Remember Pro-Life Organizations On Giving Tuesday

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As December is only less than 3 weeks away and before you know it, everyone will be rushing through the malls figuring out what to give to family, friends, and even co-workers.

On Tuesday, December 3rd is the annual Giving Tuesday initiative. Pro-lifers are asked to give to a pro-life charity.

Here is a list of some of the recommended organizations:

The Culture Project

Since 2014, The Culture Project is an initiative of young people set out to restore culture through the experience of virtue. They currently have missionaries stationed in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toledo, and Cleveland. Please help them to continue their mission here

Generation Life

Generation Life began its work in the Summer of 2000 with a weekend-long Youth Leadership Conference. Their full-time classroom outreach efforts began in the Fall of 2001.

Generation Life reaches thousands of students each year. We offer educational programs for 7th – 12th-grade students and college students in the Philadelphia area and beyond. Generation Life educators focus on spreading this message to the Greater Philadelphia Area.

The energetic staff oversees Generation Life’s multiple and varied programs including school presentations, church talks, and special events such as Eighth Grade Chastity Days, weekly and monthly prayer vigils at local abortion facilities, and the South Jersey Beach Outreach. 

You can donate to their organization here

St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation

The initial mission of the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation is to accompany and support those wounded by divorce. Ultimately, we envision a family outreach ministry that offers supportive, educational and spiritual programs/resources across the life span. They host a monthly webinar for adults and separated and divorced Catholics.

You can contribute to them here

Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia

Hard to believe that the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia had an eventful year in 2019 from events that were normal to the fallout with State Rep. Brian Sims. Thanks to the parents of one of the doxxed teens they ran a successful fundraising campaign.

You can help them continue raising funds to reach out to vulnerable women in the Greater Philadelphia area here

HOPE Pregnancy Center Philadelphia

The HOPE Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals at risk for abortion make life-affirming reproductive health decisions. We believe all life is created by God and has infinite value. Therefore, we are committed to upholding the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.

We understand that facing an unplanned pregnancy involves many difficult decisions. Factual information, paired with thoughtful consideration, is necessary in order to make an informed, responsible choice.

HOPE is here to offer confidential and non-judgmental assistance in a caring and supportive environment. Our services are available to all women without regard to age, race, religion, marital status or financial circumstances.

Learn more and give to them here

Students for Life of America

Students for Life of America (SFLA) is one of the nation’s most active pro-life organizations and the largest youth pro-life organization. We are the only national pro-life organization dedicated to training and equipping college, high school, medical, and law school students. Our approach is uniquely effective, and the methods we have developed are a combination of time-tested techniques and cutting-edge technology.

You can find out more and donate here

 

March for Life Weekend To-Do List

2019 March for Life

Do you have plans or thinking about making a long weekend in Washington, DC during the March for Life (Friday, January 24th)?

Believe it or not, there are pro-life events happening before and after the March for Life that you should consider attending. Here are just a few of the happenings before and after the march.

Thursday, January 24th

Bryan Kemper and other pro-lifers will be leading a prayer vigil outside of Planned Parenthood’s Carol Whitehill Moses Center (1225 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002).

March for Life Vigil Mass

You are invited to join the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the 2020 Opening Prayer Vigil for Life on Thursday, January 23. Mass will begin at 5:30 PM in the Great Upper Church.

The Most Reverend Joseph Naumann, Archbishop of Kansas City, KS, and Chairman, Committee on Pro-Life Activities, will be the main celebrant and homilist. Mass will be broadcast live on EWTN as well as the National Shrine’s YouTube and Facebook pages.

March for Life Conference

The March for Life Conference is designed to provide marchers with in-depth education on the yearly theme. The speakers and training sessions will provide information and training tools for marchers to go back to their communities equipped to make a difference for life. Register here

Schedule:

9:00 a.m. Keynote Address – TBA

10:00 a.m. Panel Discussion – TBA

11:00 a.m. Capitol Hill 101 – a session designed to equip marchers to meet with their Members of Congress during their March for Life trip to advocate for the sanctity of life.

Storkball 2020

You may have noticed a previous blog post regarding a banquet hosted by Save the Storks, a pro-life organization based in Colorado Springs. Learn about their event taking place the night before the march here.

