9 Days For Life

2015_9days_cover_englishOn January 22 our nation will mark the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S.

Since that tragic decision, more than 56 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss — often in silence.

Join thousands of Catholics across the country coming together in prayer for a “culture of life” from Saturday, January 17 –  Sunday, January 25!

B.D.H.S. is supporting the 9 Days for Life program by posting daily reminders and reflections on our Facebook and Twitter pages.  Below you can find the reflections for each day.

17Day One: Saturday, January 17, 2015 Intercession: For the conversion of all hearts and the end to abortion.

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: Today’s Gospel reading from Mark (Mk 2:13-17)* recounts Jesus dining with tax collectors and sinners. When the Pharisees question Jesus about this, he responds, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” In a society where millions of people have fallen prey to the false promises of the culture of death, let us witness to the mercy of Jesus and invite all who’ve been wounded to experience his abundant love and healing.


18Day Two: Sunday, January 18, 2015Intercession: May those near the end of their lives receive medical care that respects their dignity and protects their lives.

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: In today’s Gospel reading (Jn 1:35-42),* John the Baptist testifies that Jesus is “the Lamb of God.” How often do we meditate on Jesus as the Lamb and our salvation? There is nothing we could ever accomplish on our own that could make up for our daily failures to love others with the merciful and sacrificial love of Christ. But in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, he forgives our faults, wipes the stain of sin from our souls and gives us the strength to begin anew with the help of his grace. Let us live each day in gratitude for the mercy God shows us!


19Day Three: Monday, January 19Intercession: May those who long for a child of their own be filled with trust in God’s loving plan.

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: It can be very difficult and painful when the Lord doesn’t answer our prayers the way we hope. We may have many doubts and questions, wondering why we face the challenges that we do. Yet even though our suffering is often shrouded in a sense of mystery, we believe that the Lord loves us with great tenderness and compassion that is beyond our imagination. Knowing this, we can trust that “all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28).*


20Day Four: Tuesday, January 20, 2015Intercession: May children awaiting adoption be welcomed into loving families.

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: Let us reflect on today’s reading from Hebrews (6:10-20)*, which reminds us to “hold fast to the hope that lies before us. This we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm” (Heb 6:18-19)*. We pray that children awaiting adoption would be filled with the hope of Christ and “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding” (Phil 4:7)*. We also remember that, we too, can cling fast to this anchor of hope, for we have received “a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, ‘Abba, Father!’” (Rom 8:15)*. May our loving Father envelop each of us in His love today and open our eyes in faith, that we may see and rejoice in it.


21Day Five: Wednesday, January 21, 2015Intercession: May all people reject pornography and discover the true meaning of love through an encounter and relationship with Christ.

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: Today we honor the life of St. Agnes, a 12-year old girl martyred in Rome in AD 304. Agnes never wavered in her commitment to remain a virgin and to give her whole life to the Lord, refusing proposals to marry. Her innocence and heroism facing death helped bring an end to the persecutions of Christians in Rome. Following the example of St. Agnes, let us remain steadfast in recognizing Christ, who is Love Incarnate, as the source and summit of our lives. May his love give us the determination and courage to live for him and for others, especially the most vulnerable among us. St. Agnes, pray for us!


22Day Six: Thursday, January 22, 2015Intercession: May each person suffering from the loss of a child through abortion find hope & healing in Christ.

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: Today, on this 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we consider the past four decades in which our society has legally permitted abortion. Since that tragic decision, many children’s lives have been lost, and many suffer that loss—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.”


23Day Seven: Friday, January 23, 2015 Intercession: For an end to the use of the death penalty in our country.

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: As Catholics, we believe and put our hope in a merciful and loving God. We are conscious of our own brokenness and need for redemption. Our Lord calls us to imitate him more perfectly by witnessing to the inherent dignity of every human being, including those whose actions have been despicable. Our faith and hope is in the mercy of God who says to us, “Blessed are the merciful for they shall be shown mercy (Mt 5:7)* and, “I desire mercy, not sacrifices” (Mt 9:13)*. As Christians we are called to oppose the culture of death by witnessing to something greater and more perfect: a gospel of life, hope and mercy.


24Day Eight: Saturday, January 24, 2015Intercession: For an end to all domestic violence.

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: “A correct reading of Scripture leads people to an understanding of the equal dignity of men and women and to relationships based on mutuality and love. Beginning with Genesis, Scripture teaches that women and men are created in God’s image.” (“When I Call for Help: A Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence Against Women,” USCCB 2002. See: www.bit.ly/WhenICallForHelp).


25Day Nine: Sunday, January 25, 2015Intercession: May we treat others with the love & respect that is due to each person as a “masterpiece of God’s creation.”

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection:  When God created each of us, He did so with precision and purpose, and He looks on each of us with love that cannot be outdone in intensity or tenderness. Moreover, the Lord invites each of us to behold ourselves and each other with the same wonder and awe. “Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.”  – Pope Francis’ Day for Life Greeting


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