Sunday 4 January 2009

Peaceful prayer and witness at Marie Stopes abortion facility

I am delighted to see that the Helpers of God's Precious Infants have a Vigil at the Marie Stopes abortion facility, Brewer Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1RV, on Wednesday 21 January. Catholics may be particularly interested in this important initiative. You can find the details here.

You can find more about the work of this group of pro-life people, dedicated to defending and upholding the dignity of human life, here. Their mission is to save the lives of unborn children through the spiritual conversion of their mothers.

This is a time when Christians, including Christian leaders, are being seduced by politicians who are firmly committed to promoting abortion worldwide. It's therefore all the more important to support pro-life action (and prayer) which witnesses fully to the evil of abortion. As Pope John Paul II put it: "Disregard for the right to life, precisely beause it leads to the killing of the person whom society exists to serve, is what most directly conflicts with the possibility of achieving the common good" (Evangelium Vitae, 72).

He also pointed out the nature of the problem pro-lifers are facing within the Church when he wrote: "We need to begin with the renewal of a culture of life within Christian communities themselves. Too often it happens that believers, even those who take an active part in the life of the Church, end up by separating their Christian faith from its ethical requirements concerning life, and thus fall into moral subjectivism and certain objectionable ways of acting." (Evangelium Vitae, 95)