Thursday, January 26, 2006
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
The 33rd annual March For Life was held in the streets of our nations capitol yesterday. The estimated number of people attending was anywhere from 80,000 to 220,000. This was the 10th year that I have attended the event and I think it was the best one yet. There seemed to be a sense of a changing of the tides in the Roe V. Wade debate. The lack of notable opposition to the pro-life advocates might be one reason, or the fact that everyone involved is realizing that prayer, not gory pictures and insidious name calling, is the only way to change minds and hearts and overcome the atrocity of abortion.
I had the opportunity to help Crossroads pass out over 20,000 pro-life stickers after Mass at the MCI center, attended by 30,000 people! The effect was amazing, the blue and white stickers were seen plastered all over DC!
Of course, after the march we kept with the Franciscan University tradition of going to the Dubliner for a few pints to celebrate another successful march for life!
Friday, January 20, 2006
Gather Us In
Here in this place, our comfortable parish,
All of the statues carried away,
See in each face a vacuous visage,
Brought here by guilt or by R.C.I.A.
Gather us in, by Bimmer or Hummer,
Gather us in, so we can feel good,
Come to us now in this barren Zen temple,
With only a shrub and an altar of wood.
We are the young, our morals a mystery,
We are the old, who couldn't care less,
We have been warned throughout all of history,
But we enjoy this liturgical mess.
Gather us in, our radical pastor,
Gather us in, our unveiled nun,
Call to us now, with guitars and bongos,
Hang up your cellphones and join in the fun!
Here we will take some wine and some water,
Whether it changes, we really don't care.
But when the Sign of Peace comes, our pastor,
Jumps from the altar and hugs like a bear.
Gather us in, the privileged and snobby,
Gather us in, the liberal elite,
Help us to form our personal Credo,
Give us a choice between white bread and wheat.
Monday, January 16, 2006
This past Saturday a cemetery of the innocents was erected on the campus of Aquinas College in Nashville, TN. This is a yearly occurrence where over 3000 crosses are put up in memorial of all the babies that have been killed since the passing of Roe V. Wade in 1972. These crosses represent the number of children murdered every day in America. Here are a few pictures of the crosses and the Frassati Society who sponsors the event.