Primary Emphasis of Strategy: Prayer
Doing more, however, does not only mean that Catholics should help pro-life associations redouble their efforts in education, political action, the courts, and in crisis services. Something else is needed: we must storm heaven with prayer.
We must trust more in the mercy and power of God. “Commit your way to the Lord and he will act” (Pr. 37:5). Without him, we can do nothing (Jn 15:5).
The Lord himself teaches us, moreover, that some kinds of evil are only driven out through prayer and fasting (Mk. 9:29). “The weapons of our battle are not of flesh but are enormously powerful, capable of destroying fortresses” (2 Cor. 10:4).
Since our diocese is under the patronage of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, we should especially be encouraged by the rosary’s track record in shifting the tides of history. The role of that devotion, for instance, in St. Dominic’s campaign against the Albigensian heresy (read St. Louis de Montfort’s The Secret of the Rosary), or in the Battle of Lepanto (which inspired St. Pius V to institute the feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary which we celebrate on October 7) testify to the power of prayer.
Whom do we pray for? For babies whose lives are threatened. For those having and doing abortions whose souls are endangered. For all who are trying to defend the unborn. For our country to come to its senses and protect the innocent.
The first emphasis of the Strategy, then, is spiritual. And for our prayer to bear fruit, it is not simply a question of how often we pray but how well. And how well we pray is not only a matter of being sincere and recollected when we pray, it also depends on who we are when we pray and on our relationship with God.
While God hears the prayer of poor and humble sinners, it is also true that the more we are holy as individuals and as a people, the more our pleas will evoke divine mercy. “When the just cry out, the Lord hears them” (Ps. 34:18). At this point we see the pertinence of the appeal which our Archbishop made when he was installed in 1991: “I expect you all to become saints”.
|Archdiocesan Pro-Life Strategy|
|1.||Introduction: Some Shaping Principles|
|1.1 The Grace of Conversion|
|1.2 Impetus for a New Pro-Life Strategy|
|1.3 Primary Emphasis of Strategy: Prayer|
|1.4 The Strategy: More Than Prayer|
|1.5 Long-Range View|
|1.6 “Toward a Culture of Life“|
|2.||Elements of Strategy|
|2.2 Crisis Response|
|2.4 Civic Action|
|2.5 Ecumenical Relations|
|2.6 Liaison with Pro-Life Groups|
The Pro-Life Strategy was developed in 1993
Revised: May 1995, November 1995, February 2000