James Bruce, SPUC supporter, went to March for Life last year and had a fantastic experience
JOIN THESE PROLIFE WARRIORS ON SATURDAY 14 MAY 2016 for BIRMINGHAM’S MARCH FOR LIFE 2016 www.marchforlife.co.uk.
SPUC Scotland are running a bus from Glasgow to Birmingham, please contact email@example.com, or phone 0141 2212094.
According to James “if any pro-lifers from across the UK and further afield had significant misgivings about making the trip to Brum for the ‘March for Life’ in May last year, they could probably be counted on the fingers of one hand. Perhaps the only tinge of regret for those of us who came from places like Glasgow, was that we reached Birmingham only after midday; too late for Mass and the Holy Hour in St Chad’s Cathedral. However, having prayed the Rosary and a Chaplet of Divine Mercy on the journey, none of our contingent had cause to feel any of the spiritual impoverishment against which we had come to do battle. Joining a queue in the cathedral, it also seemed important to pray in front of an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and specifically, some prayers to St Juan Diego which included the following:
“Take to Our Lady protectress of the unborn, all the Holy Innocents lost through abortion. Help us to remember that Human Life is sacred. Beloved Juan Diego, show us the way to Our Lady of Guadalupe that she may receive us in the depths of her heart and guide us to the true God. Amen.”
At 1pm we gathered on a patch of grass to one side of the cathedral for the welcome from the organisers. After this Archbishop Bernard Longley, the kind guarantor that our day would have his Apostolic seal of approval, said a few timely words of encouragement, as well as warning that there would be some opposition to our rally on Chamberlain Square later in the afternoon.
If you’ve never heard of abortion survivor Gianna Jessen, find one of her videos on YouTube and let her tell you her story. In Birmingham on May 16th last year, she was magnificent!
“I am a Christian first and pro-life activist second” said Gianna, who was brought through the fiery furnace of an abortion attempt by Our Lord as he did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (cf. Daniel, ch.3). Though the sun was out, it was very windy in Birmingham that day, causing Gianna inconvenience as she spoke. Of course, she could joke about this with no little aplomb, but there came a point when she simply said:
“Lord – I’ve had it with this wind. Take it away!”
Within a couple of seconds and about half way through her 45 minute-long testimony, the wind dropped, and there was no more than a gentle breeze for the rest of the time she spoke to us!
Gianna Jessen is an inspiration to women, to men, to girls and boys, mothers and fathers, priests and religious, educators, philosophers, doctors, factory workers, taxi-drivers. She not only speaks the truth – Gianna Jessen is close to Jesus because she is the truth. She is the truth of our invincible cause; she is a living refutation of every shred of foolish, deceitful propaganda trotted out by the abortion industry.
We then dispersed and made our way, to the sound of Marian hymn-singing, to Chamberlain Square. Here we encountered our dear brothers and sisters in the opposition camp, who were as noisy and disruptive as could be expected, though we outnumbered them by about 5:1. Among their supporters however, were representatives with a giant banner of at least one of the UK’s biggest teaching unions; a reminder of the abortion industry’s success in getting its claws on the formation of our children.
We were then addressed by Obianuju (Uju) Ekeocha, from Nigeria; a Biomedical Scientist by profession, and founder of Culture for Life Africa. Her African heritage was a rebuke to our rowdy antagonists in itself, and she was extremely eloquent and courageous in drawing a parallel between the systematic ‘de-humanisation’ which allowed her fellow Africans to be forced into slavery until 200 years ago, and the de-humanisation of unborn children which allows them to be killed in such dreadful numbers today.
As a final act of witness, we all knelt and prayed in silence for a few moments, before singing the Salve Regina. Being relatively so far from home, our coach-load then had to make our way back to St Chad’s cathedral in some haste, so as not to keep the driver waiting. After a group photo and a few goodbyes (‘God-be-with-ye’s) to people we’d met, we filed back on board the charabanc, and had no trouble at all in sustaining our joyful and prayerful spirits all the way home.
Written BY James Bruce – edited by WRITE TO LIFE