Photos and information provided by Sister of St. Joseph Betty Matuszek
On Jan. 22, parishioners at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Springfield gathered for a Rosary for Life before their 4 p.m. Mass.
On the 38th anniversary of the Supreme Court Roe v. Wade landmark decision which legalized abortion, they joined in prayer with the thousands of marchers who went to Washington D.C. and marched on the Mall on Monday, Jan. 24.
The rosary highlighted the need for the protection of the unborn on this national anniversary. Parishioner also prayed for the Consistent Ethic of Life issues as presented in the “Seamless Garment.” This image was used by the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin of Chicago. He formulated that document recalling the scene at the foot of the cross where soldiers tore the outer garments of Jesus, but noting the quality of his seamless tunic, decided, “Let us not divide it.” Seamless Garment affirms the dignity of life “from womb to tomb.”
In Cardinal Bernadin’s writings are statements about abortion, capital punishment, militarism, economic injustice, euthanasia, and ecology. The petitions that were prayed, with the rosary, came from Church document selections in our religiuos educaiton textbook. The six candles were visible at all weekend Masses.