Ember Days are days of penitential nature that acknowledge that we are in debt to God for our existence and everything we have. We ask for God’s blessing and thank Him for the many things He has given us. These days occur during different periods throughout the year, and the Advent Ember Days occur the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after the feast of St. Lucy on December 13. Penance such as fasting is encouraged.
Let’s use these days to implore God’s mercy and blessing for our country and, as always, for our ourselves as well. We are nothing without Him and we will not begin to see things improve until we acknowledge that, first in our own lives, and then in our nation as a whole. This year, let us specifically remember in our intentions the Supreme Court as they consider the case of Dobbs v. Jackson, which has the potential to overturn Roe v. Wade and return the matter of the legality of abortion back to the individual states. This of course will not solve the problem of abortion itself, but it would be the first step in ensuring that a number of babies’ lives are saved and hopefully in turning the heart of our country back to valuing all human life. May the Holy Spirit be with the Court as they make this landmark decision.
Lord, have mercy!