January 22, 2007

Life

Today, on the anniversary of legalized abortion here in these United States, our bishops recommend to us a day of prayer and penance.
This day shall be observed as 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.
So let's take some kind of moment today to pray for forgiveness for all of our complicity in this culture's sins and offenses against the life God gives: abortions, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorism, capital punishment, suicides (and all suicides are assisted somehow), child abuse, spousal abuse, racism, the violence induced by drug criminalization, prostitution, pornography, factory farming, and the pollution of our sisters the water and the air.

4 comments:

Barb, sfo said...

Amen to that!

freddie said...

Hi there from Italy!
United in prayers
br.freddie OFM
PS: Are you in New York? I bet that somewhere you say where you are...but I haven't read everything :-)

Anonymous said...

"the pollution of our sisters the water and the air"

I didn't realize the Franciscans had gone Pagan.

Don't forget we should be atoning for other cultural sins like liturgical dance, clown mass, and "praise" music.

And why just ask for forgiveness for drug related violence? Do you support legalized drugs? I can't say that I support meth labs in the monasteries (or anywhere for that matter).

Charles of New Haven said...

"Praise be to you Lord, for our sister water, who is precious and humble and useful and chaste." -St. Francis of Assisi

As far as the meth lab goes, the mendicant sense of poverty has always excluded supporting ourselves through homegrown industries.