For my fellow Catholics, as January 22nd falls on a Sunday this year, the observance of the National Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children will be observed throughout the United States on Monday, January 23rd. This designation comes from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop and is stated in the General Instructions of the Roman Missal.

Please consider joining me in the comfort of your own home, on the way to work, at lunch, during a break today and pray the rosary for the Legal Protection of the Unborn Children. For those of you who are not Catholic, please consider spending some time in prayer today for those children who don’t have a voice or a choice.

The following is an excerpt from St. Peter Chanel’s website regarding suggested intentions for today…

Pro-Life Rosary Prayer Intentions

Joyful Mysteries

The Annunciation:  For parents facing an unexpected pregnancy, that they lovingly accept the precious life God has entrusted to their care.

The Visitation: That the family and friends of expectant parents might reach out and support them as they prepare to meet their child face to face.

The Nativity: That the love of the Blessed Mother and the Christ Child may be a source of strength for every expectant mother, especially mothers living in poverty, and that they both will be surrounded by joy and love.

The Presentation: That fathers of young children will model St. Joseph in devoutly practicing their faith, so that they lead their children to God by their words and example.

The Finding of Jesus in the Temple: For all children who have been lost and forgotten, that they may be led to a place where they are treasured, protected and loved.