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The following is from “Day 1″ of the Nine Days Of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage to end abortion and heal those who are involved [prepared by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)]:

Let us pray with conviction and hope that in this Year of Faith we may be renewed in our fight to defend all human life so that abortion may no longer be a reality in our world.

Intercessions:

For the mother who awakens each morning with the memory of abortion fresh in her mind: that the Lord may still the terror in her heart and lead her gently to the well-spring of His love and mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. May she, and all who’ve been involved in an abortion decision, find healing and hope through Project Rachel Ministry.

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee. Blessed art Thou amongst women and blessed is the Fruit of Thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee. Blessed art Thou amongst women and blessed is the Fruit of Thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee. Blessed art Thou amongst women and blessed is the Fruit of Thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Reflection:

Today’s Gospel reading from Mark recounts Jesus dining with tax collectors and sinners.

When the Pharisees question Jesus about this, He responds, ‘Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.’

In a society where millions of people have fallen prey to the false promises of the ‘culture of death,’ let us witness to the Mercy of Jesus and invite all who’ve been harmed to experience His abundant love and healing.

Acts of Reparation (Choose one or more to do today):

• Take time to write a handwritten note to someone who is lonely or needing encouragement.

• Pray for your deceased relatives and those who have no one to pray for them.

• ‘Spiritually adopt’ a baby by saying this prayer every day:

‘Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love You very much. I beg Thee to spare the life of [baby's name], the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion.’ – Prayer of Archbishop Fulton Sheen -

Did You Know?

Women  who’ve had an abortion have a 138% higher risk of mental health problems compared to women who’ve given birth, according to a 2011 article in the British Journal of Psychiatry that analyzed 22 major studies on women’s mental health following abortion. Together, the studies involved over 800,000 women. Visit HopeAfterAbortion.com for more information on abortion’s aftermath and where to find help.

And remember, to recite the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary every day for the intentions: to end abortions, to increase religious vocations (especially to the Priesthood), for the conversion of poor sinners and for the strengthening of the ‘family unit.’

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