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DAY 38: God is so powerful

October 29th, 2010 by admin

With just a few days remaining in this 40 Days for Life A few days ago I spoke at Cornell University and then took questions from the students. I also met many of the 40 Days for Life volunteers from Ithaca, New York, where Cornell is located.


I know what you’re thinking — Ivy League schools are not typically known for their pro-life stance.

While this is true, I was encouraged to see such an active pro-life group on campus that is not only growing the efforts on campus but also participating in the local 40 Days for Life campaign!


Volunteers say it’s very difficult to talk to women entering the abortion center where the first 40 Days for Life vigil in Tampa is being held. Women are escorted to the back door, and there is loud music directed at the people praying on the sidewalk.

But vigil participants did get to speak to a mother and daughter as they were leaving the abortion facility’s parking lot. They rolled down their window and said, “We didn’t do it!”

Volunteers asked them to pull over to a quieter spot, where the two women were offered information about a local pregnancy center and other helpful resources. They were also able to pray with them.

“All this happened while they were still in their car,” said one of the 40 Days for Life team members. “Prayer presence is powerful. And more importantly, our God is powerful — in spite of escorts and blaring music.”

The volunteer said the loud music was meant to dissuade the volunteers. “But what really happened is that the music turned the patrons away from the abortion facility. Not many entered that day.”


Finally today … a story and a couple of pictures from the place where 40 Days for Life began — and is stronger now than ever.

The pictures show children praying outside Planned Parenthood. Ordinary pictures, perhaps, said Karen in Bryan. “But what is extraordinary if the beautiful witness of faithfulness and passion these families share in their commitment to life. They are the reason we are able to continue this mission, and we are so grateful for all that they do!”

One of the 40 Days for Life volunteers was able to talk to a high school girl — let’s call her Sarah — who was entering Planned Parenthood.

She was not there for an abortion, but to pick up birth control pills.

The volunteer struck up a conversation with Sarah, who was curious about why there were people praying. Sarah took an information package that explains why Planned Parenthood is not the benevolent organization it pretends to be.

“I think God was using this young woman to show me that the women who enter these clinics, for whatever reason, sometimes just need a friendly wave and someone to listen to them or let them know that they are loved,” said the volunteer.

The conversation showed her that the women who patronize these abortion clinics are people — just like we are. “I think it is easy to forget that as we fight this battle each day. Although we most likely will not change every person’s mind,” she said, “we can always show them great love in the short interactions we are given.”

Here’s today’s devotional from Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life.


Pray that we become vessels of hope to all around us, especially to those who minister in the pro-life movement.


On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!”

– Luke 24:1-5

REFLECTION by Fr. Frank Pavone

This meditation, based on a sermon I once heard, is adapted for pro-life concerns.

It’s Friday. Jesus is on the cross. He has been killed by his enemies; he is off the scene. But that’s because it’s Friday. Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday. Abortionists continue their work 3,300 times a day, tearing off the arms and legs of little babies and crushing their heads. But that’s because it’s Friday. Sunday’s comin’! It’s Friday. Pro-abortion groups receive blood money from billionaires who are as deceived as they are. But that’s because it’s Friday. Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday. Liars attempt to speak for all women and hide the pain of abortion, and ignore the evidence of how it harms women, and call abortion a blessing. But that’s because it’s Friday. Sunday’s comin’! It’s Friday. People of hardened hearts guard the clinics and usher desperate women in to have their abortions, while keeping them from the pro-life people who want to give them hope. But that’s because it’s Friday. Sunday’s comin’!

Hope does not mean that we ignore or minimize the evils around us. It means, rather, that we see the whole picture, which is that evil is conquered because of what happened one Sunday morning. The power of sin and death has been broken by the Resurrection of Christ. We are called to proclaim, celebrate, and serve that victory, waiting in joyful hope for Christ’s return and the full flowering of the Culture of Life! Indeed, Sunday’s comin’!


Lord, fill your people with new hope. Make us vessels of hope to all around us, especially to those who minister in the pro-life movement, that as we engage in the difficult work ahead, we may experience the peace and joy that come only from you and that nobody can take away from us. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.


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Yours for Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: What’s new with 40 Days for Life where you are? Please let everyone know by leaving a comment below.

29 Responses to “DAY 38: God is so powerful”

  1. Maureen Sullivan Says:

    Wow—It is so touching to see all the little children there!!!

    What a powerful witness to LIFE—–

    God bless them and their parents and may their witness touch the hearts of those involved in the taking of innocent life in clinics and in hospitals…

  2. Charlie Bartholomew Says:

    Eating and drinking don’t make friendships – such friendship even robbers and murdereds have. But if we are friends, if we truly care for one another, let’s help one another spritually….Let’s hinder those things that lead our friends away to hell.

