Look! Up in the sky! It’s a… giant balloon rosary!

Did you all by now see the giant pro-Life balloon rosary that floated over Chicago?



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  1. wanda says:

    Wow! God bless all of those who took part, planned and donated for this wonderful witness! Thanks Father, this makes my day!

  2. Di says:

    Dear Father,
    Do you know or can you find out who the priests are in the pictures? I would love to pray for them by name and write them if possible. God Bless all the people there.
    God Bless,

  3. Jon W says:

    I’m not sure who the taller one is, carrying the cross. But the other is Br. Chad McCoy, S.J.C.. He is always leading our youngsters in these kinds of beautiful, peaceful witnesses for life around the city. This was done by a group of youngsters at our parish, St. John Cantius. There are many wonderful priests and brothers there. God bless you for your prayers.

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  5. ShihanRob says:

    Anyone know what happened when the balloons reached a height where they popped, because of the reduced air pressure and concomitant expansion of the gases, and the wooden cross fell to earth?


  6. Jon says:

    Are you sure it doesn’t belong to Cardinal Schonborn?

    Sorry, couldn’t help myself…

  7. Brooklyn says:

    This is SOOOOO needed. I am so grateful to whomever organized this wonderful event. Yesterday the lead article in the New York Times Magazine was about “pregnancy reduction.” No, it’s not about reducing the number of pregnancies. It’s about reduction from twins (or more) to a “singleton” as they define it. It was the one of the most horrifying things I have ever read. These mothers want to be “good mothers” and they just can’t do it if they have more than one baby. Many of them, of course, got pregnant by using IVF, and now they want to get rid of their “surplus” babies. The “surplus” is killed with a short of hydrochloric acid in the chest, and the mother must carry the dead baby along with her still living baby until she gives birth. It is evil beyond words. And the worst part is – they know exactly what they are doing! They know they are killing their children. This was the give-away paragraph:

    Consider the choice of which fetus to eliminate: if both appear healthy (which is typical with twins), doctors aim for whichever one is easier to reach. If both are equally accessible, the decision of who lives and who dies is random. To the relief of patients, it’s the doctor who chooses — with one exception. If the fetuses are different sexes, some doctors ask the parents which one they want to keep.

    The fact that they use the words “lives and dies” tells me they know this is murder. This is Sophie’s Choice, without the humanity of Sophie. Our society is evil beyond words. We need the rosaries to never stop. God have mercy on us all. I am at the point where I think the evil in our world has gone beyond the breaking point. We make Nazi Germany look like pikers. Hitler would envy us.

    If anyone thinks they can stand to read this evil, here is the link:


  8. irishgirl says:

    How cool was that–the pro-life Rosary balloons, that is! God bless the priests, brothers and parishioners of St. John Cantius Church in Chicago!
    Brooklyn-yikes! That NY Slimes story sounds scary! Good thing this never happened when my mother carried me and my twin sister back in the Fifties! We were preemies!
    ‘We make Nazi Germany look like pikers’-you’re tellin’ me!

  9. What a novel, positive idea! Perhaps it can be repeated in other cities. Of course, it wouldn’t be novel any more, but it would still be positive.

  10. Lucas says:

    Rob: If I had to take a guess I bet its not wooden and maybe cardboard or even foam. Still, I’m interested in knowing what happened to the cross as well.

  11. tzard says:

    What a wonderful idea.

    Unfortunately, to actually see it from where I am, it would have had to make it to low earth orbit.

    I have to rely on virtual methods – thank you Fr. Z.

  12. benedetta says:

    Great to see these prolife efforts happening in Chicago! God bless them.

  13. MyBrokenFiat says:

    This. is. AWESOME! Reposting this. Thank you, thank you! What a wonderful idea! I have to admit wondering what happened to the balloons once they got too high, too… anyone know if they were able to clean up so animals didn’t get hurt?

    I know, I know… bleeding heart… but it’s true. St. Francis would’ve asked, too. Ha ha. Seems like other readers are of like mind… ‘specially with the giant cross.

  14. Random Friar says:

    Yes, probably a foam cross, judging by the size and ease the good padre is carrying it. If they played their weights right, they could’ve filled it with just enough helium to float at a limited range of altitude, so it would never go too far up or down!

    I would love for it to have, say, tangled up in a powerline by a Planned Parenthood clinic in another state…

  15. It looks like they made it to float out over Lake Michigan, at which point it could safely rise and fall without hurting anything. (Since it went from the Wrigley Building out past the beach.)

  16. wanda says:

    Random Friar, I like how you think.

  17. LisaP. says:

    Those pictures gave me vertigo!

  18. irishgirl says:

    Ha, good one, Random Friar!

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