This Wednesday, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the profession of first vows by the Sisters of Life. The Mass was beautiful - and each and every Sister seemed to be glowing with the Holy Spirit! At the reception, the kids were all running and playing around the grounds, having a great time. It was just so uplifting, and pro-life! (John 10:10)
On Thursday night, a couple of the interns went to and Off Broadway show with Chris, called 'Atomic'. The performers were incredible, and most of them had performed on Broadway - one guy had played Valjean in Les Mis!!
The show dealt with the morality surrounding the Manhattan Project, which resulted in the bombing of Hiroshima. It was interesting to note the genuine attempt to end the war and save lives ... By creating and atomic bomb and killing thousands of innocent people ... It reminded me of the abortion situation in the US and all over the world - people are trying to 'save women' but killing children and ruining countless other lives at the same time. Our duty to protect others cannot be morally fulfilled with the taking of other lives, it could be argued. The show certainly gave us a lot of think about.
On Friday, Laura and I were asked to speak for a few minutes each at an event called the 'Womens Equality Day Reformed'. We spoke about the internship we have been doing and our work. We were both quite nervous, but everyone was so kind to us, and so we managed. It was inspiring for us to listen to the stories of people living the prolife vocation in so many ways. Mums, wives, pastors, scientists, and politicians. We felt privileged to have been able to take part in the day. The honouree for this year was Eileen Slattery, wife of Chris. It was nice to hear more about her story and her contribution to the pro-life movement in New York.
At night, Laura and I went with Eileen to our first ever Opus Dei event, where we listened to meditations, had a talk, and spent some invaluable time in the chapel. A few pointers that stuck in my mind:
- The truth will set you free
- To be humble is to walk in truth
- Let it be done unto me according to thy word
- Blessed are the poor in spirit for they shall see God
- We need to de-clutter our minds in order to make room for God.