Let Us All Turn to God This Lenten Season
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2018-03-07

Twice a month you receive the Wednesday STOPP Report—a report filled with the evils that Planned Parenthood perpetrates on our world. You are one of the people standing in the way of Planned Parenthood’s all-out victory.

Over the years, the readers of the Wednesday STOPP Report have taken the lead in thwarting various Planned Parenthood initiatives. Some of Planned Parenthood’s plans you have stopped include the following:

  • In 1986, Planned Parenthood had a goal of mandatory K-12 sex education in every school district in the nation. You fought against it, and PP has never come close. Today, less than half of the states have mandatory PP-style sex ed and none are K-12.
  • Also, in 1986, Planned Parenthood set a goal of a school-based clinic in every school district. Few were ever installed and fewer still operate.
  • In 1992, Planned Parenthood had 922 clinics and announced a goal of 2,000 by the year 2000. It never had more than 938, and had 597 at the end of 2017.
  • In 2016, Planned Parenthood announced that “these doors will stay open.” It closed three dozen in 2017.

We are now approaching the middle of the Lenten season. Lent calls us to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. It is a time to reflect on why we do what we do and ask God for the strength to continue until His victory is won.

During our Lenten prayer time, we should focus on the Passion and death of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Obviously, Lent will come to an end in Holy Week, during which we recount the last earthly actions of Jesus before the Resurrection.

We know that those who fight Planned Parenthood come from many religious faiths. We encourage all Christians to use this time to pray and give yourself to God saying in your heart the words of the Apostle Paul: “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” (Acts 9:6 Douay-Rheims Bible)

For those who are Catholic Christians, we do not have to wait for Holy Week to spend time reflecting on the Passion and death of Christ. We have the Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary to guide us. The five decades cover the events from Jesus’ time in the Garden of Gethsemane, where He formally takes on all the sins of man, through the Scourging at the Pillar, the Crowning with Thorns, the Carrying of the Cross, and, finally His Crucifixion and Death. The following prayers to be said for the Sorrowful Mysteries are from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website:

Scriptural Rosary: The Sorrowful Mysteries

A Rosary for Life: The Sorrowful Mysteries

Another great way to contemplate the Passion and death of Jesus is through the Stations of the Cross. Many Catholic churches across the country publicly say the Stations on Friday evenings during Lent. This presents a great opportunity for us to gather together and follow Jesus through 14 specific points in His Passion. There are many different booklets on the Stations. Here are two versions you may want to consider (both are taken from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website):

Scriptural Stations of the Cross (based on St. John Paul II’s Good Friday, 1991, prayers)

Stations of the Cross for Life

Finally, for those readers who desire a much more detailed account of Christ’s Passion through the eyes of a visionary in a book that has a nihil obstat and an imprimatur, you may consider The Dolorous (Sorrowful) Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ from the meditations of Anne Catherine Emmerich (in the Table of Contents, click on THE PASSION).

Let us use these days of Lent to strengthen ourselves for the battle against Planned Parenthood that is sure to grow as Election Day 2018 draws closer.