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Archdiocese of Los Angeles – Requiem Mass for the Unborn
Saturday, January 19, 2013 @ 6:00pm
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
555 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2707
In remembrance of the Jan. 22 anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Blog entry written after attending this Mass on January 24, 2009
At the Mass, all of the music was about honoring the life of each child…of telling this generation about the new generation to be born…the readings brought comfort in knowing how much God loves each person He creates, no mater how long they live…and Cardinal Mahoney’s homily spoke gently but firmly about the issues we need to be concerned about regarding abortion policy in this country. He assured us that the pro-life movement would continue to grow in strength despite the actions of any government or political leader because no one can thwart the plan of God. People can try, but God is the one in control. He is all-powerful, and if His people work and pray, His plan will come into fruition. Yes, there will be sacrifices. Yes, at times, it will look like we have lost. But there is always hope in knowing that our fight will see victory as we move in prayer and moral persuasion.
After Communion, a woman gave her testimony with two out of her three daughters about how both of them were born with cystic fibrosis. She was urged to have an abortion if the amniocentesis showed that the third one had the condition. She and her midwife did everything they could to save the life of her child, and she and her daughters standing together in front of the congregation 19 years later was a strong testimony to what choosing life really means. Both of the girls are attending universities and are contributing to the world as the good God intended. At the end of her mother’s sharing, the youngest daughter invited us all to witness the presentation of 148 candles lit in honor of the 148 babies who were aborted in Los Angeles today. “At sunrise, they joined us in greeting a new day, and at sunset we had to continue on in this life without them…” The votive candles were brought up and placed around the altar, and 148 seconds of silence were offered in remembrance of them. I placed my hand on my tummy as the baby stirred inside of me, and all I could hear was, “Thank you, Mommy. Thank you, Mommy.” I cried, and Gary reached for my hand and for Meleana’s.
We needed to be there. This is why…