Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

Today, the 47th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, is the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. The U.S. Bishops ask us today to pray and sacrifice in reparation for the sin of abortion and for an end to this diabolical practice, and we encourage you to participate through extra prayers, attendance at Mass, fasting or whatever you are able to do.

A marcher holds up a sign at the 2019 D.C. March

On Friday, January 24th, the National March for Life takes place in Washington, D.C., when tens of thousands of pro-lifers – including many FSSP parishioners from such apostolates as Scranton, Allentown, Philadelphia and Richmond – gather to witness to the sanctity of human life and protest the evil of abortion. Even a contingent from All Saints, our apostolate in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is trekking over a thousand miles to march at the nation’s capital! However, if you cannot make the journey to D.C., many local pro-life marches and rallies also take place in various cities across the country at this time of year, such as the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco, CA on January 25th, where you might spot parishioners from our parishes in Sacramento and San Diego. The Missive will be at large and on the ground at the D.C. March and we’ll be posting about it soon after. Please join in on one of these events if you are able!

The moral gravity of procured abortion is apparent in all its truth if we recognize that we are dealing with murder and, in particular, when we consider the specific elements involved. The one eliminated is a human being at the very beginning of life. No one more absolutely innocent could be imagined. In no way could this human being ever be considered an aggressor, much less an unjust aggressor! He or she is weak, defenceless, even to the point of lacking that minimal form of defence consisting in the poignant power of a newborn baby’s cries and tears.

– Pope St. John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae

Indeed, no one more innocent exists in this world than a baby in the womb. Let us especially ask Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Unborn, to protect these precious little ones, and let us work tirelessly for the enactment of just laws that safeguard their fundamental right to life. +

Cover photo shows the 2019 National March for Life in D.C.

January 22, 2020