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Ronda Chervin received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University and an MA in Religious Studies from Notre Dame Apostolic Institute. A widow, mother, and grandmother, she currently teaches philosophy at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Write to her at chervinronda@gmail.com.
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These prayers were not peculiar to Good Friday in the early ages (they were said on Spy Wednesday as late as the eighth century); their retention here, it is thought, was inspired by the idea that the Church should pray for all classes of men on the day that Christ died for all. Duchesne is of opinion that the “Oremus” now said in every Mass before the Offertory—which is not a prayer—remains to show where this old series of prayers was once said in all Masses.
— Catholic Encyclopedia (1909)

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published 23 July 2012 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

I, and many others, have become, rightfully, so frantic about the pro-life cause, that we, sometimes, wrongly, stereotype every group that is not associated with us directly as probably being pro-choice. Someone gave me a Catholic Worker newspaper to read. In it was a long, long, article entitled “Medical Students Host Pro-Life Doctor” detailing how a volunteer at the Catholic Worker outreach to the poor, Louise Zwick, became a Medical Student at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. There she started a branch of Medical Students for Life “to bring the defense of the lives of the unborn” to her medical school. They hosted the famous Dr. Hilgers and then Dr. John Bruchalski of the University of Texas at Houston medical school as part of his nationwide tour of 26 medical schools where he witnesses to how he was an abortion provider but now has founded the largest pro-life clinic in the United States.

Bruchalski was converted for abortion by a trip to Our Lady of Gaudalupe Shrine in Mexico City where Mary spoke in his heart and asking him “Why are you hurting me?” in reference to his practice as a gynecologist who performed abortions. In his talks to pro-life and pro-choice combined audiences at medical schools he emphasizes that women deserve better than abortion…He notes a study that concluded with the face that even though most Gyn/Ob doctors consider themselves pro-choice only 14% would perform an abortion. Reading the article reminded me of Juli Loesch Wiley. She was a peace activist in the 70’s. She went around to homes in parishes to rally support for peace. People started asking her what she thought about abortion. She became a pro-life activist as a result and started a group called Pro-Lifers for Survival based on “cross-rhetoric” such as “abortion is nuking the baby out of the womb.”

So let’s keep up prayers for people and groups we might judge to be insufficiently militant on pro-life that they may come to understand more the centrality of the pro-life issue.

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