Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Praying for life outside Planned Parenthood
This evening to mark the 40th anniversary of the tragic Roe vs. Wade decision, about 60 of us gathered outside one of the local Planned Parenthood offices to pray the rosary for life.
The wind chill was below zero.
We didn't say as many prayers as we normally do on Saturdays at the site. Standing in that cold for very long would be unhealthy. But we got through five decades, and several prayers for the intentions of the Pope. And at 5 p.m. on a weeknight, we were witnessing to hundreds, perhaps thousands of people returning home from work who travel the busy road in front of Planned Parenthood - far more than we do on Saturday mornings.
Lots of honking horns. A few unpleasant-sounding yells.
We just answered with prayer.
For the 55 million murdered since 1973.
I can't make it to the March for Life. It's exam time at my school - so I can't get away. Tonight's prayer vigil was my way of noting this anniversary. I wonder how many other such small gatherings around the country took place today or will take place in the coming days with people who can't make the March?
Pax et bonum