October 3rd marked the beginning of the 18th Annual International Week of Prayer and Fasting.
While many celebrate October as ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’ it’s important to remember that October is also ‘Respect For Life’ month and the week of prayer and fasting is a great way to commit yourself to making a change in the world.
According to the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops, more than 45 million abortions were performed in the United States from 1973 through 2005. 45 million babies were killed before they even had a chance to take a breath of air.
The mission of the International Week of Prayer and Fasting is to promote peace and bring an end to abortion.
As I continue my journey on the road to Catholicism, I decided that I wanted, I needed, to participate this week. I needed to participate for those who don’t have a choice in the matter.
Since last Sunday I have fasted and only eaten one meal per day, after 6pm each day. On a normal day I will eat three meals per day, and I usually have some soup or another warm “snack” while I watch television at night. Six days in and I have had just one meal, and lots of water. My body isn’t too happy with me, but I feel good.
Praying the Rosary every day isn’t such a big deal to me, since I have been praying the Rosary every day since the beginning of September, but this week I have been praying the Rosary at least four times (all four mysteries) each day. Several days I have prayed the Rosary more than four times, as I needed to pray for a friend’s son who was involved in a serious car accident last week. I have made sure to pray at least one Rosary for him each day since his accident.
I discovered a beautiful version of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, recorded by Trish Short, and I have been praying that Chaplet each day at 3:00pm as well.
I realize I am writing about this just a couple days before the “official” week ends, and for that I apologize. I meant to write about it last weekend, but I’ve been so involved in participating that I forgot to spread the word about it.
I haven’t heard many others talking about ‘Respect For Life’ month, or this week, so I felt compelled to share with you this evening.
Monday marks the final day of the prayer week, and while I look forward to having my snacks in the evening again, to tell the truth, I feel much better after spending the week fasting.
“It is not hard to obey when we love the one whom we obey.” — St. Ignatius