Dear Friends of Life,
I trust you and your loved ones are doing well.
I need to make a candid admission.
I’m pretty unsuccessful at what I am doing.
I am referring here to the sidewalk work of convincing women and couples to forego their appointment to abort their child.
My mentor, Msgr. Philip Reilly, founder of Helpers’ of God’s Precious Infants, in Brooklyn, NY, was able to convince between 6 and 7 women out of every ten he met to keep their child!
On the other hand, I average between one and two… per year!
Given that I am present daily outside two abortion facilities, year-round, my stats are anemic, to be kind.
The following incident is typical. While praying with a partner, I noticed a young couple, early to mid-twenties, walking along St-Catherine Street eastward, approaching us, on the opposite side of the street, the side the court injunction prevents us from crossing onto. A handsome couple – the man bearded, tall and broad shouldered and she, smaller, petite.
My intuition alerted me correctly as subsequently the couple ended their walk outside the building in which the Morgentaler facility is located. There, they stopped, hugged one another, went their separate ways – she inside and he, continuing his walk down Berri Street towards René-Lévesque Blvd.
I am getting ahead of myself. As the couple was walking eastward along St-Catherine street towards the intersection with Berri Street and were not quite level with us, I greeted them with a wave of my hand and then in their direction flashed the sign strung around my neck and resting on my chest, the one promoting the pregnancy help service.
The couple noticed. First the gentleman and then the young woman looked at me and then the sign, exchanged a few words between themselves. That was about all.
No passion. Had there been some passion, some outburst of indignation at my presence, at my gall to “interfere” in their private lives, then I would have felt some hope for saving the life of the unborn child.
No passion, only indifference. Their hearts had turned to stone.
Having done the humanly possible and failing, I knelt, calling upon God to spare this couple from the grief and regret over a choice they can never reverse, and to preserve the life of the innocent unborn child.
The traffic light changed, the couple crossed the street and continued their way towards the abortion facility. During the rest of their walk, one then the other looked back in my direction, she more so than him.
Variations of this scenario happen daily.
I need your help in two ways:
- Pray that God blesses these encounters with special graces to soften hearts and
- Send me your prayer needs.
Concerning the latter, I believe that by bringing these your spiritual needs to modern day Calvary, grace will flow in ways that are both mysterious and miraculous. What do you think?
My personal email address is noted below and I will keep these confidential.
We form part of a mystical body. Let us support one another in prayer during this earthly pilgrimage.
Yours in Christ Jesus
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