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Our Lady of the Rosary Novena
DAy One - September 29

Today’s Topic: Abortion

Intercession: For the conversion of all hearts to a culture of life and for the end to abortion.

PrayersOur Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: We have now seen nearly 47 years of the aftermath of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in our nation, which has left some 60 million children, aborted. We mourn the many children’s lives ended by abortion and remember in prayer those who suffer the aftereffects. The Diocese of Toledo comes together today to pray for the protection of all unborn children and to make reparation for abortion, trusting that the Lord hears our prayers.

As Pope Saint John Paul II wrote, “A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator and lover of life, from every Christian community, from every group and association, from every family and from the heart of every believer” (Evangelium vitae, 100). May that prayer arise in our hearts today and each day forward until every human being is protected in law and welcomed in life.

Acts of Reparation (choose one):

  • Visit www.40daysforlife.com/toledo and join our 40 Days for Life Campaign, which runs through November 3rd. During the campaign, consider joining Bishop Thomas for the “Mass for Life” at St. Catherine Parish in Toledo (4555 N. Haven Ave.) on Saturday October 12th at 9 am.

  • Abstain from snacking today. Eat three meals only.

  • Learn how to pray the Angelus (https://bit.ly/2nwnK4c), and consider saying it every day for the next week—on awakening, at noon, or at 6 p.m. (or all three times).  

One Step Further: More women and girls consider abortion than we may realize. They are our relatives and friends, people who work with us or for us. Even if someone identifies as being pro-life, the shock of an unexpected pregnancy, the devastation of a difficult prenatal diagnosis, shame, pressures, or fears may influence her to consider abortion.

If someone shared with you she was pregnant and hadn't ruled out having an abortion, would you know how to respond in a loving way that is life-affirming for both her and her baby? Learn about the four steps of the L.O.V.E. Approach™*: Listen and Learn, Open Options, Vision and Value, and Extend and Empower (https://bit.ly/2BCBlbR).

For other simple tips on how to provide loving, life-affirming support for a friend who is unexpectedly pregnant, read “10 Ways to Support Her When She’s Unexpectedly Expecting” (https://bit.ly/1PbiBFB). Finally, if you or someone you love has experienced an abortion, invite them to our Project Rachel healing ministry: www.hopeafterabortion.com.

Excerpted and adapted from Pray for Life, copyright © 2017, 2019, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C. All rights reserved.