Today is the fifth day of the '9 Days for Life' Novena for the Protection of Human Life:
Intercession: "May each person suffering from the loss of a child through abortion find hope and healing in Christ."
Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
After more than four decades of legalized abortion, many children’s lives have been ended, and many parents and family members suffer that loss - often in silence. Yet God's greatest desire is to forgive. No matter how far we have each strayed from His side, He says to us, "Don't be afraid. Draw close to my heart." Be assured that it is never too late to seek God's forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Consider the parable of the Prodigal Son. After repenting of sinning against his father, he returns from far away to seek forgiveness and work as a servant. But the father sees him approaching, runs to warmly embrace him, and hosts a banquet to celebrate his return. So, too, does God welcome all of His repentant children, no matter how serious the sin. Let us turn confidently to Our Lord, Who is love and mercy.
- Abstain from meat today.
- Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for those who are suffering the loss of a child through abortion, asking that they find healing and peace.
- Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today's intention.