The historic and catastrophic Roe vs Wade case had its anniversary yesterday and, thanks to Fr Shelton I have learnt that it is now a national day of penance for American Catholics, dedicated to the preservation of life and against acts that violate the human body.
When the 22nd January falls on a Sunday, then the penitential day moves to the Monday. So today we mourn; and pray; and offer up our Masses if we are fortunate enough to be able to attend a weekday Mass.
It seems to me that the whole Catholic world needs to be mindful of today's anniversary and to join with America in offering up acts of mortification in reparation for the slaughter of the innocents.
I will not quote the numbers of infants murdered in their mother's womb - just one would be one too many.
But a prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe would not go amiss, along with whatever form of penance you are able to commit to.
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE - PROTECTRESS OF THE UNBORN
So today does abortion, by killing many innocent unborn children and exploiting many mothers in its attack upon human life and upon the Church, the Body of Christ.
(Words of Our Lady to Juan Diego)