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40 DAYS FOR LIFE - DAY 33 - OUR COUNTRY ALLOWS IT, BUT GOD DOESN'T!!!
| October 25, 2009
Posted on 10/25/2009 9:49:32 AM PDT by Faith
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.
"They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons; they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters... and the land was polluted with blood. Then the anger of the lord was kindled against his people, and He abhorred his heritage; he gave them into the hands of the nations, so that those who hated them ruled over them. Their enemies oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their power. (See Psalm 106:37-43)
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; prayer; prolife
REFLECTION by Fr. Terry Gensemer
How often we ignore the phrase, "stop and smell the roses" and instead submit to the all too "urgent" task at hand. Is this tendency what keeps us, at least in part, from acknowledging that God's care for His sacred creation is paramount in His own mind?
The Psalmist speaks of God's handiwork: the heavens, the work of his "fingers," and then points to God's masterpiece - human life. He declares to us that God is mindful of us. God keeps His masterpiece in His thoughts.
God, the creator of the awe-inspiring heavens, is not distracted by the tasks before Him. He is not pulled away, as we might be, by thoughts of something "more important."
God is paying attention to and attending to His crowning glory, His masterpiece of creation, which cannot be duplicated or replaced, which surpasses the beauty of all other created things -- the human being.
There is no way to adequately describe how God feels about us as human beings. There are no words to fully portray His love, compassion or desire to be in communion with us.
Perhaps, the closest we can come, is to contemplate the thoughts of a mother as she gazes for the first time at her newborn child. God cares for Life.
We, as His followers, should take time to consider the life He has created and called upon us to love and protect.
Lord, you are the creator of all things. Guide my thoughts to consider your creation in all of its majesty, beauty and holiness. Guide my heart especially to your creation of precious human life.
Help me to comprehend how essential life is in your own heart. Teach me to appreciate, love and protect all human life through your son, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
posted on 10/25/2009 9:49:32 AM PDT
To: Pegita; Kitty Mittens; cpforlife.org; wagglebee; MountainFlower; Salvation; Jen4life; narses
They go to work each day, contributing to the destruction of human life. Forgive them, Lord, for they do not know what they are doing. They have believed the lies of the Devil who seeks the destruction of all people. Open their eyes, Lord God, and bring them to the full realization of what You want for them and for all people. You are the Answer to all our needs. We exalt You as the Mighty Creator of the Universe, and pray that Your Spirit would descend upon this nation in a powerful way. In the Name of Jesus Christ, Who died that all might have life, Amen.
posted on 10/25/2009 9:51:09 AM PDT
"It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish." --Mother Teresa--
posted on 10/25/2009 2:58:05 PM PDT
('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word ...)
Mother Teresa is absolutely right. May God reward her richly in heaven.
posted on 10/25/2009 3:03:32 PM PDT
I'm in Galesburg, Illinois this morning. Over the
last 48 hours, I've been to 40 Days for Life vigils
in Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as Glen Ellyn,
Downers Grove, and Chicago, Illinois. Later today
I'll be driving over to the Peoria campaign.
Everywhere I go, I continue to be encouraged by the
stories of change brought about through 40 Days for
Life -- not just changes for women and their babies,
or clinic workers and abortion supporters, but deep,
lasting, spiritual changes in the hearts of those who
answer the call to pray, fast, and stand vigil for an
end to abortion.
Such is the case with a man my family and I had the
privilege of meeting during our New England 40 Days
for Life visits just over a week ago. His name is Tom
Dwyer of Hartford, Connecticut -- one of more than
250,000 people who've prayed with 40 Days for Life.
Tom first heard about 40 Days for Life in the fall of
2007, when the first coordinated national campaign
was just about to begin. "I felt that I could
participate in the prayer and fasting," he said, "but
I did not feel the need to go to the abortion
Tom went through most of the 40 days and faithfully
prayed and fasted, but had the feeling that he wasn't
really doing all he should. "I asked my wife, Joyce,
if she was willing to go to the abortion clinic," he
said. "She agreed to go."
He e-mailed the coordinator in Norwich -- it's an
hour from his home in Hartford, but it was the
closest location -- saying that he and his wife
wanted to pray on a specific day from 10 to noon. "I
received an e-mail back stating that 'God must have
sent you to us.' They had no coverage for the hours
that we selected."
So Tom and Joyce drove to Norwich. "Since this was my
first time at an abortion clinic I was a little
apprehensive," Tom admitted, "but after I saw a car
go by and give a thumbs-up, I felt better."
Joyce had to leave the vigil for a few minutes,
leaving Tom as the only person praying.
"I experienced a feeling unlike any I had ever
experienced before," he said. "I had never been to an
abortion clinic and now I was the only person there
witnessing for the unborn babies. I felt a great deal
of responsibility and at the same time a great surge
of strength that made me want to publicly state my
opposition to abortion. At that one point in time and
at that location, I was the sole representative
publicly proclaiming that abortion is wrong. I knew
from that point on, that witnessing at abortion
clinics was something I needed to do."
In 2008, Tom took part in a new 40 Days for Life
campaign in Hartford. And he didn't stop there.
"Joyce and I now spend two days a week, year round,
at the abortion clinic in Hartford," he said.
"When I retired in 2007, I thought this would be a
great opportunity for me to spend time working on my
golf game," Tom said. "I had planned to spend a few
days a week practicing and lowering my golf handicap
significantly. But 40 Days for Life made me go in a
different direction." Tom now spends most of his free
time on pro-life activities.
"40 Days for Life has changed my life," he said, "and
I am so grateful."
To see pictures of Tom and other members of the 40
Days for Life team in Hartford:
There are many more stories just like Tom's -- people
who have come to profoundly understand the importance
of humbly, peacefully, prayerfully standing witness.
Have you gone out to pray at a vigil yet?
There's still one week left in this fall's 40 Days
for Life campaign. Like Tom, you can join a vigil
even in the final days.
There are 212 cities participating. To find the
location nearest to you, visit:
posted on 10/25/2009 6:44:25 PM PDT
("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
posted on 10/25/2009 6:45:25 PM PDT
("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
Thank you for your defense of the unborn, Salvation. May God bless you!
posted on 10/25/2009 6:56:18 PM PDT
Amen, and Amen, Sister Faith, to your Heartfelt and Compassionate Prayer, and your Entire Post. Praying with you in Agreement.
'Our Help is in the Name of the Lord, Who Made Heaven and Earth.' (Ps.124:8)
posted on 10/25/2009 10:13:54 PM PDT
by Kitty Mittens
(To God Be All Excellent Praise!!)
posted on 10/31/2009 4:49:33 PM PDT
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