A prayer volunteer in Hackensack posted a note on the 40 Days for Life blog about her first time praying in front of the abortion center.
“I didn’t get there early enough to see the customers arriving, but I was there when they were exiting,” she said. “Every woman was crying. Every one. I was not prepared for that. And this is ‘women’s rights’?”
She had another profoundly sad realization as well. “Every woman was brought in by a man. The parking lot was full of men pacing, smoking or sitting in their cars. For every abortion, there is a man — a father — presiding over the death of his child.”
She recalled the TV shows of years ago, where nervous fathers paced in hospital waiting rooms, reacting with joy when the nurse came in to say, “It’s a girl!” or “It’s a boy!”
“What a contrast to this scene,” she said, “where all these men were waiting to hear one thing: ‘It’s over,’ which is followed by taking a weeping woman home. God have mercy.” (Source)
But doesn’t that just say it all? Abortion is not about women’s rights. It’s about a very small number of feminists who have sold out to the culture of death and permitted men to dictate to women what their “choice” will be. That’s the ugly truth of it.
Abortion is not about “women’s rights”. It’s about the domination of women by perverse people.
Midpoint Announcement Rally: Sun. Oct.14, 7:00PM – 8:00 PM @ Ground Zero 65 Bank Street – Candlelight Vigil – Archbishop Prendergast to give a reflection, John Pacheco (Pro-Life Activist & Blogger), Doris G. (Helpers of God Precious Infants), Deacon Charles and Marcel Dion on Vocals! Come out for an awe inspiring event as we mark the Year of the Faith in the Pro Life Movement!Read the rest of this entry »
Midpoint Rally: Sun. Oct.14, 7:00PM – 7:45 PM @ Ground Zero 65 Bank Street – Candlelight Vigil – Archbishop Prendergast, John Pacheco (Pro-Life Activist & Blogger), Doris G. (Helpers of God Precious Infants), Deacon Charles and others.
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So today, I headed over to Ground Zero to put in my hour for my parish, St. Maurice. Took the 7AM slot as no one had signed up. When I arrived there, however, there were already two people there. Said my hellos. Hung the sign around my neck. Pulled out my rosary. And got down to business.
This hour had to be the most uneventful of all of the hours I’ve spent down at Ground Zero. An eerie silence is how I would describe it – much like the silence before the violence that an unborn child experiences. The people walking by are completely oblivious to what is going on just a few feet from them as they pass the abortuary, much like that unborn child has no clue that his sanctuary is about to be invaded and he is going to be ripped apart from head to toe.
No warning. No preparation. It was just another day in mummy’s tummy. But there would not be another day.
So remember, everyone, if nothing happens and no one notices you or really cares, if they think that you are now part of the street furniture, do not be discouraged. Rather, prayerfully unite yourselves with that innocent silence of the unborn. Your witness speaks more than you will ever know…and it will one day be the wind in the trumpet blast that blows over abortion in Canada.
God forgives, but He doesn’t forget. The time is coming soon that abortion, not the unborn, will be destroyed forever.
Today parishioners of the Annunciation of the Lord Parish in Ottawa were at ground zero to pray for an end to abortion. Many from across the city came to pray with us including Frances and Eileen who are there almost every day…more
Day 2 – Forgiveness Not Revenge September 28, 2012
It was cold and sunny at Ground Zero at about 11 am when I showed up. I brought my youngest daughter with me in a stroller. She was very good — she did not fuss for a whole hour as I walked back and forth on Bank Street. More»
Tuesday night saw the launch of the sixth 40 Days for Life Campaign here in Ottawa. The first couple of campaigns were met with great enthusiasm, but as the task set in that we were in this for the long haul, some of that participation has unfortunately waned in the last few years. The good news is that the numbers have stabilized and I believe we are going to start to grow again. Last night about 200 people attended the launch.
