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Saturday, 22 May 2010

Prayer and Witness at Marie Stopes on Monday

On Monday 24th May from 11.00am-1.00pm we will be holding a peaceful, prayerful pro-life Vigil, following the method of Monsignor Reilly of the Helpers of God's Precious Infants at the Central London abortuary of Marie Stopes. This is to offer help to women going for abortions and to pray for them also. It is also a form of 'symbolic action' against the planned TV advert which Marie Stopes hope to show on Monday night.
Please attend and support this if you can.
The address is: Marie Stopes House
108 Whitfield Street
Nearest tubes are Warren St Station and Goodge St Station.
Frank Duff, the founder of the Legion of Mary, believed in 'symbolic action'. Symbolic action was a way of responding to any evil that you could not see any means of overcoming, and he applied it particularly to sinful situations in his society that were tolerated because people did not know how to fight them, e.g. Prostitution. The idea was that while praying about the problem, you would also take one action against it, even something tiny, which showed Our Lady that you were committed to ending this evil and willing to work towards it, but just awaited her directions. In Frank Duff's case, the initial attempt, a visit by a pair of Legionaries to a house in Dublin's red-light district, with the aim of inviting all the girls in it on a specially tailored retreat, resulted in the transformation of that area and of the lives of hundreds of prostitutes over the next 5 years. What success might Our Lady grant us if we applied this principle to the fight against abortion, and then followed-on taking each new little step Our Blessed Lady showed us?
Learn more about Symbolic Action in Frank Duff's book 'Miracles on Tap'.
Clare McCullough

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