Our community is participating in this event. We are having 40 days of prayer outside of the baby killing office. We are quiet and peaceful and prayerful. Some are participating by going to the location for an hour each week. Others more, others less, still others find they can only pray, fast and sacrifice from their homes, but all are participating in this world-changing event. My kids and I participated last Tuesday. When we arrived at the appointed location, we found a most beautiful sight. There were several homeschooling families there with their children. There were at least 30 children there. Up and down the sidewalk you could hear decade after decade of the rosary, the chaplet of Divine Mercy and spontaneous, heartfelt, intercessory prayers for the unborn, their mothers and those who make a living off of them. It is true that we protest against the killing of children in their mother’s womb, but, as the local reporter put it, you can’t rightly call us protesters. It is true that we had signs, but they were gentle and proclaimed the value of all human life. It is true that we were together, 40 or so people, but there were no chants or slogans. No one marched or paced. We were only allowed on the public sidewalk outside of the plaza and that is where we stayed. We even parked on an empty lot across the street, which is owned by a Baptist Church in town. It was quiet and peaceful and prayerful. Some passers-by shook their heads or pointed fervently at something above them using their middle finger. Many more passed by with encouraging smiles, waves or with a honk of their horn.
It is not too late to join in this effort. It’s better to offer 20 days of prayer than to shrug your shoulders and say, “I wish I’d have known,” Start now. Every bit of effort is worth it. Every bit! Go to the 40 Days website and read up on it. Then get involved. Somehow. The babies need all of us because for them it is a matter of life or death. But don’t forget, the desperate women seeking to take their child’s life need our prayers, love and support, too. And, of course, the “doctors” and their staff need us: for them it is a matter of spiritual life or death and where and how they spend their eternity.
It is a poverty to decide a child
must die so that you can live as