This Saturday, Nov. 27th, Pope Benedict XVI has called us to remember in prayer the unborn child, expectant Mothers, Fathers, and the dignity of human life. As we begin the season of Advent in which we look forward to remembering the author of life who inserted himself into our human life of time and space, what better image than the miraculous Our Lady of Guadalupe - "Patroness of the Americas" as she has been noted.
Friday or Saturday, remember this intention in prayer and in some period of self-reflection. What can I do for the cause of life? How can I as a member of the Catholic Church, stand up and be counted in defense of human life both unborn and beyond birth? It seems like a never ending battle over the last 30 + years but if we stand up, encourage others to do the same, each in our own way, then the battle has been won as we increase the force of good and reduce the power of indifference through compassionate and reasonable efforts. For many, it's not that I am doing evil so much as I am neither doing good and more good needs to be done.
"Hail Mary, Mother of Life, pray for us." The prayer below speaks for itself as composed by our late Holy Father John Paul II:
Prayer of Pope John Paul II
O Mary, bright dawn of the new world,
Mother of the living,
to you do we entrust the cause of life
Look down, O Mother,
upon the vast numbers
of babies not allowed to be born,
of the poor whose lives are made difficult,
of men and women
who are victims of brutal violence,
of the elderly and the sick killed
by indifference or out of misguided mercy.
Grant that all who believe in your Son
may proclaim the Gospel of life
with honesty and love
to the people of our time.
Obtain for them the grace
to accept that Gospel
as a gift ever new,
the joy of celebrating it with gratitude
throughout their lives
and the courage to bear witness to it
resolutely, in order to build,
together with all people of good will,
the civilization of truth and love,
to the praise and glory of God,
the Creator and lover of life.
- Evangelium Vitae, 105