But the numbers, of course, are not what is important. God can move mightily with very few numbers and indeed He sometimes insists on it to achieve the victory. Remember Gideon? And so it is with the Pro-Life movement. We don’t need large numbers. We need tenacity and faith. At first the numbers will not be there, but when the time is right, we will see a flood of “converts” to the cause – those who were formally pro-abortion will turncoat and be the greatest defenders of human life. In fact, that’s exactly what is happening today in the Pro-Life movement. David Bereit and Abby Johnson are arguably the most prominent pro-life activists today and they did not come from our ranks originally. Bereit was an agnostic who stumbled on abortion while Johnson was an Planned Parenthood Clinic manager.
The Pro-Life Movement today is on the move. I don’t think that I’ve ever seen so much activity, prayer, success and hope in any other time since I’ve been activist. It’s very exciting to be on the climb to the top of the mountain. We can begin to see the peak, and that’s all we need for encouragement and perseverance.
…Right after I was introduced, two young women jumped up from a table in the back of the room. They began yelling “this is for the women,” and one of them threw a pink sparkly ballet shoe at me (fortunately, it missed).
That was the cue for another ten people to burst into the room, chanting abortion slogans. They ran around the room throwing glitter on banquet attendees while distributing brochures depicting Mary and baby Jesus along with “prayers” demanding that abortion be affordable and accessible, and that pro-lifers would “keep their vitriolic nonsense to themselves.”
Then they ran to the front of the room and locked arms around the podium, intent on shutting down the event. One young lady was yelling into what looked like a toy megaphone, which thankfully failed to work.
While I was a bit surprised by the sudden barrage, I was saddened more than anything else. As I looked at the anger and hatred in the eyes of these young people, I realized that some of them had probably experienced the pain of abortion in their own lives….(Source)
Indeed, most people who vigorously oppose us have had or participated in abortion themselves. It’s a great wound that must be healed.
Please see the announcement regarding a significant addition to the kick off rally for this coming Tuesday evening. Linda Gibbons, as you know, has spent most of the last 10 years in jail for counseling women against abortion at Toronto abortuaries. Linda will join us at ground zero and will speak for a short time.
If your pastor agrees, the following is a suggestion for the after/before mass announcements. I am really excited about the kick off and hope that with your presence we will fill the entire area at the corner of Bank and Sparks. Please do your best to spread this message. It is after all ‘hot off the press” that Linda will join us. See you there.
The other side just doesn’t understand the power of prayer. That is their great undoing. They should be very worried. This thing is going to grow and grow.
OTTAWA, Ontario, 17 September, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) Canada’s upcoming 40 Days for Life campaign will smash previous records for number of cities participating. Eighteen cities in seven provinces have signed upto pray, fast, and witness 24/7 in front of abortion clinics to end the slaughter of the youngest members of the human family.
40 Days for Life first came to Canada in 2008 in two cities, Ottawa and Halifax. Now, four years later, it has grown by leaps and bounds. The 40 Days for Life campaign runs from September 26 to November 4.
“This is the most we’ve ever had and I think the first time we’ve gone double digits,” said Wanda Hartlin, assistant coordinator for 40 Days for Life in Ottawa, to LifeSiteNews.
The campaign was named after the numerous examples in the Bible where God brought about powerful change in human history in the space of 40 days. The earth was transformed by rains and floods for 40 days while Noah was in the ark. God gave his people the Ten Commandments only after Moses was on the mountain for 40 days. Jesus began his public ministry after fasting in the desert for 40 days.
David Bereit, founder of 40 Days for Life, told youths at the Campaign Life Coalition Youth Conference last year that abortion is the “defining issue of our generation.” It is with abortion, he said, that the struggle between “good and evil, between light and dark, between heaven and hell” becomes most evident.
Hartlin said that abortion destroys human persons who are “needed pieces of God’s masterpiece puzzle.”
“When someone is born, a puzzle piece is filled in. When a child is aborted, there is a gap in the puzzle that will never be filled. Our goal for the 40 Days for Life is to pray and fast to end abortion because every human life is a precious gift from God and a special someone who has a purpose. We want every baby in the womb to be born alive.”
Hartlin said that praying for the period of 40 days “keeps awareness alive” in Canada where pre-born children have existed in a legal vacuum since 1988 when the Supreme Court of Canada struck down Canada’s abortion law.
“The abortion issue will never go away as long as babies are dying,” she said.
