"I have come that they may have life" (Jn 10-10)- Part 1
Last Sunday, Life Chain was held simultaneously in more than 200 cities across Canada each year. Life Chain involves gathering at public locations for an hour on the first Sunday of October and creating a chain of people who stand and give witness to the dignity of life.
It is a peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life individuals standing and praying for our nation and for an end to abortion. It is a visual statement of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion kills children and that the Church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death.
It does not involve the use of graphic images but of short phrases like "Abortion Kills Children," "Adoption - the Loving Option," "Jesus Forgives & Heals," "Lord, Forgive Us and Our Nation," "Abortion Hurts Women, "Life - the first Inalienable Right" and "Pray to End Abortion." Personally, I was very edified to see so many priests out for this event, as well as our friends from the local Hispanic parish, Sagrada Familia. Also Saint Paul’s University, especially represented by the Canon Law students, was well-represented. The Life Chain took place at other locations in Ottawa too. Over at Maureen's Thoughts, you can check out her video of the event.
The following day, our Students for Life group gathered at 65 Bank Street, that is, at the local abortion clinic. 25th of September marked the beginning of the daily vigil of prayer, fasting and outreach for the 40 Days for Life. On both occasions on Sunday and Monday, the weather was far from pleasant. However the heavy rain and cold did not dampen the spirits of those who turned out.
So in September, 40 Days for Life vigils began in 306 cities from coast to coast in North America — and in eight other countries around the world. It is a focused pro-life effort that consists of:
-40 days of prayer and fasting for an end of abortion
-40 days of peaceful vigil
-40 days of community outreach
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Praying the Rosary is always part of the prayer outside the Clinic so it was beautiful to be able to do this on the feast of the Rosary. In this way, we honour Mary as Mother, and we call the ‘fruit of her womb’, ‘blessed’. This counteracts the abortion mentality, which sees motherhood as more of a burden than a blessing and sees the fruit of the womb as disposable. In the Rosary, we remember that we are sinners. "Pray for us sinners." "Forgive us our trespasses." It proves false the accusation of pro-aborts who tell us we are "self-righteous." Rather, we are the ones who need to repent of our negligence and inactivity regarding abortion when we can speak up and haven’t done so.
But is everything OK? Well, last week, we made our small contribution to saying that things are not okay but also to saying that with God and through prayer and good-willed and committed people, all things are possible.
Related post: "Sister, are you pro-life?"