You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother's womb. I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works! My very self you knew; my bones were not hidden from you, When I was being made in secret, fashioned as in the depths of the earth. Psalm 139:13-15
Today begins the national 40 Days for Life campaign.
This is a coordinated effort of prayer and fasting taking place in 173 cities around our country with the purpose of ending abortion. The three components are prayer and fasting, constant 24/7 vigils outside of clinics, and community outreach including encouraging healing for those who have been scarred by the tragedy of abortion. As our priest so clearly stated in his remarks about this prayer campaign on Sunday, there are many evils and issues plaguing our troubled world today but
"the slaughter of the unborn in the womb towers above all others."
We will be taking part in this effort first and foremost by praying and fasting. This is something anyone and everyone can do, whether or not your city is actively involved with coordinated vigils. Scripture tells us the story of Jesus' disciples coming to Him and asking why they were not able to drive out certain demons. Our Lord replied that there are those that can only be driven out by prayer and fasting (Matthew 17:21). This scourge needs to be driven out of our land and we are excited to be able to pray and fast along with thousands of other people for this effort. Having a forty day period of prayer and fasting is also in imitation of Our Lord Himself, going out alone in the desert. There are many other Biblical instances of major transformations occurring after forty day periods, such as Noah and Moses and so forth. We always pray and fast during Lent but I don't think I've often fasted specifically for Life. I confess my yearly Lenten penances can become sort of rote and mundane, but I will be fasting and praying passionately for this cause.
I pray hearts will be changed and become open to Life. I pray more clinics will be closed. I pray that many, many people come to understand the sanctity of human life in all of its stages. I pray that those suffering from the results of this scourge find courage to seek hope and healing and experience God's infinite mercy.
Please consider joining in this great opportunity to get on your knees for Life.
St. Michael the Archangel, Defend us in battle!