Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A story worth remembering

By Marie Widmann
Director, Pro Life Catholic Ministries

Once upon a time, in a town not so very far away, little boys played in a field of spring wildflowers.  There they came upon some boxes and since little boys are curious creatures they peeked inside.  But there was no wonderful surprise awaiting them.  Upset, the boys ran home to their mothers and told them they had found boxes in the field, boxes filled with babies.

Within hours the news spread across the community.  People stopped their everyday activities in shock.  How had babies’ bodies come to be discarded in their peaceful little town?  Who had hurt these children and dumped them as trash?

Something needed to be done and within hours of the babies’ discovery local churches began organizing a prayer service.  Local, county and state authorities conducted an investigation and eventually traced the 54 babies’ bodies to a Los Angeles abortion clinic.  What would happen to these babies and how they would affect the community in which they had been discarded would be a story that evolved over one and one half years and receive national, even international attention. 

On January 21, 2012 a Mass in Thanksgiving for the Gift of Life will be celebrated by Episcopal Vicar Romeo Seleccion at 9 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Chino Hills and an Interfaith Prayer Service will take place at Crestlawn Memorial Park in Riverside to commemorate the 15 year anniversary of the Discarded Babies of Chino Hills. 

During October, Respect for Human Life Month, hundreds of churches and thousands of people are committing to each spend one hour to peacefully pray at over 300 abortion clinics as part of 40DaysForLife.comOne hour to pray for families in crisis pregnancy circumstances, to pray for those who have been wounded by abortion, to pray for an end to abortion all together.  One hour of spiritual intervention to stop the discarding of our children.  

For more information, please contact Marie Widmann, Director of Pro Life Catholic Ministries Diocese of San Bernardino at MWidmann@SBDiocese.org  909.475.5351 or 40DaysForLife.com/Riverside or 40DaysForLife.com/Montclair.

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