Friday, November 02, 2007

Day 38: The momentum keeps building!

Early this morning, I joined the faithful prayer
volunteers shivering in the 29-degree weather at the
Everett, Washington, 40 Days for Life vigil outside a
Planned Parenthood abortion facility.

Clinic workers came out to protest our presence and
tried to intimidate people by taking numerous photos of
the 40 Days for Life volunteers (I actually think that
Planned Parenthood now has a better photo album of my
family than we do :-)

Then it was down to the Seattle vigil where a big group
of prayer warriors was gathered. We prayed together,
fielded questions from passers-by, and the local people
shared the many blessings they have experienced during
40 Days for Life.

Again, Planned Parenthood had organized a protest of 40
Days for Life, wearing bright orange shirts and trying
to get people to honk in support of their abortion

After that, it was off to Tacoma. Upon arrival, more
than 75 pro-lifers were gathered in peaceful prayer and
song, despite the taunts, jeers, and yelling of just
over a dozen Planned Parenthood workers trying to
disrupt the vigil.

In every case, the pro-lifers did not respond to the
protests. They simply prayed harder -- for the lives of
the children at risk of abortion, for their mothers and
fathers, and yes, for those people who have been misled
and advocate for abortion.

I'm on my way now to join the 40 Days for Life efforts
in Olympia, and am looking forward to hearing many more
success stories.

The blessings and victories continue to add up all
across America. Here are just a couple more:


We had approximately 50 people join us this morning
between 5 - 7:30 AM. This was our largest crowd to
date! We had much success too. Two turn-arounds! We
had one husband who motioned for me to step to his
truck. I did and he wanted to tell me that his wife
has decided to keep her baby because of our group
gathered in prayer. Hallelujah! I asked if they
needed any assistance. He said thank you, but we'll
do just fine. We can make a difference! I really
think it was the children that touched this woman's
heart. They were singing, "Jesus Loves the Little
Babies. All the Babies of the World." It was


A week ago this Thursday, we had four verified saved
mom's and babies. One of the mom's went directly to
the Woman's Touch CPC for and ultra sound and was
amazed to meet her child. On the all Hallows Eve, a
7PM candle light prayer service in front of the same
facility, a car drove by and saw the service, circled
around and came back. The man said, "Thank you for
being here. Seven months ago my woman and I came by
to have an abortion several times, but you people and
a priest were always there, so we never did the deed.
We are so happy with our son, thanks, again."


Since September 26, I have been blessed to participate
in 40 Days for Life efforts in 34 of the cities, and I
have been inspired by the incredible impact of faithful
people going to the street to peacefully and lovingly
"speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves."

It's not always easy, and yes, some people may oppose
us, but it is worth it!

As we gather in record numbers for the final two days
of 40 Days for Life -- including the nationwide "Unity
Vigil" being held Saturday outside of every Planned
Parenthood facility and abortion center possible --
let's ask God to continue blessing and multiplying
these efforts!

Here's the link to the press release with details about
tomorrow's events:

And here's your daily devotional...

Daily Devotional by Fr. Frank Pavone


Pray that we fully recognize in the unborn child our
brother, our sister, and we recommit ourselves to care
for them.


"Now Cain said to his brother Abel, 'Let's go out to
the field.' And while they were in the field, Cain
attacked his brother Abel and killed him. Then the Lord
said to Cain, 'Where is your brother Abel?'

'I don't know,' he replied. 'Am I my brother's keeper?'

The LORD said, 'What have you done? Listen! Your
brother's blood cries out to me from the ground. Now
you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which
opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from
your hand." -- Genesis 4:8-11


After Cain committed the first murder in human history,
God asked him, "Where is your brother?" He replied by
saying, "I don't know."

In 1973, the Supreme Court was asked the same question,
and gave the same answer.

Unable to admit that the unborn children are our
brothers and sisters, the Supreme Court said, "We need
not resolve the difficult question of when life begins.
When those trained in the respective disciplines of
medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive
at any consensus, the judiciary, at this point in the
development of man's knowledge, is not in a position to
speculate as to the answer"(Roe vs. Wade, 410 U.S. 113,

Boil all that down to three words, and it's, "I don't

The question of when life begins, of course, is not
difficult to answer at all. The difficulty comes in
accepting the responsibility for our brother, our
sister, whose life has begun.

The same question, "Where is your brother?", is asked
of each of us today. By participating in the 40 Days
for Life, we have been answering that question each
day, going to where our brothers and sisters are
killed, and proclaiming that we have a responsibility
to them.

By all the pro-life work we will continue to do, we
likewise answer that question which reaches from one
end of human history to the other.

The question, "Where is your brother?", will be asked
at the final judgment. Each person will answer it and
be judged by it.

May we be judged to have recognized and loved all our
brothers and sisters, born and unborn.


Father, today we hear your voice, and we respond to the
question you ask each of us: "Where is your brother?"

We recognize in the unborn child our brother, our
sister, and we recommit ourselves today to care for
them. Yes, Father, you have entrusted us to the care of
one another. We rejoice that you have given us the
grace to respond.

As we work to renew our culture, we look forward to the
great day of the coming of your Son, when every eye
will see him, even of those who pierced him, and every
knee shall bend, and every tongue confess, to the glory
of God the Father, JESUS CHRIST IS LORD! Amen.


Expecting More Miracles,

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

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