Day Of Prayer For The Legal Protection Of Unborn Children
One of the cool things that my church has instituted in the past few months is a Tuesday night service (a sort of abbreviated mass, if you will). A way for more people to get to mass more than once a week. Tonight on this 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade we celebrated the Right to Life and Respect of All People not just those who are aborted within hours of conception. Prior to the beginning of the celebration, another of my special friends opened by delivering one of her self-written poem in commemoration of this special day. The voice of one who knows well of the choice her own birth mother made in giving her life.
It is so remarkable that two of my closest and dearest friends were conceived by women who decided to give birth and give them to the care of what they hoped would be loving and nurturing families. Mary reminds me quite often that she “used to change my diapers.” She was raised by some of the most loving, caring, God-loving people anyone could hope to have. She has passed on this love in several ways. She is a published author and her first book is an examination of her life’s journey through Christ and is one of my most cherished possessions. A few years ago, she lost one of her own children to drug abuse. Shortly thereafter, she and her husband Victor initiated a Christ-centered ministry called “Never Let Go” and ministers to youth throughout the area on the dangers of peer pressure and what it causes in the lives of everyone affected. A very strong, courageous, and remarkable Christian woman.
I will not dwell too much on the second remarkable person I think of but only to say that he is the catalyst behind the growing Disciple Day phenomenon that I pray will continue to prosper. I have known Chris for almost 6 years and I have to say he continually amazes me with his faith which he only discovered a few short years ago. Like Mary, he was adopted by a devoted Catholic couple. However, as he matured, Chris became disenchanted with the Catholic church. A few short years ago, he discovered a new calling and TOTALLY embraced Christ as his Lord and Savior. I am so blessed to consider Chris and his entire family an extension of my own.
During his homily (or sermon), Father Dave touched on the March for Life that takes place in Washington, D.C. every year on January 22. This year, it is being delayed until Friday in honor of the inauguration. It sounds like an amazing experience which is attended by thousands of individual who gather to celebrate life. A vast majority of the crowd are today’s youth. But to me, it spoke volumes as someone who has been there talked about banners, masses in which young people lead the praises in song, and just a great feeling of comraderie and fellowship that must be AWESOME to be a part of.
So as I close another post on this day of remembering and honoring not only those little souls who were given no chance at life but also all lives, may we all pray that all life is treated with dignity and respect.