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9 Days for Life
Today’s Intention: May all unborn children be protected in law and welcomed in love.
May each person suffering from participation in abortion find forgiveness, hope, and healing in Christ.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Countless children’s lives have been ended by abortion, and countless parents and family members suffer guilt, grief, and regret—often in silence. Yet God’s greatest desire is to forgive. No matter how far we have each strayed from His side, He says to us, “Don’t be afraid. Draw close to my heart.” Be assured that it is never too late to seek God’s forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Consider the parable of the Prodigal Son. After repenting of sinning against his father, he returns from far away to seek forgiveness and work as a servant. But his father sees him approaching, runs to warmly embrace him, and hosts a banquet to celebrate his return. So, too, does God welcome all His children who come to Him in the Sacrament of Reconciliation with contrite hearts, no matter how serious the sin. Let us turn confidently to Our Lord, Who is love and mercy.
Acts of Reparation
- Abstain from meat today.
- Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for today’s intention.
- Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.
One Step Further
If a friend confided in you that she had an abortion, would you be able to listen and respond in a way that brings her closer to forgiveness and healing? Learn how in How to Talk to a Friend Who’s Had an Abortion.
Did You Know?
The National Prayer Vigil for Life can be viewed live today, on Thursday, January 20, 2022. Visit usccb.org/national-prayer-events-for-life for more information.
Important Update for 2022: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the National Prayer Vigil for Life will have a condensed program but will still be open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Vigil Program will still be televised by EWTN and livestreamed on the Basilica’s webpage so millions can participate remotely. Please see the adjusted 2022 Vigil schedule and visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information.
To see the schedule and access the livestream links for the overnight holy hours during January 20–21, please click here.
You Can Pray the Nine Days for Life Novena Each Day
We have nine days of prayer, which is the basic format for any novena. The term novena refers to 9 days, and is a way to recreate the experience of prayer that occurred in the Upper Room between the Ascension of Jesus into heaven, and today. As the apostles and Mary were in the Upper Room, they prayed each day in waiting for the Spirit of God to move, which, of course, we celebrate at Pentecost. Each day we will post an additional novena prayer.
The prayer topics are below:
Day Three: May all who defend life find strength and renewal in the Holy Spirit.
Day Four: May all unborn children be protected in law and welcomed in love.
Day Five: May all who support or participate in abortion experience a conversion of heart to seek and receive the Lord’s boundless mercy.
Day Six: May every expectant mother receive compassionate care and support as she nurtures the life in her womb.
Day Seven: May expectant fathers lovingly support the mothers of their children in welcoming new life.
Day Eight: May expectant mothers choosing adoption receive grace and support in embracing this loving option.
Day Nine: May civic leaders work for the protection of all human life, in every stage and circumstance.