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Each year the USCCB calls for a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. This year it falls on Monday, January 23, one day after the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. But why pray for just one day when you can do the Catholic thing – a novena?
Beginning on January 21, you can unite with other Catholics in prayer around the world by praying the 9 Days for Life novena. Go to the website 9daysforlife.com and download the daily prayers, or get the mobile app, or have it delivered to your inbox, or access it through text, Facebook, or Twitter. Gone are the days when the only way to deliver a message about prayer and penance to the whole world in an instant was with an apparition.
Each day of the novena will include a prayer intention, a tried and true Our Father, three Hail Marys, and Glory Be, a reflection on love, holiness, and the sanctity of life by Pope Saint John Paul II and others, and a list of suggested acts of reparation.
Perhaps the most powerful thing about 9 Days for Life is that you are not praying alone, even if you are physically by yourself in your own home. You are praying it with your fellow Catholics, and therefore with the Lord, who has promised that, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20.
Sign up for the novena. Be counted.