Loading
Cardinal finds prayer, penance needed for end of abortion
Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley of Boston speaks at a press conference for the 2012 USCCB Fall General Assembly. Credit: Michelle Bauman/CNA.
Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley of Boston speaks at a press conference for the 2012 USCCB Fall General Assembly. Credit: Michelle Bauman/CNA.
By Michelle Bauman
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- Prayers and penitential hearts must be at the foundation of efforts to restore a genuine respect for life in America, observed Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley of Boston.

“Our nation greatly needs our prayers and personal sacrifices,” said the cardinal, who chairs the pro-life committee for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“The evil of abortion inflicts unimaginable pain, but Jesus offers us healing and renewal,” he emphasized in a Jan. 16 statement. “He came not to condemn us, but to free us from the burden of the wrongs we have done so that all might be saved.”

Jan. 22 marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized abortion throughout the nation.

In his anniversary statement, Cardinal O’Malley reflected on the ruling and its implications for America.

“Without grounding in the Constitution, law or human rights, these decisions have made it legal for the past forty years in the United States to end the life of an unborn child,” he said. “Since then fifty-five million children never had the chance to be born.”

He lamented that the court and much of society accept this “staggering” loss of children’s lives as “a matter of personal choice.”

Cardinal O’Malley encouraged Americans to “build a civilization worthy of human beings created in God's image.”

Stressing the spiritual nature of this battle, he invited Catholics to participate in “Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage” from Jan. 19 to 27.

This novena is part of a larger prayer strategy by the U.S. bishops to support life, marriage and religious liberty, he explained. Throughout the nine days, participants will pray for a renewed respect for life in the nation, as well as for the healing and conversion of all those who have been involved in the abortion industry.

Novena materials – which include daily intercessions, reflections and acts of reparation – are available via text message, social media and the website for the bishops’ conference. This portable format makes the prayers accessible to the scores of pilgrims who will be traveling to the nation’s capital on Jan. 25 for the annual March for Life.

The nine-day initiative further encourages young people to display pro-life Facebook pictures and to submit brief videos from pro-life events for a video contest.

Cardinal O’Malley also highlighted the importance of forgiveness, explaining that Christ’s “Divine Mercy knows no limits” if we only ask for it. He encouraged those who know people suffering from an abortion to compassionately aid them in seeking help.

The cardinal voiced hope that “our defense of human life and religious freedom,” as well as our witness to human dignity and compassionate service, will “spark a renewal of love and commitment to the true good of others.”

“Only a love that seeks to serve those most in need, whatever the personal cost to ourselves, is strong enough to overcome a culture of death,” he said.

Tags: Abortion, US Bishops, Cardinal O'Malley

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
Dec
17

Liturgical Calendar

December 17, 2014

Advent Weekday

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 21:23-27

Gospel
Date
12/15/14
12/14/14
12/13/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Gen 49: 2, 8-10
Gospel:: Mt 1: 1-17

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
12/15/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 21:23-27

Homily
Date
12/15/14
12/14/14
12/13/14