Friday, May 22, 2009

Canadian March for Life 2009 Ottawa

OTTAWA ( - Under the threat of dark clouds and sometimes through pouring rain, a record-smashing crowd of 12,000 Canadians gathered May 14th on Parliament Hill for a rally and then marched through the streets of Ottawa in protest against 40 years of legalized abortion in Canada.

Rising at around 3 am, six of our sisters collected their traveling bags and headed out like thousands of others to witness to the sanctity of life at the March for life in Ottawa. Arriving close to 10 am the sisters attended Mass at Notre Dame Basilica. Archbishop Prendergast and a multitude of con-celebrating Cardinals, bishops, and priests filled the sanctuary of the beautiful church which was filled to overflowing! As the March began the rain began to fall and soon the wind began to blow fiercely...a powerful sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit with those who stand up for life. Half way through the March we were greeted by Pro-choice protesters, but were just encouraged to pray even more earnestly to Our Lady to touch the hearts and minds of our Canadian brothers and sisters, that they might realize the dignity of each and every child of God from conception to natural death. We and those with us continued praying the rosary and litany of Our Lady, at times almost being swept up by the power of the wind!! As we passed the abortion clinic of Henry Morgentaler there were large images of late term aborted babies being displayed by the organization "Show the Truth"( ...yes, let the truth be shown...for as Christ said, it will set us free). As we rounded the last turn and returned to Parliment Hill the rain stopped and the sun began to shine bringing a great feeling of hope for the future - of a Canada without abortion.
St. Joseph, Patron of Canada, pray for us!

Meeting up with some friends in Ottawa:
Father Ross Bartley from the London diocese
and The Queenship of Mary

The beautiful
Notre Dame Basilica in Ottawa

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