Let’s not kid ourselves. Women are the heart and soul of the pro-life movement.
My wife got me involved by taking me out to pray at Planned Parenthood way back when we were dating. David Bereit, our national director, also got involved in pro-life work through the example of his wife.
This week, the call for more men to stand and pray came from one of the local 40 Days for Life coordinators after a bully got vocal with a woman who was praying at the vigil.
This is just one example of how important it is for men to get more involved in the campaign — and what a difference it can make when men decide to man-up and take Christ to the front lines of our culture war.
So thanks to all the men who are taking part in 40 Days for Life! (And the women too, of course!!!)
Oh, by the way — today is the day everyone gets to be Irish. Congratulations!
One of the volunteers got involved in 40 Days for Life after his wife asked him to pray.
He’d always been pro-life, he said, but “I have always kept my mouth shut.” After all, he’s a guy, and we’re always told that abortion is a “women’s issue.”
Then he visited the 40 Days for Life web site and did a lot of reading. “I cried more than once,” he said, “for the unborn, for their moms and for my inactivity in the past. I asked God to forgive me for being silent these last 40 years. I was wrong to keep quiet. I will not be quiet any longer.”
This volunteer now has a plan. “I am going to fast as often as I physically can,” he said. “I will pray every day. I will ask others to pray.”
Thanks, he said, “to you all for standing up, speaking up and doing something positive for the little ones.”
FORT COLLINS, COLORADO
This is the first 40 Days for Life campaign in Fort Collins, and new volunteers are excited to have the opportunity to pray for an end to abortion.
“No matter how many rude gestures and remarks we got, we also received waves of support, honks of approval, even a friendly hello from a mom who slowed down enough for her two toddlers to see us,” said Maria, one of the vigil participants.
“It was truly a rewarding evening, knowing we have made an impact.”
Speaking of men joining the campaign, a local Knights of Columbus council prayed together at the Fort Collins vigil. I can’t say enough about the Knights and the strong, faithful support they continue to show for 40 Days for Life!
Here are the Knights of Columbus in Fort Collins:
Haylee, the 40 Days for Life coordinator in Anchorage, says she has a couple of items guaranteed to motivate you even further.
One young man stood and prayed at the vigil for seven hours. “And some of that time he was all alone,” she said. “That shows determination and commitment!”
Then there was a team of men who covered midnight to 7 a.m. “The temperature fell to -4 and yet they stayed out there praying to God and putting action to their beliefs,” Haylee said. “Praise the Lord!”
Here’s a photo of another group of 40 Days for Life volunteers praying in the cold, in the snow, in the dark, in Anchorage, Alaska:
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Yours for Life,
40 Days for Life
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