“I’m a convert to Catholicism. I was baptized Lutheran, raised without faith to be an atheist, and I was welcomed into the Catholic Church in 2009.” Roger Bonilla is a parishioner of Church of the Resurrection, in Sunnyvale. “I started praying with 40 Days for Life in the fall of last year, 2016. I did it in response to an article in The Valley Catholic. I had been going to the January Walk for Life for about five years, but I never went out here locally to pray.”
“The first time out there is the toughest, because you don’t know what to expect. But I find that it’s a peaceful time of prayer. It’s not quiet, the traffic at the intersection is almost constant,” Bonilla says. The Planned Parenthood at the corner of The Alameda and Naglee Avenue is one of the two Vigil sites in the diocese.
“The Servant Song” is Roger’s favorite song to sing while praying at the abortion business. “I know a lot of people pray the Rosary there, but if I’m there alone, I just like to sing this song to Jesus.”
“I was there on October 17, and a young mom approached me, carrying her little boy in one of those front baby carriers. She had just come from her checkup at RealOptions (Pregnancy Medical Clinic). We walked and prayed together a bit. She thanked me for being there on the sidewalk. She said her 18-month-old boy, was here with her today only because people were here praying two years before. She saw them and made a decision for life. I was so moved to be there to meet her and her son.”
Long experience praying at the site has taught the volunteers patience. Sometimes there are ‘saves,’ where a mom or a young couple will come out of the abortion facility and report to the vigil volunteers that they chose life. But sometimes it takes two years to find out. Sometimes the volunteers may never know this side of heaven.
The 40 Days for Life campaign runs September 27 through November 5, at two Planned Parenthood locations:
1691 The Alameda, San Jose and 225 San Antonio Road, Mountain View. Volunteers are needed at both sites to pray and be a witness for life.
For more information call (408) 800-5498 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.