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Pray for an end to legalized abortion

Archbishop Wenski's reflection at Holy Hour for Life at St. Mary Cathedral

Archbishop Thomas Wenski preached this reflection during the Holy Hour for Life observed at St. Mary Cathedral Jan. 28, 2021, as part of the archdiocesan observance of 9 Days for Life to mark the 48th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

26 years ago, Pope Saint John Paul II stated in Evangelium Vitae: “Laws which legitimize the direct killing of innocent human beings through abortion or euthanasia are in complete opposition to the inviolable right to life proper to every individual; they thus deny the equality of everyone before the law.” (EV #72) No human law can validly contradict the Commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.”

Archbishop Thomas Wenski preaches during the Holy Hour for Life he led at St. Mary Cathedral the evening of Jan. 28, 2021, as part of the 9 Days for Life observance on the anniversary of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the U.S.

Photographer: IZZY RENNELLA | FC

Archbishop Thomas Wenski preaches during the Holy Hour for Life he led at St. Mary Cathedral the evening of Jan. 28, 2021, as part of the 9 Days for Life observance on the anniversary of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the U.S.

In 1973, the Supreme Court ignored the facts of human life in the womb, as well as the facts about abortion’s negative effects on women, to find a constitutional “right” to abortion. But abortion is not a right – it is a terrible wrong! Each year on the sad anniversary of this Supreme Court decision, thousands march from the Mall to the Supreme Court. This year, because of COVID, the March for Life is happening virtually – and this Holy Hour from St. Mary’s Cathedral in Miami is one way we can come together – even as we stand apart – to pray for an end to legalized abortion; and we ask God to heal and reconcile those scarred by abortion – especially mothers who mistakenly saw abortion as a “solution” to a problem.

Today, this Holy Hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament takes place on the feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic doctor. The Church owes a great debt to St. Thomas for his teachings that have had a profound influence on our understanding of the doctrines of our faith, including the Great Mystery of Faith which is the Holy Eucharist. The hymns most often used during Adoration are the O Salutaris, the Tantum Ergo, Adore te Devote. These hymns were composed by St. Thomas Aquinas. Thank you, St. Thomas, for helping us to give voice to our faith in Jesus truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

I invite you to silently pray before Jesus. We can even pray without words. For example, once St. John Vianney asked one of his parishioners, a poor farmer, what he said to Jesus in the long hours he spent before the Blessed Sacrament. He replied: Father, I say nothing to him. He just looks at me, I just look at him.

However, to give some structure to your prayer tonight, may I suggest using the acronym, ACTS. All prayer falls into one or more of the following categories: Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving and Supplication. Take the first letter of each word and you get A-C-T-S, ACTS.

So, let start with Adoration. Spend some moments adoring Christ. We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, for you have redeemed the world.

Comments from readers

Robert DeVault - 02/05/2021 12:26 PM
I am afraid that the "culture of death" has inculcated the U.S. culture to the point of acceptance. The hierarchy of the Catholic Church must stand up and defend the unborn in a much stronger stance than we have witnessed in the past. To remain silent is to give consent. Until we hear homilies that deride abortion and Planned Parenthood little if nothing will change. The time has come for the Pope, Cardinals, Bishops, and priests to continuously make their voices heard against the slaughter of innocent babies in the womb and not once or twice a year. Make the Catholic Church strong again!!!

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