From the book of the prophet Isaiah 58:1-12 Here is my favorite part:
This, rather, is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke;
Setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke;
Sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless;
Clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own.
Now for a joyful song about Ash Wednesday! Enjoy!
Day One of 40 Days of Life
This is also Day One of 40 Days of Life. The following prayer is especially appropriate for Day One as People of God both Catholics and non-Catholics are joining to pray outside abortion mills all over the country. We CAN end abortion!)
Pro-life Reflections for Every Day by Father Frank Pavone:
The defense and promotion of human life are not the monopoly of anyone, but rather the responsibility and task of all –The Gospel of Life, 91
REFLECTION: In the Gospel of Life, Pope John Paul states that no person or group, including the Catholic Church has a monopoly on the defense of life. He called on all Christians, and all people of goodwill, to cooperate with each other in this effort.
PRAYER: Lord, enable those who work for the defense of life to accept one another and to rejoice in the fruits of their collaboration.