The prayerful insight of a priest in the Diocese of Lansing inspires thousands to sign up for a 54-day novena of the Rosary aimed at defeating an attempt to insert a “right to abortion” into the Constitution of the State of Michigan.
“One evening in July, I was praying in the parsonage chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas in East Lansing with the proposed constitutional amendment weighing heavily on my mind and heart,” explained the parish priest, Fr. Gordon Reigle.
“So I asked God what could be done to defeat such powerful and well-funded pressure groups as Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union? Within minutes, the idea of a 54-day rosary novena came to mind!
The proposed constitutional amendment is titled “Reproductive Freedom for All”. The ballot initiative aims to enshrine abortion up to and including the day of birth. It also seeks to eliminate dozens of Michigan laws that currently regulate abortion, including parental consent and notification laws and laws that ban partial-birth abortion.
“To be honest, I have never prayed a 54 day novena before,” Fr. Reigle admitted, “I knew it existed and was very powerful but, I have to tell you, the insight into the prayer came as a surprise.”
A novena corresponds to nine days of prayer. Therefore, a 54-day novena of the rosary is actually a series of six novenas: three novenas to ask God and three novenas to thank God. Its roots date back to the 19th century and the miraculous healing of a young Italian, Fortuna Agrelli, through the intercession of Our Lady of Pompeii.
Father Reigle quickly transmitted his prayerful insight to his immediate superior, Bishop Earl Boyea of Lansing. He warmly approved the idea of the novena. Other Michigan dioceses have since expressed interest in the prayer initiative. The novena is to begin this week.
“In this case, I looked at the calendar and counted 54 days from the end of this novena the day before the general election. I was delighted to discover that this novena was to start on September 15 , Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Already thousands of people have signed up to receive a daily SMS reminder for each day of the novena. Father Reigle believes victory in the November elections is only possible through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary as “Patron of the Gospel of Life.”
“The saddened heart of Mary mourns the suffering of her children, especially when our most innocent and vulnerable are threatened. May Our Lady protect us and save our children!
*To sign up for a daily SMS reminder of Father Reigle’s 54 Day Rosary Novena, text FightLikeHeaven to 84576.