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.
Sunday, February 25, 2018
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 12: "But nobody's there"
Dear Deacon John,
Many people are praying at 40 Days for Life vigils on Sunday.
It's part of what one local campaign leader calls "an unbroken chain of prayer."
Forty days of uninterrupted vigil is a sign of faith ... a sign of commitment ... and a sign to the community.
A sign of faith: You believe that God can – and in fact will – end the scandal of abortion in your city.
A sign of commitment: You're out there day and night ... regardless of the weather. Ending abortion is important to you.
A sign to the community: You want your neighbors to know that abortion does
happen in your town. Not all of them know. And not all of them know
where it takes place. And some of them may only drive through that area
at night or on the weekend.
It can also be a blessing ... to you! So
many prayer volunteers say the vigil is a time of personal spiritual
growth – and that can be enhanced in the solitude of a quiet hour on
Sunday after church.
West Covina, California
"I loved being there in the evening," said one of the 40 Days for Life volunteers in West Covina.
"There was a type of peace," the vigil participant said. "Maybe because the clinic was closed!"
evening, emergency vehicles were seen heading to the nearby hospital.
It felt good knowing the medical teams were doing their best to save
lives "while we were doing the same on the sidewalk."
abortion place looks desolate at night," said one of the campaign
coordinators, who also offered another great reason to go pray when the
abortion center is closed:
"To be out there praying, it gives you the sensation of how it will feel when that place closes for good!"
Grand Rapids, Michigan
the 40 Days for Life coordinator in Grand Rapids, wanted all the
volunteers to know their "prayers on the sidewalk in front of Heritage
Abortion Clinic are having a quiet, but positive, impact on our community."
vigil is attracting more people to pray who had never done anything
like this before. People are stopping to pray as they walk past. Others
simply stop to ask what's going on.
"Word of 40 Days for Lifeis
spreading," Laura said. "As a result, more people are becoming
concerned about the killing in our midst. More people are wanting to get
So keep praying! Your presence does make a difference.
My power is made perfect in weakness.
—2 Corinthians 12:9
during these forty days, we ask that with each day of this sacred
vigil, everything in us that separates us from your perfect will would
be pruned from our hearts and souls. In this blessed freedom may we
experience a powerful anointing of your Holy Spirit.