I was delighted today to join pro-life people at the abortion mill in Toms River, NJ, as part of the 40 Days for Life observance. I spent the 9 to 10 am hour there, and the spirit of prayer was intense. Children were there with their parents and godparents. Many of the prayer warriors are EWTN watchers as well, and so they were very familiar with the Priests for Life mission and message.
Two litanies formed our hour of prayer. One was the Litany in Response to Abortion, which is part of our Priests for Life prayer booklet. The other one was a litany for women who have died from so-called “safe and legal” abortion. I read the names of 242 women slowly and solemnly, and after each name, the crowd prayed, “Lord, have mercy on her.” This list is just a fraction of the women who have been killed in this way. The abortion industry must be called to account for the deaths of these women they claim to serve and care about.
Praise the Lord for the many people responding to our call to come out and pray at the abortion mills during these 40 Days and throughout the year! I look forward to seeing many of you in your own communities.