NEW YORK. — When the bishops of the United States voted at their November 2013 meeting to continue the Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty, it was with the recognition of the initiative’s adaptability to current events, according to Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
Special moments are highlighted, such as the National Day of Prayer for Peace in our Communities and the dedicated nine weeks of prayer for the last general election.
The recent announcement by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's that he will retire provides the people of our nation with another occasion requiring focused prayer, according to Cardinal Dolan.
“With renewed vigor, pro-abortion groups are lobbying our Senators to reject any nominee who does not promise to endorse Roe v. Wade. The (bishops’) Conference does not support or oppose the confirmation of any presidential nominee, but we can raise grave concerns about a confirmation process which is being grossly distorted by efforts to subject judicial nominees to a litmus test of support for Roe v. Wade.”
During the period of Friday, August 3, 2018 to Friday, September 28, 2018, the Call to Prayer will be adapted as a nine-week Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life. In addition to the current invitation to fast on Fridays, participants are encouraged to pray one Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be for the intention of the novena. This week will be one asking the people to pray that our nation move closer to the day when every human being is protected in law and welcomed in life.
Additional Call to Prayer materials will soon be accessible. New participants can sign up at www.usccb.org/pray for this and subsequent Call to Prayer initiatives via email or text message.