Friday, September 30, 2011

Day 2: The Miraculous... The Cathedral

Sometime after dark on this Feast Day of the Archangels, St. Michael, St. Gabriel & St. Raphael, static continually interrupted the radio waves (Guadalupe Radio Network), signaling weather interference. A storm was moving south.

As thunder and lighting grew louder and more frequent, I felt an urgency to go to the vigil site (Is anyone there?)... threw on a sweater, opened the front door only to be greeted by a blinding flash of lightening and resounding thunder (that was close), took a deep breath and bolted to the car.

The vigil site is only a few miles away and the rain was blowing wildly...  (Did the car just move sideways? It's a heavy car. It seemed to move sideways). Traffic was scurrying through rains.

The sky was electric... virulent.... horizontal and vertical bolts of lightening shattering the late night sky.

Steering closer to the vigil site, the rains slowly abetted becoming only a fine mist. Fully expecting everyone to have fled for shelter... there on that sidewalk outside the late-term abortion facility, were mmmmm... maybe 50 or 60 people... families ... solemnly praying, heads down, kneeling... completely undisturbed.  There was a soft breeze. Peaceful tranquility.

"Oh, only a few drops," said one of the vigil coordinators. And even though lightening continued to sporadically illuminate the sky above, no one seemed to pay it much mind. It was a backdrop to their prayers.

Hope (that is her name) with calm warmth whispered, "Oh... guess what? Someone threw ice cream or something at us...  Oh, no, I didn't really even notice it so much... we were praying... it just felt a little cold and wet on my back..." She softly smiled. Peace.

The next morning, the sun exposed a blue spot... clearly blue... on the sidewalk, presumably marking the place where that same liquid landed.  Maybe it was blue ice cream... or  perhaps a special blessing on that Feast Day of the Archangels, St. Michael, St. Gabriel & St. Raphael.  Both.


big important little notes:

The group praying was one of several "shifts",  manned by the faithful from the Cathedral Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. "Guesstimations" are  200 (or more!) came to pray from the Cathedral.  What seems to be consistently true of these faithful prayer warriors who come to pray during the vigil and other times during the year outside the abortion centers:  They work hard. They pray hard. They are an example... to many.  

Fr. Henry Erazo (parishioners proudly "snitched" on him) "picked the date so it would be on his day-off... so he could come pray at the vigil... on his day off!"  He did just that.  Prior to the vigil, Fr. Henry "went to the ministry groups and told each one to come to the vigil. He said we could do that for 'at least one day' of the year." And they did. They are grateful for their priests.  Thanks be to God for priests!  Thank you, Fr. Henry. 

The next day...  2 more women chose life for their babies!  This is the miraculous:  Life. Beautiful newly created  Life!

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow... Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.


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