Seeks more pro-life prayer - Catholic Courier

Seeks more pro-life prayer

To the editor:

Three years ago while teaching 10-year-olds, my teaching partner and I took on a prayerful, pro-life project that young people saw as purposeful and effectual. The students wrote a letter to every parish in the Diocese of Rochester sharing with them the appeal of the Pastoral Plan of Pro-Life Activities to include in their petitions at every Mass an intercession for the protection of all human life, born and unborn. We also included the name of one of the five abortion mills in the Diocese, hoping they would undertake a prayerful concern for ending the abortion tragedy at that particular site. Not one parish responded to the efforts of those fourth graders. But despite the non-response, I rarely hear the utterance of a general intercession for the unborn at the many churches I have attended. The Second Vatican Council restored the “common prayer” or “the prayer of the faithful” for those oppressed by various needs. The document on “The Church in the Modern World” reaffirmed in its opening paragraph that the sufferings of all humanity are those of the Church. The general intercessions are a time when we can stand in solidarity with those killed in the womb every 23 seconds. Some might say we have pro-life Sunday and we pray for the victims of abortion then. The abortion tragedy is everyday and has many victims. Our prayers of the faithful can reflect our concern for the children in danger, the mothers and fathers who suffer both before and after the abortion, the medical community, the lawmakers, and for those in the pro-life movement that they will “not faint or grow weary.” The scope of this tragedy needs every church’s prayer, at every Mass.

Colleen Kelly Spellecy

State Street


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