Actually I just have a lot of pent up blogging. Advent has been ok, not my most prayerful and definitely not my most organized, but it has not been my worst Advent either. There has been work, children, an ever growing housework to do list, a paper and finals to study for, the ususal suspects.
There is also an issue that has been on the minds of a lot of us in this area. I have been trying to go over to a local abortion clinic to pray. Tragically, due to the very lax laws in Maryland (so much so that abortions don't have to be performed in a surgical center) an infamous late term abortion doctor has started working at this clinic in Germantown, MD. He does abortions starting at 20 weeks which means many (mostly?) viable babies. From what I can tell, the youngest gestational age of child to be born and live is 22 weeks, and since most gestational age often has a degree of guessing (few women can say exactly when conception happened).
There have been two large prayer rallies/gathering at the site of the clinic and the movement to provide a constant, peaceful presence of prayer is beginning. I know I am praying for conversion of the abortionist and his staff. Christ offers His love and and offers salvation to everyone. There have been abortionists and staff converted before and though the power of God, there will be again. Especially since we recently remembered the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we also know Mary's prayer and intersession is there for we her children. Like John at the foot of the cross, we take her for our mother.
For those not aware, OL of Guadalupe has been taken (named) as patroness of the unborn, because by her dress in the image, we know that she was dressed in a manner of a virgin, and she also appears to be with child.
Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on us.
Immaculate Heart of Mary pray for us.