Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

January 22, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


First Book of Samuel 17:32-33, 37, 40-51

Psalm 144

Mark 3:1-6


Today, January 22, 2020, marks the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States of America.  In keeping with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) we are observing a special day of penance and reparation for sins against the dignity of the human person through acts of abortion. 

Since that tragic decision more than 55 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and the lives of millions of their parents have been shattered.  That single legal opinion, and the subsequent millions upon millions of individual and societal decisions that have been made in its wake, not only have taken the lives of countless human beings in the womb, but have also taken an unimaginable toll on those who have turned to abortion, those who have performed abortions, those who have encouraged abortions, and on our society as a whole as we have witness a steady lack of awareness regarding all forms of assaults on human dignity and life at all its stages.

Abortion is directly repugnant to the teaching of the Catholic Faith and has always been so.  Abortion was practiced by the Greeks, Romans, and even the Egyptians.  But the Catholic Church has always condemned abortion as gravely sinful.  Our faith teaches that a baby is human from the very moment of conception and that innocent human life may never be directly and deliberately taken.  Abortion is murder and is inherently evil.

Together as one, the Catholic Church prays today with all of our hearts for the legal protection of unborn children.  But today is also a day of hope.  We trust that God hears our prayers and petitions.  We pray that the many who once supported abortion have come to embrace the Church’s teachings on the dignity of all human life; that the many workers in the abortion industry have become faithful, practicing and vibrant Catholics.

May the Church faithfully continue to be God’s instrument of hope, healing, conversion and life for our culture for His glory and the salvation of souls.

Question of the Day:  Will you pray, with the greatest fervor for the legal protection of unborn children throughout the entire world?

Prayer:  “God of life and love, you created us in your image and sent your Son to bring us life.  Instill in us a respect for all life, from conception to natural death.  Empower us to work for justice for the poor..  nourish us that we may bring food to the hungry.  Inspire us to cherish the fragile life of the unborn.  Strengthen us to bring comfort to the chronically ill.  Teach us to treat the aging with dignity and respect.  Bring us one day into the glory of everlasting life.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.  (Parish of Saint Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Center, New York) 



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