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2016 Respect Life Essay Contest question is about angels

October 1, 2015
Vicki Evans

Did you know we have some very powerful allies in our pro-life battle? Angels! The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that “From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession.” At the moment of creation inside their mothers’ womb, every soul is assigned to the care and protection of a guardian angel.

Mary McClusky of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities suggests ways the angels can help. “We can ask the guardian angel of the child in danger of abortion to intercede to God for protection from death. Another option is to pray to the angels to illuminate the mind of a mother who is tempted to have an abortion with the light of Christ’s love for her and her child. We can also ask the angels to fight the demons that surround abortion facilities. Inspired by the angels’ comfort of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, we might pray for the angels to send God’s comfort and healing to mothers and fathers who have been involved in an abortion.”

This year, we’re asking our Respect Life Essay Contest participants to reflect on the guardian angels and archangels and compose prayers asking for their protection and intercession for the weak and vulnerable and the unborn. Depending on the students’ grade level, they will be asked to write prayers for unborn babies, their moms and dads, the sick and elderly, the Walk for Life West Coast, and for the conversion of all those tempted by the culture of death.

Our 27th annual archdiocesan respect life essay contest materials were to be sent to schools, parish schools of religion and home schooled families during September, in time for introduction into the classroom in October, which is Respect Life Month. This should be a great project to encourage prayer, the foundation of all our efforts on behalf of the unborn – and to encourage students to develop a friendship with the angels.

Evans is the respect life coordinator for the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

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