this weekend in South Bend

So there’s this Catholic university in Indiana. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Maybe you’ve also heard that the President of the United States has been invited to speak at commencement tomorrow, and to receive an honorary law degree. It’s been in the news. A little.

I haven’t blogged about it at all. There have been plenty of others to do so.

(If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Delicious, you’ve read plenty about it there.)

If you want to follow the coverage of the prayerful demonstration that has been officially sanctioned by the University, you can see the schedule of events here, which begins with all-night adoration tonight.

Tomorrow, John Norton of Our Sunday Visitor will be live-blogging the event.

Pray for everyone at the University, for the President of the United States, for the Catholic Church in America, for our nation as a whole, and for the unborn. Our Lady, intercede for us all. Obtain for us all the mercy of your Son.

O Mary,
bright dawn of the new world,
Mother of the living,
to you do we entrust the cause of life:
Look down, O Mother,
upon the vast numbers
of babies not allowed to be born,
of the poor whose lives are made difficult,
of men and women
who are victims of brutal violence,
of the elderly and the sick killed
by indifference or out of misguided mercy.
Grant that all who believe in your Son
may proclaim the Gospel of life
with honesty and love
to the people of our time.
Obtain for them the grace
to accept that Gospel
as a gift ever new,
the joy of celebrating it with gratitude
throughout their lives
and the courage to bear witness to it
resolutely, in order to build,
together with all people of good will,
the civilization of truth and love,
to the praise and glory of God,
the Creator and lover of life.

Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae

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