Ok, we’re having a really, really great parish mission (the first one I think I’ve ever really enjoyed… go figure, it’s apparently the first one actually scheduled by the new (and very doctrinally solid) director of adult education).
As a result, however, I have neglected the blog… and will continue to for a few days, although I’d love to comment on the idiocy of Notre Dame inviting President Obama as a commencement speaker. (Yet another “Catholic” school that is following in the footsteps of the allegedly Catholic schools who’ve declared themselves independent (read: wildly heretical) and “in the Jesuit tradition” only. Which means… well, pretty much nothing, as far as Catholicism active on campus. It means there’s a chapel on campus, maybe even some priests, but not much else, except that the odds of your kids staying Catholic if you send them there are as bad or worse than the odds if you send them to a secular school.)
Anyways, I digress.
The red envelope project is another one of those “bombard your elected officials” things, but with a twist. In this case, the idea is to send empty red envelopes to President Obama. Each envelope should say on the back, “This envelope represents one child who died in abortion. It is empty because that life was unable to offer anything to the world. Responsibility begins with conception.”
The idea for this project came to Christ (rhymes with mist) Otto during a time of prayer. The goal is to be non-political, but also unmissable (think “red tidal wave”). The website says they have almost 800,000 envelopes pleged so far. Hey, the postal rates are going up again (as of May 11, first class postage goes to $0.44), so why not use up those old stamps in a good cause? The culture wars are not over, no matter how many times the pro-abortion side says it is; we can at least remind them that they’re lying every time they try to say that!
Mail envelopes on March 31 to:
President Barack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20500.
(Why March 31? So that they all show up in a clump at the beginning of Holy Week, when we remember that Jesus shed his blood for our sins. Hence, also, the red color of the envelopes. Go read the FAQ’s page at the Red Envelope Project site for more info and some good discussion.)
And then pray.
Outside your local abortion clinic with a group. At an adoration chapel. Wherever. But pray.
Our mission speaker talked about pressuring his bishop to allow him to open a perpetual adoration chapel, where Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament would be present 24/7 for worship. That means there has to be at least one person present, praying, at all times. It is a major committment for a parish to take this on, and it’s not to be done lightly. Very few parishes do this, unfortunately.
When the press came to cover the bishop coming to bless the chapel and the community committed to constant prayer there, they asked Fr. Larry why he wanted to do this.
“To close the damn abortion clinic three streets over.”
Next day, the major paper in Erie ran the headline: “Local Priest Says He’s Going to ‘Close the Damn Abortion Clinic.’ “
A few months later, it closed.
Several years later, another abortion clinic opened. The paper called Fr. Larry asking, “Well, what do you say to that?”
“I say we’re going to close that damn abortion clinic down, too.”
It managed to stay open for two weeks. And closed.
We listen to God, pray in private, witness in public… and things will change.
One prayer that has made the rounds of pro-lifers who pray outside clinics is good, and short:
“Jesus, I plead your blood over my sins and the sins of my nation. Lord, end abortion and send revival to America.”
Or, if you prefer, the refrain of the Divine Mercy Chaplet:
“For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”
I’m not asking you to stand up in public, just mail some envelopes with a message written on the back. It’s just an envelope; go buy a box! This has got to be the most painless protest ever. (Except for those pre-printed postcards, which often don’t get read at all.) And this flood of envelopes will be red; it’ll be pretty obvious!
Visit the site, tell them how many you’re sending, and pray.