In the Cathedral of St Patrick this evening we attended a beautiful Mass with a very informed homilist on life issues. We sang "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" as a recessional hymn, and it struck me that the abolition movement gained this wonderful hymn in Hartford as Julia Ward Howe heard abolitionists sing "John Brown's Body". Now, only an hour away from Hartford, a new generation of "abolitionists" this time for the abolition of abortion, is inspired by her beautiful words.
It was part of the sendoff for Norwich's 40 Days for Life Campaign. It was followed by a reception and rally downstairs where we met some friends from the Pro-life Coffee House at the Academy and made some new friends. People in this diocese are very friendly and when you add the bonding which comes with being on the front lines in the abortion wars, you get instant SOLIDARITY.
Reminds me of a certain Polish Pope, who overcame Communism with prayer and unified protests.