who's life I can choose to end! And how pregnant women can think that is just terrible.
I don't like abortion at any time of the pregnancy, maybe I have been living under a rock but I didn't know that it was legal to abort up to the 9th month.

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

Yep. That's why "partial birth abortion" is so horrible. *That* is killing a baby *after* it is (partially) born! Pope Paul VI warned about this kind of thing happening back in the 1960's with Humanae Vite. It has come to pass. The elderly are next.

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