Our First Spiritual Duty

Fr. Frank Pavone

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

What is our first spiritual duty when it comes to responding to the ongoing problem of abortion?

Many will say that it is prayer -- but our first spiritual duty is repentance.

When even a single abortion happens in our land, all of us in the land are implicated in it. We truly are one human family, responsible for one another. Even, therefore, if we have not had personal, direct involvement in an abortion, that abortion requires us to respond, in solidarity with the baby, the Mom, the Dad, the whole family. Those wounded by that abortion -- and the wounded are many -- are all our brothers and sisters.

That is why -- especially in this Lenten season of repentance -- we can ask ourselves each day, Is there more I can be doing to show my solidarity, my compassion, for those wounded by abortion, and do everything I can to prevent more wounds in the future?

The truth that we are all in this together reminds us that there is no such thing as an isolated abortion. Not only do we all share responsibility, but we all share the pain and the healing. Nobody should be allowed to feel that they are suffering alone. If we all let our hearts be broken by abortion, we can all share that journey from pain to peace.

May our Silent No More Awareness Campaign, especially during this Lent, accomplish this!

Blessings and prayers,

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
Pastoral Director, Silent No More Awareness Campaign

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