Tuesday, October 7, 2008

40 Days for Life Update

Today I'd like to share one of the daily emails I receive from the 40 Days for Life Campaign that's going strong and is saving children from abortion right now.  I'm sharing this to give an update on how things are going and to give an example of what you would get every day if you sign up for these email alerts yourself.

The emails follow a similar structure every day.  They give an update on how the campaign is going, a daily prayer intention to focus on as you pray throughout the day for 40 Days for Life, a Scripture passage, a reflection written by a variety of notable Catholic authors, speakers, & clergy, and a formal prayer for the success of that day. 

If you would like to sign up for the emails, check out www.40daysforlife.com and it's in the lower right corner.  Below is yesterday's update:

We have now received reports from across North America of at least 89 babies whose lives have been saved through the efforts of people just like you, praying outside abortion facilities in more than 170 cities during this fall 40 Days for Life campaign.

89 babies!!!

And 89 women spared from a lifetime of regrets!

Here are the stories of three of those innocent lives saved from abortion...


Jennifer wrote to say that she made a mistake the other day -- or so she thought.

She asked Sharon to help at a New Jersey 40 Days for Life vigil at 11 AM... but then realized she actually needed someone at 1:30 PM and not 11 and called Sharon back.

Sharon said she couldn't be there at 1:30, but would be there to pray at 11 o'clock anyway.

A short time after she arrived at the clinic, a young woman came out and said another volunteer, Bill, had given her some material to read before she went in for an abortion.

Bill had completed his turn and was no longer outside, so the woman told her story to Sharon. "I didn't do it," she said. "I couldn't do it."

Sharon is now sharing that story with everyone she knows, asking others to pray at the 40 Days for Life vigil. "God wanted Sharon to be there -- at 11:00," Jennifer said. "God doesn't make mistakes."


We're also hearing stories that show that Christ meant it when He promised the Holy Spirit will give you the words you need.

Ivana tells of going to pray at an Illinois clinic for one hour every day. She felt called to do more, but really wasn't sure, since she had no formal
training in sidewalk counseling.

Still, she approached a young woman outside the clinic and handed her a flyer.

"I pulled her to the side to talk to her," Ivana  said. "After talking to her, she decided that she was going to call the pro-life pregnancy center. She gave me a hug, and left the clinic happily with her boyfriend without getting the abortion."


These are all stories that would not have been told if people just like you had not stepped forward to answer the call to constant vigil that is one of the main foundations of 40 Days for Life.

Susan writes that there is usually not a pro-life presence at one South Florida abortion facility on Fridays. Because of 40 Days for Life, however,
Fridays are covered. On this particular Friday, that presence paid off.

A woman who was five months pregnant arrived with her sister, who actually helped talk this mom out of the abortion. The boyfriend was along as well, and although at first he wasn't too pleased, he eventually accepted the mom's decision to keep the baby -- a decision that may have never been reached without the peaceful presence of those standing in prayerful vigil outside the abortion facility.

With God, all things are possible!

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