“Remembrance Day”

As it turned out, while a good portion of the city in one form or another was participating in  “Remembrance Day” with poppy flowers and activities we found ourselves as usual praying across from the place of abortions.  The streets were a little more empty than usual but there are always some people walking around.  Having walked from the Church a number of blocks away we stood across the street facing the place of abortions.  Not far from there are government buildings where legislation is hammered out, the common good is sought, and judgments are passed.  Businesses and shops surround us there, as the place looks like any other.  People walk by here and there without any visible reference to that which goes on there.

There is a kind of spiritual struggle that takes place there as we pray.  Desiring the conversion of everyone, beginning with ourselves, we pray.  With what are we contending?  Certainly, we do not look at any human being present as an enemy.  But there is a struggle for life there against what the New Testament calls the spirit of the world.  A claim is being asserted in the prayer: “Life belongs to God.”  The prayer there is an assertion of God’s sovereignty.  It is much like the March for Life in Washington D.C.  No authority on earth can set itself over the right to life, life that is of God.  So the prayer carries with it the claim that “God belongs here” and that “the kingdom of God is at hand.”  No place on earth is exempt from that claim.

So for this reason we go.  Much more than the implicit claims of the U.S. flag on the moon or the Russian marker at the North Pole under the ice, we stake a claim that God is the Lord of life, and that Jesus’ offering of himself on the cross is greater than the greatest sin.  His Blood shed for us accomplishes a peace that the world cannot give.  This is what our prayerful presence claims.

— Fr Ken Mikulcik

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