Day of Remembrance draws big crowd to Trinity Heights
By JOANNE FOX, Globe editor
Bishop Walker Nickless of Sioux City cautioned that a pro-life mentality should not be viewed as just a “hobby,” something people could just “squeeze in” their busy lives, at their convenience.
“It must be a quest for justice,” he insisted.
Bishop Nickless was the featured speaker and prayer leader at the Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children at Trinity Heights Queen of Peace in Sioux City on Sept. 13.
The event, coordinated by Citizens for a Pro-life Society, Pro-Life Action League and Priests for Life, was held at more than 40 gravesites and designated memorial sites – such as Trinity Heights – across the nation.
The first day of remembrance was held last September on the 25th anniversary of the burial of several hundred abortion victims in Milwaukee, Wis. Response was so great, organizers established it as an annual event, to be held on the second Saturday of September.
More than 150 individuals were on hand, gathered around the circular area, highlighted by a full-size statue of
“Rachel Weeping” to remember those babies who had no birth date, Bishop Nickless noted.
“We remember the victims – the smallest, innocent victims – of abortion, today,” he said.
Bishop Nickless referenced a reading from 2nd Kings in which God holds all accountable for the bloodshed of innocent children.
“We will pay a price,” he said of the nation’s choice to allow the abortion of a child. “We are paying a price.”
“Do not lose hope, do not despair,” he said. “God takes our feeble prayers and can do great things with them.”
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