Friday, January 24th

Closing Mass

In addition, on Friday, January 24th, The National Shrine will conclude the National Prayer Vigil for Life with Holy Mass in the Great Upper Church at 7:30 AM.

For a full schedule, visit here

March for Life Expo

Friday, January 24, 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. (This event is also taking place on January 22nd from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. and 23rd from 9AM to 8PM.)

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WASHINGTON, D.C., 20001

March for Life

From the March for Life’s website:

Schedule

January 24, 2020

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Musical opening
12:00 p.m. Rally Program
1:00 p.m. March up Constitution Avenue to Supreme Court and Capitol Building
3:00 p.m. After finishing marching:

  • Silent No More testimonies outside U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Advocate for life to your Representative or Senators.
  • Visit the March for Life Expo.

Location

The March for Life Rally will take place at noon at 12th St. on the National Mall, in between Madison Drive and Jefferson Drive. Following the Rally, the March will begin on Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th Streets at approximately 1:00 pm.

Travel Info

Please use the Metro to arrive at the rally site. Recommend locations: Federal Triangle, Smithsonian, Metro Center. For metro info: https://www.wmata.com/fares/smartrip/.(Check out our March for Life map — you can print off paper copies OR download the March for Life app.)

Have your metro card easily accessible, before you enter the station. Metro Stations are crowded during rush hour, and even more crowded on the March for Life, during rush hour. Keep in mind that in the Washington Metro system, you need to tap in and tap out of their fare gates. One way to alleviate long lines, and avoid the frustration of fellow metro riders is to have your metro card ready, in your hand, before you enter the line for the fare gate. Also, you do not need to wait for the gates to close after the person in front of you walks through, just ensure you tap your card to the SmarTrip target and proceed through the gate.

Important Notes

  • While walking and riding the metro in D.C., please be respectful of residents and commuters. Let’s show the nation’s capital how passionate and polite and respectful pro-lifers really are!
  • Do not leave trash or signs on the grounds of the National Mall, Supreme Court, or Capitol.
  • This is our nation’s capital and we should treat it with dignity and respect. If trash bins are full, please carry your trash or sign with you until you find an available trash bin.
  • Do not engage with counter-protesters. If they try to engage you, ignore them as best you can. However, if you are comfortable doing, so use your phone to video the situation. This is for your protection.
  • Once again, please be respectful of all people and stay focused on the cause of promoting and celebrating life, lovingly and graciously.

38th Annual Rose Dinner

The Rose Dinner is an evening of inspiration and fellowship to conclude the March for Life activities.

This year’s speakers are Sister Bethany Madonna of the Sisters of Life and Dr. William Hogan.

Sister Bethany Madonna (Keynote Speaker)

Sister Bethany Madonna entered the Sisters of Life in 2007. While attending the University of Central Florida, she had a profound encounter with the Lord, which drew her heart toward the vulnerable unborn and their mothers. After her graduation in 2006, she worked for the Respect Life Office for the Diocese of Orlando before joining her religious community. She made her final vows in 2015 and currently lives at the community’s Motherhouse, serving as the Vocation Director. She loves sharing the message of life and love.

Dr. William Hogan (Guest of Honor)

Dr. Bill Hogan began his medical career as an OBGYN in the 1960s, placing the loving care for expectant mothers and babies at the heart of everything he did, both inside and out of his practice. From serving women with crisis pregnancies in his medical practice to defending the Human Life Amendment before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dr. Hogan has fully exemplified the spirit of the pro-life movement. For this reason, the March for Life is honored to present Dr. William Hogan with the inaugural Pro-Life Legacy Award.

Learn more about the life and legacy of Dr. Bill Hogan.

Note: Tickets for the Rose Dinner are sold out and registration is closed.

Please reach out to Mary Lembke at marylembke@marchforlife.org to inquire about sponsorships or to be added to the waiting list. A small number of tickets may be available in January.

January 25th

There are several pro-life events happening around DC, including two conferences in downtown DC and at Georgetown University.

Prayer Vigil at Planned Parenthood Carol Whitehill Moses Center

Pro-lifers are welcome to pray outside of Planned Parenthood and offer life-saving alternatives.  (1225 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002) From 8AM-12PM. There will be a Jericho Walk around the perimeter of the building.

