On this tenth day of the 40 Days for Life campaign, I have a few stories, a few more pictures — and good news from London that should help get your day off to a really exciting start.
Robert, who’s coordinating the first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign in England, says the prayers of vigil participants have helped save more two babies.
Praise God for his courage to bring this campaign to London! Plus there’s another sign that shows how this vigil is having an impact.
“It looks like Marie Stopes [the abortion facility] has closed their doors today,” he wrote on Wednesday. “And all their clients are turning up.” This certainly suggests that the closure was unexpected. This same abortion business was also closed last Saturday — another day they are usually open.
Marie Stopes, by the way, is a major abortion chain in the UK — not unlike the Planned Parenthood network. Yet their Central London location is apparently closing without notice during 40 Days for Life. That is EXCELLENT news!
LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS
The 40 Days for Life team in Little Rock, Arkansas reported three babies spared from abortion. One of the pro-life counselors had a simple, direct message for women entering the facility for abortion appointments that really struck a chord:
“Ask to see the ultrasound.”
Showing the ultrasound image is something most abortion centers don’t like to do. It offers instant proof to a woman that a baby does indeed exist — HER baby.
One very young couple that the counselor talked to walked out of the facility with smiles — and their ultrasound photo in hand. They took information about a pro-life pregnancy center and left.
Another couple received the same simple message: “Ask to see the ultrasound.” The counselor reports this woman was possibly in the fourth month of pregnancy.
The couple went inside — but over the course of the next hour, the woman came out crying twice. They came out a third time — she was still crying — but this time they left. No abortion!
Here are some of the prayer volunteers in Little Rock:
TWIN CITIES, MINNESOTA
Finally, I have a photo of David Bereit, the national director of 40 Days for Life, speaking at a vigil location in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota.
The vigil site is a hospital in St. Paul — a hospital that has its own abortion unit where almost 700 abortions take place each year.
David just wrapped up a marathon visit to a bunch of 40 Days for Life vigils in Michigan. Look for e-mail from David tomorrow with more big news!
I will be in Kokomo, Indiana tomorrow for a pro-life event. If you’re anywhere near, please stop by! I’d love to see you. For event information, you may go to:
Here’s today’s devotional from Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life…
DAY 10 INTENTION
Let us affirm the unborn by our language.
Anyone who says to his brother, “Raca,” is answerable to the Sanhedrin; anyone who says, “You fool!” will be in danger of the fire of hell.
– Matthew 5:22
REFLECTION by Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life
Before the schoolyard bully beats up his victim, he calls him names. This is a way to dehumanize the victim, and therefore make it easier to justify attacking him.
In this verse from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says that using dehumanizing language is sinful. “Raca” was an Aramaic term of contempt. The respect and love we are called to have for other human lives is not limited to action alone; it also has to manifest itself in language.
Professor William Brennan, in his book Dehumanizing the Vulnerable: When Word Games Take Lives, traces the dehumanizing language used to oppress various groups of people in history, such as our African-American brothers and sisters, or our Jewish brothers and sisters in the Holocaust.
He then shows that the same kind of dehumanizing language is used against the unborn, who have been called “parasites,” “tissue,” and “medical waste,” among other things.
What are we to do instead? We are to affirm one another, including the unborn, with ennobling language that inspires respect and love. The unborn are precious children, they are our brothers and sisters, they are the image of God. Let us multiply the language of affirmation, as we hasten to the day of their protection!
Lord, we ask your forgiveness for any times our words have dehumanized our brothers and sisters.
We also ask you to send your grace to those who speak and write in degrading terms about the children in the womb. Convert those who do not see the dignity of these children. Loosen the tongues of those who do not know how to acknowledge the humanity and sacredness of these tiny lives.
Keep us all aware of the power of language, and help us to use it rightly in the cause of life and justice. We pray through Christ our Lord, Amen.
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