    – St. John Chrysostom

    40 days, once every year is not enough. There are more days left every year. I enjoy leaving each days thoughts on our commercial website, and “ABORTION IS AN OUTRAGE”, every day, between 40 Days For Life, every year since you started it. I would like to leave more than that.

  3. Dave Mattozzi Says:

    Let us all pray for an end to abortion.

  4. Joann Says:

    Thank you for the nationwide report, on the hearts of all, who oppose abortion,killing unborn babies.
    God Bless all of them. And the organizers of 40 days for Life, in all the places of this USA.

  5. Patricia Hope Trust Praise Lord Says:

    Thank you for the good news witnessing report from Cornell U. Amazing
    report from Tampa because noise abuse is the worst, as you can’t get away
    from it. So glad that it kept those seeking abortions away!!!
    Thank you LORD for the babies saved and praise Him for more saves.
    Continuing to pray against abortion.

  6. Christa Owen Says:

    I arrived at our local late-term abortion clinic at 9am this morning to stand witness and pray. I brought my two-year old son and one-year old daughter along with me as I do every week. There were about eight other prayer warriors there in front of the clinic as I strollered over to the front (always nervous as I arrive).

    I have participated in 40 Days for Life campaigns before, and I previously worked at an abortion alternative center for women. It is worth mentioning that never once did I ever have the blessing of being able to see any of the fruits of my prayers and actions. Not one saved baby did I ever know about. Although this was sometimes discouraging, I got used to the idea that I go to pray and stand witness and God will do the rest without my ever needing to know ‘the rest.’

    It’s also worth mentioning that I am never vocal while there praying and standing for life. I usually just stand with my signs and pray. There is no fence between us and the front of the abortuary and as God would have it to help us out, the ‘clients’ have to stand outside the front door for three extra minutes or so as they sign in with the security guard. We can’t go off the sidewalk but thankfully they can easily hear our voices. For some reason, for the very first time this morning, I spoke words like, “Please don’t do it,” “There is another way,” “This is not the right choice,” and “We can help you!”

    I stayed for my hour of prayer, and as I saw that it was time to leave, my children were more than ready. However, as we all prepared to leave, the thought struck me, “Wait! We just offered all of our help, encouragement, and support to all of those people who just went in there this past hour, and if any come out choosing life — no one will be here!” So I stayed put.

    A few minutes later a young woman walked out in tears to her car (which the Lord so gently and lovingly placed smack in front of where I was standing). As she was trying to get into the back seat (she was alone), I said with honest compassion, “Can I help you?” She shook her head NO and sat in the back seat and called someone while still in tears. My heart burned to hug her and simply give her my love no matter what the choice was she made that day. She hung up her cell while still crying and God also so beautifully had that one window next to her down about six inches so I knew she could hear me. I couldn’t approach her since I had to remain on the sidewalk but I put my signs down and put my hand on my heart. I said to her, “Please come out so I can give you a hug.” She didn’t move. I said, “I can’t go any further than this, but I want to hug you.”

    She opened the door, and came into my arms and we had the longest hug. She cried into my ear, “I didn’t do it. I didn’t do it.” I just kept hugging her. I had no words to use. She then whimpered, “How many women come out and say that?” I simply whispered, “NOT ENOUGH!”

    She said this wasn’t her first baby, but that she’s young and this is her third child. I moved forward to look at her face to face still in an embrace and said, “I have 6 children. I know about having lots of babies. But I also know that you don’t have to raise this baby if you can’t or don’t want to. We can help you with adoption.”

    I gave her the brochure to the pregnancy help center, and she left.

    As I gathered my two babies and left, my heart sank again for the many other babies still wanting to live and for the women still in the building facing a lifetime of struggle should they not choose to turn back. But even with the sadness from those lives, my heart was on high from just ONE saved baby and ONE women who won’t live the rest of her life regretting the worse decision of her life.

  7. mary tegtmeyer Says:

    syracuse ny is the oldest abortion mill in the country shannon mom of 8 is the head of the fight,while I was there I saw expresions of hate from the pro choice people and beautiful out pouring of kindness and love from pro life people and the people walking and driving by.please pray we need more people .God is faithful.If you are in the area please come down.mary t

  8. Mary Clark Says:

    Our presence here in Cincinnati is making an impression on the young children who walk by the abortion site on their way home from school. Probably five or six boys have asked us for Rosaries and we have given them each one with a card explaining how to pray it. They seem so grateful. I am praying that God will give them the grace to touch others in the neighborhood with the message that Life Is From God.

  9. Sr. Rosalita Judge,OP Says:

    See the article from our diocesan paper, The Long Island Catholic, which I sent to your office. It details what is happening here for the
    40 Days for Life.

    I am sure that all the volunteers whether at home or in front of abortion
    sites can continue to pray after this campaign is ended. The Lord listens whenever we call upon Him. He is the Lord of Life and loves all
    whom he has created.

