I was finishing up a late breakfast when my husband turned on the TV, which was set on KAKE (our ABC channel here in Wichita) and called to me, "You've got to see this -- Tiller's been shot!"
I was astounded! I ran downstairs to our family room and just stared at the set.
We (Catholics both inside and outside of the diocese) had just recently finished a novena -- a nine day period of prayer and fasting -- for the closing of Tiller's abortion mill and I had a sense that something powerful would happen, but never in a million years did I expect anything like this. You see, I was hoping for his conversion. I believe in miracles and I expected that, with God's grace, Tiller would eventually come around, as have a number of other abortionists who have been deceived the culture of death.
I went to the Internet to learn that he was not only shot, but that he had been murdered. I have to humbly admit that my first reaction was one of relief: Thank God, no more babies will be killed! Thank God, no more women will be maimed, injured, or murdered by this man!
Then, I began to feel sorry for Tiller and his family. His life had been taken from him before he had a chance to repent for his sins and, by the grace of God, to turn his life around. For nearly four years that (his conversion) has been my daily prayer for George Tiller. As a prayer intercessor and a pro-lifer, I had spiritually "adopted" Tiller.
Did Tiller repent as he was dying? Did his life flash before his eyes and he told God that he was sorry for his sins?
This is something none of us will know (at least in this lifetime).
Earlier this evening I visited the Adoration chapel and prayed for Tiller, his family, and his murderer. I plan to continue to pray for the repose of his soul, for comfort and healing for his family, and for repentance for his murderer. I hope that others will do the same and that this isolated act of violence will not result in one group pointing fingers at the other. Those of us in the pro-life movement abhor violence (which is why we pray for an end to the violent act of abortion) and desire to resolve our differences through dialogue, prayer, and peaceful, legal means.
We must remember that if we want peace in this world we need to love one another as God loves each one of us.
Nine Days of Prayer for the Closing of Tiller's Late-Term Abortion Mill
Summer of Tears: 77 Day Novena to Close Tillers Late-Term Abortion Mill
PRAY IN MAY EVENT TO STOP ABORTION AT TILLER'S IN PROGRESS
CONFESSION OF AN EX-ABORTIONIST By Dr. Bernard Nathanson