Should I go to Life Chain or not?


#1

This Sunday there will be a Life Chain downtown, and I want to feel like I’m doing something to help, but thinking about going makes my anxiety shoot through the roof. I have a ton of conflicting emotions because one part of my brain is saying that if I don’t go I’ll miss out on an opportunity to meet people and do the right thing, but another part is saying that it could be dangerous, and another part is saying that I’m a failure for not taking risks and take up a cross like God wants me to do, and another part is saying that I’d break down and make a mistake if I do it, and that I should look for other, less stressful ways to do the right thing. Bear in mind that I really don’t feel that agonizing about the Church and social justice is good for my health, and I really just want to do God’s will.


#2

I stopped attending when our local group became overtly political in nature.

As it is a silent event, you will not do more than nod at new people, it is not a socialization event. With the climate today, it could be dangerous, I’m not going to lie. If I’d not already stepped away I would likely not go this year unless I had a “big guy” to go with me.


#3

If you’re not comfortable going, stay home and pray and do good in that way.

I’ve gone a few times, it’s not terribly dangerous here IMHO as the city here is not all that big, a large group goes, and the police tend to keep an eye out when we go, but I can see where it is not everybody’s cup of tea. I agree it is not a socialization event. Many of the people who go are not even with my parish, they just go around attending the various Life Chain type events at different parishes.


#4

You can do a lot of good by staying home and praying a Rosary, or meditating on some bible verses of your choice.

Agonizing about what to do doesn’t sound good.


#5

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