Tuesday, Jan. 22
Anniversary of Roe v Wade
Day of Prayer and Penance for Life
***UPDATE: Note to Michelle Malkin and Gulf Coast Pundit readers – This is a post FROM LAST YEAR (2008). (Thanks to Ed Mahmoud abu al Kahoul for linking to this page.)The Day of Prayer and Penance for Life for 2009 is still on Jan. 22; however, this year, Jan. 22 is on THURSDAY.
The date has NOTHING TO DO with Obama’s inauguration; it has to do with Roe v Wade.***
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has declared that the anniversary of Roe v Wade (which legalized abortion nationwide) “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.” Please note: the words “shall be” indicate that we are under obligation to fulfill the penance.
St. Joseph with the Infant Jesus by Guido Reni – from Wikepedia
Penance is supernatural moral virtue. Some examples of penance:
fasting (or mortification); and abstaining from certain foods (especially meat);
no television; no cellphones; no internet (except vpcyg.com, of course, ha! ha!);
saying a rosary (or an extra rosary if you already say one);
devoting an hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament (at church or the hospital chapel);
reading Sacred Scripture, especially Gospel of Luke;
do some housework that Mom (or Dad) normally does;
receive the Sacrement of Reconciliation (aka Confession);
give alms (money) to the poor
No matter which form of penance we choose, we should do so with a glad heart, entrusting Our Lord to use our small sacrifices for the betterment of His people.
So, what kind of penance will you do? Or if you are reading this after Jan. 22, what kind of penance did you do?
Leave a comment at this post (click on the word Comment at the top of this post). That way, everyone can be encouraged by your example.