40 Days for Life
Last night my mom and I went to the candle light vigil at the sight of the 40 Days for Life site in our town. There were approximately 250 people there, to pray and beg for intercession: Strength for the ability to faithfully carry out prayer and fasting, opening of the hearts of our fellow citizens to value and protect the gift of life, for the women who find out today that they are pregnant, and are in crisis. For our ability to help these women, to reach out to them, that they may truly know they are not alone, and their babies' lives are the gift amidst the difficulties.
I admit, the vigil brought me to tears as I stood there, pregnant and vulnerable. I prayed that my baby would also be born safely into life and into baptism, that I may value and appreciate the gift I have been given in my children, and that I may truly offer myself to assist others, when already I feel bent over with responsibilities. Like Fr. Pavone says in the above video, this is my problem. Those women are my sisters, and their babies are my brothers and sisters.
It is very difficult for me to go out to the clinic to pray. I feel more acutely the cost that abortion is metting out in our society when my tiny baby is inside me, standing witness to life. I can barely make my allotted hour of prayer there, and have the resist the urge to run away. I find watching the women walking into the clinic, head down, looking afraid and nervous, heart breaking and I fear that that they may perceive my presence there, praying for them and their babies, as judgement rather than concern.
But I go when I can. I pray, I hope, I want to be there for "the least of these". I will unite my prayers and fasting with all the other people across the country who are participating in this effort to change the hearts and minds of fellow citizens regarding the value of all human life.
Here is a link to the 40 Days for Life campaign locations in our country. If you want to participate, see if you have one in your area. There are over 170 cities taking part in this outreach effort. You can also help by praying daily for all those feeling scared, alone and desperate, that they may find comfort and assistance, and peace.
40 Days for Life. Transforming one heart at a time!