I hope this malaise type feeling is passed by tomorrow night. Just finished watching the documentary Bloodmoney.
Last Saturday we were attempting to do sidewalk counseling outside of an abortion clinic in Chicago's downtown. There were very few women going in while we were there from 9-11 a.m., and the NARAL affiliated volunteer escorts did masterful job keeping them within the Bubble Law area (50 feet from the entrance of the clinic) so we could not attempt to offer the women love, non-judgmental hope and help.
I did see one couple who left the clinic, where the woman, girl really, probably late teens, was sobbing. Really upset. She would not let the guy with her put his arm around her. I made the mistake of trying to pass him the brochure on Project Rachel, that has a picture of Jesus and, "Neither do I condemn you" on the front, and he pushed it away. Essentially telling me, leave us, her alone. I say it was a mistake because if the girl would have pushed me away i would have thought at least I tried to reach her instead of trying to reach her through the guy she already didn't want trying to console her. Felt afterward like i had a lack of courage there.
I want a miracle. I want that clinic to fall down like the walls of Jericho. We didn't have any shofars with us, and I prefer if God would have the building demolished by his holy power when there is no one inside to be hurt or killed, but I just want it demolished. It was strange because the Security guy that organizes these trips for my daughter's high school, for which I am a regular driver, chaperone, said he had the same thought.
He then told me how there was a Catholic group that did the exorcism prayers outside of a clinic that was subsequently shut down. (I still think he doesn't realize that I am one of those Catholics.) I used the google on my phone to find these prayers and began praying them alone. No crumbled building to tell you about, but I hope that it was very unpleasant for the evil spirits milling about inside and outside that clinic while I was praying, and I hope a few of them were bound and cast into the abyss as a result of my prayers.
That brings us to the eve before this election. I started today with Mass praying for tomorrow. I would say I'm a bit depressed. I have hope and faith, but the polls are so close. I think I'll get out tonight to pray at our local Adoration Chapel too.
I was disappointed yesterday that our brave priests repeated some non-naming logic on how to vote, but stopped short of saying, "Let's be real people. Obama is the most pro-abortion president in the history of this country. If you want to defund Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion mill in the country, if you want to stop having federal funds overseas used for abortion, if you want to stop the administration that doesn't care about your Church's teachings or your rights of conscience, then DO NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA."
Our church had so few actually in attendance at our Divine Liturgy yesterday. I think that bothered me too. It should be packed.
Enough about shoulds. Reminds me of that quote of Jesus's (NOT that I am righteous, but that my Lord is righteous and I get his quote), "O unbelieving and perverse generation . . . how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you?" (Matthew 17:17)
I know many of you are just as concerned tonight as I am. We are told to not worry.
St. Padre Pio:
“Pray, hope, and don’t worry! Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer. Prayer is the best weapon we have; it is the key to God’s heart. You must speak to Jesus not only with your lips but with your heart. In fact, on certain occasions, you should speak to Him only with your heart.”
"Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Sorry about my anxiety, Lord. Thank you that we live in a country that has elections. Please keep them fair and honest. Please grant that the candidates you want to win, that humble themselves before you and seek to govern according to your will, win the elections tomorrow. Please grant that those who vote will have the grace and integrity to vote according to the consciences you gave them, according to the natural law you have written upon their hearts. Please, if it is your will, let Obama and every other pro-abortion, pro-Planned Parenthood candidate up for election tomorrow be defeated. In Jesus Name, Amen
In case you are a Catholic that takes exception to Romney making exception for abortion in the cases of rape, incest, life of the mother please consider the following. I agree with you that abortion is not a solution for rape, that it actually compounds the trauma, and makes it even a deeper wound to heal. I also think, based on the testimony of a converted abortionist, that doctors have the skills and creativity to avoid ever needing to make that choice between the baby's life and the life of the mother.
I do think it is morally sound to vote for Romney, but I think the author of this article makes that case clearer than I could.
"Even the Alan Guttmacher Institute, which was previously the research arm of Planned Parenthood, reports that only .3% of all U.S. abortions are done for reasons of rape, .03% because of incest, .1% because of a threat to the mother’s life, and 98% for mostly reasons of preference. So, the Romney-Obama election is between a man who favors that fewer than .5% of the 1.2 million abortions in the U.S. each year should be legal and one who favors that 100% of them should be."