“Those 40 Days for Life people don’t have enough sense to come in out of the cold.”
You wonder how many people passing by in their cars might have been thinking that about us as we stood praying on Perlman Drive this week.
It’s been quite a couple of days weather-wise. Our signs bent in the wind, the banners flapped furiously. Driving rains beat down and on two days the temperatures nosedived to near-record levels. It snowed.
And yet, there we were. Praying our way through the first week of our vigil to end abortion.
Yeah, it looked crazy. But if you really care about something, you take a little risk, you do crazy things.
How about the thousands of fans who fill football stadiums in subfreezing weather? Or all the New Year’s celebrants who wait in the cold all afternoon in Times Square just to be there when the ball descends at midnight. Or the massive crowds who stood on security check lines for hours at Central Park just get a glimpse of Pope Francis passing by. Do you think they would gone away if it rained?
It’s about caring, ultimately.
It drives you to do things that others consider crazy. For us it’s keeping a commitment to pray, in public, for 40 days, no matter what. Ending abortion is just that important. It’s our way of showing how much we care.
And if our message can somehow move our world even the tiniest bit away from abortion — what’s a little bit of discomfort. No big deal!
Please join this peaceful campaign of prayer and fasting.
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Perlman Drive, Spring Valley (on public property)
6 p.m. to 9 a.m. — Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at St. Gregory Barbarigo Church, 21 Cinder Rd., in Garnerville.
For information call 845-429-6709.