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Life chain an act of gratitude

By Jennifer Hettrick

10/28/2015

PRINCE ALBERT — On Sunday, Oct. 4, more than 80 members of the pro-life community united at Kinsmen Park in Prince Albert to participate in an international event. For an hour, they stood along Second Avenue in silent prayer for the end of abortion, and for its victims. They held signs that stated various pro-life messages. All across North America, thousands of people come together annually in over 1,900 different locations to participate in the Life Chain and to build a culture of life.

Despite the cold and the impending rain, many pro-lifers spent their Sunday afternoon bearing witness to the beauty of life, and showing support for both pregnant and post-abortive mothers and fathers. The annual event has been held in Prince Albert for over 25 years. Generally, members find that those who do not support the pro-life movement do not respond to the silent prayer vigil, other than the occasional rude gesture or shout. However, this year a group of four stood on the opposite side of the street with homemade signs promoting abortion.

Keeping to the spirit of the Life Chain, none of those gathered stepped forward in confrontation. However, one organizer invited them to join the group after the event for coffee and donuts, which they accepted.

Through a generous donation from St. James Parish in Albertville, the Life Chain group was able to purchase two new signs displaying the crisis pregnancy number in Canada.

“I have attended the Life Chain on several different occasions,” one young woman said. “This year, however, was the first time I experienced it as a sincere moment of giving thanks for my own life and for the opportunity to stand and give witness to the beauty of life and the true pain which comes from abortion. Although I may not have used words to express my gratitude, I was able to express it through silent witness and prayer. I only hope that the individuals who saw my sign will perhaps give thanks for their own lives, and take a step forward to promote the culture of life.”

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