After surrounding them with prayer at Holy Mass in the parish church, we sent a busload of parish pilgrims to the March for Life in Washington, DC this morning. It is the first time we filled a bus from our parish for this peaceful demonstration in support of life. As the Church celebrated the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, we prayed that the hearts of those who oppose the Gospel of Life would also be transformed. Saul of Tarsus was on his way to implement what was the law of the land -- the arrest and killing of Christians -- when the Lord Jesus spoke to him in a most powerful way. Our pilgrims joined with hundreds of thousands today to continue what is without doubt the largest human rights campaign in history, to pray that exactly the same happens in our nation: even though the law of the land permits killing unborn children, we cannot compromise the Gospel of Life. As we surrounded our pilgrims and marchers with prayer today, may we also spread the mantle of compassion over any woman who feels so overwhelmed and confused that she sees abortion as the best option, asking that her eyes be opened to see the many couples waiting to adopt a baby, the many arms open to care for an unwanted child, the many places waiting to provide skilled care during a difficult pregnancy.
January 25, 2013
Msgr. William J. King