Friday, January 23, 2009

The March was one day, the commitment continues.

Sorry, no pictures right now...trouble with the camera.

The CMH Pro-Life group continued their pilgrimage of life today. To begin the day the group went to the National Holocaust Museum. It takes hours to walk the museum. At the end of that pilgrimage within a building, each had their own impressions of the exhibits. No one leaves the museum without being overwhelmed.

Ultimately, to disregard life is slippery slope. First the unborn, then the elderly, eventually the lame or simply the unwanted or those to be blamed. How, in 1945, could we have collectively said "never again", and today the slope is even steeper than before.

Today, I was not able to go to the Holocaust Museum with the group. But, I have been there three times before. On each visit, the most important moment for me is reading the names of the Righteous Gentiles. On my first visit, and both afterward, my eyes were drawn to the name of a Franciscan friar, Thaddeus Hartmann. Not a relative, just an inspiration to do the righteous thing.

In the afternoon the kids had some flexible time. Most stuck together and visited the monuments, or did some typical touristy things. We gathered for dinner and then, at about 8pm, we walked back to the Supreme Court Building. Yesterday, 250,000 people were clamoring to have their righteous voices heard. Tonight, 39 of us prayed the Rosary.

It was dark, and pretty quiet. Only once or twice in the half hour it takes to pray the Rosary did someone else even even walk by. Some of the kids were a little self-conscious, but they did not shrink from this act of faith and witness -- this act of righteous hope. We can all be very proud of them.

I will post some pictures when the kids share their shots with me. In close, let me share with you the reflections which we prayed at the Supreme Court. The leaders of the Pro-Life Club led the prayer. We used the Joyful Mysteries as our focus. The reflection and petition for each was written by Fr. Frank Pavone of the Priests for Life.

Blessings to all! Keep us in your prayers as we travel home tomorrow.

The Joyful Mysteries

The Annunciation by the Angel Gabriel

Mary is troubled by the angel's greeting, yet rejoices to do God's will. Let us pray that those who are troubled by their pregnancy may have the grace to trust in God's will.

The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth

John the Baptist leapt for joy in his mother's womb. We pray that people may realize that abortion is not about children who "might" come into the world, but is about children who are already in the world, living and growing in the womb.

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

God Himself was born as a child. The greatness of a person does not depend on size, for the newborn King is very small. Let us pray for an end to prejudice against the tiny babies threatened by abortion.

The Presentation of Jesus

The Child is presented in the Temple because the Child belongs to God. Children are not the property of their parents, nor of the government.
They - and we - belong to God Himself.

The Finding of Jesus in the Temple

The boy Jesus was filled with wisdom, because He is God. Let us pray that all people may see the wisdom of His teachings about the dignity of life, and may understand that this teaching is not an opinion, but the truth.

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