Saturday, February 29, 2020

From the Bishop: Lent, a Perfect Opportunity to Offer Prayers and Works in Defense of Life

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Bishop James S. Wall
Bishop James Wall is the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Gallup.

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

March 6th, 2019 is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, in which we undertake a period of fasting and abstinence. It is a time of great preparation and penitence to prepare our hearts and souls for the Risen Christ at Easter.

This year, the 40 days of Lenten fasting and abstinence also coincide with the 40 Days for Life, an annual pro-life campaign that seeks to end abortion through prayer and peaceful advocacy. Abortion, euthanasia, and similar anti-life sins are deep stains upon the soul of our nation. What better time to participate in fighting against a culture of death than during the season of Lent?

40 Days for Life calls on participants to enact three practices during the campaign: prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil as abortion facilities or legislative buildings, and community outreach. While all three are important to pro-life activism, if you are limited in your time or resources, the practice of prayer and fasting is a powerful means of aligning ourselves with God’s will.

In and around our Diocese there are numerous areas that participate in 40 Days for Life, and you may also find resources for participating in person or in spirit at

Christ tells us in the Gospels that some demons will only be driven out through prayer and fasting. This Lent, let us follow His example by peacefully and prayerfully fighting for the unborn, and for the sick, elderly, and others targeted by advocates of euthanasia.

I join my efforts to yours as we approach Lent, the time of great anticipation and spiritual preparation in the life of the Church.

Yours in the living Christ,

Bishop James Wall




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