In a talk presented at the Sept. 22 Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast in St. Louis, Mo., Rev. SamuelÂ Aquila, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo, said, “There can be no backing away in the public square from the call to proclaim the dignity of human life from the moment of conception to natural death.”
Bishop Aquila addressed “attacks against life” in society today, including legalized abortion, euthanasia, fertility treatments that disregard the dignity of human embryos, embryonic stem cell research, “unjust distribution of resources, rampant promiscuity that diminishes the truth and meaning of human sexual intimacy, human trafficking, drug trafficking” and terrorism. He also spoke of the tragedy of professed Catholics and Christians who say they are personally opposed to abortion yet publicly support the so-called â€œrightâ€ to abortion.
The 40 Days for Life anti-abortion campaign began yesterday (Wednesday). The North Dakota part of that campaign includes a 40-day, non-stop prayer vigil at the Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo. Here’s an expert from the Forum’s story on the first day of the protest:
“JL Beers serves burgers and brews next door.
“Cars roll past it down First Avenue North.
“And everyday life swirls around the Red River Womenâ€™s Clinic in downtown Fargo as if unaware of the profound ideological collision happening on the sidewalk.
“As they do most days of the year, protesters gathered outside North Dakotaâ€™s only abortion facility on Wednesday. But the morningâ€™s collection of about 100 people marked the first in a 40-day, nonstop prayer vigil that is part of the international 40 Days for Life campaign against abortion.”
Imam Sharip-Hashim Hassan leads prayer Monday in Fargoâ€™s Islamic Center.
From a story in today’s Forum:
As passionate voices continue to wrangle over the planned mosque near the site where the World Trade Center towers fell, Muslims in Fargo-Moorhead are contemplating an expansion of their own in a more serene setting.
Friday gatherings at the Fargo mosque are already crowded, said Ahmer Qarni, who has twice served as president of the mosque. But the larger mosque and community center facilities theyâ€™d like to have will have to wait.
Samuel J. Aquila, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo
In a late August letter, Fargo Bishop Samuel Aquila asked the priests of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo to schedule at least one hour of prayer outside North Dakotaâ€™s only abortion facility during the upcoming 40 Days for Life North Dakota campaign. He also encouraged parishioners to do the same.
The 40-day campaign of prayer, fasting, community outreach and peaceful vigil on the sidewalk outside the Red River Womenâ€™s Clinic in Fargo begins Sept. 22.
Bishop Aquila also announced that he will lead the annual Walk with Christ for Life procession to the clinic on Sept. 26 and that he has scheduled an Oct. 28 hour of personal prayer outside the facility.
Sameer Abufardeh recalls hearing an old proverb in his native Palestine.
â€œIf one man throws a stone into a well,â€ the saying goes, â€œit takes 1,000 men to get it out.â€
Suona Osman with her son Omar
That axiom reminds the Fargo resident of the furor created by the Florida minister who has threatened to burn the Muslim holy book, the Quran, today. The Rev. Terry Jonesâ€™ well-publicized plans for a â€œBurn the Koranâ€ day on the anniversary of 9/11 have created outrage and protests across the globe.
But Fargoâ€™s Muslim community has opted to keep much cooler heads. Worshipers gathered as usual at their south Fargo mosque Friday…
Living Water Lutheran Church, 4451 40th Ave. S. in Fargo, will celebrate its fifth anniversary by serving.
From noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 12, groups will take part in a mission blitz, working on a wide variety of projects, such as painting at the New Life Center and cleaning for the Sisters at the Presentation Prayer Center.
When Moorheadâ€™s Park Christian School resumes classes today, it will be more, well, Christian.
The school is making a bevy of changes this year to strengthen its focus on spirituality: more chapel, more opportunities to get involved in leading school worship, a new class prepping students to cling to their faith amid the pressures and temptations of college campuses.