The true weapon

The true weapon


In anticipation of the March for Life in Washington tomorrow, here is a re post from January 2013…


I couldn’t be at the March for Life in Washington yesterday, but wanted to do something besides pray at home..I went to the local abortion clinic which is about ten minutes from my house, where I’ve often prayed during the 40 Days for Life campaign. The facility sits in a plaza off a main highway where when keeping vigil, we’re permitted to stand by the main road, not allowed beyond a certain point in the parking lot.


Yesterday, no one was by the roadside praying, so I decided to sit in my car parked right outside the office of that death mill and pray the rosary. Sadly, as at other times, I witnessed a young woman exit after her procedure, her face pale, her body bent over seeming to wince from the pain. Then, someone I assumed was the boyfriend, quickly whisked her to a car and bolted out of the parking lot like outlaws running from the police….only it’s all perfectly legal.


I never leave that place that I don’t feel consumed with grief and spiritual oppression. When I finished praying and before leaving the plaza, I drove around back where I know the doctor and workers park. I recognize his car because– on more than one occasion– he sped past us when we were all standing out front….coming as close as he could without hitting anyone. I parked and prayed again;


For the sake of His sorrowful passion…Have mercy on us, Lord.


I was very encouraged by the presence of so many young people at The March for Life yesterday, and I’m sure many will provide a strong presence today at the West Coast March. Thank the Lord. We need their young, fearless enthusiasm and love of God because increasingly, the darkness encroaches against life and nothing but the power of God is going to stop it.

If you have the stomach for it, go to Salon. Com and read the article titled, “So What if Abortion Ends Life?”

Yes, you read that right. That’s the new argument..I quote the author, Mary Elizabeth Williams,


Here’s the complicated reality in which we live: All life is not equal. That’s a difficult thing for liberals like me to talk about, lest we wind up looking like death-panel-loving, kill-your-grandma-and-your-precious-baby storm troopers.


Yet a fetus can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it resides

She’s the boss. Her life and what is right for her circumstances and her health should automatically trump the rights of the non-autonomous entity inside of her. Always.”


And this,


And I would put the life of a mother over the life of a fetus every single time — even if I still need to acknowledge my conviction that the fetus is indeed a life.

A life worth sacrificing.”


In my humble opinion as a lay person, that is blatantly wicked and downright evil.

However, we cannot despair for, as Catholic’s, we have everything needed for combat:

  • Mass
  • Sacraments
  • Scripture
  • rosary
  • prayer
  • fasting
  • the saints
And we will not be defeated, because we stand on the Word of God and all His promises ~
 …no weapon that is fashioned against you shall prosper,
and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, says the Lord.
—Isaiah  54:17

Padre Pio always wore the Rosary around his arm at night. A few days before his death, as Padre Pio was getting into bed, he said to the friars who were in his room,

Give me my weapon!

And the friars, surprised and curious, asked him:


“Where is the weapon? We cannot see anything!”

Padre Pio replied, “It is in my habit, which you have just hung up!” After having gone through the pockets of his religious habit, the friars said to him: “Padre, there is no weapon in your habit! . . we can only find your rosary beads there!”


Padre Pio immediately said, “And is this not a weapon? . . the true weapon?!”

May we all take up our weapon to battle against the forces who are destroying life.
  • Photo Credit : A sculpture of Padre Pio in a garden in Naples

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