Sarah Reinhard is a Catholic wife, mom, writer, editor, marketing professional, and coffee drinker. You’re just as likely to find her hiding out back with a book as you are to discover her playing in the yard with a few farm animals (or wait — are those her kids?) She is the author of many books, the most recent of which she co-edited with Lisa Hendey: The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion: A Book of Daily Reflections. She blogs at SnoringScholar.com and writes online regularly at CatholicMom.com and Integrated Catholic Life. Reinhard holds a master’s degree in marketing and communications and has worked for many years in corporate and nonprofit organizations. She lives in central Ohio with her husband and children.
It will be a few years before I find myself at either the March for Life in Washington, D.C., or the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco. Though I may long to go, it’s just not feasible for my state in life.
But, thanks to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, I can make a digital pilgrimage and unite my prayers with those of others around the country and the world in a novena to end abortion.
From January 17-25, the bishops are inviting all Catholics to make a nine-day digital pilgrimage. This “9 Days for Life” is for the protection of life at all stages. This nine day period is significant, because it’s surrounding the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, that legalized abortion in the U.S.
The fact that it’s a pilgrimage sets it apart from many other novenas. Each day will have intentions, and also reflections and suggested acts of reparation. Pilgrims seek to grow spiritually during their journey, and this nine-day journey will seek to help participants “foster a deeper understanding of the value of life” even while it “encourages [them] to continue to pray, support, and advocate for life long after the pilgrimage’s end,” according to the USCCB promotional material I received.
Not into all of that? You can sign up and get the alerts via text message and/or by email at the 9 Days for Life website.
You may also opt to join online, where you’ll be able to follow along each day or print the entire novena.
Life’s worth making a pilgrimage for, even if I don’t leave my house. Thanks to the U.S. Bishops, we can!