Thursday, April 12, 2012

40 Days of Prayer

I wasn't going to do this, but then I read the whole list. I can't resist.

Planned Parenthood is holding their own "40 Days" vigil.  Here are some of the days...

"Day 2: Today we pray for compassionate religious voices to speak out for the dignity and autonomy of women."  Well, now lets take a look at what the Catholic Bishops have to say in the documents of the Second Vatican Council.  "The hour is coming, in fact has come, when the vocation of women is being acknowledged in its fullness, the hour in which women acquire in the world an influence, an effect and a power never hitherto achieved. That is why, at this moment when the human race is undergoing so deep a transformation, women imbued with a spirit of the Gospel can do so much to aid humanity in not falling."  Isn't it kind of them to pray for our bishops?!?

"Day 14: Today we pray for Christians everywhere to embrace the loving model of Jesus in the way he refused to shame women."  ...and encouraged the killing of innocent children!  Oh. Wait. Huh?

"Day 19: Today we pray for all pregnant women. May they be surrounded by loving voices."  Like this woman, who is surrounded by love for her and for her sweet child.

"Day 23: Today we give thanks for the strong women in our lives who have given us examples of good decision-making."  Like Mary who said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to your word."  And the countless other women who courageously and lovingly have given up their bodies for new life.

"Day 29: Today we pray that all women will know that they are created in the image of God, good and holy, moral and wise."  ...and then that they will read beyond Genesis 2, and humbly accept that they are fallen creatures who still to this day are fully capable of making wrong choices and remain always in need of a Savior.

"Day 35: Today we pray for girls everywhere, that they may have every opportunity for education, sport, health, art, and vocation." ...unless they are currently in the womb of another girl who would rather not have them exist.

"Day 36: Today we pray for the families we've chosen. May they know the blessing of choice." ...and be thankful that the circumstances of their existence were not slightly altered so as to be less convenient or desirable to their parents, which would have resulted in them not being "chosen." Do we really want our children to know they are so meaninglessly disposable?

"Day 37: Today we pray for women to claim their equality and demand their rights as citizens." ...except their right to life, if they have the out-of-their-control misfortune to be deemed "unwanted" at a time when they cannot possibly speak for themselves.