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The following links will take you to special presentations of different prayers. They were created by Dusty Brahlek and are used with permission.
By Sister Diane Carollo, S.G.L.
Did you know that there are five abortion facilities operating within the boundaries of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis? Did you know that the Pro-Life Office encourages every parish in the archdiocese to pray for a specific facility? Did you know that the Archdiocesan Helpers of God’s Precious Infants assembles on the third Saturday of every month at an abortion facility in Indianapolis, and this is peaceful, spiritual and perfectly legal?
What occurs behind the closed doors of abortion facilities offends God gravely because innocent human life is destroyed. But the destruction of human life goes beyond the physical bodies of the unborn children. Women and men who seek abortion in an attempt to stabilize their lives and relationships discover the revolting truth that abortion contributes to the disintegration of their lives. Post-abortive women and men eventually realize that at the root of many of their emotional, psychological and spiritual problems is a child, the child they aborted. Unless these individuals enter into spiritual conversion, repentance and healing, the disintegration and the erosion within their souls intensifies through the years.
That being said, it is important to realize that abortion requires more than a legal or constitutional fix. Abortion is primarily a spiritual problem that must be addressed. Public demonstrations, education on human life issues and political initiatives that support and promote the dignity of human life are necessary, but will never be enough. Catholics must get down on their knees and intercede for abortion-minded women and men, post-abortive individuals, and those who actually perform abortions or participate in any way in the destruction of unborn children.
The spiritual remedy for abortion, of course, is conversion, repentance and healing through Christ. Everyone who associates with the sin of abortion, including abortionists and those who conspire against life in organizations such as Planned Parenthood, must be embraced by our prayers that flow from Christian charity. We must pray for our neighbor because we have no enemies. We must desire that our neighbors, even those who are pro-abortion, be brought to eternal life in God.
Below, I draw your attention to the abortion facility that has been assigned to your parish in the Ministry of Prayer. It is not necessary for parishioners to be physically present at the facility, but it is essential for them to offer prayers and sacrifices for all those who are associated with the facility. I suggest that members of your parish community consider making a commitment to pray and sacrifice one hour per week at one of the perpetual adoration chapels in your area or in your own church. The list of perpetual adoration chapels and their coordinators can be found below. Let us pray for an end to the scourge of abortion in our nation and for the salvation of all souls.
Consider a pro-life holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament each week in your parish, or in one of the perpetual adoration chapels in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. All pro-life efforts must be rooted in prayer.
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 our 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. Amen
Prayed on ordinary rosary beads, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is an intercessory prayer that is especially encouraged to be said for the conversion of those hearts most hardened. The Chaplet is usually said at the Passion Hour (3:00), said every day, and said on a regular set of Rosary beads. It begins with the OUR FATHER, HAIL MARY, and THE APOSTLES' CREED all three prayers being said on the crucifix. Then on the large bead before each decade recite: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
On each of the small bead, recite: For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
At the end of the Chaplet recite three times: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. Then conclude with the following prayer said three times also: O Blood and Water which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as Font of Mercy for us, I trust in You!
Dear Redemptorist Saint, model Priest and Religious, compassionate toward suffering Mothers, intercede for this expectant Mother. Let her not be selfish like those who are willing to put an end to the life they bear within themselves. Instead let her remain ever conscious that she is privileged to be the instrument through whom God brings another life into the world. Encourage her for the good of her child and the glory of the Lord of life. Amen.
The Spiritual Adoption program can be used by individuals, schools, religious education programs, or the entire parish. Basically, the program is for anyone who is concerned about abortion, and who is willing to pray for babies in danger of abortion, "that they might have life and have it to the full." (John 10:10)
(From Presentation Ministries, 3230 McHenry, Cincinnati, OH 45211)
The Lord calls us to delight in and meditate on His word day and night (Ps.1:2). If we do this, the Lord promises us success in all our works (Ps. 1:3). Consequently, when we pray the rosary and the Scriptures, we are taking steps that will be successful in protecting human life and stopping abortion. Pray this scriptural rosary so that life will be cherished.
Thank you Father, for the gift of life. Thank you for the beauty of the day...for sunshine...for rain...for seasons...for happiness...even for sorrows I do not understand. But most of all, Father, thank you for people...for people through whom I see you, know you, and love you. Hear this prayer to assure life for the unborn so that they, too, may one day share the happiness of life and goodness of your love. Amen .
Great Saint Gerard, beloved servant of Jesus Christ, perfect imitator of our meek and humble Savior, and devoted child of the Mother of God, enkindle in my heart one spark of that heavenly of charity which glowed in yours and made you a seraph of love. Glorious Saint Gerard, because, like your Divine Master, you bore without murmur or complaint the calumnies of wicked men when falsely accused of crime, you have been raised up by God as the patron and protector of expectant mothers. Preserve me in the dangers of motherhood, and shield the child I now bear, that it may be brought safely to the light of day and receive the sacrament of baptism.
For more information, please contact the Office of Pro Life Activities at at 317-236-1521.