(LifeNet Note: EWTN will be filming the event, so join us for this powerful witness for life!)
A MORNING OF PRAYERFUL REMEMBRANCE AND INTERCESSION:
Saturday, January 15, 2011: 9 a.m.-12 Noon, St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Our Lady’s Chapel), 460 Madison Avenue (at 5th Avenue), New York City.
The hidden wounds of abortion affect each of us. Whether it be one’s neighbor, co-worker, friend, relative, maybe oneself…as a community we have all been touched. Join us as we anticipate the observance of the 38th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. We will gather to pray and intercede on behalf of our entire nation, seeking forgiveness and healing in God’s merciful love.
The day will include personal testimonies from those who have been affected by abortion, intercessory prayer, Eucharistic adoration & rosary, opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass – Fr. Mariusz Koch, CFR main celebrant.
Sponsored by the Family Life/Respect Life Office (Sisters of Life) – Archdiocese of NY and Lumina Hope and Healing after Abortion. For further info call Lumina 1-877-586-4621, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sr. Lucy Marie
Respect Life Coordinator
Archdiocese of New York
1011 First Ave., 7th Floor
New York, NY 10022
"Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope.…It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope."
A defense, after a pretty vicious attack on them by the “RH Reality Check” (“an online community and publication serving individuals and organizations committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights”).
It's written by Kathryn Jean Lopez NR's prolife editor.
Eleanor Bader, co-author of Targets of Hatred: Anti-Abortion Terrorism, is outraged that the Sisters have been so successful in their mission to serve women, children, and families who feel hopeless in the face of a pregnancy. They take women in, they take their children in, they serve them, encourage them, feed them, and get them on their feet. They also serve women that liberal feminism, all too often, leaves behind: those who are mourning the loss of a child who was a casualty of the celebrated “freedom to choose” that isn’t always actually a choice, due to desperation and a failure to see viable alternatives. These are some of the most loving, radiant women you’ll ever meet. And young women! This congregation of women religious has been known to have waiting lists full of women who want to join them in their charism for life.
For all this, the Sisters are “Stoking Fire,” the piece insists. That, or serving their fellow women (among others).
Bader portrays these women as Sisters Moneybags, accumulating convents and other property in a city where non-fetal people (as the RH Reality Check stylebook might have it) are struggling. The Sisters, however, don’t actually own any real estate. Their convents are owned by parishes or the Knights of Columbus. These women take vows of poverty and live them.