  10. Anna Says:

    “ONE saved baby and ONE women who won’t live the rest of her life regretting the worse decision of her life.” Christa

    Won 2 One!

    Light One Candle
    For One Minute
    Pray One Prayer
    To the One God of love and life
    To save One Baby from Abortion

    Once a day, every day
    until the battle is WON!

    Praise God!

  11. Anna Says:

    Proverbs 24:11
    Rescue those being led away
    to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.

    Heavenly Father, creator of life and love, I come before your throne in fear and trembling to ask your forgiveness for the things that I have done that I shouldn’t have, and also for the things that I didn’t do that I should have.

    I ask for forgiveness for a nation that does not value and protect the most defenseless among us. I plead with you to place within the hearts of our national leaders respect for the life that you have created. Father, place on them a heavy and urgent burden to bring an end to this holocaust of abortion of innocent children. Help us as a nation to find a peaceful means to protect all life.

    In the name of our precious Lord, Jesus Christ. AMEN,

  12. ELizabeth Garibaldi Says:

    To Christa

    What an awesome story- I read it to my 5 year daughter with tears in my eyes and she was also moved. What an awesome blessing and encourgement and powerful testimony to your children too.

    Would you mind if I read your story to our closing Rally group next week.
    You can contaact me through the La Crosse, WI website – I am one of the local coordinators.

    Blessings and peace to you – keep praying and being faithful!

  13. Andrea Bacino Says:

    To Christa: What a beautiful testimony! Thank you for your faithfulness to inspiration and grace and to LIFE!
    To ANNA: Love your” Won 2 ONE”

  14. Oscar Fadul Says:

    No amount of loud music(?) and extraneous noise can drown the penetrating screams of all the victims of this heinous act of man’s cruelty towards men. The culture of life will eventually prevail.

  15. Jennifer Says:

    Children really are filled with His spirit! We went to eat at a resturaunt near a planned parenthood last night where we had prayed before. My 4yr old son said in excitement, “mommie look, that’s where they hurt little babies! We gotta stop and pray for them! Can we please stop and pray for them?!” it just melted my heart!

  16. Betsy P. Says:

    Thank you, Christa for the wonderful report of God’s saving grace in the life of one woman. Thank you for your sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s nudging you to stay when your shift was over. To God be the glory…great things He has done. In Christian love…

  17. Anne Foster Says:

    GOD does not need you to see that HE is working, but HE is! Your timetable is not HIS. You must pray and have faith and HE will do the rest in HIS own time. IT will be the right time, for GOD makes NO mistakes. Remember, if you vote for a candidate who advocates pro-choice, you will have to confess it to your priest and GOD, and beg forgiveness.

  18. Cindy Says:

    All of the entries over the last 35 days have been amazing. I have prayed in front of the STL PP twice this campaign…and hope to increase that toll every campaign. I wish this was a year round vigil!!!!

    The most inspiring to me are not the conviction of the women seeking abortion, the clinic workers, or the abortionist doctors.

    The most inspiring was not the persons arguing with terminology, or technicalities….

    We all have different perspectives, even in the same fight, we ALL united in the love of Christ who clearly tells us that his greatest commandment is to LOVE HIM FIRST with our whole mind, body, heart and spirt, and love OTHERS as we love HIM.

    No more needs to be said….love Christ… love EVERYONE on earth…and let the little stuff be dictated by HIS GREATEST COMMANDMENT!!!

    Sacred Heart of Jesus, Bless Us
    Sacred Heard of Mary, Pray for Us

  19. karen Says:

    It was a beautiful day in Sioux City, IA. I was concerned this year that there was no 40 Days for Life campaign in Sioux Falls, SD, but had been praying every day at home and reading your daily updates. Today I just felt that God wanted me to drive to Sioux City (about 70 miles to the south) and spend some time spraying at the Planned Parenthood clinic there. My friend and I drove down to Sioux City and met some wonderful people that were taking their shift. They told us that there had been at least one volunteer at the Sioux City Planned Parenthood 24 hours a day for the entire 40 day campaign. How awesome. We were privileged to spend an hour or so praying with these lovely people. Even though my friend and I are not Catholic, the volunteers welcomed us and shared their Patriotic Rosary with us and we prayed with them. I wish I had gone down sooner. Like Christa, I wondered if we would ever see a baby saved, but their clinic does abortions on Tuesdays, so we don’t know of a baby saved today. I am not concerned if I don’t actually know of a save or not, because God knows. That is good enough for me. Thank you to the lovely volunteers of Sioux City, Iowa!!

