In the past six years, 575,000 people have participated in 40 Days for Life worldwide. Our surveys show that for more than 30% of those volunteers, 40 Days for Life is their FIRST-EVER pro-life activity!
One thing is for sure – they all took that first step because they were all invited by someone. I was first invited to pray outside an abortion facility back in 2001 – by the woman who eventually became my wife.
Being invited is part of it – but we still have to respond and go. The first step is always the hardest. During this 40 Days for Life vigil, many people are taking that first step … and encouraging others to do the same.
Here’s the link to the list of 306 locations – find one and sign up for an hour of prayer
Bekah in Temecula says some of the couples in her bible study for young marrieds prayed at the 40 Days for Life vigil recently. “For most of them,” she said, “it was the first time they had gotten to come out and pray. It was a blessed time of praying.”
Since this is the first 40 Days for Life campaign in Temecula, Bekah said it was exciting to get a good-sized group out there.
“Praise the Lord!” she said. “We had many people honking at us, in what mainly seemed an encouraging manner” – and some of these volunteers have returned to pray again.
Fr. Edward Bresnahan of Bishop Ireton High School accompanied members of the Catholic Witness and Pro-Life Club to the 40 Days for Life vigil in Alexandria.
“We had a record school turnout,” he said. Usually, such events only draw a handful of students. Many teens, he said, seem busy with sports and other activities.
“We had about 13 kids stand up for life, and we’re just so proud of their involvement,” Fr. Bresnahan said. “They’re enthusiastic about helping again in two weeks!”
Here’s the link to today’s devotional.