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January 22, 2009

For January 22, 2009

Thirty-Sixth Anniversary of “Roe v. Wade”

General Instruction of the Roman Missal, No. 373:

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.

Mass for Peace and Justice
Matthew 5:1-12a
Isaiah 9:1-6

Through baptism we are joined to Christ the Son of God, and we become the adopted children of God.
That is a saving privilege, but it is also a mission.
If we presume on our title as “The Children of God,” but do not produce the blessed fruit of our Father’s Kingdom, then we turn ourselves out of the Kingdom of heaven— the Kingdom of Life, the Kingdom of God’s Life, the Kingdom of our Life in God, the Kingdom of God’s Life in us.
In 1973, our national Supreme Court took the question of abortion and the human right to life away from the citizens and the lawmakers of the nation.
The Court upheld that the smallest members of mankind have no right to life, and so we may end their lives.
When the Supreme Court did that, they hatched a new notion that our constitution had never foreseen— a new notion that trampled two of our nation’s published values: the recognition of a God-given, inalienable right to life, and the promise of equal protection under law.
The abortion industry in the United States admits and publishes that of all abortions only one percent is chosen for reasons of rape or incest.
So, ninety-nine percent of abortions are chosen by men and women who have agreed to please themselves, and then to protect falsely their own convenience by killing a child.
Since 1973, more than fifty million abortions have taken place in the United States.
Nazi Germany was the first government in history to legalize abortion.
We, the People, of the United States of America, have followed, imitated and surpassed the Nazis many times over.
If we would repent, we would have every hope of salvation.
Today the Church calls the United States of America to do “penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion” [General Instruction of the Roman Missal, number 373].
We do penance not only for our own sins, but also for the sins of others, because we have accepted baptism into Christ, the innocent Lamb of God who chose to shoulder the burden of all the sins of the world.
He offered up his life for our eternal benefit and the glory of the Father.
He wants us to do the same, and he taught us so to pray.
With that intention, I will repeat a prayer I have written and offered here before.

Father of All Husbands and Fathers,
Father of All Wives and Mothers,
Father of All Children,
Father of All Men and Women,
Our heavenly Father!

We worship You.
We hallow your name, for You are Life and Truth.

You are the King of Kings.
You are the King of Life.
Yours is the kingdom of life without measure.
You give life and new life to the world
in each newly begotten child.
Come, O King of Life.
We would serve your majesty wholeheartedly
in thanksgiving and love for you.
We would serve your majesty wholeheartedly
by our respect for each other.

It is your will, O Father,
that man and woman be together as a sign of yourself,
that man and woman be together as an instrument of yourself:
for you are the creator and fulfiller of all human lives.

You are the creator of angels and men.
Yet, you chose, not angels, but man and woman
to be together as your sign, your instrument and the very place
where you create and procreate the human race in every begotten child.
Not angels, but man and woman!
That is your will:
that on earth we join you in giving life to children
as you in heaven give life to angels.
We are your servants.
Let your will be done through us, with us, in us
on earth as by your angels in heaven.

You yourself are the food and drink of life and eternal life.
Give us this day what we need in your service and the service of others.
Give to men and women, to husbands and wives, to fathers and mothers
the will, the virtue and the means
to live well and to give life,
to nurture, protect and serve.
You have given life to all children.
Give them also loving fathers and mothers,
noble families, good friends and neighbors,
a culture of life, a nation that is just, a world at peace.

Father, we are sinners all,
having sinned against you first of all and above all.
Forgive us men and women for abusing each other,
for sacrificing each other
to the false gods of our own pleasure, domination and fear.
Forgive us, men and women,
forgive us all for sacrificing children,
for worshipping at the altars of the false god of convenience,
the false god of respectability,
the false god of comfort and ease,
the false god of acceptance,
the false gods of false freedoms and false rights.
When our guilt lies heavy upon us,
uphold us in sincere repentance.
When our guilt lies heavy upon us,
give us faith in your loving mercy,
and give us hope in your fatherly embrace.
even the pain of our guilty consciences
is the sign that your Spirit is speaking within us.
Speak always, and teach us to listen.
Forgive us also for refusing to forgive those who trespass against us.
From your own fatherly heart,
please give us the virtue to forgive others.

Father, strengthen us against the temptation to hate our enemies.
Send your Spirit to love within us and pray within us
for those who mourn,
and for those who refuse to mourn,
Send your Spirit to love within us and pray within us
for those who repent,
and for those who refuse to repent.

Deliver us from evil.
Give us stronger faith in you, our Father.
Give us persevering hope in you, our Father.
Give us to love you always,
bearing eagerly the fruits of your kingdom.

That God Be Glorified in All


Blogger Erin said...

Absolutely Beautiful! I'm also very grateful that you posted this at the Hour of Divine Mercy! Thank you for Catholic Witness! May God bless all you do!

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