40 Days for Life

I was a parish priest in Staten Island, New York. On most Saturdays, I joined the local pro-life activists to picket a local abortionist's office. One of the most faithful of these activists was Bob Landvogt, and I'll always remember the day he pulled me aside there on the sidewalk and passionately declared, "Fr. Frank, our media is the street!"

Those words stayed with me and have found their way into many a talk and homily, in which I have encouraged pro-life people to take the message to the streets, making full use of the rights that the First Amendment gives to us in America.

And it's more than the First Amendment freedom of speech. In the case of the abortion crisis, it's a matter of intervening to save lives. When we bring abortion to the attention of the public on the streets and sidewalks in front of abortion mills or anywhere else, people considering abortion do change their minds.

That's why I have prayed at abortion mills in every one of the 50 states. That's also why I am rallying people to take part in the "40 Days for Life" campaign that will take place this Lent from February 6 to March 16, and again in the Fall.

 The "40 Days" effort is a prayerful presence at abortion facilities — in some places, around the clock. The campaign is based on the fact that abortion is a local phenomenon, and needs to be ended community by community. This can happen even before laws change. Presence at the mills slows business down. We know from infiltration of the abortion industry that the biggest fear within that industry is not that abortion will become illegal, but that while fully legal, there will be no clinics or doctors to provide it. And constant presence at those places hastens their closing.

I look forward to visiting the cities that will conduct this effort, leading them in prayer, and writing many of the daily prayer devotionals that will be used by "40 Days" participants. Now's the time to come out, in greater numbers than ever, to fulfill the words that John Paul II preached in Denver at the 1993 World Youth Day:

"Do not be afraid to go out on the streets and into public places like the first apostles, who preached Christ and the good news of salvation in the squares of cities, towns and villages. This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel (cf.Rom.1:16). It is the time to preach it from the rooftops (cf.Mt.10:27). Do not be afraid to break out of comfortable and routine modes of living in order to take up the challenge of making Christ known in the modern 'metropolis'." …The Gospel must not be kept hidden because of fear or indifference. It was never meant to be hidden away in private. It has to be put on a stand so that people may see its light and give praise to our heavenly Father (cf.Mt.5:15-16)."

Fr. Frank Pavone

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Father Frank A. Pavone is an American Roman Catholic priest and pro-life activist. He is the National Director of Priests for Life and serves as the Chairman and Pastoral Director of Rachel's Vineyard.

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  • Guest

    Excellent idea!  Is there a list of these cities?

  • Guest

    Ave Maria!

    Check their website. I know Bishop Aquila in Fargo is encouraging all the priests and parishes in his dioceses and other dioceses are on board as well.

  • Guest

    In Rockland County, New York, there will be a meeting at the New City Gospel Fellowship on Thursday, Sept. 20th and Tuesday Sept 25th at St Francis of Assissi on Parrott Road in West Nyack. Both meetings are at 7:30.

     

    Remember, the Sun is always shining!

  • Guest

    We're doing this in Milwaukee – In fact I'm part of the prayer vigil's 1st two hours. One of Milwaukee's abortion clinics closed 2 years ago – I'm hoping this effort leads to the closing of another one. 

  • Guest

    Amen!

    Remember, the Sun is always shining!

  • Guest

    Ave Maria!

