Monday, March 19, 2012

A Balloon Could Save a Life

The thing about getting to know your parish community is that your parish community knows you.  They pray for you and ask how you're doing with this-and-that project and come up with ideas for you when you hit sticky spots in your life.  But when it's time for the 40 Days for Life campaign, they also insist that you volunteer to participate once a week in the peaceful prayer vigil outside of Planned Parenthood, especially if you work from home.  And when I say "but" it's not because this is not a most worthy cause.  No.  I say "but" because it requires that we be a little extra selfless which is, you know, not usually that much fun.

Here's the truth: my husband didn't want to say yes.  Click here to read about how he did it anyway, and how that decision probably saved a person's life.


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    1. Okay Steph, I fixed it! The real post hadn't published yet. Crazy technology..... :)

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    2. Yay! I can see it now. This is a post I'm most interested it!

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  2. YEAH FOR TOMMY! I can't make the letters big enough! and PRAISE GOD!!

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  3. 40 days for life is so hard to do. Not always because of the jeering but because you have to be *there* where it all happens. Some people think abortion is ok but others see it as genocide. (I always think it is so crazy how two people can see an event with such wildly different understandings, especially when it comes to abortion) Standing outside a place where you believe genocide is happening is so *hard*. You have to be brave, in your heart, to guard it from despair.

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  4. I tend to spend my time fighting back tears whenever I stand in front of abortion clinics. I just can't do it anymore. Thank you to Tommy for being brave. If I ever do go back, I might bring a balloon and flowers too. Great idea and great post, Dwija. Give my best to Tommy.

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    1. I know I would bawl the entire time. Especially if I were to go *while* pregnant. I'm not very brave in real life...

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  5. Ironically, abortion is often something a woman does when she feels she has no other choice. Often, she has no support, or nowhere to go, either because her parents or the baby's father have kicked her out. I like "abortion alternative" places, such as the pregnancy counseling center. They were a lifesaver for me when I was pregnant and alone, helping me get medi cal, welfare etc. They gave me a free crib, and diapers. You can even volunteer to be a "safe house" for a young girl in need of temporary shelter.they also provide pre and post abortion counseling. I consided myself pro choice. I just like for women to be aware of ALL their choices, including choosing life. Good for Tommy for practicing what he preaches, in spite of it being unpopular.
    Ps. I have a coexist tattoo.

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    1. And I bet you wouldn't flip off strangers on the street :)

      Yes, I absolutely agree. There is a pro-life alternative pregnancy center IMMEDIATELY across the street from our local Planned Parenthood, so our vigil members can direct women over there easily if they have that opportunity. It's a pretty wonderful set up, truly!

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  6. I love the peaceful prayer vigils. Calling a woman a murderer isn't going to guilt her into choosing life, but prayer might touch her heart, like the woman in the blue car. Way to go Tommy!

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