As we mark the second-to-last day of this 40 Days for Life campaign, I want to personally thank you for all of your sacrifices, large and small, since this effort began on March 9.
I saw a quote this week from Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver, who recently prayed at the 40 Days for Life campaign in Boulder. His words sum up the importance of EVERYTHING you’re doing.
“Nothing we do to defend the human person, no matter how small, is ever unfruitful or forgotten. Our actions touch other lives and move other hearts in ways we can never fully understand in this world,” said Archbishop Chaput. “Don’t ever underestimate the beauty and power of the witness you give in your pro-life work.”
Archbishop Chaput was one of a number of clergymen who took part in a special day of prayer at the abortion center in Boulder where 40 Days for Life is currently in progress.
Members of the Boulder team say about 120 people participated, including many who were attending their first-ever pro-life event. The mood was uplifting and the responses mostly positive.
On another day recently, two volunteers were praying when a woman in her mid-20s walked out of the abortion center — in tears.
She walked over to the people praying and said, “Don’t worry. I didn’t get an abortion.”
The Missoula vigil coordinator and two other 40 Days for Life volunteers were praying outside the abortion center when a car pulled up.
A couple was seated in the front, and their children were in the back. The mother spoke to the prayer volunteers in a somewhat abrupt manner. “I’m pro-choice,” she said. “Why should I be pro-life?”
The vigil participants answered, covering many points. But the woman didn’t seem convinced.
So the vigil coordinator asked her, “May I pray with you?” She answered “yes,” and they prayed.
One of the others then offered the woman information about the local pregnancy resource center, which she took.
The prayers must have had an effect.
“Choice might be fine for someone else,” the woman said. “But I’m keeping my baby.”
FOREST GROVE, OREGON
A young couple drove into the parking lot at the abortion center that’s the location of the 40 Days for Life vigil in Forest Grove.
They didn’t get out of their car — they just sat there. That’s often a good sign; they’re watching as people pray, and that can make it more difficult to actually set foot into the abortion center.
The couple started the car, backed out of their parking space, and drove towards the exit. As they reached the prayer volunteers, they rolled down the window with the good news.
They smiled and said they would not be having an abortion.
“There were expressions of such happiness and relief on their faces,” said one of the volunteers. “Praise God! Please keep this pair in your prayers as they now follow the path they have chosen.”
If you haven’t been to pray at a 40 Days for Life vigil yet, today’s a GREAT day! Saturday is often the busiest day of the week at abortion centers, so your prayers are especially needed TODAY!
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To ensure that this 40 Days for Life finishes strong if there is any way you can carve out one extra hour this weekend to go pray outside the nearest abortion facility …. it could make a world of difference.
Who knows? God might even use you to help save a life!
Yours for Life,
40 Days for Life
PS: Have you prayed at an abortion facility for the first time during this 40 Days for Life campaign? If so, please share your experiences by responding below.