In the season of Lent, meditation on the Seven Last Words of Jesus can give us profound insight into His mission and teaching, and about the intersection of the Passion of Christ and the pro-life efforts of the Church. These words from the Cross enlighten us about the power of forgiveness, the promise of Paradise, and the victory over death which Christ obtains for us by dying and rising again. The words from the Cross teach us of the thirst we should have for the new heavens and the new earth where justice will reside and life will be respected. Reflections I’ve given on the Seven Last Words of Christ can be obtained by visiting our online store.
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This Lent, I invite you to join our national prayer campaign to end abortion. If you visit our web site you will be able to sign up for and obtain the “Prayer of Commitment” that Priests for Life invites every believer to pray daily. In addition to the prayer, which you will find in English and Spanish, you will likewise be able to indicate that you are offering Masses, rosaries, and other spiritual sacrifices on behalf of our unborn brothers and sisters. Remember, not only can they not speak, but they cannot even pray. They are helpless spiritually as well as physically. We must stand in the gap.
Lent, a time of extra prayer, is a perfect time to pray more for the unborn. Please join the National Prayer Campaign at priestsforlife.org!
Lent is a season of Life. As baptized believers, we reflect on how the Passion, death, and Resurrection of Christ have brought us the new life we now live. We commit ourselves to join all our suffering to His for our own salvation and that of the whole world. To help us all observe Lent, I have written a special Lenten prayer for life, and invite you to join me in saying it each day of this holy season. You can view it here. As we prepare to celebrate the victory of Christ over death, we commit ourselves to defeat the power of abortion and the Culture of Death. As we practice Lenten penance, we can do no better than to reach out and save the lives of our youngest brothers and sisters.
Lent is a time to pray for the catechumens of the Church, that is, those who are preparing to be baptized at Easter. They are preparing to accept the life of the Risen Christ into their souls and bodies. They are preparing to leave their sins in the tomb and rise to newness of life. When they are baptized at the Easter vigil, the rest of us will renew the vows of our baptism. In these vows, we reject the empty promises of the devil. One of those empty promises is abortion. How easily people are deceived that the choice of death somehow solves a problem. Even more deceptive is the idea that another person’s abortion, though wrong, is none of our business. But whenever someone’s choice destroys someone else’s life, that’s everyone’s business. Let’s renew our resolve to speak up for the children.
As we make our Lenten journey, I invite you to join with me and thousands of others in a Lenten Prayer for Life. You can find it here.
Lent is a season in which we prepare to celebrate Christ’s total victory over death, and our share in His life by baptism. Death was not part of God’s original plan for us. Scripture says that God created all things that they may have life, and that He does not rejoice in the destruction of the living.
Standing with Christ in His new life means standing against whatever destroys life.
The Lenten prayer for life renews us in our commitment to be the People of Life. It can be prayed each day by families, school classes, parishes, and individuals.
Download the Lenten prayer for life at priestsforlife.org.
Lent teaches us the meaning of love. Jesus endured His passion and crucifixion for each of us, giving Himself away that we might have life.
Abortion, on the other hand, is the opposite of love, because it takes life.
Love says, “I sacrifice myself for the good of the other person.”
Abortion says, “I sacrifice the other person for the good of myself.”
Strangely, the same words are used in both cases. Supporters of abortion say, “This is my body, I can do what I want.”
Jesus says, “This is My Body, given up for you.”
The same words are spoken from opposite ends of the universe, with totally opposite results.
Let us resolve to live those words as Jesus did, giving ourselves away for the good of others, born and unborn.
Today, Ash Wednesday, we receive the ashes that remind us of the power of sin and death, which return us to the dust from which we came. Yet we wear the ashes in the form of a cross, professing that Christ has conquered death and restored life. We repent of all sin, and prepare to renew the vows of our baptism at Easter, when many will be baptized for the first time.
In other words, Lent prepares us to share the victory of Life and to live as the People of Life. Lent is the time when we learn more deeply why we are pro-life. Turning away from sin means we put God above our “freedom of choice.” Believing in the Gospel means we believe in life, and reject the forces of death, including abortion.
Tomorrow the season of Lent begins. By our penance, we say no to ourselves and yes to God and others. This reverses the power of sin, by which we say yes to ourselves and no to God and others.
A perfect Lenten practice is to speak up even more for unborn children. Lent calls us to greater love and less selfishness. When we defend the unborn, we defend people who cannot thank us, and who don’t even know we are defending them. This makes our efforts even more sacrificial and selfless. At times, we will suffer ridicule from others for our pro-life stand. To sacrifice our comfort, our pride, or our popularity is a beautiful Lenten sacrifice that brings us closer to the Lord, and brings the unborn closer to safety.