From January 18-26, 2018, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops are leading 9 Days for Life, a “digital pilgrimage of prayer and action focused on cherishing the gift of every person’s life.” According to the USCCB, 9 Days for Life is an opportunity to Pray, Gather, and Share with the goal of raising awareness and respect for the dignity of all human life.
“Along with a different intention, each day has a reflection, suggested actions, and some additional information to learn more about whatever topic is being covered that day,” explains Anne McGuire, coordinator for the novena at the USCCB. All resources will be available in both English and Spanish.
This is a great way to walk in solidarity with the pilgrims who will be traveling to the various pro-life marches and events across the country this month. Even if you can’t attend the Walk for Life in Washington DC, OneLife LA, or any of the other events, you can still make a pilgrimage through your prayer and action at home. “One important aspect of pilgrimages is that the pilgrim grow spiritually—it’s a prayerful and sacrificial journey for a special intention. And so this digital pilgrimage enables anyone to enter into this kind of journey from their own home,” says McGuire.
The novena is available via email, text messages, website, app, and social media. “We want to make it as easy as possible for people to access the novena in whatever way works for them, so it’s not that we’re asking people to sign up for all the ways, although they certainly can,” says McGuire.
The app is available for download on Apple and Android devices and you can subscribe to daily reminders via email or text. Learn more about the novena at 9daysforlife.com.