Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
40 Days For Life: DAY 4: Off and running
Dear Deacon John,
I speak at the Central California Walk for Life -- an event that 40
Days for Life volunteers helped organize. More than 1,000 people are
expected to pray at an abortion facility and then march. I'm looking
forward to a very inspiring day!
turning the rest of today's report over to our national director, David
Bereit, as he describes his whirlwind visits across two Southern states
in the first 24 hours of this campaign:
arriving in Birmingham, I met with numerous local pro-life leaders, as
well as EWTN radio show hosts Jim and Joy Pinto, at a local pregnancy
center. Then we all headed out to join the big crowd of excited
volunteers at the local 40 Days for Life kickoff event.
was raining until minutes before the event, when the rain stopped and
the sky cleared. Many clergy were in attendance, including the retired
Catholic bishop of Birmingham, David Foley, as well as Charismatic
Episcopal Church Bishop Chuck Pierce.
The event was a top story on the local television news (see video of news story at: http://bit.ly/1avzZwB ).
the rally, I drove an hour to Tuscaloosa, where a Knights of Columbus
hall was packed with local pro-lifers and students from the University
of Alabama for breakfast and to kick off their 40 Days for Life campaign
-- which is being directed by a dynamic college student named Claire.
I drove two hours to Montgomery, where a large group from numerous
different churches gathered across the street from a facility that has
been aborting children in Alabama's capital city for 30 years. It was
amazing to meet local volunteers from many different faith traditions
all working together for a common cause!
Montgomery, I drove 90 minutes and across the state line to Columbus,
Georgia -- also in a different time zone! I prayed with the group of
volunteers and shared encouraging stories of some of the earliest
victories that have already been happening during this campaign.
it was a two-hour drive to Atlanta, where I met with many local and
state pro-life leaders for a brief dinner before going out to a large
kickoff rally outside a notorious late-term abortion center.
again, I was blessed to see tremendous diversity at this event --
people from different churches, races and backgrounds, all standing arm
in arm to "speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves."
day ended with a 30-minute drive to Marietta, a suburb of Atlanta,
where the 40 Days for Life vigil is being held outside an office park
that houses a large abortion business.
than 100 joyful people were gathered in the dark along the very busy
road with candles. Nearly half of them were Spanish speaking!
Fortunately, the local leader and others were able to translate the
message of hope to all attendees.
just the first 24 hours of this campaign, I drove 408 miles with stops
in 6 cities to meet hundreds of amazing people with ONE focused mission
-- ending abortion. I have GREAT hope for our future!
Here's today's devotional from Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life...
Day 4 intention
We ask God that we may understand the concept of justice, as a gift he gives and as a responsibility that shapes our work.
Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!
-- Amos 5:24
Justice, a key theme of the Scriptures, is something God does and that we too must do.
God intervenes to save his people when they are helpless and in slavery
in Egypt, he "does justice." He manifested his justice in the plagues
that were sent upon Egypt, whereby Pharaoh was convinced that he must
let the people go. Justice is manifested as, in awe and wonder, God's
people see the Red Sea open before them, allow them to pass without even
getting their feet wet, and then close again to drown their powerful
God is a God of
Justice; he rescues us when we cannot save ourselves. His justice, above
all, is seen in Jesus Christ, who, when we could not save ourselves,
rescued us from the kingdom of sin, Satan, death, and hell. The mighty
work of Christ on the cross and in the resurrection is the perfect
manifestation of God as the God of justice.
then, are to be the people of justice; we are to "do justice" by
intervening to save the helpless in the name and by the power of the God
who saves us who are helpless ourselves. That's why we have a pro-life
movement; that's why we have a 40 Days for Life Campaign; that's why
saving the unborn is our business.
of Justice, you heard the cry of your people when they were being
oppressed in Egypt, and you proved yourself to be the God of justice,
who rescues the helpless. You likewise rescued us from the kingdom of
darkness, and brought us into the Kingdom of your Beloved Son, Jesus
Christ, who saves us from the power of Satan, sin, death, and hell.
us people of justice, ready to intervene to save the helpless. Indeed,
as your prophets have announced, let justice roll on like a mighty
river, to save all who are in need, especially the unborn. We pray
through Christ our Lord, Amen.
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