Students for Life of America Conference

This year’s theme is History Maker: Casting a Vision for a Post-Roe America.

The Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions, handed down by our Supreme Court on January 22, 1973, have shaped our nation for the last 46 years. We are drawing a line in the sand to say, “no more!”

Pro-lifers are poised on the edge of a pro-life wave that has brought us two decades of advancement in pro-life legislation, the most pro-life Presidential administration in history, more pro-life judges being appointed across the nation and to the Supreme Court, and public opinion shifting ever more to rejecting abortion. Now, we must prepare for that wave to come crashing down on the Supreme Court decision that started it all.

If we really want to see Roe reversed and if we really want to see abortion become unthinkable, then now is the time to prepare for a post-Roe nation.

Register for the conference here

Click here to learn about this year’s lineup for speakers.

Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life

Mission

The Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life strives to promote intellectually rigorous discourse on the dignity of human life. Rooted in the Catholic tradition, the Conference is named in the honor of His Eminence John Cardinal O’Connor, the late Archbishop of New York and a Georgetown University alumnus, who principally committed himself to care for the defenseless and eloquently advancing the pro-life argument. We aim to encourage discussion among men and women of all faiths and backgrounds, including students, professionals, academics, and clergy. Attendees will leave the Conference equipped with the arguments and information necessary to better promote a consistent ethic of life in their own communities.

History

Traditionally held on the day before or after the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., the Conference was founded by Georgetown University undergraduate students in January 2000 and later named in honor of John Cardinal O’Connor. Cardinal O’Connor was renowned as a champion of the unborn and the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life seeks to continue his mission. Each year, our attendees have the opportunity to hear from the nation’s leading advocates in the pro-life movement, participate in small group discussions, meet other collegiate leaders, and experience the momentum that the movement brings to our nation’s capital each year during the March for Life.

Originally created for college and high school students, the Conference now attracts students, academics, clergy, and activists from around the country to reflect on a variety of pro-life topics. The Conference has grown to be the largest collegiate pro-life conference in the United States and to host many prominent pro-life speakers, including Helen Alvaré, Dr. Robert George, Margaret Colin, Dr. Michael Pakaluk, Deirdre McQuade, Archbishop Burke, Cardinal O’Malley, Dr. Charles Camosy, Ross Douthat, Jennifer O’Neill, Mother Agnes of the Sisters for Life, the Little Sisters of the Poor, Serrin Foster, Rep. Chris Smith, Dr. Wanda Franz, Dr. Mildred Jefferson, Dr. Alveda C. King, Rep. Henry Hyde, Richard Doerflinger, Jeanne Mancini, George Weigel, and Timothy Cardinal Dolan.

To register, visit the site here.

Also, click here to learn about the myriad of speakers lined up for the conference.

More events will become available at another time. Start making your plans, network with fellow pro-lifers, and stand for life.

Christmas Shopping: Voices for Life Edition

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Oh, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Before you know it, we have family, friends, and at times, clergy or co-workers to give a Christmas present to as many will flock the malls while others will shop from the comfort of their home to avoid the hustle and bustle. Keep in mind that Small Business Saturday is the day after Black Friday. Support some of our businesses that promote morality.

We are posting a list of businesses to support as you do your Christmas shopping. We have something for everyone. Many are small businesses in the Philadelphia area while others are either nationally or globally known. I have also included well-known pro-life groups that have amazing t-shirts you can wear and initiate a loving, peaceful conversation with someone who is pro-choice of on the fence.

For Pro-Life Gear

Stand True has an amazing selection of t-shirts that range from abortion is murder to adoption. They have shirts in English and Spanish. See some of the selections here.

Pro-Life Etsy Store

Etsy.com has some amazing selection of pro-life stickers, shirts, and even other forms of clothing.

Culture of Life 1972

If you may recall, Voices for Life interviewed a new clothing line dedicated to the promotion of the culture of life. Learn more about them here. They are headquartered in West Chester, PA area. They have modest clothing for both men and women along with amazing accessories. Catch: They are counter-cultural with their proceeds going to pro-life charities as many of the regular clothing lines are supporting Planned Parenthood.

