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The following is from “Day 7” 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 elected leaders who oppose any restriction on the abortion license: may God allow them to grasp the brutal violence of abortion and the reality of post-abortion suffering experienced by countless women and men.

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 reading from Acts tells the story of St. Paul’s conversion.

Before [his conversion], he was “breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord.”

After encountering Christ, Paul became a “chosen instrument,” filled with the Holy Spirit, and ready to suffer for Jesus’ Name.

There is absolutely nothing and no one outside of the power of God’s loving embrace.

Today we remember the children, the mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and all those who have been involved in or affected by abortion.

We entrust them to the unfathomable healing mercy of God, recalling the words of Jesus to St. Faustina: “The greater the misery of a soul, the greater its right to My mercy” (Diary, 1182).

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

• Go to Confession—today, if possible—or during this week.

• Fast from snacking today. Eat three meals only [and do not ‘go back for seconds’].

• Today, go visit an adoration chapel and spend an hour with Jesus.

Did You Know? The barbaric abortion procedure called partial-birth abortion first became known in 1993.

In this mid- and late-term procedure, an abortionist delivers a live baby feet-first up to his neck, plunges surgical scissors into the base of his skull, sucks out his brains and then removes the lifeless baby’s body from the birth canal.

Because of the reluctance of some politicians to put any restrictions on abortion, it was not until 2007 that a federal ban on partial-birth abortion finally went into effect. See –> Partial Birth Abortion

St. Paul, Pray For Us And For Those Who Are In Need Of Conversion!

Dear Jesus, Thank You for all the graces Thou hast bestowed upon St. Paul and on all of Thy martyrs. 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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