All are precious

In today’s Old Testament reading (1 Samuel 18:5–9, 19:1–7), Johnathon intercedes for his friend David, with his father, Saul. King Saul wants to kill David out of envy. David has slain Goliath, and the women come out from all the towns singing that Saul has killed his thousands and David his tens of thousands. Saul feels threatened and begins to plot openly.

We are called to be Johnathons and intercede on behalf of the innocent whom others would unjustly kill, be they the unborn, the elderly, or the terminally ill.

Question of the Day

Why, then, should you become guilty of shedding innocent blood by killing David without cause? (Johnathon to his father, Saul)

9 Days for Life 2018 — Day 1


What is 9 Days for Life?

9 Days for Life is an annual period of prayer and action focused on cherishing the gift of every person’s life. Surrounding the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, the overarching intention of the centerpiece novena is the end to abortion. The novena also highlights many other facets of respecting each other’s God-given dignity, especially by respecting human life at every stage and in every circumstance.

USCCB Novena Day 1

Intercession: May a culture of life grow ever stronger in our communities.

Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be


From each tiny child waiting to be born, to people nearing death, all are precious and deserve our care and protection. Women and men suffering after abortion, individuals tempted to end their lives, expectant mothers facing challenging pregnancies, people pushed to the margins of society by a “throwaway culture,” and every other person—each “has a place in God’s heart from all eternity” (Amoris laetitia, 168).

As Pope Saint John Paul II reminds us in The Gospel of Life, we are asked not only to love and honor human life, but also “to work with perseverance and courage” to establish “a new culture of life, the fruit of the culture of truth and of love” (no 77).

Acts of Reparation (choose one):

  • “Unplug” for some time praying in silence with a short reflection on this year’s Respect Life theme, “Be Not Afraid.”
  • Use one of our Respect Life social media toolkits to build up a culture of life on social media.
  • Do you love your cup of tea or coffee? Fast from caffeine today, or try your coffee black.

One Step Further

Watching the news and reading the headlines, we may sometimes feel helpless seeing the heartbreaking lack of respect for human life. How do we respond to Pope Saint John Paul II’s invitation when our efforts to make a difference feel small? How to Build a Culture of Life briefly explains where to start.