Friday, January 22, 2016
“In all the dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life.” (General Instruction of the Roman Missal, no. 373) I challenge everyone to make this Friday, Jan. 22 a day of prayer by attending daily Mass here or somewhere near your work or home, by praying the rosary or other types of prayer, by doing a form of penance, fasting (which is encouraged every Friday of the year, not just Lent), or performing a spiritual or corporal work of mercy. Do something!
On Friday, January 22 our nation will mark the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S. Since that tragic decision, more than 56 million children's lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss -- often in silence. 56 million lives are equal to the entire combined populations of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nevada and more. Put another way, it is as if every man, woman and child now living in the Gulf Coast states from Texas to Florida, or every person living in the Atlantic Coast states from Maine through Virginia, had perished!