By Tom Quiner
It was cold … and wet … and heartwarming.
A group of us gathered at Planned Parenthood this morning and prayed. We prayed hard for life. All of us were Catholic, so we prayed the Rosary, all fifteen decades.
This prayer asks the Blessed Mother of God, Mary, to pray with us and intercede on behalf of preborn children, their mothers and fathers, and even the employees of Planned Parenthood … to intercede by changing hearts and saving lives.
It works. The power of these prayers are unstoppable.
We prayed as part of a larger movement called 40 Days for Life. Catholics, Protestants, and who knows what other faith traditions unite and pray the prayers they are comfortable with on behalf of the exquisite beauty of human life.
40 Days for Life is a sprawling and expanding international movement. Prayers take place at Planned Parenthood and other abortion locations in over three-hundred locations in 49 states, 7 Canadian provinces, Australia, England, Spain, Uganda and more.
Our group of seven men and two women changed the world, or rather our prayers did. I don’t know how and probably never will know for certain who was affected. But the Holy Spirit is at work in mysterious ways.
We had an affect on a couple of passing cars that we do know about. One gentleman pulled into the parking lot and walked over through the rain to give us $20. That will go to the Respect Life committee at my parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Another man and his young son pulled up and brought us two trays of hot chocolate from a local coffee shop.
Their gestures meant a lot to each of us, just as our prayer vigil in miserable rainy, cold weather moved them. I bet his son, who looked to be about ten, will never forget what they did for us.
I’ve never enjoyed miserable weather so much.