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When 40 Days for Life volunteers in Arizona bring an umbrella to the vigil, it’s usually to shield themselves from the sun.

But when 40 Days for Life Outreach Director Sue Thayer visited kickoff events across the state, vigil participants brought umbrellas for a very different reason: torrential downpours and flash flooding–in Phoenix!

“We got the worst of the rain that day!” said Nancy, the Phoenix campaign leader. “But brave souls came out. I really put everything in God’s hands and said, ‘God knows what He is doing!’”

Whether it’s a deluge in the desert or the snow, ice, and freezing temperatures of winter, inclement weather can be a blessing in disguise.

Your willingness to stand and pray in the elements is a powerful sign to your community and to abortion-bound moms. That’s why more lives are saved at 40 Days for Life vigils when the weather is bad.

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Warm, sunny weather has returned to Phoenix. But much of the rest of the 40 Days for Life world is still dealing with difficult conditions.

Bundle up, out there!

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Munich, Germany

Prayer warriors in Munich battled the cold, layering on parkas, scarves, and hats.

“It’s very cold in Munich,” wrote Sanela. “But we don’t give up.”

Not only is her team persevering; it’s growing!

“We’ve got new people praying,” Sanela continued. “A new campaign has started very well.”

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Lansing, Michigan

Lansing opened the “spring” vigil with a snowstorm. But that didn’t stop families and groups of friends from hitting the sidewalks to pray for an end to abortion.

“Carol, Veronica and Laura are not afraid of the cold,” wrote the Lansing team.

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Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

— Luke 1:30-33

Heavenly Father, you have made the womb of each woman a very special place. Help us to hold fast to the sanctity of this first home of humanity, remembering the wonderful mystery, that God inhabited the womb of a young woman and came forth as the savior and deliverer of the world.

See today’s full devotional

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Shawn Carney
President/CEO, 40 Days for Life

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“Reproductive  Justice Advocates Say Abortion Ban Repeal Next Year.” As a headline,  that is pretty obnoxious, not to mention offensive.

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A  day of pro-life action for young and old alike. If we are to change the  hearts and minds of people in our communities, we must be visible. On  April 3, you will have that chance to publicly witness for the babies.

 


 

Building an Abortion-Free America
As SCOTUS Prepares to Hear Huge Abortion Case, Missouri Shows Benefits from Hospital Privilege Law: Only 7 Abortions There This Year, Gov. Says
St. Louis, MO – Gov. Mike Parson is proud of his state’s pro-life accomplishments, as he should be. His state has only one abortion facility left, Reproductive Health Services Planned Parenthood located in St. Louis — and it is facing impending closure due to a series of botched and mishandled abortions that caused serious injuries to at least four women.
Missouri is a national leader when it comes to passing laws that protect women and their unborn babies from predatory and dangerous abortion practices. Despite frequent legal challenges, these state laws have mostly held up under Constitutional scrutiny.
That includes one similar to the Louisiana law that is being challenged at the U.S. Supreme Court next week in June Medical Services LLC v. Gee, which requires abortionists to maintain local hospital privileges. This law has had a tremendous impact in Missouri.
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Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation and has become a strong voice for the pro-life movement in America. Operation Rescue is now headquartered in a former abortion clinic that it bought and closed in 2006. From there, Operation Rescue launches its innovative new strategies across the nation, exposing and closing abortion clinics through peaceful, legal means. Its activities are on the cutting edge of the abortion issue, taking direct action to stop abortion and ultimately restore legal personhood to the pre-born in obedience to biblical mandates. Click here to support Operation Rescue.
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40 Days for Life isn’t easy.

Standing vigil in front of your local abortion business might not win you any popularity contests. It’s often a thankless job.

But there’s too much at stake to wimp out!

On this week’s episode of The 40 Days for Life Podcast, we talk about:

  • why 2020 is NOT the year to sit on the sideline

  • how women and babies are counting on YOU to be courageous in helping them overcome the fear that led them to make an abortion appointment
  • the importance of putting prayer before action in the spiritual battle to end abortion

Listen in by visiting:

40daysforlife.com/dont-be-a-wimppodcast-season-5-episode-8

And then sign up to pray at your local vigil: 40daysforlife.com/location

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40 Days for Life kickoff events continue all week in cities around the world.

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Boston, Massachusetts

It was standing-room only as more than 200 pro-lifers packed a gymnasium for Boston’s kickoff event.

