Here’s today’s AMAZING video report, this time from Jacksonville, Florida:
If you have trouble watching the video here, watch it on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DK2dxclzVtc
In this three-minute clip, you’ll see pastor Ed Martin, local 40 Days for Life campaign coordinator, leading a Jericho March — marching seven times back and forth between two abortion facilities — during which a woman changed her mind and chose life!
Hope you enjoy it!
Well, it’s Friday, and 40 Days for Life campaign director Shawn Carney is on the road headed to New York City — a location described as “the abortion capital of America.”
That phrase is the title of a New York Magazine article. It was published a few years ago, but the story still paints an accurate picture of the uphill battle pro-lifers face in the nation’s largest city.
More than 100,000 abortions are performed in New York City every year. There are almost three dozen abortion facilities there.
To quote from the magazine article:
In absolute terms, there are more abortions performed on minors, more repeat abortions, and more late abortions (over 21 weeks) in New York City than anywhere else in the country. In parts of the city, the ratio of abortions to births is one to one.
Fortunately, people are willing to do something about it. One of those people is Chris Slattery, who runs a group of pregnancy resource centers and a variety of other pro-life outreaches.
Chris is also helping lead 40 Days for Life campaigns in two of New York’s boroughs, Queens (where there are two abortion clinics side by side) and The Bronx.
The New York City team just posted a marvelous slide show of 40 Days for Life in action on the sidewalks of America’s abortion capital. Check it out:
In each of the past 40 Days for Life campaigns in New York City, through God’s blessings, dozens of lives have been saved from abortion through these sidewalk efforts.
One New Yorker, who is known for his strong pro-life stand, headed west this week – and he stopped at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Kalispell, Montana. Fr. Benedict Groeschel had traveled to Montana for speaking engagements.
Karen in Kalispell said Fr. Groeschel’s detour to the vigil there was “unexpected and much appreciated.” Fr. Groeschel is a Franciscan friar who is familiar in Catholic circles through his regular appearances on the EWTN network.
Here’s Fr. Groeschel (second from left) with 40 Days for Life vigil participants in Kalispell:
While the abortion toll in New York City almost defies belief, Fr. Groeschel’s trip to the clinic in Kalispell underscores the fact that abortion would still be a tragedy even if it only claimed one life.
Abortion also remains a deadly reality in Ithaca, New York (roughly a four-hour drive from New York City). The very thought that abortions were being performed in their community brought a small group of Cornell University students out to pray at the 40 Days for Life vigil recently.
A staff physician saw them – and didn’t like it. So she went out to complain to the students that they were “harassing” her customers. “Of course,” said Mary Anne in Ithaca, “they were very peaceful and were doing no such thing.”
The woman came out a second time to complain – and then a third. The last time, she told the students she would call the police if they didn’t leave.
“The students did better and went to the police themselves,” Mary Anne said. “The police said as long as they were not cursing, threatening or following people, that what they were doing was fine. We will keep this physician in our prayers.”
In cities both large and small, 40 Days for Life is having an impact. The power of prayer is very real!
Here’s today’s devotional from Rev. J. Kirk van der Swaagh, Pastor, Conservative Congregational Christian Conference…
DAY 31 INTENTION
For the medical community, that the truth they know about the human body may become awe and wonder at the God who made it.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.
REFLECTION by Rev. J. Kirk van der Swaagh
Human beings — God’s tapestries.
Psalm 139 is a psalm that reveals the enormity and otherness of God. His divine attributes are on display: omniscience (2-4), omnipresence (7-12), loving-kindness (17-18), justice (19-20), righteousness (23-24), and omnipotence.
Yet, when it came to express this last attribute, what example did the psalmist use — God’s creation of mountains, seas, or far-flung galaxies? No, he used none of these. To express the wonder of God’s unparalleled creative power the writer mentions the fashioning of the human in the womb (14-16).
The Hebrew word used to express God’s forming of us in the womb, raqam, is the same term for needlework or embroidery. In other words, we are a tapestry that displays God’s artistic mastery.
And, like the artist who knows his creation down to the last detail, God intimately knows us. This reality provokes the writer to awe and wonder. He proclaims, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
What is true for this psalmist is true for each human being. Each is fashioned by God and known by him and we can proclaim on behalf of each, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
Gracious God, help us to appreciate the wonder and beauty of Your creation. Help us proclaim on behalf of every one of our fellow human beings, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” May the knowledge that we are intimately known by You shape our lives and actions. Amen.
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