Sunday, January 22, 2012

Day of Penance for Violations to the Dignity of the Human Person: "Choose Life"

January 23, 2012, is a national day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life.

“I am the way and the truth* and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
-- John, Chapter 14

Jesus' call to conversion and penance, like that of the prophets before him, does not aim first at outward works, "sackcloth and ashes," fasting and mortification, but at the conversion of the heart, interior conversion. Without this, such penances remain sterile and false; however, interior conversion urges expression in visible signs, gestures and works of penance.
-- CCC 1430

Photo source: Jill Stanek

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