Ottawa’s participation in the powerful international 40 Days for Life Campaign of prayer, fasting and public prayer vigil, Sept 24 to Nov 2, 2014 has begun.
Registrations for a one-hour public prayer vigil across from 65 Bank Street can be made at the following site www.40daysottawa.eventbrite.ca or by advising the CLC office at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling, 613-729-0379 for assistance.
There are still many openings to fill for uncommitted days Friday, Sept 26th and Tuesday, Sept 30th.
The Proclamation Calendar and the coordinator of the Calendar, Deacon Chuck Fink, can be reached through the following link: www.40daysottawa.blogspot.ca See upper left-hand side of the 40 Days Ottawa blogspot page to connect to the Proclamation Calendar.
There is also a 40 Days for Life Ottawa Facebook page that is updated regularly and has photos of the Kick-Off Rally at www.facebook.com/40days4lifeottawa
A few words that I offered to the rather encouragingly larger crowd assembled:
“Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”
Why is it, do you think, that there are those who persecute people who seek righteousness? It is, I suppose, in one sense, a great mystery as all sin is a great mystery. And yet, if we look deeper into why abortions happen, we can see that at its root is pride, as it is with all sin. Continue reading
We celebrate the conclusion of the 40 Days for Life campaign – a time of prayer and fasting to end abortion. Join us at the closing rally, Sun Nov 3 at 7 pm at the corner of Bank and Sparks Streets. for information call Campaign Life Coalition 613-729-0379.
We are happy to announce that Archbishop Terrence Prendergast will be present. As well we will have sharings from Doris Gagnon, head of sidewalk counselling and director of Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, Amy Beaudoin, currently doing her co-op placement at Campaign Life Coalition and John Pacheco, our communication advisor.
This Sunday, October 20, we are holding the 40 Days for Life mid-point rally at 7:00 pm at the corner of Bank and Sparks Streets. Join us as we have now reached the half-way point of our 40 days. We are pleased to have on hand, local activist, Frances Wilkinson and pro-life hero recently released from jail, Linda Gibbons.
For more information call Campaign Life Coalition at 613-729-0379
(Mrs) Wanda Hartlin
Campaign Life Coalition Ottawa
Assistant Co-ordinator, 40 Days for Life Ottawa
Meditate well on this: Seek God above all things. It is right for you to seek God before and above everything else, because the majesty of God wishes you to receive what you ask for. This will also make you more ready to serve God and will enable you to love him more perfectly (St. Paschal).
So this past year has been rather brutal for me and my family on almost every front imaginable. If I was a paranoid religious nutter, I would say the Devil was out to get me. Like no kidding. Consequently, blogging took a back seat and so did many of my “priorities”…which was kind of good in a way because sometimes we all need that holy two-by-four right upside the head to check us back to reality.
Anyhow, the past several months have been extremely frustrating for me because I could not do my activist gig as I wanted. I was like a helpless by-standard, paralyzed to do much of anything. That’s why the blog went quiet. But sometimes that’s a good thing ’cause God wants to show us that “you ain’t all that”. This Summer was particularly painful for me personally, as I met with some serious rejection which I had to deal with.
I finally got out to the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil on Wednesday for an hour and a bit. I’ve been anxious to go because I felt I wanted to share my small suffering of rejection with that unborn child – although my small experience with rejection is nothing like that unborn child feels when he or she meets with the ultimate rejection.
When you are praying at Ground Zero, remember to unite your suffering with that of the unborn. We all go through suffering in life, and more times than not, the suffering we are feeling is, in some fashion, being experienced by that unborn child. If you do, your time there will be exponentially more significant for you personally and for your sacrifice while there in prayerful witness.
It’s our sliver to that unborn child’s Cross.
Below, a father and his two children who took over from my shift.
The next 40 Days for Life campaign starts tomorrow in 306 locations … with more than 20 brand-new cities on board for the first time:
Six years ago, when 40 Days for Life was first launched as a coordinated effort, our national director David Bereit and I were hoping 20 cities would take part. But God moved people in 89 cities to join that campaign. Continue reading