Today I participated in a prayer vigil at an abortion ‘clinic’ (people get healed rather than killed at real clinics!) in north London. I left the presbytery at 7pm for the starting Mass at 9am. Afterwards we processed in prayer to the ‘clinic’ which was about a mile away. There we prayed 3 rosaries and sung hymn verses between decades. During this time specially trained sidewalk counsellors attempted to talk to expectant mothers as they went in and offer them alternatives. Afterwards we processed back for a communal lunch in the church hall. Here are some pics.
In my homily I spoke about prophesy as something that springs from our baptism. It doesn’t necessarily mean foretelling the future but rather giving a Christian witness to a given situation or event. At an abortion ‘clinic’ it means witnessing to the dastardly activity that is taking place within, drawing attention to the elephant in the room or perhaps more appropriately, the fire-breathing dragon in the room! (Elephants are mostly benign creatures.)
I also spoke about St Pope John Paul’s assertion that prayer and fasting are the first and most important responses to what he termed the ‘Culture of Death’ – only these means can dispel the evil fog that deceive the consciences of so many of our contemporaries. Paragraph 100 of Evangelium Vitae is as follows: “…moved by profound concern for the destiny of every man and woman, I repeat what I said to those families who carry out their challenging mission amid so many difficulties: a great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator and lover of life, from every Christian community, from every group and association, from every family and from the heart of every believer. Jesus himself has shown us by his own example that prayer and fasting are the first and most effective weapons against the forces of evil (cf. Mt 4:1-11). As he taught his disciples, some demons cannot be driven out except in this way (cf. Mk 9:29). Let us therefore discover anew the humility and the courage to pray and fast so that power from on high will break down the walls of lies and deceit: the walls which conceal from the sight of so many of our brothers and sisters the evil of practices and laws which are hostile to life. May this same power turn their hearts to resolutions and goals inspired by the civilization of life and love. “