Firstly, I have decided to hold a rare DC blognic. However, I determined it would be best for it to be at an undisclosed location and by invitation only. Who knows if there would be some counter blognic held?
Meanwhile, I met a group of serious pro-life activists last night for supper. Among our guests were Abby Johnson, depicted in the movie “Unplanned”.
Today, after a quiet start and writing for the Catholic Herald, I went over to the Trump Hotel to meet friends for lunch. On the way I greeted General Von Steuben, fellow Prussian.
You know this next place. The Dimocrats are trying to throw the resident out.
We’ll see POTUS tomorrow.
BTW… I had a shot at a pass to the Senate gallery today, but passed it up. Historic, yes, but would you want to listen to the Dems bloviate and just make stuff up? I’d rather listen to an incessant leaf blower.
Trump Hotel. The old Post Office. Quite the building.
After lunch we popped over to the Museum of American History. We mainly wanted to visit Julia Child’s Kitchen. I had seen it before, years ago.
Fun. And there was the real “Star Spangled Banner”. Too bad they only showed the first verse of the anthem!
On the way back to my digs.
Tonight there is a big pro-life do at the Occidental. I’m sure I’ll see lots of people I know.
Walking around town you see already hordes of young people here for the March from all over. I was stopped a few times with loud “Hey Father Z!”s for a brief chat. It is great to meet people and hear where they are from.
Heading home I walked along the side of the Hoover Building, Dept. of Commerce. I read this quote:
“Commerce defies every wind, outrides every tempest, invades every zone.”
In the talk I gave in Rome at the Summorum Pontificum conference, I used the image of market forces. We should not fear the successes of other groups. The success of one group, like a tide, raises all others. To use another analogy: this is not a zero sum game. This is not a finite pie which when cut up can serve only a limited number of slices. If I get one, you can’t that what I have. No. The pie grows. By interaction between our groups and cooperation, we cannot be defeated. We have to have holy commerce between our groups. We will invade every zone and outride every tempest and defy the winds that the enemy will blow against us.
Anyway, that was a quote from George Bancroft quondam Secretary of the Navy. He also wrote, however:
It never was a prosperous world
Since priests have interfer’d with temporal matters;
The custom of their ancestors they slight,
And change their shirts of hair for robes of gold;
Thus luxury and interest rule the church,
Whilst piety and conscience dwell in caves.
It seems that lofty Bancroft didn’t have the slightest idea what the time of day was, since Catholic clergy developed modern economics. (cf. School of Salamanca)
So, ignore that last part and stick to what I said.
Tonight there was a cocktail party and talks sponsored by Solidarity HealthShare at the Occidental. Very nice. Here is a table where a Soviet operative handed off a plan to a journalist in 1962 which helped to avert problems during the Cuban missal crisis.
I was going to give the opening prayer at the meeting, but I wound up giving the final prayer and blessing. We prayed for everyone on the road coming to DC for the March, that God would protect them from spiritual and temporal harm. And, because we are in a time of war for life, and I reminded them that it is our fight because this is the time God wanted us to be born, we prayed also for the softening of the hearts of elected officials.
What impressed me was the chance to have a photo with a real hero. Dr. George Delgado has been pioneering a chemical abortion REVERSAL protocol.
I saw stats the other day about a drop in abortions over the last years. Those were, I learned, mostly surgical abortions. The number of chemical abortions, with drugs is another matter.
What happens when women take the first abortion pill and then change their minds? THERE IS A WAY TO SAVE THE CHILDREN. Dr. Delgado is on the forefront with his Steno Institute, named after Blessed Nicolas Steno, 17th century Danish scientist, physician and bishop.
I know about this because of my work with Heartbeat International, who has taken over the network of doctors who will prescribe the Abortion Reversal Protocol that Dr. Delgado developed. It has been really successful. This guy is a hero.