"Did you fail to rescue those who were being dragged off to death, those tottering, those near death, because you said, "We didn't know about it?" Surely, the Searcher of hearts knows and will repay all according to their deeds." (Proverbs 24:11-12)
40 Days for Life is a national, ecumenical prolife effort that consists of 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion and peaceful vigil outside abortion facilities. The campaign is run twice a year -- once during Lent, and once in the fall -- in hundreds of cities across the country.
The upcoming Lenten campaign will run from February 13 – March 24, 2013 in hundreds of cities including six Massachusetts locations – Attleboro, Boston, Haverhill, Lynn, Springfield, and Worcester -- and you are invited to join in this spiritual work of mercy.
Incredibly, we are in the 40th year of abortion on demand in our country, fueled by a culture that has lost track of God's plan for sexuality. This evil in our midst demands faith in action, and as Christians, our action has to be both peaceful and prayerful. By participating in 40 Days for Life, praying outside an abortion facility, we stand in the gap, shoulder to shoulder, in public defense of the Culture of Life. As the Body of Christ, we cannot afford to be on the sidelines in this spiritual battle, especially right before a critical election.
When we pray in front of an abortion facility, we demonstrate clearly that we do not accept the deadly "solution" offered to women who find themselves pregnant in a difficult situation. Our presence reminds passersby what is going on inside the building they drive by every day. Our presence gives teens and young women who don't really want to have an abortion the encouragement to explore other options and make the choice for life. Season after season we see that, when caring people are praying on the sidewalks, a number of young mothers walk away from their abortion appointment and accept the help they need to give their baby life.
Given how entrenched abortion has become in our society, we can at times fall prey to the temptation to think that this evil will always be with us. If we do so, we deny God's promise to us: "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land"(2 Chr 7:14). During the upcoming 40 Days for Life campaign, we will bring to God in prayer the tremendous evil of abortion in our community and ask Him to change hearts and minds and lead all people to the saving power of Christ. We will pray for those who work in the abortion industry as well as for the many women and men who've been hurt by abortion.
We hope you will consider being a part of 40 Days for Life this Lent. Participation in the campaign can take many forms: praying at one of the public vigils, remembering the campaign in your daily prayers, fasting in support of the campaign, etc. But of course the most visible is the public vigil. We need people who are willing to take a public stand. If you would be interested in covering a block of time at the vigil, you can pick the day and time that work best for you.
Join us, and take a stand for life.
40 Days for Life locations in Massachusetts for the Spring 2013 campaign:
40 DAYS FOR LIFE – ATTLEBORO, MA
Four Women, Inc.
150 Emory St.
40 DAYS FOR LIFE – BOSTON, MA – **new campaign!!**
1055 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
40 DAYS FOR LIFE – HAVERHILL, MA
Merrimack Valley Women's Health Services
288 Groveland Street
Haverhill, MA 01830
40 DAYS FOR LIFE – LYNN, MA
Rev. Paul McManus
North Shore Women's Center
40 DAYS FOR LIFE – SPRINGFIELD
Planned Parenthood of League of Massachusetts
40 DAYS FOR LIFE – WORCESTER
Sandra Kucharski, Communications Coordinator, email@example.com
or Lee Crowley, Church Coordinator, 508-887-1064
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
You can be part of 40 Days for Life no matter where in Massachusetts you live!
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