Ash Wednesday was the beginning of the Forty Days for Life campaign. If you have a local effort, please try to get there for at least an hour this Lent. If not, and you have an adoration chapel, perhaps you could spend at least one hour in prayer for the end of abortion around the world. If not, maybe you could spend one hour this Lent in prayer for this.
I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and when the Tiller late term abortion clinic closed in Kansas, all the workers who worked with the late Dr. Tiller (may God have mercy on his soul) moved here to open a clinic. They are even using this place of horrors for sex selection abortions. Can you say China?
Anyway, in addition to praying for the end of this crime, we ask for the saving and peace of women who have suffered this act of violence against them, and for the family members. Also, for the changing of hearts of the workers, as happened recently with Abby Johnson, and the closing down of clinics.
The Protestant pastor who was one of the speakers at the kickoff prayer rally the night before quoted Proverbs 24/11: "Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter." He then went on to say that if we do not pray, fast and speak out in strenght, but with gentleness and love, we might as well be one of the workers in a clinic. That one really gave me pause to think and pray.
Then the priest spoke, and reminded us to always speak in love, never in confrontation, so that those who see us will see the love of Christ. One of the organizers of our local effort said that as they were setting up, a man drove by and said thank you and to please keep it up. He and his wife had come to the clinic across the street from the place where we were meeting. They were there because they were pregnant with baby number four or five, (can't remember) and because there were people praying, they were encouraged to keep their beautiful child.
So, whatever you can do, it will be heard. This is the civil rights issue of today, and so vital. God bless each of you who feels called to spend time doing what you can.
"It is only with the heart that one sees rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
Antoine de Saint Exupery: The Little Prince
"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world."