40 Days For Life (September 24 –
“This kind does not come out, except by prayer and fasting.” (Matthew 17:21)
September 24th, starts the 40
Days for Life, a national campaign of prayer and fasting to end abortion in
America. The aim of this campaign is to draw attention
to the evil of abortion and other life issues (such as embryonic stem cell
research, euthanasia, and cloning). The
timing of this Fall’s campaign is especially critical: it ends on November 2nd,
All Souls Day, which is also the Sunday before Election Day.
date is significant, not as an attempt to promote one political party over
another, but to draw attention to the fact that the right to life is
foundational to all other rights. As
Pope Benedict XVI said, “life is the first good received from God and is
fundamental to all others.” The Holy
Father’s words should have special importance to a country founded on the
belief that all souls “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable
Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty
and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Without life, there is no freedom
of speech, because there is no speech.
Without life, there is no freedom of religion. Without life, there is no right to vote; no
right to a fair trial; no civil rights at all – because there is no life with
which to exercise those rights.
In 1996, when Pope John Paul II found out that his home country had legalized abortion, he prophesied, “A
nation that kills its own children has no future.” This 40 Days for Life campaign is not just
about the life of the unborn, the elderly, or the handicapped – it is about the
life of our nation.
To participate in the campaign, please pray and fast
during these 40 days that God will turn hearts and minds from a culture of death
to a culture of life. There will also be
opportunities to participate in prayer vigils outside local abortion
clinics. For more information, go to http://www.40daysforlife.com/.