Uplift By Lily

Craig Glantz founded a store that was born from prayer and one single thought. “How can we provide a positive shopping experience that does not pollute.

Why is this important to us? There are so many stores that sell what I call “skull-fashion”. Skulls on shirts, skulls on backpacks, skulls on socks, skulls, skulls, skulls and other apparel glorifying the culture of death. While I know we all have to face our impending death, let’s not glorify it now. Let’s remain positive and strive to build each other up!
The name of our store was born out of the death (ironic as it may sound) of our second daughter, Lily Gianna Glantz, whom we lost to anencephaly in 2012.
We believe, however, that she remains always with us through intercessory prayer and is guiding us, uplifting us if you will, towards Heaven. Thus the impetus for our name and our store!
Well, that’s us in a very small nutshell and we hope you enjoy our designs and if you want to design your own product, just ask!! We can help you do that too! If we don’t currently have an item you want chances are we can obtain it! Just ask! Uplift By Lily
You can learn more about our littlest Saint Lily Gianna Glantz here: https://www.upliftbylily.com/blogs/news
You may visit the store website here
For all Catholics, here is a list of stores you can visit.
Proceeds of any purchases you make with go to Rachel’s Vineyard and Legacy of Life.
Visual Grace
Visual Grace creates artistic avenues to bring to life the true, the good, and the beautiful. With the aim of combining the mission of cultural restoration and the arts, Visual Grace promotes truth, beauty, and goodness in a way that inspires others to respond to the unique call of grace in their own lives.
Check out her amazing selections of prints and paintings here
Here are some gift ideas for a family member or loved one
Here are several book recommendations that I posted during the summer that can make amazing stocking stuffers
For those who love to put their pro-life message in their formal wear, check out my interview with Angelique Clark and Life Dress
You have plenty of gift ideas for your loved ones, pollyanna, co-workers, and even friends this Christmas.
Time to start making that giving list.

March with Seminarians from St. Charles in DC

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The following is from Steve Bozza, Director of Life and Family Office of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He shares information on the seminary leading the contingent from Philadelphia participating in the annual March for Life on Friday, January 24th. 

Dear Bus Captains and Pilgrims,

As you know, The March for Life will take place on Friday, January 24, 2020.
You are all invited to march together with our St. Charles Seminarians who will be leading the way! Attached to this email are information about our meeting place and planning details.

Also attached is registration information to obtain your parking permits for your bus to park at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

If you choose, you can register on line for the permits and send the parking permit fee separately. I hope that this will be helpful.  If you have any questions, please call the Office for Life and Family at 215-587-0500 or email us at cdoughty@archphila.org.

Thanks so much and I look forward to marching together with you and our seminarians.

Blessings,
Steve Bozza

Philadelphia Women’s Center 40 Days Recap

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The sixth 40 Days for Life Campaign concluded last Saturday at the largest non-Planned Parenthood facility in Philadelphia.

Two confirmed saves and God only knows if there were even more. Despite the number of signs stolen, a potty-mouth, man-hating, security guard, and the need to fill last-minute vacancies, pro-life were able to be present in front of the facility from Tuesday to Saturday. The sad irony is the fact many were present to see children who attend the daycare.

Take Away

Pro-lifers in the Philadelphia area are getting stronger and bolder every single day.  With their loving and peaceful presence, the hearts and minds of abortion-minded women are being changed.

Is it Over?

The answer is no. Harrisburg released a statement that 45,000 babies have been murdered at this location since 2011. We need to be bolder and vigilant for the protection of the most vulnerable in our society.

You can do that by participating in the Sidewalk Servant Campaign today. Give an hour or more a week to help moms know that there is a better way.

Stop Planned Parenthood in KCK campaign

 

Stop PP in KCK

Your witness and voice are crucial to our success!!!!!

 
Please take 2 minutes to call Mayor David Alvey’s office and respectfully ask that he publicly state that he is opposed to Planned Parenthood opening a center in KCK. A similar statement by the mayor in 2006 kept a strip club from opening in WyCo. 

 

Remember how effective your calls and emails were to Larkin & Garcia Funeral Care that resulted in canceling the lease that they had with PP on their building located at 1854 Minnesota Ave!!!!!!!