“Patricia Sandoval gave her powerful testimony of three abortions, working at Planned Parenthood, and ending up homeless and addicted to methamphetamines and cocaine,” said Boston vigil leader Rita.

The attendees gave rave reviews to the story of Patricia’s conversion–and a promise she made to her three aborted children that she would spend the rest of her life defending life.

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Marietta, Georgia

Suzanne and Rachel in Marietta–with heroic support from their hosts at Holy Family Church–held a MASSIVE kickoff rally with nearly 300 attendees!

At least 30 churches were represented,” Suzanne wrote.

Thanks be to God, the strong kickoff event (plus a lot of hard work behind the scenes) has led to MANY volunteers praying on the sidewalk.

“Our calendar is filling up,” Rachel said. “We pray this campaign is the last in Marietta because Planned Parenthood closes.”

Amen!

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Glasgow, Scotland

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia helped open Glasgow’s 40 Days for Life vigil–now in its fifth year.

The Archbishop responded to the popular pro-abortion argument that pro-lifers only care for women and babies until birth.

“Nonsense!” said the Archbishop. “We must rebuff such arguments and we do!”

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Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

—Matthew 6:25-26

Loving heavenly Father, help us to see the worth of all human beings by the way in which you provide for us. We would ask that you provide also the faith, grace and courage to enable us to protect that which is so precious to you.

See today’s full devotional

For life,

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Shawn Carney

President/CEO, 40 Days for Life

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February 28, 2020

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! In this time of grace, I desire to see your faces transformed in prayer. You are so flooded by earthly concerns; you do not even feel that spring is at the threshold. You are called, little children, to penance and prayer. As nature fights in silence for new life, also you are called to open yourselves in prayer to God, in Whom you will find the peace and warmth of the spring sun in your hearts. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (February 25, 2020)


This wonderful message is a call to joy! Our Lady wants us to be transformed by our prayer, freed from our earthly concerns, filled with new life and basking in the peace and warmth of the spring sun, Her Son, in our hearts. She wants us to live the joy and peace of a relationship with God. That is what our Lenten practices are meant to accomplish.

And so she tells us we must pray and do penance. It sounds quite dire, but in fact prayer and penance lead to joy!!

Let’s pray Psalm 51 together to help us respond to Our Lady’s call to prayer and penance!

Psalm 51
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to thy steadfast love;
according to thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin!
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.

Against thee, thee only, have I sinned,
and done that which is evil in thy sight,
so that thou art justified in thy sentence
and blameless in thy judgment.

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward being;
therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Fill me with joy and gladness;
let the bones which thou hast broken rejoice.

Hide thy face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from thy presence,
and take not thy holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of thy salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Then I will teach transgressors thy ways,
and sinners will return to thee.
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
thou God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of thy deliverance.

O Lord, open thou my lips,
and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.
For thou hast no delight in sacrifice;
were I to give a burnt offering, thou wouldst not be pleased.

The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Do good to Zion in thy good pleasure;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem,
then wilt thou delight in right sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on thy altar. Amen

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2020

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The first confirmed report of a baby saved at a 40 Days for Life vigil this year comes from El Paso, Texas!

That’s two in a row for El Paso, which also reported the first baby saved during last fall’s 40 Days for Life campaign.

“By 8:00 am, a young couple came out of the Hill Top abortion facility to speak to Venessa and Jackie,” said Mark, whose organization manages several area vigils.

The conversation empowered the couple to choose life!

When the facility refused to give a refund, Jackie shared that financial assistance is available to cover the payment for the cancelled abortion appointment and redirected the couple to a nearby pregnancy help center.

And that wasn’t the day’s only turnaround.

When another couple arrived for a different service, Venessa informed them that they were visiting an abortion facility.

“The lady’s face was in shock,” Venessa reported. “She said ‘oh no’ and ended up leaving.”

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A few campaigns couldn’t wait for Day 1 to hit the sidewalks. They went out early and saved babies from abortion!

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Boulder, Colorado

Saved babies are hard to come by in Boulder.

That’s because the vigil is held in front of one of the world’s most notorious third-trimester abortion facilities. Many women travel across the country for late-term abortions in Boulder and are reluctant to turn back.

But on Tuesday, prayer warriors were on hand and saved a baby from abortion–proof that prayer works even in the most difficult situations.

