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The following is from “Day 6” 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 those whose work involves promoting abortion and contraceptive use: may God help them understand that the casual sex they foster undermines the capacity for the self-giving, faithful and enduring love that is the longing of every heart.

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:

On this feast of St. Francis de Sales, let us consider these words of the great saint: ‘All that we do must be motivated by love and not force. We must love to obey rather than fear to disobey.’

St. Francis reminds us that all of our actions must be borne of a spirit of love, and that we find our freedom in living the truth.

As we defend the dignity of human life, let us ask St. Francis to pray for us so that everything we say and do for unborn children, and their grieving parents, is imbued with both compassion and truth.

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

• Learn how to pray the Angelus and get into the habit of saying it every day – on awakening, at noon and at 6 p.m. (or before you retire for the day);

• Today ignore or control your sweet tooth. Make healthy eating choices.

• Clean a room in your house without being asked or without telling anyone. Pray for your family members while you clean, ‘and your Father Who sees in secret will repay you’ (Matthew 6:6)

Did You Know? Surveys shows that most young adults want to be married one day, but contraceptive use encourages self-centeredness rather than self-control and long-term commitment.

The percentage of adults who are married has fallen from over 72% in 1960 to only 52% in 2009, and many men are no longer willing to marry the mother of their children.

Single women have 83% of abortions.

Currently 41% of births in the U.S. are to single moms, up from 17% three decades ago.

Cohabiting and single-parent families are 3 times more likely to be poor and face higher risks (compared to married families) of physical and mental abuse, dissatisfaction with life and depression. Citations are at –> Life Matters: …Women’s Well-Being

St. Francis de Sales, Pray For Us!

Dear Jesus, Thank You for all the graces Thou hast bestowed upon St. Francis de Sales and on all of Thy Confessors. Give us the grace to be morally courageous and to always ‘do the right thing’, even when it is most difficult. But, not my will but Thy Will be done. Amen.

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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