Keep your Rosaries Off Our Ovaries – What happens during a protest at the 40 Days for Life
The 40 days for Life has officially started. Julie (my wife) and I have committed this year to spend as much time as we can out there praying for an end to abortion and to share our experiences out there with you. The last three days have been 40-Days-for-Life-Crazy. We first attended the Kick-off rally for the 40 Days for Life in our area. It was a good yet very simple evening. We heard the story of a woman who had two abortions and the devastating impact that it had on her. She told us of how God healed her of those wounds and guilt when He came into her life. I pray that she comes to know the even greater experience of freedom that can only come from the Sacraments, but I digress. I always feel blessed to hear stories of real encounters of people with Jesus Christ. It was so good to hear and be reminded of the core reason why I am a Christian and why I am a part of the pro-life movement – because Jesus really loves me, and the mothers, and the victims.
While at the rally, we heard that there were going to be “Counter-Protesters” showing up to interrupt the prayer vigil on the first day. I had to find out who these people were, so I found the closed Facebook group that they created and requested to be added. They let me join (Pro-Abort people are not the most logical)! So I lurked or “creeped” their Facebook group and found out lots of stuff that they were planning to do to disrupt the “40 days and 40 nights” as they call it. What was it that these pro-abort people planned to do?
Bongo drums. Obstructing signs. Baked Goods. Chants. Signs. Ignoring the Vigilers.
These pro-abort protesters thought that the 40 Days for Life was some sort of protest, with big signs, yelling and screaming for people to turn or burn. They honestly expected “hateful messages” and angry “fight the system” type people. Really? Boy, were they in for a surprise.
Sure enough, right on schedule at 6:00pm the following day, during the first day of the Vigil, the pro-abort crowd showed up, banging their drums and tambourines for the cause of freedom. Julie, Brooke, and I stood facing the children’s hospital where the abortions take place, along with a few others, silently standing, wearing our “pray to end abortion” signs. Rosaries in hand, we began to pray. At first, with the barrage of drums and yelling from the pro-choice hipsters behind us saying, “My Body – My Choice” and “Keep your Rosaries Off Our Ovaries”, it was hard to even pray out loud. I found myself stumbling over my words, seeking to come before God in the midst of the hateful voices that filled the air. “Mary – Help me pray this rosary”, I thought. The voices became louder, but as we began praying, the praying became easier. The Holy Spirit began showing up in our midst, and among all of the craziness we felt a huge sense of peace come wash over us – something that the protesters could never experience, either within themselves or in the midst of the protest. The Lord was present to us.
We stayed and prayed until the vigil closed at 7:00pm. The protesters stayed back. In reading their Facebook page that night, they believed that we left and they stayed later, and therefore it was a “victory” for them…another sign that they didn’t do their research. While they were still sleeping, we were back the next morning still praying. It was nothing for them but a failed attempt to deter us and to distort our message.
God is using the 40 Days for Life to save not only the souls of the unborn, but the souls of the broken and hurting. God blesses the sacrifice you make by coming out and praying for an end to abortion. While at the vigil today, I was reflecting on last Sunday’s Gospel, which was from Mark 9:30-37. I was reflecting particularly on this part:
They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house, he began to ask them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they remained silent. They had been discussing among themselves on the way who was the greatest. Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.” Taking a child, he placed it in the their midst, and putting his arms around it, he said to them, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.”
Abortion is a big deal to God. The rejection of children-the very gift of life which He gives to us, is something that pains our Blessed Lord greatly. When we do not do our part to defend life, we not only reject life, but we reject God Himself, as He said above “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me…”. We must do our part to defend human life. If you are a Catholic and you are not defending life, I encourage you to step it up. The unborn are our witnesses, and their blood is on our hands if we do not speak for them, by word and deed. To end abortion is the greatest human thing that can be done at this point in history and it is on us to do it.
It is time for the Church – for deacons, priests, and Bishops – to gather the flock to pray for the end to abortion; to call the faithful to surround the constructs of the culture of death like the walls of Jericho of old, and like the people of Israel who prayed and cried out to God, we must do it again, but this time, we will tear down the walls and obliterate the culture of death from the face of the earth. This is our call as the children of the Most High God.
Either you’re with us or you might want to look out, because the walls are a-comin’ down.
Posted on October 3, 2012, in 40 Days for Life, Catholic, pro-life and tagged 40 Days for Life, Keep Your Rosaries Off Our Ovaries, London Area Right to Life, Pro Life, Pro-Choice. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.