    Amazing reports are flooding in from all across the
    > > nation about the start of 40 Days for Life.
    > >
    > > Kickoff events drew crowds ranging from several dozen
    > > to several hundred people, and peaceful vigils
    > > commenced outside abortion facilities and Planned
    > > Parenthood offices in more than 80 cities today.
    > >
    > > We're also hearing reports from people in many other
    > > cities and towns that are experiencing dramatic new
    > > levels of pro-life involvement as people are joining in
    > > solidarity with 40 Days for Life.
    > >
    > > I am with my amazing wife Margaret, my 9-year-old
    > > daughter Claire, and 5-year-old son Patrick in Green
    > > Bay, Wisconsin, where we are joining the local 40 Days
    > > for Life campaign shortly.
    > >
    > > Earlier today, we stopped in Grand Chute, Wisconsin, to
    > > encourage the dedicated group that is holding down the
    > > vigil outside of a Planned Parenthood abortion facility
    > > that currently can't find an abortionist. The believers
    > > there are praying fervently during these 40 days that
    > > an abortionist is never found for that office!
    > >
    > > Between fielding radio and newspaper interviews all day
    > > today, I was deeply inspired by the thought of YOU…
    > > the faithful people across the country united together
    > > in one common purpose: ending the tragedy of abortion!
    > >
    > > God bless you for your prayers and participation in
    > > this history-making endeavor!
    > >
    > > Here's your devotional for DAY 1…
    > >
    > > *******************************************************
    > > 40 DAYS FOR LIFE: DAY 1, SEPTEMBER 26
    > > Daily Devotional by: Carmen Pate
    > > *******************************************************
    > >
    > > SCRIPTURE:
    > >
    > > "If My people who are called by My name will humble
    > > themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from
    > > their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and
    > > forgive their sin and heal their land."
    > > — 2 Chronicles 7:14
    > >
    > > REFLECTION:
    > >
    > > God was responding to Solomon's prayer for the people
    > > of Israel, during the dedication of the newly built
    > > temple. The people of Israel had repeatedly turned from
    > > God and each time, God would turn them over to an
    > > enemy.
    > >
    > > The people would cry out to the Lord and God would
    > > deliver them, only to see them turn away from Him once
    > > again. This cycle was repeated over and over,
    > > demonstrating the amazing mercy of Our Lord on each
    > > occasion. (See 2 Chronicles 6: 36-40)
    > >
    > > Not unlike God's chosen people of Israel, the body of
    > > Christ, which is His church, must humble ourselves,
    > > pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways, if
    > > we expect God to hear from heaven, forgive our sin, and
    > > heal our land.
    > >
    > > The need for repentance has not been greater since the
    > > Supreme Court decision of Roe vs. Wade in 1973.
    > >
    > > The number one cause of death in America is the
    > > needless sacrifice of our children at the altar of
    > > convenience called abortion. Conservative estimates put
    > > the number of deaths at nearly 47 million in America
    > > alone.
    > >
    > > And lest we think this is an issue outside the church
    > > walls, 43% of women obtaining abortions identify
    > > themselves as Protestant, and 27% identify themselves
    > > as Catholic.
    One in four women has at least one
    > > abortion by the age of 45 — both non-Christian and
    > > Christian alike.
    > >
    > > Where was the voice of Truth — the church?
    > >
    > > Mary Comm of In Our Midst Ministries, Inc. sums up the
    > > issue best as she writes, "We (the church) have been an
    > > unintentional accomplice to the millions of lives lost
    > > and to the multiplied millions of lives devastated by
    > > abortion. We didn't want them to abort. We didn't mean
    > > for them to abort. But, because of our lack of
    > > knowledge, because of our fear, we have continued to
    > > stand by and do nothing. We, God's hands and feet in
    > > this dark and hurting world, have been unintentional,
    > > unknowledgeable accomplice, but an accomplice
    > > nonetheless." 
    > >
    > > May today mark the beginning of change within the
    > > church, as God's people, in unity, seek His
    > > forgiveness.
    > >
    > > PRAYER:
    > >
    > > Heavenly Father, as our sovereign and powerful Creator,
    > > You have blessed this nation because of our Founding
    > > Fathers intentional plan to worship You alone.
    > >
    > > We have turned our backs on you and your principles in
    > > your Word. We have allowed man to usurp Your role as
    > > God over life and the number of our days. You are
    > > justified in removing your hedge of protection and
    > > turning us over to our decadence.
    > >
    > > But we come to you in brokenness and repentance over
    > > our sin. We cry out for Your mercy and ask you to
    > > remove the scourge of abortion from our land. Use us as
    > > your vessels, Lord, to bring the light of Your Truth to
    > > our nation once again.
    > >
    > > Because of Christ we pray, AMEN

  • Guest

    I sometimes think that people are dismayed from acting by the national scope of abortion law, the minimal impact they can have on Congress, and the even smaller impact they can have on the Supreme Court.  Thank you, Father Frank, for reminding us that the abortion fight is always local and we can always have an impact.

  • Guest

    I wonder if you will say who is the most authentic pro life Candidate.

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