by Meredith. Meredith is a sophomore speech-language pathology major with a spanish minor. She loves spreading the love of Christ through St. Peter’s, specifically through pro-life activities like 40 Days for Life.
This morning I woke up to a quiet, cool Friday morning, rolled out of bed and walked to St. Peter’s. I got into Amy’s car and we drove south down the streets of Waco just three minutes away to 18th and Columbus… to Planned Parenthood. We parked a short distance away and slowly walked to the front of the “Audrey Rapaport Women’s Health Center”. We stood there as cars drove by like on any other day, so many ambivalent or ignorant to what was going on. Just by being there, we were witnessing for life.
I watched parents across the street unload their children and walk them into the Waco Montessori School. I thought of all the children that wouldn’t get to go to school because their lives would be ended in the building behind me. The happy morning seemed to drain away or be sucked out by the knowledge of the place I was in, but the children across the street were alive and happy. As soon as our friend Martin arrived we started to pray the rosary- the Sorrowful Mysteries. As we prayed and meditated on the passion and death of Our Lord, several cars turned inside to the Planned Parenthood parking lot.
One time I looked up and I felt a thorn pierce my heart. For some reason I looked up right at the moment a man was driving his daughter into the clinic. She looked really young and scared. I prayed that she wasn’t here for an abortion. I wanted to tell her that there is another choice- that she didn’t have to go through with this. No one should have to go through that. How do we tell the world about the preciousness of human life? I am pained to think that even now she is somewhere hurting for the child she would never know. Abortion is something we don’t like to think about and we deny it has any affects on us. But babies are being aborted just some five minutes away- real people being killed. Why don’t we care more? Mother Church longs to wrap her protecting arms around the mothers and their babies- our arms.
The hope and love our presence and prayers bring to that place of death make a difference. One time while praying outside of the clinic I heard a car door slam and looked up to see a woman coming over to us. Crying, she hugged each of us and explained that she came to say thank you. Years ago, she was once in the situation of an unplanned pregnancy, and that people praying outside made a difference. Who knows- maybe other cars driving past were headed for planned parenthood but the sight of us changed their mind.
Come out to the vigil with us- witness for life!
Pro-Life Ministry meets at St. Peter’s every Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. to hold a vigil outside of Planned Parenthood from 7:45 to 8:45, back in time for 9:05 classes. For more information please email Amy_Freeman@baylor.edu or M_Hale@baylor.edu.
Life is PRECIOUS!