Thursday’s Weekend Action News Hotline will be by Eric Scheidler, League Communications Director, and Eric’s voice will be heard on our telephone Hotline at 773-777-2900.
“Soft” Half-Day Truth Tour
The League will be out on the streets of Chicago this Wednesday, October 15, doing what we are calling a “soft” Face the Truth tour. That is, we will not be showing the graphic abortion photographs but instead will hold only the pictures of developing unborn babies, pictures of born babies and the picture of Christ.
This is a kind of test run to find out if this is a program we should adopt for more of our tours. We will hand out only fetal development brochures in conjunction with the large pictures. While we are convinced that the graphic pictures of aborted babies are essential for our Truth Tours, we are interested in noting reaction to a “soft” tour.
This certainly does not mean we are withdrawing general use of the graphic pictures of abortion. In fact, experience tells us the graphic abortion pictures are still the most effective and nearly all saves are the result of these more graphic photographs being shown. But a number of pro-life volunteers have agreed that a “soft” tour might be in order this month.
So join us at 8 a.m. Wednesday at Madison and Wacker to encounter the people going East to the Loop from the trains, and again at 10:30 a.m. to Noon at Daley Plaza. Hope to see you there. And for Eric’s appraisal of the effectiveness of the test “soft” tour, look for his message on Thursday.
Mundelein Holy Hour
Meanwhile, our hat is literally off to Fr. Robert Augirre of Santa Maria del Populo Catholic Church in Mundelein, IL for holding a silent holy hour from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday on the parking lot across from his church on North Lake Street. Three hundred people from small children to golden agers held wooden crosses and prayed silently for an end to abortion in America.
Father Augirre spoke before the hour-long vigil and invited me to say a few words at the closing. I referred to the Gospel for the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Gospel of the day, in which Jesus promises his disciples a hundred-fold reward in this life and eternal life in the age to come, but also promises that along with the good we are to expect, this hundred-fold will be accompanied, “with persecutions.”
I pointed out that elsewhere in the Gospels we read that we can expect to be persecuted and even hated if we are following Christ’s teachings. Both St. John and St. Matthew refer to this promised persecution.
Fewer Hotlines for a Few Weeks
We have decided that during the next six weeks, as we are kept constantly busy on speaking tours, we will be offering a new Action News Hotline on Monday and Thursday rather than the usual Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We hope this will be satisfactory.