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, March 25, 2017
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 25: Persecution and courage
Persecution of 40 Days for Life volunteers is on the rise.
Our Lord doesn’t suggest that the world will persecute us; He promises that it will ... and gave us His own life as the example to follow.
At most of the 340+ campaign locations, there is a quiet simple prayer
vigil. Our peaceful approach begets a peaceful response -- which is why
so many moms choose life at the last moment.
At other locations, we are seeing an angry and sometimes vile response.
Such hostility is being met with a Christ-like behavior that is always
the expectation at 40 Days for Life vigils.
There have been a few pro-abortion demonstrators who’ve tried to drown
out the prayers ... and others who have accused us of being “gender
supremacists.” There have even been attempts to silence 40 Days for Life
by having the vigil removed from the public right-of-way.
What hasn’t been silenced is the courage of participants ... and the women they’ve helped.
With the first 40 Days for Life vigil in Aberdeen in progress, some
student groups at Aberdeen University have tried to raise a ruckus about
the Catholic chaplaincy on their campus.
It seems there are 40 Days for Life posters on the building. And some of
the students are complaining, circulating petitions – and trying to
drum up media support for having the posters removed.
As the Aberdeen Feminist Society put it, “it is deeply inappropriate to
display posters encouraging people to take action outside maternity
clinics. Our campus is a place for discussion, but displaying material
that appears to condemn those who have had abortions is actively
The “harmful” posters? Merely the standard 40 Days for Life message of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion.
A spokesman for the local Catholic bishop refused to budge. “The
decision by the Catholic chaplaincy to display a poster advertising a
peaceful pro-life vigil cannot in any way be deemed harmful or
distressing,” he said. “The 40 Days for Life vigils are peaceful, yet
poignant reminders of the tragic reality of abortion.”
Despite the complaints, the university administration said it could do
nothing. The chapel building belongs to the Catholic diocese, “and as
such, is not a university-owned or managed facility.”
“I'm excited to let you know that God has listened to our prayers,” said
Lupita, the 40 Days for Life leader in Iztapalapa, which is part of the
metro Mexico City area.
“This week more volunteers have arrived,” she said, including a group of
children who prayed “with great fervor for the babies who have been
aborted. It was a very emotional moment and it filled us all with
strength by the example that we received from these little ones.”
Lupita was also grateful for a priest from one of the area churches who
has offered tremendous support and has brought members of his parish to
pray at the vigil.
“God is always surprising us and strengthening us with his goodness,” she said.
“Pozega is city in Slavonija, in the eastern part of Croatia,” said
Petra, who is part of the 40 Days for Life leadership team in Croatia,
“and it is the biggest surprise this campaign.”
A few faithful volunteers tried to get a 40 Days for Life vigil started
in Pozega last autumn, but it was a tremendous challenge. The prayers
were fervent but the number of vigil participants was small. Still, the
leader was determined and persistent.
At times, Petra said, “the leader, Ljubica, was the only person who was praying in front of hospital.”
For this campaign – there has been a much larger turnout. “We are saying
there is spring awakening in that city,” Petra said. They are striving
to fill vigil hours, “and there are more and more people coming to pray
in front of the hospital.”
the word of the Lord came to me, saying: "Before I formed you in the
womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a
prophet to the nations.”
— Jeremiah 1:4-5
Lord God, we confess that in You we live and move and have our being.
Because You are, we are. May we find grace from You to affirm the being
of every human and may we labor to make this truth known to the world