Monday, October 29, 2007

Day 34: 'Big Event' recording, announcement


1,138 people from across the country joined together
last night on the 40 Days for Life "Big Event"
tele-rally and webcast, and the response has been

The speakers did a fantastic job encouraging us all to
finish strong, and we heard success stories from local
40 Days for Life leaders in:

* College Station, Texas
* Ann Arbor, Michigan
* Norwich, Connecticut
* Charlotte, North Carolina
* Buffalo, New York
* Jacksonville, Florida
* Sacramento, California
* Fargo, North Dakota

These reports clearly demonstrated how God is working
miracles all across our land.

If you were unable to join the call for any reason --
or if you just want to listen to the inspiring event
again -- we have now posted the entire audio recording
online at: <------------------

After you finish listening, please take a moment to
scroll down to the bottom of the blog posting and leave
a reply with your thoughts or feelings about the event.

At the end of the call, I made a big announcement about
how 40 Days for Life will reach a "grand finale"...


Every Saturday, there are an estimated 8,000 abortions
committed in the United States, making it the busiest
abortion day of each week.

But this Saturday, November 3 -- Day 39 of 40 Days for
Life -- is going to be different.

In addition to a big final push in each of the 80+
cities holding 40 Days for Life campaigns, we are
asking people of faith and conscience all across
America to form a simultaneous 24-hour peaceful prayer
vigil outside of every Planned Parenthood center and
abortion facility possible.

This Saturday, please take some extra time out of your
day to be one of the tens of thousands of people -- in
cities and towns all across America -- who will join
together as part of this "Unity Vigil."

Your peaceful witness can make a tremendous life-saving
impact and help make history at the conclusion of this
fall's 40 Days for Life effort!

It's easy! Here's how...

1.) Find the Planned Parenthood or abortion center
nearest to you, and identify where you can stand
in the public right-of-way to safely pray.

To find the nearest Planned Parenthood, visit:

To find the nearest abortion facility, look in
your yellow pages phone book under "Abortion."

2.) Make your personal commitment of the hours you'll
pray there between 12:01 AM and midnight on
Saturday, November 3.

3.) Ask groups, friends, family members, people from
church, and co-workers to join you in prayer as
part of that 24-hour vigil.

4.) Go out on Saturday, November 3, to participate in
what will likely be the largest coordinated prayer
presence outside of abortion facilities on one day
in American history.

5.) Praise God for all that He has accomplished
throughout these 40 Days for Life!

The finish line is in sight -- let's turn our efforts
up several notches and be sure to finish strong!

Here's your daily devotional...

Daily Devotional by: Fr. Frank Pavone


Pray that God's people may understand deeply, and live
effectively, the truth that love leads to life, and
leads us to offer our lives for one another.


"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes
from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and
knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God,
because God is love. This is how God showed his love
among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world
that we might live through him. This is love: not that
we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as
an atoning sacrifice for our sins." -- 1 Jn.4:7-10


The basis of Christianity is the Resurrection of Jesus
Christ from the dead.

Christians rejoice in the Resurrection, because it is
the victory of life not only for Christ but for each
person who believes in Him. Christ's rising from the
grave means that we too will rise from the grave!

The victory of life is also the victory of love. From
the first page of Scripture to the last, it is clear
that love leads to life. These two realities cannot be
separated, because they are rooted in the one God, who
cannot be divided.

Scripture tells us that God is love (1 Jn. 4:8).
Scripture also tells us that God is life (see Jn.14:6).
Love and life always go together.

We see this in creation. Where were you 100 years ago
today? You were nowhere; you did not exist. So why are
you here today? How were you rescued from that
nothingness you were once in? Certainly you did not ask
to be born. You weren't there to do the asking.

Certainly you did not earn it because you weren't there
to do anything that could earn it. What accounts for
the fact that you are here? We can say that your
parents came together and you were conceived and born,
and that is true. But that doesn't fully answer the
question of why you are here.

When your parents came together, there could have been
millions of possible people conceived and born, who
would have been your brothers or sisters. It didn't
have to be you!

The only ultimate explanation of why you are here is
that God loves you. He chose you to be! In fact, at
each moment He is literally loving you into existence.
If He stopped loving you for one instant, you would
fall back into the nothingness you were in 100 years
ago. Love leads to life.

This is clear also in the mystery of salvation.

St. John tells us, "This is how God showed his love
among us: He sent his only Son into the world that we
might have life through him" (1 Jn 4:9).

Christ's love for us brought Him to the cross, and this
led to the victory of life.

The cross is the best symbol of love. Love is
self-giving for the good of another person. Christ
gives His life for us, without complaining and without
counting the cost. His concern is that we might have

Having shown His love for us in this way, He instructs
us, "Love one another as I have loved you" (Jn. 15:12).
He does not say, "Love one another in whatever way you
want," but rather, "as I have loved you."

We are called to love in a way that brings forth new
life. We are called to give ourselves, without counting
the cost, that others may live.


God of love and life, we see your love manifest in the
sacrifice your Son made for our sins. Fix our eyes on
this proof of your love; fill our hearts with its
lessons for our lives.

Teach your people, day after day and choice after
choice, that love always leads to life. Give us that
greatest love that anyone can have, to lay down our
lives for our brothers and sisters, especially those
who are most vulnerable.

We pray in Jesus' Name, AMEN.


Your Brother in Christ,

David Bereit
National Campaign Director
40 Days for Life
3515-B Longmire #316
College Station, TX

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