Catholics gathered across the street from Denver’s Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, the largest in Colorado, on Saturday for the launch of a new pro-life initiative: 40 Days for Life 365.
In doing so, Denver joined a growing list of cities in the US hosting a year-round prayer vigil in addition to a fall and spring campaign of 40 Days.
“God has shown us through tens of thousands of saved babies (i.e. miracles) that prayer is our most powerful weapon against this evil,” said Brad Maddock, one of the organizers of the Aug. 14 event and Denver Prays for Life.
“If fifteen elementary children were murdered today our community and news media would be outraged. Instead, we have become numb to this killing.”
The bilingual event began with the recitation of the Rosary, followed by several speakers, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and concluded with a Mass.
The goal of 40 Days for Life 365 is peacefully to witness to the dignity of life and pray outside a designated abortion clinic every day it is open.
The number 365 signifies a new movement to make 40 Days prayer vigils year-round, rather than fall and spring campaigns of 40 days.
Testimony at the event included the story of a woman who found healing through the post-abortion ministry Rachel’s Vineyard, and Colorado Students for Life member David Nguyen urged those present to apply the doctrine of human dignity to their everyday life.
“I found this profoundly beautiful dignity that marked each person, and I naturally wanted to protect this mark of love,” said Nguyen of a transformative experience attending the March for Life in Washington, D.C.
“I implore you all to first find in your own hearts the desire to protect the human person and second to find your own ways to manifest this.”
The event, attended by over 100 persons, ended with Mass.
While the Mass was being said, a car taking a woman to her abortion appointment turned into the Planned Parenthood parking lot and then left, electing instead to go to Marisol, a Catholic women’s clinic down the street.
The above comes from an August 17th story from Catholic News Agency.
Nice to see this but as someone who lived in Denver at one time, however that was when Colorado and Denver were Red and solid Republican, now over the last decade Colorado and Denver are now Blue and vote Democrat, the reason is as many of you guessed transplants from California moved there and have totally changed the political demographics and now it is a liberal Blue state, just like Nevada turned Blue and even Texas is purple from Californians moving in. They destroy one state and then bring in their Leftwing polices to destroy another.
“They destroy one state and then bring in their Leftwing polices to destroy another”. Often times with real intent..
This is contrary to Canon Law and a liturgical abuse.
Canon 932.1: The eucharistic celebration is to be carried out in a sacred place unless in a particular case necessity requires otherwise; in such a case the celebration must be done in a decent place.
There is no necessity that requires celebrating Mass outside, near an abortion clinic.
Celebrate Mass in a nearby church: a sacred place. Then go demonstrate outside the clinic.
This kind of act betrays a distorted, superstitious understanding of the Mass and the Eucharist, as if it’s magic and as if celebrating it outside the abortion clinic will perform some hocus-pocus magic thing to the clinic to end abortions.
Any disagreement with my logic is feelings-based, not based on a correct understanding of Church liturgical law nor on a correct understanding of the Mass.
The “particular case” is that babies are being murdered at the site. Priests celebrated Holy Mass at concentration camps – got a problem with that too?
While I’m sympathetic to the priests and others involved, you make a good point. It seems a Eucharistic procession and other ways of praying, as have been done, would be more appropriate. Would you object to those types of prayer and devotion?
And, I do think it’s more than just “demonstrating,” which you noted. It seems prayer and sidewalk counseling are important as well in reaching abortion-bound women and girls and those accompanying them.
No more– of course, our priests must obey Canon Law. However, our religion is of God, and God is the One Who works great miracles, if it is His Will to do so! And our holy Faith has nothing to do with the evil “Black Arts” of “hocus-pocus” witchcraft and magic, condemned by the Church. Prayer and the Sacraments and Sacramentals of our holy Faith are tremendous Gifts of God, known famously for great miracles. Read our Church’s history– there are tons of miracles from the intercessory prayers and relics of Saints, making Novenas, Holy Masses offered, recitation of the Rosary, Eucharistic Processions, Eucharistic Adoration– and much more. Watch and see what good works God may do, to end baby-killing in Denver. Maybe we will see another great miracle added to the Church’s lists. Look what God did in Bryan, Texas, to close down Planned Parenthood there, convert the Director (Abby Johnson) to Catholicism and Pro-Life, and much more– through Shawn and Marilisa Carney and 40 Days for Life.
Christ worked many great miracles– many miraculous healings, filling the wine jars at the Wedding Feast of Cana, multiplication of the loaves and fishes, even raising Lazarus from the dead. He gave us the great miracle of the Eucharist and instituted the Sacrament of Holy Orders, the Priesthood, at the Last Supper. And He redeemed the world of sin, by His Crucifixion– and next, He miraculously rose from the dead. Then, He appeared to the disciples and taught them in the Upper Room for 40 days, culminating with the descent of the Holy Spirit, 50 days after Christ’s Resurrection. Christ’s entire life and ministry were always full of great miracles. They had nothing to do with the “Black Arts” of witchcraft and magic.
Watch for the closing of this abortuary in the near future. Where God is present, demons flee.
If only it were as easy as you assert. That’s not how the sacraments operate.
But the Lord does!
Tell that to St. Clare as she confronted the Infidels with the Holy Eucharist in the Monstrance.
They fled in confusion.
Jesus saves! Indeed He does.
Great response Mass Appeal, and so many of our priests German and Polish died in those evil concentration camps.
Sometimes you need to stir the water….
Please use a spoon not the Holy Eucharist
Here is another good link for the latest news story on Cardinal Burke, said to now be improving. It is from Catholic News Agency: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/248739/prayers-continue-for-cardinal-burke
Here is a good link regarding Cardinal Burke’s progress. Today he was taken off the ventilator, and taken out of the ICU, and placed in a hospital room.