In my Pulpit column running Saturday, Aug. 14, I write about the first prayer vigil outside Planned Parenthood Westside’s new location, led by the Rev. Bill Carmody, director of the Respect for Life Office at the Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs.
Marge Knight, a 71-7ear-old member of Corpus Christi Church, has been attending the vigils for 16 years. “Prayer is the only thing that will change people’s hearts and show what evil this is,” she said as she stood on the Centennial Boulevard sidewalk waiting for Mass to begin.
Carmody’s group mostly prays during the vigil. They are not confrontational or aggressive. They don’t carry sensational signs. So why are they out there? Why not prayer at church or at home for the end of abortion?
“It’s a witness to the evil in our country,” Knight explained.
Carmody holds Mass and Rosary every Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. outside Planned Parenthood at 3840 Centennial Blvd. All are welcome, but be careful where you park. The best spot is in the nearby shopping mall. If you park in the medical facility, you will be asked to move your car. At the first vigil, a Colorado Springs police officer arrived to tell a demonstrator to move his car from the medical building complex.
Here are excerpts of the prayer said at the vigils:
“We pray, then, for the least among us, / the children in the womb. / Protect them from the violence of abortion. / We pray for those that scheduled to die at Planned Parenthood.”
“Sh0w us how we are to respond to the holocaust / in our midst, and lead us to the day when this place / of death will be transformed into a haven of life.”