Friday, 15 April 2011

Prayers at a Pro Life Vigil with Bishop and Franciscans

I was reminded today that there will be a Pro-Life Vigil at the BPAS abortuary in East Twickenham led by Bishop Alan Hopes and the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (including police protection).  The Vigil will take place outside the BPAS at 15 Rosslyn Road, Twickenham, Middlesex, TE1 2AR, tomorrow on Saturday 16th April, 2011.

Click here for more details, at Maria Stops Abortion, concerning the Vigil and if you can't make it, pray for all at risk of abortion and for those bearing witness to the truth in charity.

Well done Bishop Alan Hopes! Deo gratias!


Juventutem London said...

This is great news, fantastic to see Bishops going to these events. Deo Gratias!

Janet Baker said...

Lads, would you mind another opinion? I am a regular Saturday morning sidewalk counselor at a clinic in Chicago--early shift, when the killing starts. We may save four or five lives in a good month, for the donation of approximately three hours a weekend, rain or shine. Well, we have to work around the 'bubble zone law' the liberals put in place which limits our access to clients within fifty feet of abortuaries, and we also have to work around these 'escorts' who get between us and the women. Over some time we've developed a working relationship with these deathscorts, usually women, sometimes gay women. They have heard our conversations when we talk to women because we have them right there in front of them, and over time they seem to have come to understand we're there to help.

Two weekend ago we had a similar vigil with one of our own bishops, and it ruined our work. There were confrontations with the deathscorts, a pushing shoving match, police intervention, and no conversation with women, no babies saved, and the work probably wrecked for some time. So, I would just like to say, it's a good idea to identify our objectives, and if we put saving babies up on that list, then the right place to have these vigils is--somewhere else. The place where the laws are made. At shopping malls. On highways.

The other thing I'd like to say is, the pro-life movement seems to become the be-all end-all. There were a whole bunch--thirty--young Catholics from our largest tridentine mass site outside our abortunary the other day and not a single one of them knew you weren't to eat meat during the Fridays of Lent. Not one! Nor did the adults with them. And where, also, are the vigils against divorce? Birth control? It is as if pro-life trumps everything, but what it really does is limit and hamstring the message. We've been whittled down to it.

We should do it, of course. We shouldn't let it become the only thing we do, or it's all we'll have left.

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