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Forty Days for Life Print E-mail

09-27-forty_days_for_life-1.jpgOver the past five weeks, from Sept. 26 through Nov. 5, people all across the nation have been working together to close abortion clinics all over the United States. This groundbreaking effort, known as 40 Days for Life, which draws on biblical references, came to Bucks County, and the Czestochowa youth group eagerly signed up to help.

40 Days for Life is an event that draws on the biblical power of forty days. Examples of this abound. Moses was transformed after forty days on Mt. Sinai. The biblical city of Nineveh repented of its sins after the forty days God gave it before it would be destroyed. Christ was empowered before He began His ministry by spending forty days in the desert. This brilliant use of biblical reference really makes 40 Days for Life significant.

09-27-forty_days_for_life-2.jpgThe campaign consists of three parts: prayer and fasting, a continuous 24-hour vigil at Planned Parenthood locations in the area, and an outreach program delivering pamphlets door-to-door educating people about abortion. If someone can't make it to the vigil or the outreach program on a certain day, that person prays and fasts at their home, in the car, or at work, in spiritual solidarity with those at the vigils and programs. The campaign has already closed several Planned
Parenthood abortion businesses in different states around the U.S., like Texas and Massachusetts.

When the Czestochowa youth group decided to join in this 40 Days for Life effort, we signed up for a vigil at the Planned Parenthood in Warminster, which local pro-lifers have been trying to close for years. Our hours were the 12 p.m. - 4 a.m. shift on Friday, October 26, 2007. Almost the entire youth group, along with parents, friends, and strangers, arrived; there were twenty-nine people present. Surprisingly, some people who had not been assigned to the time period showed up to pray with us. The sense of solidarity and camaderie among the pro-lifers there was amazing. Unfortunately, a strong, cold rain was falling the entire time we were there; my dad suggested it was tears from heaven falling for the babies that have been killed by abortions, and it certainly seemed that way. Let us all pray for an end to the evil of abortion in our country. One day abortion will be stopped, once and for all.

The 40 Days for Life vigil was one of the most important things we have done so far in the
Czestochowa youth group to help protect the sanctity of life. We hope to continue to fight against
abortion until the day when it ends. If you are interested, please join us!

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