 

 

How to contact Mayor David Alvey
1. Call and leave message with his assistant at (913) 573-5010  or

2. Email Mayor Alvey at dalvey@wycokck.org .

 

Message: 

 

Mayor David Alvey,

Respectfully, I urge you to publicly state that you are opposed to Planned Parenthood opening a center in KCK.
 

I would like to ask that you email me at ronkelsey10@gmail.com with any contact efforts that you make so that I can measure the size and effectiveness of our Call to Action.

______________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Approximately 40 individuals participated in our Oct 26 prayer rally at the UG municipal building.

November Events

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It’s November. 40 Days for Life campaign has concluded. There are a few events abound for the month.

See the latest on the November Elections here. There are also some takeaways on how to fight harder for the culture of life and to unseat radical pro-abortion incumbents.

Pro-Life Union will continue it’s Newby Saturday on November 9th at 12th and Locust. Learn more here. Note: this event will occur every 2nd Saturday of the month.

The Culture Project will be hosting their Second Sunday gathering on November 10th. It starts with Sunday mass at the Basilica at 6:30 PM. After mass everyone will gather for food and drinks at Mace’s Crossing. Adults 21 and over are encouraged to attend.

The Super Bowl 52 rematch will take place on Sunday, November 17th. But a group is hosting a discussion on Theology of the Body. All fathers are encouraged to attend with their sons.

The annual Stand Up for Life Dinner will take place on Sunday, November 24th. Learn more about it here.

We hope many of you can join us any or all of the events mentioned above. Remember to pray for the faithful departed during the month of All Souls, especially of our pro-life warriors who were called home recently.

Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord. And let the perpetual light shine upon. May their souls and the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. 

 

The Elections Came and Went. Is it Over?

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Like many anxious voters, I have seen many results that either advance or setback the pro-life cause. Here is a break down of the Philadelphia area, statewide, and even national landscape.  Elections have consequences and we need to do more to get a pro-life voice on every level of government.

Pennsylvania

For the Superior Court, Megan McCarthy-King overcame a late smear campaign for a last-minute derailment of her campaign as she won a seat on the state superior court. This helps give a pro-life voice in the state court, where pro-life legislation has been instrumental in the debate since the Gov. Casey years.

Joe Gale won his bid for re-election as Commissioner of Montco.

The Bad News

The city of Brotherly Love has re-elected a Catholic in Name Only mayor by the name of Jim Kenney for another four years. Kenney has done little to defend life from the womb to the tomb. 

In some of the surrounding counties of Philadelphia, the abortion lobby has made some gains. Take for example Delaware County went from red to blue for the first time since the Civil War era. George Soro puppet Jack Stollsteimer wins the DA race in that same county.

Here are more results from the Keystone State here

New Jersey

Mike Testa wins a crucial seat in the Garden State’s 1st senate district seat. This will help challenge Gov. Murphy and his radical abortion agenda.

Kentucky

Narrowly Matt Bevin was defeated by his opponent. However, he plans to challenge it before the state legislative.

The state’s first African American Attorney General was elected.

Virginia

Virginia has flipped more seats in senate and state house blue. It was one of the states that tried to pass a late-term abortion law similar to New York’s but it failed to gain enough votes. We know that Virginia will stop it nothing to be like New York in its abortion agenda.

What Went Wrong?

I have seen very little commercials attacking the policies and ideas of those that were running on a radical left agenda that included abortion on demand. If candidates in any given party want votes, they need to conquer and harness the art of persuasion through debates, town hall meetings, and even rallies.

What Do We Do?

Is it frustrating? Yes, but we cannot lose hope or see this as a defeat. My mother once told me that every defeat will lead you closer to a big victory. We must learn from why we lost and fight harder for the pro-life cause.

The fact of the matter is that we cannot rely on a candidate to do it for us. The abortion debate will not end in the halls of Congress, the Supreme Court, the Oval Office, or even our state capital. Rather, this debate will be decided on the public sidewalks when every pro-lifer, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and secular band together and tell the abortion lobby that enough is enough.