  20. Mary Says:

    Christa – thank you for sharing your beautiful story. And thank you for having the courage to let go of your uncertainties and just let God guide you. Imagine what could be accomplished if all of the poor women entering abortion clinics heard from the pro-life volunteers “They say they care about you, but we will love you and your baby. No one will have to suffer.” And Christa – thank you for giving life to six beautiful children. How pleasing you are to God.

  21. Connie Reza Says:

    you are so right!! God Bless You!!
    I agree with you, I think we, pro-life
    people are afraid to offend people and we don’t want to hurt their feelings, we should start using the right terms and maybe that way we can start changing the minds and the hearts of “pro-dead” people.
    God Bless you all!!

  22. Margie Says:

    Today, I visited one of my stalwart pro life friends in her skilled nursing facility. I told her it was the last day of 40 Days(Friday). She looked at me and said, “Do you think you can get me out of here so I can go down to the sidewalk with you?”
    Alas, I regretted that I could not “sneak” her out for a visit to the sidewalk. It might be that she will never again get out to pray and witness for life this side of heaven. Time is short for all of us, so let’s do what we can to save lives, change hearts and be good witnesses to the Kingdom of God on earth.

  23. Patti Sharpe Says:

    As of today, 17 babies have been saved from slaughter in our city of Downey. The Family Planning Associates’ building is next door to a vacant building with a long driveway between the two where sidewalk counselors can line up to talk to all those walking into their doors. Praise God for this situation which has allowed us to give literature and share with so many of their clients. May these 17 precious lives be full of grace, and grow up to know, love, and serve the Lord, and make a huge difference in their families and world. Everyone agrees that the efforts and prayers to save lives will continue long after our “40th day.” Our gratitude to the Lord Jesus is overwhelming.

  24. Violet Vin Zant Says:

    I am amazed at all the wonderful stories from the very beginning of 40 Days campaign this year till today. It is a beautiful testimony of the faith in life that these volunteers have demonstrated. Thank God there are people who still believe in life. Our government has promoted death so long that it is difficult to know whether people still believe in “the right to life liberty and the persuit of happiness” that was once gauranteed by our constitution. In conversations with people they are so wishy-washy over whether to save all or abort those from rape or incest. People have become unsure of what is right. We have to change that. Thank you all who believe in the teachings of Christ and believe in life. I was able to be there only two days to demonstrate but I have fasted and prayed the whole campaign. Thanking God and praising our Lord Jesus for the success of saving babies. God bless you all. Violet

  25. Pam Boespflug Says:

    I have been unable to be close enough to a 40 days prayer site but my prayers are with all of you that are. Thanks you for standing at the abortion sites in all weather. I pray each day for the the women of the day that are thinking about abortion. I pary for those that had abortions especially for the yooung girl escorted away by her parents as she cried and held her abdomen her empty womb. I pray the Moms and dads, babies, siblings, granparents… who are hurt each by this attrocity in our country and around the world. Dear God how did we get to this point. Please guide us and give us ears to hear your message. pam

  26. Sandra O Says:

    Such beautiful story have been told, and although I was not close by to stand vigil for the innocent , I too prayed with all of you for the treasures that have been lost and will be lost and those that have been led astray by the wolves in sheep clothing that confuse them. It is a time in the year when we can make a difference just by taking time to vote out those who do not cherish life as we do and replace them in important position in the government by God Fearing Men and Women who cherish life…..lets do it! Let us all go and use our right to Vote Nov. 2 and show God that we are working to get rid of those undesirable ones that do not honor him in their judgments in making rules and laws that harm others. God Bless all of you, it was and is something I will cherish and try harder to be more a part of next time around.
    Thank you for doing and sharing!

  27. Dottyjo Says:

    My parents had 10 children. When there were already 9, my mom discovered that at 38, she was pregnant after 5 years of the last child. She was concerned that she would be overwhelmed at her age. Her friends told her that she should have an abortion, because it was too risky to have a child at this age. My mom told her girlfriends that she could not destroy her baby.

    I am the only child born to this family that was gifted to sing. I have won vocal competitions in my home town. I am the second child to attend college and acquire a degree, I sang for 2 seasons, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, I have written songs and was able to publish several of them on a CD with my neice, who also sings. I am in the process of completing a book that teaches parents how t pray for their children.
    My fondest memories of my Daddy is seeing him read the Bible each evening after dinner. My most special memory of my mother is watching her pray by her bedside each morning, and hearing her call my name and that of my sibling, before the Lord. She loved me before I Was born, so SHE DID NOT ABORT ME. I was the only child that refused to put my mother in a nursing home, after the death of my father. I took her to my home, to live with me, because I knew it was the right thing to do.!!!!!! I have precious memories of last hours of her life. Thank God, she had precious memories of the first hours of mine.

  28. karen Says:

    DottyJo, that is such a beautiful story. There are many stories like this that could have been so different. I pray there will be many more of them in the future!! One day, abortion will be over!!!

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