I attended the Life Chain on Sunday, Oct. 7, in Atwater with St. Anthony's parishioners. There was a very good turnout for it being the first time in Atwater. It was wonderful to see all the pro-life supporters at this annual nationwide event. The protest is intended for prayer and meditation, in silence, for 1½ hours. The posters that are provided have songs and prayers printed on the back and instruct the attendees the purpose of the peaceful protest against abortion.
Unfortunately, there are always a select few who think this is a time to discuss all their family issues and events. A lady offered them a rosary to pray, but they kindly refused and said they were talking. It was also suggested to them that there is literature on the back of the poster, so they would get the hint to be quiet, but they never read the information.
They did lower their voices, as they had been talking loudly and disturbing others, but continued their discussions until the end of the protest oblivious that everyone else was praying and meditating.
I hope these adults return next year. Pro-life and Life Chain always welcome supporters. Hopefully, they can be quiet for 1½ hours out of their 8,760 hours in a year and reflect on the true purpose of the protest.