Sunday, 1 May 2011

We must all stand outside the killing centres in spirit or in person

I am delighted to learn that Monsignor Philip Reilly, a real giant of the worldwide pro-life movement, is visiting England this month.

Carole Smith,the local co-ordinator of Helpers of God's Precious Infants, tells me:
"Great news!! The founder of the Helpers, Mgr Philip Reilly from New York, is coming into London for a flying visit. He will be exhausted after the long flight but has agreed to lead the vigil at Maidstone on Wednesday 18th May with Fr Sam Medley, of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT). They will both be concelebrating at the 10am mass. Please give a much support as you can, by displaying the poster in a prominent place, encourage as many as possible to attend and to pray for a successful day at Marie Stopes abortion facility, Brewer Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1RV, on Wednesday, 18th May, 2011, starting at St Francis Church, Week Street, Maidstone, Kent.

"Mgr Reilly will also be giving a talk at St James Church in Spanish Place, London in the evening to which everyone is invited."
Helpers of God's Precious Infants is an international pro-life group founded by Msgr. Philip Reilly under the direction of Bishop Thomas Daily of New York. Its main apostolate is prayer vigils at abortion facilities. To date, 5 Cardinals and over 100 Bishops worldwide participate including Bishop Thomas McMahon Brentwood, Bishop John Hine, Southwark, Bishop Arthur Roche, Leeds. The spirituality is one of solidarity with Jesus in the person of the forgotten poor: “Whatever you do for the least of these my brethren, you do for me.” Matt.25:40.

Monsignor Reilly is one of the most outstanding and prophetic figures in the pro-life movement. He and his co-workers in Britain and in other parts of the world lead from the front in their uncompromising defence of unborn children and their mothers,spending day after day, year after year, witnessing, praying and reaching out with compassion outside abortion facilities to mothers-to-be and to workers in the abortion clinics.

Whatever our role in the pro-life movement - in politics, in research, as pastors, as educationalists, as family people who support one kind of pro-life work or another - we must all be standing, in spirit or in person, outside the killing centres in our so-called civilised countries. Only that kind of commitment and spirit will defeat the culture of death in which we live.

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