Friday, January 22, 2016

Mass at an Unholy Place

Once again we were able to offer Mass on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade at an office which is next door to an infamous abortion center (near Washington D.C.). The unholy place was literally on the other side of the wall of our Mass. Having just returned from the Holy Land, a special connection came to mind.

If you go to all of the places of Jesus' passion, you will find an altar marking each spot today. The Mass is now offered at the very place where Judas gave his traitorous kiss, where Jesus was mocked and abused, where He was scourged and crowned with thorns, and most especially at the very place where His cross was inserted into the earth. These unholy places have been transformed by the love of Christ.

Under this altar is the spot of Jesus' crucifixion

Today we offered the Mass at the modern Mount Calvary, an abortuary. We do so as a prayer for the mothers, fathers, babies and the abortion workers. We make Jesus' prayer our own, "Father forgive them..." We do so with hope filled hearts. One day we will remember the anniversary of the overruling of Roe v. Wade. That will be a day that life triumphs over death! Come Lord Jesus!

+ Fr. Luke Mary Fletcher, CFR
Yonkers, NY
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