“There is nothing more powerful than prayer and fasting in the battle for true justice in our country. It is the hope of the bishops that these efforts will encourage real solidarity among all people who are standing for the precious gifts of life, marriage, and religious liberty.” – Most Reverend Michael J. Sheridan, Bishop of Colorado Springs, “The Bishop’s Voice: A Battle for True Justice,” The Colorado Catholic Herald, January 18, 2013.
To learn more about the Bishops’ Call to Prayer effort, which takes place every Friday and involves prayer and fasting, see www.usccb.org.
Yesterday, January 22nd, marked the 44th anniversary of the tragic Roe v. Wade decision which has led to the deaths of over 58 million pre-born babies. For those who have had abortion, God’s mercy and healing is an amazing gift for you and your loved ones.
Healing after Abortion Resources:
The U.S. bishops invite the faithful to participate in 9 Days for Life, January 21-29, an annual period of prayer and action cherishing the gift of life. We are encouraged to “pray, gather, and share” during this novena. Visit the USCCB website for more information.
“To women with an unplanned pregnancy, Maya* says, ‘This is survivable. Have hope.’” (*Name changed for privacy.) — “Accompanying Expectant Mothers Considering Adoption,” USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, www.goo.gl/srj6L3
PRAY: For parents placing their children for adoption: May they encounter the Father’s love through our words and actions.
October is Respect Life Month. Take some time to learn about how you can promote a respect for life. Perhaps begin with the United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) web site. Then take a look at Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) and move on to Stop Planned Parenthood (STOPP). You will find plenty of interesting articles.
Life, what a beautiful gift from our heavenly Father, a gift to be cherished, respected and protected…..always.
Each year, an estimated 17,000 vulnerable men, women and children are trafficked across our borders and then forced into slavery. Many are fleeing terrible situations in their home countries and come to the United States to find a better life. Unfortunately, the nightmare often begins when they reach our shores. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Anti-Trafficking program (ATP) mission is to educate people on the scourge of human trafficking as an offense against fundamental dignity of the human person, to advocate for an end to modern day slavery, and to provide training and technical assistance.
To view great articles and learn more, see http://www.usccb.org/about/anti-trafficking-program/index.cfm.
“[M]any assisted reproduction technologies also cause the destruction of human life. This fact is seldom explained to a couple before the various procedures begin.” — “Infertility” (www.goo.gl/Jdmuy3)
ForYourMarriage.Org (an initiative of the USCCB). Great articles can be found on this web site.