A bucolic setting in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Scarecrows and cornfields. Haystacks and mums. Autumnal trees dotting the highways and byways. And yet violence reared its ugly head here on the grounds of Lady of Guadalupe parish in Doylestown. Forty white crosses which memorialized those lives taken through abortion were defaced or broken on the church grounds on the evening of October 12th. Local police are investigating the incident but in the meantime the parish and the surrounding pro-life community rallied together this past Saturday, October 19th, for a prayer vigil led by the pastor, Reverend Monsignor Joseph P. Gentili.
The prayer vigil not only provided an opportunity to publicly stand together to support our right to free speech on the abortion issue but also offered prayers for the person(s) who initiated this destruction. Replacement crosses were provided by the Pro Life Union and the memorial display is now again intact on the parish grounds. Additional details of this incident can be found at Patch.com
If the perpetrators thought this was going to stop the ardor of the pro-life community, they are sadly mistaken. We too have a right to speak our minds on the sanctity of life – it is not a one sided argument although at times that is what it feels like. So as long as parishes like Our Lady of Guadalupe are willing to publicly assert their support for a child’s right to life, we also will be there to be a voice for those who are voiceless. We cannot bring back the children who have lost the battle of abortion but we can replace those crosses that stand in their memory as many times as need be.