A Gay Pro-life Catholic
About five months ago, a friend approached me with an idea. His idea was to create a website where people could sign up and pray during a twenty minute time slot for an end to abortion. At first I was a little hesitant to get involved with something like this. I believed abortion was wrong, but I'm a quiet person who isn't known for speaking up on many issues. Plus being gay, the possibility of someone I love having an abortion seemed to me much less then it would be if I was straight. But after talking with some friends (whom are all gay Catholics) one night about their past involvement in the pro-life movement and hearing one of them explain how an abortion is conducted, I felt getting involved in a project like this was something I had to do. A few days later, I began developing a website to do just that, unite people in a prayer to end abortion.
The Great Prayer Project, the official name for this pro-life prayer movement, started on March 25, 2010. We felt there was no better day to begin than on the Feast of the Annunciation of our Lord. We were able to fill the first two and a half days completely in prayer. Since then, the numbers have dropped slightly, but we still have people joining in one voice, in one prayer, for one cause every day.
This article though really isn't about The Great Prayer Project and its ability to unite people from all walks of a Christian life, from all corners of the world in a single prayer. This is an article about why I feel it's important to stand up and be a part of something that you feel very passionate about. For me, that has become the pro-life movement.
It seems to me that people do not use all the talents they have in an effort to make this world a better place. I don't know if this is true everywhere, or if this is just true about the people I associate with and/or the area of the world I live. But it does seem to me that people are really only willing to help out with a cause when it is convenient for them. I am not trying to condemn anyone; I am guilty of this myself many times over.
When I was younger, I was an extremely shy person. I have had people tell me they thought I was strange just because I did not talk a whole lot. Today, I do speak more, but I am still a quiet individual. Being part of something like this isn't something anyone that knows me would think I would get involved with. I have had to email numerous people, even have phone conversations with some in an attempt to win their support or endorsement of this project. Doing these things isn't easy for me. But I have made myself do them because I believe in the greater good in doing so. I believe that The Great Prayer Project is something God is happy that we have started and are pushing so hard for people to join.
Working on The Great Prayer Project has been such a blessing for me. I have been able to interact with some wonderful people from all over the world. I have gained even more confidence in myself, which years ago I had very little of. The greatest blessing though, is knowing that I am a part of something larger than myself, that I am involved with something that can unite so many people together for a single cause, a cause that is focused on saving innocent lives.
What I would like to do is challenge you to do something with a talent God has graced you with. I understand that it can be a challenge to use your talents in a way that can benefit others, but you will find that the reward is just not for those that you are helping, but you will be rewarded as well. There are so many ways to help others that I'm sure if you look around you, you will find numerous ways you can help.
I would like to end this article with a quote I have found very meaningful to me:
"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me." ~ Erma BombeckWhen you stand before God, do you not want to answer the same as Erma, that you have used every ounce of talent God has graced you with? I am planning on continuing to use a great deal of my talent to help in the pro-life movement.
© 2010 Joe Perri
Joe blogs regularly about being gay and Catholic
Joe is also the webmaster for The Great Prayer Project and encourages everyone to sign up for a 20 minute time slot to join in a prayer to end abortion.
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