January 22, 2023

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22 JANUARY 2023

Ordinary Form

Isaiah 8,23-9,3
Psalm 27,1.4.13-14
1Corinthians 1,10-13.17
Matthew 4,12-23

Extraordinary Form

Romans 12,16-21
Psalm 101,16-17
Psalm 96,1
Matthew 8,1-13

On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court legalized abortion throughout the United States in its companion decisions Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Since that time, millions of children have lost their lives, and millions of women and families have been wounded by abortion.

On June 24, 2022, the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision overturned Roe v. Wade, and we praise God for the great opportunity state and federal legislators now have to protect pre-born children. While God, in His mercy, ended the nearly fifty-year nationwide regime of abortion on demand, right now state and federal laws, in many instances, are still hostile to pre-born children. So, great prayer and advocacy is very needed.

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), no. 373, designates January 22 as a particular day of prayer and penance, called the "Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children”:

In all the Dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion. The liturgical celebrations for this day may be the “Mass for Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life”, celebrated with white vestments, or the Mass “For the Preservation of Peace and Justice”, celebrated with violet vestments.

If we spent one day in atonement for every one of the 63,459,731 abortions that have taken place in the US since 1973, it would require 173,862 years, 4 months and 29 days. If each baby killed in abortion were adopted by one of us offering up our lives as an oblation to God, in thanksgiving for life, dedicated to living God’s will, worshiping Him constantly on earth as we hope to in heaven, it would take just about all of us. There are approximately 70 million Catholics in America. Live and love with twice the passion!

Rev. Christopher J. Pollard