Mary Ellen Douglas, Ontario President of Campaign Life Coalition told LifeSiteNews that “prayer and action” are the two links that have kept Canada’s pro-life movement going for more than 30 years.
“You can’t have one without the other. You can’t have prayer without the action. Action is needed to get people moving and to keep the pro-life movement a ‘movement’. And you can’t have action without prayer. Prayer is needed to begin the action on the right foot.”
Douglas called 40 days For Life a “very good event” because it “starts people to pray and includes the action of witnessing at abortion clinics. It is prayer and action working together.”
Douglas said that Canadian participants in the 40 Days for Life campaign this year will have added urgency to their prayers as the abortion debate heats up with conservative MP Steven Woodworth’s Motion 312 heading to Parliament. The motion would establish a special committee to examine the humanity of the unborn child.
Since 2007, there have been ten coordinated 40 Days for Life campaigns that have mobilized people of faith and conscience in 440 cities across the world. More than half a million people have participated in the campaigns.
Over 5900 babies have been officially documented as being saved from abortion. A documented 69 abortion workers have quit their jobs and walked away from the abortion industry. The campaigns have seen 24 abortion clinics permanently shut down.
This 40 Day campaign begins September 26 and lasts until November 4. Be part of the greatest civil rights movement of all time!
Opening Rally: Tues. September 25, 7:00 PM @ Ground Zero 65 Bank Street.
Midpoint Rally: Sun. Oct.14, 7:00PM – details to follow.
Closing Rally: Sun. Nov. 4, 7:00PM @ Ground Zero 65 Bank Street – details to follow
Proclamation of the Word
The proclamation of the Word will take place during the hours of 11:00AM until 1:00PM each day during the Campaign across the street from, and just a little to the north of, the abortuary. We will have a podium, microphone and speaker set-up. You will need your own bible, an umbrella in case it rains and perhaps and bottle of water. Proclamation of the Word is in support of the prayer warriors and street counsellors, therefore, it will not be so loud as to disrupt their work.
If you want to participate in this unique and powerful initiative, click here to get more details (permanent link, Proclamation!, under Vigil Registration on the top menu).
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul and spirit, joints and marrow, as it judges the thoughts and purposes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
The London 40 Days for Life coordinator, Robert Colquhoun, said, “We have been totally harangued by the media with lies and intimidation.”
Indeed, the campaign has been in the middle of a media firestorm. Newspapers have published stories about 40 Days for Life participants “harassing” women outside the abortion center where the London vigil is taking place. Of course, there was no such behavior in evidence.
Vigil participants were also accused of taking pictures of women entering the facility. Also not true — they had cameras to record the people who were directing their anger at the people praying.
One newspaper had a headline with the word “intimidation” in it — right above a photo of three people quietly praying, with their eyes cast down at the pavement. The photo spoke louder than the abortion center staff’s trumped-up accusations.
Robert appeared on BBC radio’s morning news along with Ann Furedi, the CEO of BPAS, which is England’s largest abortion chain.
Robert fielded a barrage of loaded questions from the interviewer with an air of calm confidence and outlined the 40 Days for Life mission — and the necessity of a peaceful prayer presence outside the abortion facility.
An estimated 4 million listeners heard the interview.
A controversial Catholic educator who advocated students taking part in anti-abortion vigils is no longer the principal of Christ the King School.
Catholic education officials said this morning that Paula Morrison is now principal of Christ the King School, but will not discuss what has happened to former principal David Hood.
“It’s our policy not to comment on personnel matters,” said director of education Robert Praznik.
Hood was suspended with pay for more than a week in October after telling the Free Press that he planned to organize students and parents to participate in anti-abortion vigils outside the Health Sciences Centre as an official school activity. Students who voluntarily took part would receive recognition of the time towards their required community service, said Hood.
From a reader: “I’ve just heard from David Hood’s family (the pro-life principal in Winnipeg) and news isn’t good. The Archdiocese and the Catholic schools board have decided (behind closed doors) to fire Mr. Hood.”
If this is true, there should be a major backlash against the Archdiocese and the School Board. What’s the point of being a Catholic school if you’re in the tank for the pro-abort establishment?
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