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"Neither snow nor rain nor dark of night . . ." Part IV - Suite Moments
SNOW-COVERED BALCONY SILENT NO MORE SUITE
gathering as much information as possible from the expo, it was time for the
meet and greet in the Silent No More suite. Janet Morana (Co-founder of Silent
No More and Executive Director of Priests for Life) and others from the group displayed their exemplary hosting talents by putting together a wonderful spread of
snacks and beverages. The suite itself was huge with a magnificent view and expansive,
snow-covered balcony (which was quite useful --- right Leslie Blackwell?LOL).Seeing
the accommodations resulted in another mental Gibb’s slap, for my
was nice to be able to see Father Frank Pavone (National Director of Priests
for Life) again as well as finally see in the flesh, some Silent No More
Regional Coordinators and staff I’d connected with on Facebook as well as through
our monthly conference calls and Google Groups conversations.These people have been such an inspiration to
me and a guiding force in my desire to do more not only in the Silent No More
arena but also in my parish, diocese, and community.
Regional Coordinators spirited away to another room for a round (actually, it
was oblong) table discussion on those who have come to us as post-abortive but
are resistant when it comes to attending a healing program.Some feel that just admitting the abortion is
enough, having convinced themselves they have come to terms with it. This
denial is quite common but dangerous.Suppressing the guilt and shame can result in a variety of self-destructive
behaviors and affect every aspect of their lives, including but not limited to faith/spiritual
life, personal relationships, (parents, spouses, born children, friends, etc.),
and careers. The behaviors can present subtly at first, but eventually, become
pronounced and damaging.
There are no
magic words to convince those in denial to attend healing.However, we will not be discouraged.We can plant the seed by sharing our personal
experiences, pointing out the types of behavior that follow an abortion (even years later) providing the many resources
available if they change their minds, pray and maintaining contact.
the discussion, we rejoined the group to celebrate Mass.Afterward,
Sharon and I picked up signs to carry at the March, our treasures from the
expo, said our good-byes and set out to
our next destination - Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse. Sharon lives in Virginia but
she had not done much driving in downtown D.C.Although we had a navigating system, we were busy catching up on our
lives and talking about the expo and get-together and missed a few turns, ending
up in Southwest rather than Northwest D.C.An hour later, a few more wrong turns (including one down a one-way
street the wrong way – YIKES), we arrived.The meal was fantabulous (I know … it’s not in Webster’s
dictionary).We enjoyed a variety of salads,
sides and meats and definitely needed the three block walk to the parking
commented on what a great day it had been which made dealing with our
substandard lodging a little easier.At least Sharon was smart enough to bring silk
pajamas….they were much cooler than my flannels.She fared much better in the oven room.I swear, from now on, when referring to out
of town accommodations, I’ll be typing HOTel.