4/13/2009
400-500 Prayed and Hoped at Fairmount Abortion Clinic on Good Friday
Here at the Catholic Pro-Life Committee, we had the day off last Friday in honor of Good Friday. I had planned on getting an early start in driving home to San Marcos for the weekend to visit my parents. Instead, I decided to stay and take part in praying at Fairmount Abortion Clinic on Friday morning.

It was worth the traffic.

Fairmount Abortion Clinic is tucked away on a small street at the edge of uptown, just a few blocks away from the Cathedral Guadalupe where we had the Pro-Life rally in January. It was fitting that we were there on Good Friday, the day our Lord died. So many children are ripped from their mother’s wombs there, so many mothers have unknowingly committed their greatest regret there.

So, it was there that Fr. Paul from Cistercian Abbey led about 400-500 people in praying the Pro-Life Stations of the Cross, the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. The sun was out, but it was still chillier than most people expected for early April in Texas. Despite that, parents, babies, families, single people (like myself), older couples, and high school, junior high, college students on break from school lined both sides of the street across the block.

Father’s voice could not extend to all of us, so he spoke through a headset microphone while we huddled around walkie-talkies waiting to be led.

We weren’t the only ones out there. The “Clinic Support” wearing t-shirts of the same name, some volunteers, some paid, all with the intention to make sure our presence didn’t interfere with the day’s business over at Fairmount Abortion Center. Just because it was a holiday weekend didn’t mean the killings stopped. That’s not good for revenue, after all.

We prayed and sung and prayed some more in hopes that one day there won’t be a need to stand in front of buildings like Fairmount Abortion Center. We pray that one day, there won’t be anymore abortion centers to stand in front of because they will all be shut down.

But until that day, we go and we stand and we pray with our Rosaries, and we hope. That’s what we can do.
8 Comments:
Blogger Marisa Alvarado said...
Photos coming later this week...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Marisa,
I am regretful that I waited so long to be present at a pro-life action. I am grateful to the Holy Spirit, that I went to this event on Good Friday along with my family and one employee. I will be back again soon. Though the adrenalin of the event did make me a little drained after the event, I can hardly think of any greater cause.
Furthermore, in being present amongst people joyful to kneel and pray on the side of a public street for the least able of God's children, I can comfortably say that the love of God radiated from amongst the prayer warriors, volunteers, and organizers.
Thanks to all.
Chris Gleason

Blogger Marisa Alvarado said...
Chris,
Thanks for sharing your experience and hope. May God continue to grant you the courage it takes to be a real man of God.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Yes, I agree with Chris. What a witness to Christ and the defense of the unborn. As many cars drove by you could see the looks of bewilderment on their faces. Then as we all knelt down on the sidewalk, all 500 of us...wow! We need to continue to peacefully pray and show our support for those who cannot speak for themselves. Thank you CPLC for organizing this.

Blessings to all,
John Hopper

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Peacefully pray?

Is that what you call it when your amped up protesters jump into women's cars without permission?

Is that what you call it when you dress to impersonate clinic escorts in the hopes of getting access to women who don't want to talk to you?

Is that what you call it when you chant a woman's name to try to harass her into leaving a clinic?

Is that what you call it when you try to force (medically inaccurate) information about abortion on women trying to exercise their legal rights?

Is that what you call it when you attempt to intimidate and frighten young women who are struggling to make the best choices for themselves, their families, and their future families?

Peaceful my butt...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
By the way, not one single clinic escort is paid- I don't know where you people get this ridiculous notion.

Clinic escorts are out there for free, because they believe that women should be able to access the reproductive health care that they need to make independent choices about their lives and for their families, without fear of your vicious tactics.

You're the ones with the paid protesters...

Blogger Marisa Alvarado said...
Thanks John,
Keep on keepin' for the good fight.

Marisa

Blogger Marisa Alvarado said...
Anonymous,
Thanks for your comments. Sounds like you were out there that day, too. I think I might have a guess as to who you are, and I'm glad you took the time to check out our website and let us know what you are thinking.

I'm more than happy to discuss this with you online, but it would have been really great if you had been able to break your "bond of silence" at the clinic and taken me up on my offer to have an actual face to face conversation about this instead of ignoring me/us and pretending we weren't there for two hours.

Anonymous, I have a question for you. If you feel so strongly about this, why are you hiding behind an anonymous tag and why are you avoiding a serious informed conversation about this? Also, if the abortion clinic you were volunteering at thought you guys had such a strong case to be able to protect all the so-called "rights" you claimed in your comment above, why don't they let you guys speak up for your cause?

That would seem the natural thing to do to dissuade all of us "amped up protestors" from "harassing" and "forcing medically inaccurate information" on the women who think abortion is their only option.

Please, I'm open to anything that would shed a little light on this for me, including medical statements on how our information is medically inaccurate. Or if you don't want to continue this online for fear that the abortion clinic you passionately volunteer for won't approve, please give me a call at 972-267-5433(LIFE). Ask for Marisa.

Peace,
Marisa

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