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USCCB announces Novena to end abortion/mark Roe v. Wade anniversary January 17, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, episcopate, General Catholic, Interior Life, sanctity, secularism, sickness, Society, true.

It seems sad they have to refer to this as “Nine Days of Prayer…..” as opposed to a Novena.  Well, it does incorporate penance and pilgrimage (?), so shut me up, I guess.

The United States Conference of Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced “Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage” around January 22, the 40th anniversary Roe v. Wade– the Supreme Court decision that struck down laws protecting unborn human life.

“The bishops recognize that prayer is the foundation of all our efforts on behalf of human life,” said Tom Grenchik, executive director of the USCCB’s Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities. “These nine days of focused prayer and sacrifice are a great opportunity for people across the nation to unite their voices in prayer to God.”

The nine days will take place from January 19 to 27; events include the National Prayer Vigil for Life (January 24-25) and the March for Life (January 25). Interested Catholics can sign up to receive novena prayers by e-mail or text message. Other suggested activities include special Masses and holy hours.

The “Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage” are part of the US bishops “Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty,” in which the bishops have requested [stop requesting and DEMAND something for a change!  Make it compulsory, we like being ordered around!] a monthly holy hour, daily Rosary, and fast and abstinence on all Fridays until the Feast of Christ the King in November.

I’d put some information up from the USCCB website, but the site must be down, I couldn’t get through. Probably due to being overwhelmed by the throngs of Catholics, tens of millions of them, hitting the site to sign up for the Novena.  Given the USCCB’s track record with prayers, forgive me for not getting my hopes us too much – money says the word “help” is featured at least 7 times.

Seriously, a Novena is nice, it’s a good idea, and I wish I could see the prayers that are planned. It’s a decent start – let’s do more and better next year, and the year after, and really start to transform some lives. That’s what is needed.  Not occasionally added baubles to the lives of the faithful, such as they are, but radical transformation.  We all need it, as we’re all sunk in this increasingly fallen, ungodly culture, and it weighs on all of us.  We need to help each other out, and we need heroic leadership.  We can pray, anyways.



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