The following comes from a September 12 Inland Catholic Byte article by Mary Huber:

SAN BERNARDINO—On July 23, more than 200 people joined Father Manny Cardoza as he celebrated Mass in front of the Family Planning Associates abortion center in San Bernardino.

He offered the liturgy for all women considering abortion and for all women that have been hurt by abortion, reminding the faithful that prayer can change hearts.

Respect Life advocates travelled from across the Inland Empire in what was described as a surreal experience.

It was a beautiful morning, not a cloud in sight. Catholics gathered together in front of a make-shift altar to participate in the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

But there was a shadow, a deep reminder of sin, as people entered the clinic across the parking lot.

Fr. Cardoza argued that we can be victorious against the dark world and provide love and compassion for those suffering in our midst. He reminded us of the contrast between the sacrificial words of, “This is My Body, given up for you,” and the hedonistic perspective of “this is my body and therefore my choice.”

He said, “Jesus’ presence at Mass, through His body and blood, is testament that Christ is with us, and He is with the broken hearted and those that carry burdens.”