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Posted on 09/26/2009 12:27:27 PM PDT by Faith

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40 Days for Life consists of 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion,
40 days of constant, peaceful vigil outside abortion centers and Planned Parenthood offices
and 40 days of active pro-life community outreach.

Your community may be participating in this prayerful vigil.
If so, please join others in your area
or unite with thousands across America
during these 40 days in Autumn
as we pray for an end to abortion in this nation.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: 40daysforlife; abortion; prolife; unborn

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

REFLECTION by Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life

Justice, a key theme of the Scriptures, is something God does and that we too must do.

When 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 enemies.

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.

We, 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.


God 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.

Make 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.

The Sienna Group

1 posted on 09/26/2009 12:27:29 PM PDT by Faith
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To: MountainFlower; Salvation;; Jen4life; wagglebee
Holy God,

Your Word warns us of Your great displeasure with hands that shed innocent blood. In Your image each child has been made, and not one has ever been created except by Your perfect will. As we remember always that You are the Author and Giver of life, may we defend these precious innocents so that they may fulfill Your purposes in creating them. In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

2 posted on 09/26/2009 12:29:26 PM PDT by Faith
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To: Faith
Numbers in Perspective:
3,800 – Abortions daily (just in the US)
4,300 – US military deaths in the Iraq war
18,000 - Deaths by death penalty in American history (all the way back to the 1600s)
1,315,000 - Deaths in all American wars combined
1,400,000 – Deaths by abortion each year
50,000,000 - Deaths by abortion since Roe v Wade (estimated)

3 posted on 09/26/2009 12:34:49 PM PDT by Faith
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To: Faith

Holy God, the Womb is under attack from the Devil, and we who must defend it are weak or unworthy.

Have mercy on our sloth and indolence. Send your Angels to protect the unborn. May the terrible evil of Abortion wither and be forever destroyed.

+ We ask this in the Name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen. +

4 posted on 09/26/2009 12:48:13 PM PDT by agere_contra
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To: Faith

I had to do a double take on those numbers 50,000,000.

The Most High God, creator of the universe who rules in the affairs of men we ask for forgiveness for our slothfulness. We pray that our Constitution would be reaffirmed and upheld in our courts to protect the unborn. We thank you Father for life, liberty and our ability to pursue happiness. We ask for healing for those who have experienced abortions. In Jesus name. Amen

5 posted on 09/26/2009 12:54:45 PM PDT by swheats (America! America! God mend thine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law!)
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To: Faith
The earth is the LORD'S, and the fullness thereof; the world and THEY THAT DWELL THEREIN..." Psalm 24:1

IN HIS HAND is the life of EVERY living thing, and the BREATH OF ALL MANKIND." Job 12:10

"Be not deceived, GOD is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Galatians 6:7

My God, my God, have mercy upon us, for surely we are deserving of Your wrath. Like the sweet breath of a baby, may the Holy Spirit breathe anew the cleansing breath of revival, that ALL of creation might have life. Amen ...

6 posted on 09/26/2009 1:38:11 PM PDT by Pegita ('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word ...)
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To: Coleus; nickcarraway; narses; Mr. Silverback; Canticle_of_Deborah; TenthAmendmentChampion; ...

Abortion stops a baby’s beating heart.

Pro-Life PING

Please FreepMail me if you want on or off my Pro-Life Ping List.

7 posted on 09/26/2009 1:51:55 PM PDT by (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available FREE at
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To: Faith
Did you see this report from today?

Praying DOES have an impact!

One of the unexpected blessings of this 40 Days for
Life campaign thus far is the unprecedented number of
media stories about local campaigns -- and it's not
just the number of stories but the tone of those
reports. Many of them have been highly positive!

An extremely favorable article about the 40 Days for
Life kickoff appeared in the Journal Star, the daily
newspaper in Peoria, Illinois. Here's the first part
of that story:

  Cathy Trowbridge had an abortion and lived to tell
  about it. Not overnight, mind you. But after 34
  soul-searching years, the Princeton resident is
  silent no more.

