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American bishops invite Catholics to participate in “9 days for life” from January 19 to 27

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American bishops invite Catholics to participate in “9 days for life” from January 19 to 27

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WASHINGTON (CNS) – The 10th annual “9 Days for Life” novena, sponsored by the American Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, is taking place this year from January 19-27.

Catholics from all over the country are invited to participate in this novena for the protection of human life.

“This pro-life novena is an occasion of remembrance and reparation on the occasion of the birthday of Roe v. Wade – the Supreme Court ruling that made abortion legal throughout the United States,” said declared a press release. “The primary intention of the novena is the end of abortion.”

Novenas in the Catholic Church consist of prayers or actions over nine successive days. Each day of “9 Days for Life” has a prayer intention along with reflection, educational information and suggestions for daily actions “to help build a culture of life,” according to the 9daysforlife website. com.

All are welcome to register on the website to receive the novena in English or Spanish by email or text or access it online. Participants can share their pro-life testimonies and invite their social media to pray on social media with the hashtag # 9DaysforLife.

A resource kit is available that presents prayer intentions and daily reflections, among other materials.

The novena encompasses the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children on January 22, the anniversary of the Roe decision of 1973.

The pro-life committee of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops first launched “9 Days For Life” in 2013 to mark Roe’s 40th birthday.

Here is an example of a one-day intention, prayers, and reflection:

For the first day, the intention is as follows: “May the tragic practice of abortion come to an end”. Then come the prayers: Our Father, three Hail Marys and Glory be to the Father.

Part of the first day’s reflection reads: “At every stage and in every circumstance, we are kept alive by the love of God. The presence of an illness, disability or other difficult situation never diminishes the value of a human life. God does not call us to perfection in appearance or ability, but to perfection in love. … Abortion tragically rejects the truth that every life is a good and perfect gift, deserving of protection.

“Christ invites us to consider our own lives and the lives of others as real gifts. … May our culture experience the power of the transforming love of God, so that all eyes are opened to the incredible beauty of every human life.

Participants are then invited to choose one of the following two repairs:

– Take a break from TV and movies today. Consider spending some of this time praying with today’s reflection.

– Say the short prayer “Every life is worth living”, reflecting on the gift of human life.

Finally, each day offers “One more step”. On the first day, this “step” is a link to an article titled “Another Look at Abortion,” which provides a basic overview and summarizes key points on the issue of abortion to “help you get better. prepare to bear witness to the sacredness of human life. “

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American bishops invite Catholics to participate in “9 days for life” from January 19 to 27

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