Family Planning Association of
At the Planned Parenthood in
In front of Brooklyn’s
Outside the Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in Barre, VT, all the flowers were dying – an appropriate reflection of the activity inside.
Maybe it’s most abortion mills’ blending-in with their surroundings that leads me to grow distracted or bored. It helps me to realize how passing folks could be oblivious to the grave nature of the spot.
I have to remind myself: I’m standing in front of the cusp of life and death. When these moms walk into that building, they’re descending into a place that will kill their child.
I especially get frustrated with men who volunteer for abortion mills to “escort” women into the building. Do they think it’s noble, chivalrous, laudable to guide a mother to the place where her child will be killed, where she may incur lifelong physical, emotional, and spiritual scars? Ugh. They're making men look bad.
Yet I wish I held a sign that said “Our prayer is an invitation to accept God’s mercy.” Maybe that would help people not to think that our prayer amounts to condemnation. On the contrary, the onus lies on all of us.
Think about what we pray. It’s not “have mercy on them,” but “have mercy on us.” Our Father. Give us our daily bread. Pray for us sinners. Forgive us our sins. They’re all plural. In our prayer, we’re acknowledging that we’re all part of the problem. We all need to help build a Culture of Life.
Using Msgr Reilly’s stand-in-a-circle method also helps to show that we’re not praying at the folks entering the mill, but praying with them.
I think about all the other things I could be doing on a Saturday morning. I could be sleeping. Or taking a nice, fast-paced four-mile jog. Or flipping through the newspaper over a bowl of a yogurt and granola. Or playing Frisbee with my eight-year-old sister and thirteen-year-old brother. Or buying a green pepper for mom at the farmer’s market in downtown Beaver.
What difference am I making?
More than a bodily tragedy, abortion underscores a great spiritual battle: Human persons, with the dignity of being created in God’s image and likeness and a hope for Heaven, are being marginalized as expendable objects.
“For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.” May God transform me and soften my heart so that I may better be an instrument of His mercy.
I pray that He might work through me, as I am spiritually and bodily prayerfully present at the height of the fight, to help bring about the triumph of a Culture of Life.