This past week a reader suggested I read Psalm 69. Here’s an excerpt:
Save me, O God,
for the waters have come up to my neck.
2 I sink in the miry depths,
where there is no foothold.
I have come into the deep waters;
the floods engulf me.
3 I am worn out calling for help;
my throat is parched.
My eyes fail,
looking for my God.
4 Those who hate me without reason
outnumber the hairs of my head;
many are my enemies without cause,
those who seek to destroy me.
I am forced to restore
what I did not steal.
Her suggestion was timely.
In January, I wrote about the “waters” that are engulfing us and particularly the unborn child here in Quebec – judicial, legislative, and cultural tides swamping our efforts to bring about a culture of life to the province.
The culture of death is taking a staggering toll. We estimate 30 000 abortions per year, and this does not account for the undocumented deaths due to contraceptives.
Yet, as Psalm 69 suggests, there is no need for despair as Our Lord is readily at hand:
But I pray to you, LORD, in the time of your favor; in your great love, O God, answer me with your sure salvation.
14 Rescue me from the mire, do not let me sink;deliver me from those who hate me, from the deep waters.
15 Do not let the floodwaters engulf me or the depths swallow me up or the pit close its mouth over me.
16 Answer me, LORD, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me.
17 Do not hide your face from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in trouble.
18 Come near and rescue me; deliver me because of my foes.
Lent begins March 1st, and as is our custom, on this day we will begin our biannual vigil for the end of abortion with prayers and fasting.
The theme this year will be the Divine Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 1st, and continuing through to Palm Sunday, April 9th, we will honour the 14 stations in His journey to Golgotha and His crucifixion. For example, on the first day of the vigil, prayer devotions will remember in a particular way the first station - The Judgment before Pontius Pilate; the next day, gives way to his receiving His Cross, and on the third day, His first Fall in his journey, and so forth.
We invite you to join us at our vigil locations, daily from 8 am to 5 pm.
- Weekdays we will be at the epicentre of the abortion industry in the province – the corner of Sainte-Catherine Street east and Berri Street, where 5 abortion facilities are within a short walking distance.
- Weekends we will outreach to the public at Lahaie Park, across the street from the site that for close to twenty years performed an estimated 60,000 abortions, 30 St-Joseph Blvd. East, near the corner of St-Laurent Blvd.
Returning to Psalm 69
The Lord is my light and my salvation
-Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life
–Of whom shall I be afraid?
So, in this dark period of Quebec’s history, where the unborn are savagely disrespected and women given inaccurate information about nascent life and the consequences of their ill-fated decisions, we at the Quebec Life Coalition wish to be a light in the darkness for the upright, by
- supporting women experiencing difficulties during their pregnancy,
- aiding women and men who have been ill-advised to abort their child, and
- in 2016, founding a residential pregnancy centre for pregnant women in need.
So, in 2017, with your continued support in prayer and financially, we can continue to target the “impossible” – ending abortion in Quebec!
Yours in Christ Jesus,
Quebec Life Coalition