My thanks to Beth Scaer and Fran Hynes for photos and to Stephen Scaer for permission to post his remarks from this event.
Seventy-five people gathered on Pennacook Street outside Planned Parenthood in Manchester, New Hampshire on Palm Sunday for the closing event of this season’s 40 Days for Life campaign: a Jericho March, seven times around the block. Stephen Scaer, member of the leadership team, set the tone for his event with his opening remarks.
As my wife was walking her vigil yesterday, a woman slowed her car, rolled down her window, and shouted, “Why don’t you get out of here? You should mind your own business!”
How would you respond to that?
I have a sarcastic edge, and might have pointed out the irony of interfering with someone’s business by complaining that they were interfering with someone’s business.
John Wayne would have said, “I’m making it my business.”
Charles Dickens, through his character Jacob Marley, responds: “Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, benevolence, were all my business.”
And Jesus: He said, and continues to say, love your neighbor. And on this week, for the sake of his neighbors, instead of turning away from their sins with polite embarrassment, he made a public spectacle of himself to confront and carry away our sins.
His work continues through you as you publicly testify against the sin of abortion and proclaim His healing Gospel.
Let us pray:
Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life,
And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.
I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion.
Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death
by the Resurrection of your Son.
I am ready to do my part in ending abortion.
Today I commit myself
Never to be silent,
Never to be passive,
Never to be forgetful of the unborn.
I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement,
And never to stop defending life
Until all my brothers and sisters are protected,
And our nation once again becomes
A nation with liberty and justice
Not just for some, but for all.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen!