This year’s 40 days for Life was a great campaign of love and prayer.
A lot goes into organising a 40 days for life campaign … a lot of hardship is involved!
Starting on Shrove Tuesday … Bishop Tony Randazzo, Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney … gave a beautiful homily on the importance of being vigilant in the defence of life and afterwards led the procession which took place after Mass.
We processed down Devonshire St. towards the Private Clinic. As we processed down the street you got a strong feeling of being a voice for the voiceless. Amongst the evil that seems to surround Surry Hills we are witnesses for Christ and his glory.
We had about 150 people in attendance praying the rosary, singing hymns all for the glory of God and for the most defenceless in our society, the Unborn Child.
During the next 40 Days we maintained a peaceful, prayerful presence outside the Private Clinic from 7am-7pm with all-night adoration Friday and Saturday. This has an immense impact on everyone involved. It is a deeply spiritual undertaking, especially during the season of Lent.
God works through our prayer and sacrifice. For without God we can do nothing. It is through Him that good will prevail in this fallen world. We are merely his instruments and must not forget that we are fighting a spiritual battle, as St. Paul tells the Ephesians, “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
At the closing ceremony on the 9th April, Palm Sunday we were met with a massive storm and heavy rain which made processing down a dark street a bit too dangerous especially for some of our older pro-lifers. So we gathered as a pro-life community, led by Bishop Terry Brady.
As unfortunate as it was to not be able to process to the clinic of death, that hour of prayer in the Church was truly something special and one could feel an inner peace as one prayed. We had about 80 people in attendance due the bad weather which we know affected our numbers.
The Day of the Unborn Child on March 26th was a very successful day. Archbishop Anthony Fisher led his flock out into the public streets of Sydney. About 3000 people were in attendance as a great witness to life and love along with a rowdy band of feminist, pro-death protestors, who were making a lot of noise and hoopla, but the strong police presence kept them well away from our peaceful procession.
All in all it was a successful campaign undertaken with love and prayer! Thank you to all! The battle is not over; we must continue to fight for life and in the meantime strengthen ourselves spiritually.
Family Life International sponsors 40 Days for Life in Sydney. This report is excerpted from the May issue of FLI News.