As the 2020 elections are looming in less than a year, we need to support men and women of character. I do not just mean vote straight Republican (that party has just as many flaws as the Democrats do). Rather, we need to support those that are willing to put the people first and their self-interests in the back burner. Candidates must also be not afraid to attack the ideas of their opponents even to the point of exposing their lies and holding them accountable for their poor track record.

I believe our country is in need of a new great awakening, a spiritual revival if we want to defeat the left-wing machine in all levels of government. Prayer can begin this new awakening. Even acts of service.

The good news is you can channel your frustration by participating in peaceful demonstrations through the Sidewalk Servant Campaign. Learn how to pray, approach women entering the facility, what to say to those people passing by you and even the escorts.

Do not let the pro-life losses in your county, state, or city discourage you. Instead, let those losses channel you to work and fight harder for the defense of life.

Sidewalk Servant Campaign

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The following is from Dr. Monique Ruberu’s Facebook personal account regarding Sidewalk Servants which was posted on Saturday, November 2nd. You are encouraged to sign up for hours on a weekly basis as babies continue to be murdered in the Philadelphia area even after the 40 Days for Life campaign. 

Ok Philly prolifers… really need your help.

40daysforlife ended today… the abortion centers downtown will be celebrating next week if the sidewalks are empty…

So if you have seen unplanned – and you remember those images… please commit to covering 1 hour a month with us downtown…

If you haven’t seen unplanned – go and watch it right now!!!!!

We are currently trying to fill all the hours of week 1 of the 5-week rotation

Please let me know what hour you would like to cover if your family or pro-life, prayer group would like to cover 1 day a month and which location (777 appletree or 12th and locust)

We ask that you bring resources with you to hand out

Here are the links for quick refresher training

Search “sidewalk servants QuickStart” on YouTube.

Here is the link to make blessing bags or print pamphlets –

https://prolifeunion.org/downloadable-materials/

Here is the website for philly sidewalk servants
Sidewalkservantsphilly.com

We would love to add you to our once a week mailing list and to reserve your hour to pray!!!

From Planned Parenthood Escort to 40 Days for Life Participant

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The following is from Shawn Carney of 40 Days for Life. He shares about an amazing conversion story of a pro-choicer to a now peaceful loving prayer warrior

40 Days for Life vigils have drawn participation from all walks of life…

…young and old, women and men, life-long pro-lifers and Planned Parenthood escorts!

That’s the case in Memphis, Tennessee where a former abortion facility escort now stands vigil with the local 40 Days for Life campaign!

Your prayers on the sidewalk are unifying Christians of many different backgrounds, all coming together with a common goal of serving God and defending life.

Recently, a homeless man approached one of the Memphis vigil participants.

I saw you out here and I wanted to pray with you,” he said, telling volunteers of his vision that Planned Parenthood will be replaced by a legitimate medical facility.

With 8 babies saved in Memphis this fall, perhaps that vision will soon become a reality!

Canton, Ohio

A woman drove up to the Canton 40 Days for Life vigil and told prayer warriors to open the back door of her car.

When they did, they found “a pudgy little guy with a cute smile.”

Last year, the mother decided to have an abortion–but she couldn’t stop thinking about people praying on the sidewalk. She changed her mind and left the facility.

Vigil participants tearfully hugged the proud mom before saying goodbye.

The scene repeated itself days later when a motorist stopped at the red light and exhorted the campaign volunteers to keep up the good work. “You saved my son’s life,” she said, pointing to the back seat. “Your signs make a difference.”

Buffalo, New York
The vigil in Buffalo is held in front of a facility that delivers live children in the front–and aborts babies in the back.

Recently, a worker exited the building to criticize the vigil participants. “A woman just had a baby,” she said. “She is nursing, and your praying is bothering her.”

Delphine, who leads the campaign, was doubtful that their prayers could even be heard through the brick walls and glass block windows. Perhaps the new mother was just troubled by the idea of welcoming her bundle of joy in a facility that aborts her little one’s peers.

PRAYER AND REFLECTION

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

— 1 Peter 1:6-7

Dear Heavenly Father, we sing to You a new song, for You have done marvelous things. Forgive us when we allow circumstances to defeat us. You give power to the faint and You increase strength in those who have no might. We rest in You dear Lord, and ask You to empower us again for Your service as You work out Your plan for us and through us.