View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

A Prayerful March for Life

We held our March for life to Planned Parenthood this afternoon.

It was prayer and peaceful. But then, there were no pro-choice counter-demonstrators to provide some of their usual forms of violence.

The march followed noon Mass at Our Lady of Victory Church. We processed silently and prayerfully through downtown Rochester to Planned Parenthood.

We got a few honked horns, waves and thumbs up along the way - including from a large group of motorcyclists rumbling through downtown. Hmm. Bikers for Life?

At Planned Parenthood, we said a rosary, and prayed for the Pope's intentions.

This march, I purposely did not slip into my reporter mode and limited my picture taking, focusing instead on prayer.

Sadly, only about 40 people took apart, and only one priest or deacon that I recognized - Father Tony Mugavero. That's way below what we've had in the past when the weather was bad. One person speculated that maybe it was too nice a day! Or that people had other events - like a funeral at his parish that prevented his pastor from joining us.

In the back of my mind, I also wondered if the murder of Dr. Tiller might have made some people nervous about pro-choice violence.

Whatever the reason, we were there and we prayed for life, for the women faced with hard choices and fear, for our nation, and for ourselves.

Prayer and love are what will fuel our fight for life.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was Bishop Clark too busy writing another response to the D.C. Holocaust museum shootings?

9:50 PM  
Blogger Jose said...

Lee, Thanks again for your presence and support. Even though we always want bigger numbers, I'm always amazed what God can do with a small group of people. I hadn't thought about the possibility that the Tiller shooting might be keeping some people away. God Bless!

11:20 AM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Psst - I allow different views, but not sloganeering.

6:43 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Anonymous ...
"um wasn't the man who murdered Dr. Tiller anti-choice?"

Perhaps - but he was not pro-life and not part of our movement.

"Why would that make people scared of pro-choicers? The opposite should be true."

Actually the record is pretty clear. Pro-choicers have overwhelmingly been guilty of far more violent crimes against pro-lifers than have pro-lifers been guilty of violence crimes against pro-choicers. I'm talking here about murder, assault, rape, etc. (And I'm not even counting the violence inhjerent in abortion itself.) The pro-choice side has been overwhelmingly far more violent. I don't have to make people scared of pro-choicers - they do it themselves.

"(and we knew about your crazy little action, we are not wasting our time on you. You make your self look bad enough on your own.)"

How did a group of people praying and acting respecfully look bad? The last time pro-choicers showed up they were grossly outnumbered and their behaviour was rude and embarrassing.

7:01 PM  

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