One of the questions we hear often is, “Why do we need to pray at the abortion clinic when it’s closed?” There are several answers, but the part I’ll focus on today is this …
… You never know what God has in store!
Brian was praying at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Hackensack, New Jersey around 6 one morning — before the abortion facility opened. A couple got out of a taxi and walked towards the building and waited.
Brian spoke to them, and they were still waiting when he had to leave. A short time later, a group of friars arrived to pray. The clinic was still locked tight. The couple, however, had left. Brian hopes they called another cab and simply went back home.
Here is a photo showing some of the many people praying at the abortion center in Hackensack, including some of the friars who are frequently present at the vigil:
Beth in Phoenix knows of babies saved from abortion because people were praying at the 40 Days for Life vigil while the clinic was closed.
Women often arrive at the abortion facility without realizing it is not open every day. Beth said that’s why it is important to be there praying every day of the 40 Days for Life campaign — including the times the center is closed.
Christine and three friends were praying at the vigil, and the place was deserted. After a while, they noticed that two young women had arrived. They tried to open the clinic door, and it was locked.
The women went back to their car and sat for about five minutes. Christine walked over and handed them a flyer with information about pregnancy resource centers. “They were very grateful,” she said.
Beth and James spent time praying at Planned Parenthood in Phoenix when the facility was closed. “We were the only ones there,” said James, “just praying quietly by ourselves.”
Two teenage girls walked by, and James asked if they knew the building was an abortion center. But they just kept walking. A few minutes later, however, the girls came back.
“One of them started by asking us if we were going to adopt and raise the babies we were trying to save from abortion, and saying how awful the foster care system is for kids,” he said. “It was clear they came back just to challenge us.”
Right about that time, a man walked up and offered cold drinks to Beth and James (this is Phoenix, and it’s still very hot there). The man had heard the conversation, and began to tell the girls that he had been born in a home for unwed mothers and was adopted. That opened the way for further discussion, and this time the girls were all ears.
“These two girls listened to everything we, and the gentleman, had to say,” said James. “They said they respected us and what we were doing and believed; you could see their whole outlook had changed.”
As the girls walked away, James and Beth “knew why the Lord had brought us out there at that time, on a day when there was no real compelling reason to be there, except for obedience; for two girls to whom we could have easily not reached out, except for a still, small voice.”
Here’s today’s devotional from Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life…
DAY 17 INTENTION
May all understand more deeply that the pro-life message is rooted in the two basic truths of life:
There is a God; He isn’t me
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
– Genesis 2:7
REFLECTION by Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life
From the beginning of the Bible until the end, the theme is echoed that God alone has dominion over human life. He made it; shared it; died to save it; will raise it up forever.
The act of creation described in Genesis 2:7, and earlier in Genesis 1:26-27, is a sovereign act. God did not have to do it, and would have been happy forever without us.
Yet without our asking for it or earning it, God brought us out of nothingness and into life, and sustains our existence at every moment. And He does so in Christ. “For by Him all things were created…in Him all things exist” (Colossians 1:16-17).
“You are not your own,” Paul declares in 1 Corinthians 6. God alone owns us. While He entrusts us to the care of one another, He does not allow any human being to own another.
A Southern California abortionist, James McMahon, once explained how he justified killing children after 20 weeks gestation by partial-birth abortion. He did not deny that this was a child, but rather asked, “Who owns the child? It’s got to be the mother.”
The struggle over abortion is really a struggle over the dominion of God. The Christian individual, and the Christian Church, cannot sit idly by when others declare that God is not God.
Lord, we are yours. Thank you for breathing into us the breath of life. Thank you for claiming us as your own. May our words and actions in defense of human life proclaim to all the world that you alone are Lord of life and death, Lord of our freedom and of our choices. We pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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40 Days for Life
P.S.- Thanks to the thousands of you who have flooded Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s office with calls and faxes, asking him to VETO the unconstitutional “bubble zone” ordinance that is trying to silence pro-life free speech at 40 Days for Life vigils! If you haven’t yet, please call his office at 312-744-3300 between 8 AM and 5 PM Central time and ask him to protect free speech and VETO the bubble zone!