Slacktivist is a new term going around these days, have you heard of it?

A slacktivist is someone who readily hits the “like”, “tweet”, or “share” button when they come across an issue or social cause that is worthy to them, but does little or nothing to actually help the cause.

Perhaps you’re guilty of being a slacktivist? I know I am. I’ve often “liked” or even “loved” those amazing ultrasound pictures that have a catchy pro-life slogan. I have even shared a scripture verse like Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” with my own comment about how God calls us to respect life all human life from conception to natural death.

There’s nothing wrong with doing those things, in fact, our social media presence can help raise awareness of social issues and concerns. However, in my own laziness, because I’m a slacktivist, I have to admit that sometimes that’s all I’ve done.

I haven’t gone to the March for Life. I haven’t donated my time to help moms who chose life for their babies. I haven’t even prayed daily for our culture to see the value of all human life.

I’m a slacktivist. Are you?

The first step in overcoming slacktivism is to be aware of it, and the next is to take action. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is making it easy for us. They’ve created a 9-day prayer campaign, a novena, for life that anyone can be a part of that will take place from January 18-26, 2018.

Visit the website 9daysforlife.com and register to receive daily emails or daily texts to remind you to pray or download the app. Each day you’ll receive a text or email highlighting a different intention to pray for, as well as reflections, bonus information, and suggested actions. 9 Days for Life is a digital pilgrimage that will help you focus on cherishing the gift of every person’s life.

Do you think that prayer isn’t enough of an “action”? #OurPrayersMatter more than you know, just read a few Bible stories for proof. If God can defeat giants, tear down walls, and raise the dead because of prayer, don’t think for a moment that He won’t save lives because of our prayers. Prayer shouldn’t be our last resort; it should be our first step of action.

It’s time to rise above slacktivism and move to action. Decide to join thousands in prayer this January by giving just five minutes of your day to intercede for the lives of others.

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