“They told us they changed their minds because they saw us praying,” wrote Janet. “People say that our presence praying makes couples change their minds, but until I witnessed that, I only nominally believed it.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Just after 7:00 pm the night before the campaign started, Mark in Milwaukee was standing vigil when he encountered an abortion-bound woman and her mother.

But God had other plans in mind for this family.

“Praise the Lord for HE is GOOD!” Mark said. “He showed us a save tonight. A grandmother and daughter made a great decision tonight to love their BABY!

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In those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.

— Acts 6:1

Father, in the Church’s desire to engage our communities with the Gospel, let us gain wisdom from those who have gone before us and cherish their experiences and perspectives. Help us to appreciate every soul in the body of Christ and minister properly to everybody.

See today’s full devotional

For life,

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Shawn Carney
President/CEO, 40 Days for Life

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February 27, 2020

Dear Family of Mary!

As we begin our Lenten pilgrimage, we are called by God to make a choice. It is the choice for life or for death. It is up to us. Each one of us. Do we want to accept the gift of life He has given us, or do we turn from God and His ways, which means choosing death? For truly there is only life in God, to reject Him and His ways removes us from our life source.  We have free will. It is vital we choose. Here is the first reading for today’s Mass from Deuteronomy 30:

Moses said to the people:

“Today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and doom. If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I enjoin on you today, loving him, and walking in his ways, and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees, you will live and grow numerous and the LORD, your God, will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.

If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen, but are led astray and adore and serve other gods, I tell you now that you will certainly perish; you will not have a long life on the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and occupy.

I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the LORD, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to him. For that will mean life for you, a long life for you to live on the land that the LORD swore he would give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” (Dt 30: 15-20)

Our Lady speaks in the same way in these two powerful messages:

March 25, 1996 “Dear children! I invite you to decide again to love God above all else. In this time when due to the spirit of consumerism one forgets what it means to love and to cherish true values, I invite you again, little children, to put God in the first place in your life. Do not let satan attract you through material things but, little children, decide for God who is freedom and love. Choose life and not death of the soul, little children, and in this time when you meditate upon the suffering and death of Jesus I invite you to decide for life which blossomed through the Resurrection, and that your life may be renewed today through conversion that shall lead you to eternal life. Thank you for having responded to my call…”

March 18, 2003 “Dear children! Particularly at this holy time of penance and prayer, I call you to make a choice. God gave you free will to choose life or death. Listen to my messages with the heart that you may become cognizant of what you are to do and how you will find the way to life. My children, without God you can do nothing; do not forget this even for a single moment. For, what are you and what will you be on earth, when you will return to it again? Do not anger God; but follow me to life. Thank you for being here.”
 

 

  What a blessing it is that we who hear these words are alive today. We can choose once more the gift of life God has given us and choose to support life for our brothers and sisters, from the newly conceived to the oldest among us. “I call you to make a choice. God gave you free will to choose life or death.”

Dearest Mother, help us to understand that life is a beautiful gift from God that we must choose to accept. God wants us to be partners with Him in the path of life which can only happen if we obey Him. Help us to choose life!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2020

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Saint John Paul II
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LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report

Wednesday, February 26,  2020

 To read the news, visit LifeNews.com.

Top Stories
Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” Plan Would Force Americans to Fund Abortions
President Trump Wishes Christians a Blessed Ash Wednesday: Celebrates “Christ’s Saving Love”
Just 3 Senate Democrats Voted to Protect Babies Who Survive Abortion
Vice President Mike Pence Slams Democrats for “Refusing to Babies in Their Mother’s Womb”

More Pro-Life News
Chuck Schumer: Saving Babies From Infanticide is “a Play to the Hard Right Base”
Pro-Abortion Mike Bloomberg Gets Slammed for Telling Pregnant Employee to “Kill It”
Pro-Life Democrat Quits Democratic Party Because It’s So Radically Pro-Abortion
Kellyanne Conway Blasts Feminists Obsessed With Abortion: “Stop Talking to Women From the Waist Down”
Scroll Down for Several More Pro-Life News Stories

 

Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” Plan Would Force Americans to Fund Abortions

Bernie Sanders would expand abortions if elected president.


President Trump Wishes Christians a Blessed Ash Wednesday: Celebrates “Christ’s Saving Love”

President Donald Trump wished Christians and Catholics a “peaceful and prayerful” start to the Christian Lenten season Wednesday.

