The Ville Platte Catholic Youth Group prayer-warriors went to Baton Rouge today (Saturday, Jan. 19) on Respect Life weekend. We prayed outside the Delta Womens’ Clinic for an end to abortion and for the conversion of all hearts to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. We met up with a team of people who gather together every Saturday to pray for an end to abortion. I thank them for welcoming us.
We made it, but I tell you – the Devil didn’t want us there. To begin with, it was pouring down icy rain at 7:30 am when we left – exactly the kind of weather that makes you just want to put your head back on the pillow and curl up under the covers.
Then, while we were praying, the icy, moist wind whipped up harder and harder around us. Those of us out there were certainly able to offer up our discomfort for an end to this great evil.
After spending an hour praying (the rosary, a litany to the Blessed Virgin, an exorcism, the Divine Mercy Chaplet), we visited the National American Holocaust Memorial. At the Memorial, we were able to see a video of an actual abortion. Anyone who sees that video will be convinced of the evil of abortion. I thank Richard Mahoney for giving his time to make our visit memorable.
Afterward, we spent the afternoon at the Cortana Mall before coming back home. VPCYG brought 20 teenagers to pray in this spiritual battle. The group was an inter-denominational one, with a few non-Catholics who wanted to pray with us. I am glad that they came, and I hope that they continue to pray and have fun with us.
This day would not have been possible without the help of Mrs. Jennifer Davenport and my brother, Tracey Jagneaux. Jennifer graciously served as a chaperone, and “Big T” was our bus driver. Thank you.
I want to personally Stephanie Andrus and Pam Lee, who spearheaded the effort to get Ville Platte parishioners to Baton Rouge. Stephanie provided rosaries, Miraculous Medals, and Sacred Heart keychain tags for everyone from our group who went to Baton Rouge.