How do we “pray to end abortion?” There are very specific contours to this multi-faceted intention, and in this third part of this series, we continue to explore what they are.
A basic framework for our praying against abortion is that we begin with repentance.
I talk about this at length in my book Abolishing Abortion. And what do I mean? On one of the many occasions on which I’ve prayed the rosary with other pro-lifers in front of abortion facilities, one of the pro-abortion protestors came up to me at the end of our prayers and started yelling about how self-righteous we all were. I said to that person in response, “You know, we just said 150 times, publicly, that we are sinners. We didn’t hear you say it once. Who’s being self-righteous?” Of course, we said that we were sinners by praying publicly the Our Father, (“forgive us our trespasses”), and the Hail Mary (“pray for us sinners”).
So we’re pointing the fingers at ourselves. We’re not pointing the finger at other people. The Pro-Life Movement does not point fingers of condemnation. It extends hands of mercy and help and strength to lift people up out of despair. The beginning of our prayer against abortion is not an attitude of looking down on people. It is not the attitude of, “Oh, they are doing such a terrible thing. Lord, God, stop them from doing that!”
Our attitude is very different. We start by saying, “Lord, I have sinned. I’m coming to you as my savior. Lord, I have sinned. Forgive me. Lord, I repent of the wrong I have done. Forgive me because I am under the same moral law as anybody for whom I might be praying, as anybody for whose repentance I might be advocating, for anybody I might be admonishing. Lord, there’s a place for doing that because…
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