Chuck Schumer: Saving Babies From Infanticide is “a Play to the Hard Right Base”

Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer dismissed a bill to protect newborns from infanticide Tuesday as a mere “play to the hard right.”

Democrat presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg has already faced intense criticism from pro-life advocates.
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Pro-Life Democrat Quits Democratic Party Because It’s So Radically Pro-Abortion

For more than 30 years, Democratic Party leaders have been trying to kick pro-lifers out of the party.

 

Kellyanne Conway Blasts Feminists Obsessed With Abortion: “Stop Talking to Women From the Waist Down”

Advisor to the president Kellyanne Conway slammed Democrats Saturday for their obsession with abortion and women voters.


Building an Abortion-Free America
List of Disgrace: These Senators Voted to Murder Abortion Survivors and Dismember Late-term Babies
Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, the Senate failed to end filibusters on two pro-life laws, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivor Protection Act.
The cloture votes, which would have ended the filibusters and brought the bills up for a full floor vote in the Senate, required 60 votes to pass.
“We knew we did not have the votes to end the filibuster before the votes were taken,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We had prayed that hearts would be touched and softened to the plight of these babies that suffer excruciating deaths, but yesterday, the hard hearts prevailed.”
One thing the votes did accomplish was to reveal exactly which Senators have such little compassion for humanity that they would vote to continue the brutality of late-term abortions on babies that can feel pain, and would turn their backs on infants born alive during failed abortions.
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About Operation Rescue®
Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation and has become a strong voice for the pro-life movement in America. Operation Rescue is now headquartered in a former abortion clinic that it bought and closed in 2006. From there, Operation Rescue launches its innovative new strategies across the nation, exposing and closing abortion clinics through peaceful, legal means. Its activities are on the cutting edge of the abortion issue, taking direct action to stop abortion and ultimately restore legal personhood to the pre-born in obedience to biblical mandates. Click here to support Operation Rescue.
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P.O. BOX 782888, WICHITA, KS 67278

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40 Days for Life starts TODAY in 507 cities around the globe.

The abortion industry’s internal data reveal that when you visit 40daysforlife.com/location, find the vigil nearest you, sign up, and go out to pray…

…the no-show rate for abortion appointments can go as high as 75%!

40 Days for Life participants in Maryland are fired up and ready to pray for an end to abortion.

More than 1,000 pro-lifers joined the Maryland March for Life Monday night.

Local vigil leaders from across the state signed up new volunteers to pray at their vigils while 40 Days for Life Board Chairman and General Counsel Matt Britton spoke to the massive crowd.

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Proposed legislation targeting unborn children in Maryland helped bolster turnout–and provided one more indicator that this year will mark a turning point in the struggle to end abortion.

Make sure 2020 doesn’t become ANOTHER Year of Infanticide!

Sign up TODAY to pray at the 40 Days for Life vigil closest to you:

https://40daysforlife.com/location

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Windsor, Ontario

Nearly a year after its theatrical release, Windsor campaign leader Laurie is still using the Unplanned film to recruit new volunteers!

She’s hosted two screenings–and still has two more to go. Attendance has been high so far with more than 150 people coming out to see the movie. Most attendees were new to the campaign.

Laurie said the film’s success in the Windsor area over the last year has opened new doors at new churches. At one of those churches, a “Signup Sunday” outreach led to more than 100 people signing up to pray.

“I am overwhelmed! This is just a complete miracle!” she said.

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Novi Sad, Serbia

Nikoleta in Novi Sad, Serbia reported that her city’s first campaign is off to a great start.

She and her team launched the vigil with an event featuring pro-life giveaways, catering, fellowship, speeches, and a question-and-answer session.

“We were so happy!” Nikoleta said.

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Blow the trumpet in Zion! Proclaim a fast, call an assembly. Gather the people, notify the congregation. Assemble the elders; gather the children and the infants at the breast … Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep and say, “Spare, O Lord, your people.”

—Joel 2:15-17

Lord, we ask for the strength, courage, wisdom, determination and stamina to carry out this mission according to Your will. Guide us, we pray, as we go forth and proclaim Your truth.

See today’s full devotional

Here again is the link to find your closest 40 Days for Life vigil:

40daysforlife.com/location

For life,

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Shawn Carney
President/CEO, 40 Days for Life

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