The program on Sunday was beautiful.
In 1980 I drove my college roommate to have an abortion and have basically put it
out of my mind ever since. It broke my heart when I heard the testimonies. For the
first time I was forced to face what I took part in. I will forever pray for the
innocent life that was taken that day. Thanks. -S
I just wanted to let you know that the Afternoon of Prayer on Sunday, Oct 12th was wonderful! We did not have as many people as we would have liked, but we were up against a lot of pro-life activities in the Diocese, not to mention the Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers football game in Cleveland. (Our biggest rival).
The Bishop processed in to the Taize Chant O Lord Hear our Prayer (with violin & piano accompaniment) as the server incensed the church, We lit purple & white candles in front of a large, beautiful Divine Mercy picture during the Testimonial/Intercessory prayer. Purple symbolizing repentance & white symbolizing forgiveness & healing.
Thank you again for your ministry, for putting together this Afternoon of Prayer and for so willingly and graciously sharing it with everyone.Thank you also for your support and doing the rush job on the flyer!
I know that hearts were touched & many people’s eyes were opened to the long shadow cast by abortion. I think everyone went to reconciliation,which was beautiful. We had 3 priests and the Bishop. I know our Blessed God Bless you and your ministry, you will always be in my prayers and who knows, Holy Rosary may present it again in the future.
Peace, Sue Andrews, Cleveland, Ohio
I just wanted to thank you for developing the Prayerful Remembrance service. The service we hosted last month was moving and beautiful. I was pleased to have around 85 people attend. I also invited local Christan organizations with post abortion reconciliation programs to have a table afterwards with information. Thank you again for developing the prayer service and for sharing it so that others may experience its prayerfulness and powerfulness.
Diocese of Austin, Texas
On Saturday, January 21, as our second “An Afternoon…” was about to begin, Fr. Geno Sylva, Director of St. Paul Inside the Walls, asked what I thought. My feeling was that if one person arrived, we should have the 3 hour time of prayer. Father smiled a radiant smile and quietly said that’s how he felt too! (“Wherever two or more are gathered…”). Everyone left the service with changed hearts, some with tears in their eyes, all expressing thanks for the experience. May God be praised!
Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey
I want to thank you again for giving me the info about the Prayer Service on Saturday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. What a beautiful and inspirational program! You did a great job, as did everyone, in getting the message across. It was a very moving and emotional experience for me relating to all of the stories. Again, thank you and God bless you and all of the people at Lumina.
Archdiocese of New York, New York
I simply thought the prayer service was beautiful! The testimonies were powerful. The prayers of petition were powerful as well. Beautifully inspired and written, they struck at the heart of deepest pain in each of those person’s experiences. The whole service was filled with sacramental grace… all those sacraments going on! It was a powerful morning of prayer for all of us, any of us, who have been affected, wounded, and scarred by abortion. God’s mercy was tangible in those hours.
Diocese of Rockford, Illinois
The morning of prayer at St. Patrick’s was wonderful. I couldn’t be there, but I watched it on EWTN. I have to say, both my husband and I cried throughout most of the service. The grandparents could have easily been us and after almost 25 years, we still find it very difficult to talk about. God bless you and the Sisters for the good work you are doing to bring about an awareness of the need for healing and forgiveness.
Archdiocese of New York, NY
Theresa, As you may be able to guess, I have a story I am simply not able to tell. The word ‘choice’ is the last one I could use to describe abortion. As we prepared for the prayer service I thought it would be difficult for me. What I found the service to be was liberating. An energy returned to me. Having the “hidden stories” shared gave my own soul a new found freedom. God does write straight with wavy, broken lines. 🙂
May his peace envelope you today!