  "Not everybody can do this," Trowbridge said
  Tuesday night at a rally at Riverfront Park to
  launch the 40 Days for Life campaign. "Not everyone
  that has had an abortion can stand here and be able
  to face a crowd. But that courage comes from Him
  who selects those that can do it."

  Trowbridge told a crowd of about 80 how she paid no
  attention 34 years ago to those praying in front of
  a clinic at 7405 N. University St. in Peoria and
  entered what is now National Health Care and had
  her pregnancy terminated.

  "I didn't know what they were there for,"
  Trowbridge said of the group whose successors
  intend to be in front of the clinic around the
  clock from Wednesday through Nov. 1. "I didn't
  allow myself to look at their signs and figure out
  what they said.

  "I just knew that I was full of fear and
  desperation," Trowbridge continued. "And the people
  that counseled me told me that this is what I
  should do and this is where I should go. And
  because it was legal and lawful and because I
  usually did what I was told, I did. It wasn't until
  much later that I found out the truth."

Read the whole story at:

What a powerful account -- and in a secular
newspaper! It's a valuable insight into the mind of
the woman who seeks abortion, and something to keep
in mind as you pray.

Abortion clearly leaves a lasting negative impact.

You even may meet someone at the 40 Days for Life
vigil in your own community who has a story similar
to Cathy's. The 40 Days for Life team in Bakersfield,
California knows it is more common than you might
think. Here's a posting from their blog:

  During Saturday's kickoff rally, a volunteer
  noticed a forlorn woman standing near the vigil
  signup sheets. "I sensed that God wanted me to talk
  to her," the volunteer said.

  "Can I help you sign up for a time to pray at the
  vigil?" the volunteer asked. The woman seemed
  reluctant at first. As the volunteer continued to
  talk to her, eventually she opened up to share the
  internal struggle she was experiencing.

  "Twenty-five years ago," she began, "I aborted my
  baby. Maybe if people like you had been there, my
  baby's life could have been saved."

During this 40 day prayer vigil, as you meet new
people joining you in prayer along the sidewalks
outside abortion facilities and Planned Parenthood
offices, remember that some of the vigil participants
themselves are still struggling with their own
private pain, and pray that they will experience the
fullness of God's healing grace.

Just this morning, at the 40 Days for Life vigil I
was visiting in Lexington, Kentucky, two different
women told me that 40 Days for Life was the vehicle
that helped them to begin the healing process from
their past abortions. One lady even told me that
40 Days for Life saved her from committing suicide.

Wow. We never know how God can work through our
prayers and faithful participation in this effort.

Please take time to pray at the nearest 40 Days for
Life vigil.
For Life,

David Bereit

8 posted on 09/26/2009 1:58:10 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: agere_contra

Amen to your prayer in the Name of Jesus. Many thanks for standing with me in defense of the unborn.

9 posted on 09/26/2009 2:00:04 PM PDT by Faith
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To: swheats

Amen to your prayer, swheats! Thank you for standing in the gap for those who have no voice.

10 posted on 09/26/2009 2:01:18 PM PDT by Faith
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To: Pegita

Thank you, Pegita, for sharing the Word and for your powerful prayer. Amen and Amen.

11 posted on 09/26/2009 2:02:33 PM PDT by Faith
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What a powerful graphic!!! Many thanks for sharing this important message.

12 posted on 09/26/2009 2:03:22 PM PDT by Faith
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To: Salvation

Yes! Yes! Yes! All praise and honor to God, Most High! Thank you for sharing the good news.

13 posted on 09/26/2009 2:04:18 PM PDT by Faith
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To:; Coleus

Thanks for the ping.

I figure I should let you guys know that I’ve been debating abortion over at — where I can tango with outward liberals. The prolife side is underrepresented over there, and the lack of respect for life makes me sick. But it’s a place to hash out some issues.

14 posted on 09/26/2009 9:29:27 PM PDT by Kevmo (So America gets what America deserves - the destruction of its Constitution. ~Leo Donofrio, 6/1/09)
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To: Faith
Pinged from Terri Dailies

15 posted on 09/27/2009 1:57:35 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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