Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Prayer Vigil at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception tonight





After dinner with some pro-life friends, including Brother Augustine (more about him later) Gabbi and I found our way to the Basilica to pray the rosary with the faithful in the crypt church. I love being a Catholic at times like this the beauty of our prayers, the heartfelt pleas to Our Mother to save our nation from it's own sinfulness are incomparable.
So many wonderful young, holy religious are here; Franciscans, Benedictines, Dominicans, Sisters of Life and Friars of the Renewal. Reverent young faces enrapt in prayer are all around me, and the haunting melody of the choir of Ukrainian Catholics singing Compline was ringing in my ears as I left the Basilica at midnight. Catholics are at our best at times of crisis, when our country needs us we come to pray here in our home parish, with all our family.
Tomorrow we will bless the nations capitol, covering it with prayerful witness. Let our nation heed the cry of the innocents and stop the slaughter.
Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy on us!