Respect Life Month – Day Thirty-One

ThOur Lady of Guadalupeere are some who don’t want you to know we are in a battle, even while they themselves never cease to attack. Friends, when we do get attacked and clobbered, then let us know that Christ has gone before us. He told us, “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world’” (Jn 16:33) (Bishop Robert Finn)

  • PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!

Novena Prayer for Life to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Oh Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mother of Life, we honor you as Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Thank you for pointing us to Jesus your Son, the only Savior and hope of the world.  Renew our hope in him, that we all may have the courage to say Yes to life, and to defend those children in danger of abortion.  Give us your compassion to reach out to those tempted to abort, and to those suffering from a past abortion.  Lead us to the day when abortion will be a sad, past chapter in our history.  Keep us close to Jesus, the Life of the World, who is Lord forever and ever. Amen.

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Respect Life Month – Day Thirty

Francis Cardinal Arinze holding child“If there is a lack of respect for the right to life and to a natural death, if human conception, gestation and birth are made artificial, if human embryos are sacrificed to research, the conscience of society ends up losing the concept of human ecology and, along with it, that of environmental ecology. It is contradictory to insist that future generations respect the natural environment when our educational systems and laws do not help them to respect themselves.” (Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate)

  • Invite a pro-life or chastity speaker to talk to your high school class, university, youth group or parish.

Prayer to the Spirit of Truth

Holy Spirit, You are the promised Spirit of Truth, constantly revealing the splendor of truth to Your people, and leading us deeper into the Mysteries of our Faith.

Come to us today, and deepen in our minds and hearts the truth about life: its greatness, its dignity, its reflection of the eternal God. Make us appreciate ever more the truth that life is always a good, and that every life is of equal dignity, despite all the different characteristics people have, or the different circumstances under which they come to be.

Come, Spirit of Truth. Free all Your people from the falsehoods that lead to the evil of abortion. Free them from the false and harmful ideas which make a god out of their own choices, or which fail to recognize the right to life of children in the womb.

Come, O Holy Spirit, and as You immerse us in Your truth, so make us effective witnesses of that truth within our families, among our friends, and to all the world. Amen.

Respect Life Month – Day Twenty-Eight

large family“Marriage and conjugal love are by their nature ordained toward the begetting and educating of children. Children are really the supreme gift of marriage and contribute very substantially to the welfare of their parents.” (Paul VI, Guadium et Spes #50)

  • If you are married, consider whether God is asking you to have one more child. If you are infertile is adoption or fostering an option open to you?

Lord God, from You every family in heaven and on earth takes its name.  Father, You are love and life.  Through Your Son, Jesus Christ, born of woman, and through the Holy Spirit, the fountain of divine charity, grant that every family on earth may become for each successive generation a true shrine of life and love.  Grant that Your grace may guide the thoughts and actions of husbands and wives for the good of their families and of all the families in the world.  Grant that the young may find in the family solid support for their human dignity and for their growth in truth and love.  Grant that love, strengthened by the grace of the sacrament of marriage, may prove mightier than all the weaknesses and trials through which our families sometimes pass.  Through the intercession of the Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that the Church may fruitfully carry out her worldwide mission in the family and through the family.  We ask this of You, Who is life, truth, and love with the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Respect Life Month – Day Twenty-Seven

“…is it surprising that today we have become so morally blind (for wickedness blinds) that we save the baby whales at great cost, and murder millions of unborn children?” (Alice von Hildebrand, The Privilege of Being a Woman)

  • Make your views known to your local MP about abortion, access to RU-486, the Morning After Pill, euthanasia, pre-natal screening for Down Syndrome and other life issues.

Prayer for Respect of Life

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 defence 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.

Respect Life Month – Day Twenty-Six

Baby in the womb“Failing to name error because of some kind of fear of offending the person in error is neither compassion nor charity. Confronting or challenging the error or evil of another is never easy yet it must be done.” (Bishop Robert Vasa)

  • Collect pro-life books to add to your Church library.

God of endless ages, each day of our lives you guide and protect us, nurturing the gift of life, that we might grow in your sight and  glorify your holy name.  Guide and protect the lives of each of our children, nourish and nurture them with you truth, that from the womb unto the last natural breath, each man and woman might know you, the one true God, and praise you for the gift of life.  We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Respect Life Month – Day Twenty-Five

large family“Dear families, rejoice in fatherhood and motherhood! Openness to life is a sign of openness to the future, confidence in the future, just as respect for the natural moral law frees people, rather than demeaning them! The good of the family is also the good of the Church.” (Pope Benedict XVI)

  • Be encouraging of couples who announce they have been blessed with another child. This becomes even more important when the couple already has three, four, five or more children.

Blessing of Parents Before the Birth of their Child

Gracious Father, your Word, spoken in love, created the human family and, in the fullness of time, your Son, conceived in love, restored it to your friendship.  Hear the prayers of N. and N., who await the birth of their child.  Calm their fears when they are anxious.  Watch over and support these parents and bring their child into this world safely and in good health, so that as members of your family they may praise you and glorify you through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen.

Respect Life Month – Day Twenty-Three

Baby“I express my deep appreciation for all those social and pastoral initiatives aimed at combating the socio-economic and cultural mechanisms which lead to abortion, and openly concerned with defending life and promoting the reconciliation and healing of those harmed by the tragedy of abortion.

Initiatives aimed at protecting the essential and primary values of life from its conception, and of the family based on indissoluble marriage between a man and a woman, help to respond to some of today’s most insidious and dangerous threats to the common good. Such initiatives represent, along with many other forms of commitment, essential elements in the building of the civilization of love”.  (Pope Benedict XVI)

  • Make a financial contribution to Family Life Crisis Pregnancy Centre.  Just $1.00 a day for a month is $30.00.  This amount can contribute towards the monthly running costs of our 0800 FOR LIFE phone line which runs 24/7.  $69.00 will purchase a new capsule baby seat.  $120.00 will cover the costs of one Pregnant and Worried sign.

Dear Jesus, help us to spread Your fragrance every where we go.  Flood our souls with Your Spirit and Life.  Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly that our lives may only be a radiance of Yours.  Shine through us, and be so in us that every soul we come in contact with may feel Your presence in our soul.  Let them look up and see no longer us, but only Jesus.  Stay with us and then we shall begin to shine as You shine, so to shine as to be a light to others.  The light, O Jesus, will be all from You; none of it will be ours.  It will be You, shining on others through us.  Let us thus praise You in the way You love best — by shining on those around us.  Let us preach You without preaching; not by words but by our example;  by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what we do, the evident fullness of the love our hearts bear to You.  Amen.

Adapted from the writings of Blessed John Henry Newman and recited by the Missionaries of Charity.