Defending Life in the Pikes Peak Region

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40 Days For Life Kickoff Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 1st, 2017, at 3:00pm, on the sidewalk near Planned Parenthood's Colorado Springs Westside Health Center (3480 Centennial Blvd) Prayer Warriors from all over the Pikes Peak region will kick off the Spring 40 Days For Life Campaign. Twice a year since 2007 nationwide, and since 2008 in Colorado Springs, citizens of all ages from all faith traditions and all walks of life have joined together for 40 consecutive days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion.

Since the first campaign in 2007, 40 Days for Life has held 4,535 total campaigns in 675 cities in 40 countries. Over 725,000 people have participated in these campaigns representing, among other organizations, 19,000 churches. The results have been impressive with 12,668 lives saved from abortion. In addition, 143 abortion workers have quit their jobs, and 83 abortion facilities have closed.

The leader of Colorado Springs' campaign, Michele Mason, has organized every campaign in Colorado Springs since 2008. Over the years more than 500 people have prayed and fasted resulting in over 20 lives saved from abortion. When asked why people take part, Michele said, "Most people who participate in a 40 Days for Life effort do it to save children and help mothers and fathers. They don't realize that God gives them the added benefit of profoundly changing their spiritual lives."

So if you want your prayers to make a real difference this Lent, I invite you to join me on the sidewalk. For more information or to sign up go to https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/colorado-springs/
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Sanctity of Life Sunday 2017

It was gray and cold; the weather seemed appropriate to the event at hand. It was Sanctity of Life Sunday, January 15th, 2017, and we were remembering the Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade ruling on that winter day forty-four years ago when that coldest of practices, abortion, became the law of the land. The death toll recently passed 58 million. We mourned their loss on Sunday, but we didn’t linger in the gray mood. In fact, the dominant feeling of the day was hope.

Our group of pro-life warriors represented at least three generations, our youngest participant having barely reached her 23rd birthday and our oldest in her 80s. We shared hot cocoa, home-baked cookies, and our stories of hope.

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Allies in the Battle for Life

I had the honor and privilege of attending a Holiday Open House at the Galley Road offices of Life Network in early December. One of the purposes of the open house was to bid a fond farewell to the current President and CEO of Life Network, Diane Foley, MD, and to meet and welcome the man who will take the reins in January 2017, Mr. Rich Bennett.


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Reflections from the Sidewalk, Part 3

I am feeling victorious this week. As the 40 Days for Life (https://40daysforlife.com/) Fall 2016 Campaign ended on November 6th I reflected on the difference this peaceful, prayerful vigil made in our world. Record numbers of people came out to the sidewalk to pray in 367 cities in all 50 states of the U.S. and 23 countries. We know of 717 lives that were saved in the course of the 40 days, and there is no telling how many hearts were changed. Two days later our country elected a vocal advocate for life instead of a politician bent on expanding abortion in our wounded world. While it’s true that our battle for life is not over, we can certainly celebrate this step in the right direction. Will we succeed in putting an end to abortion in our lifetime? I don’t know, but it looks better today than it did a few weeks ago. In the meantime, I’ll keep heading out to the sidewalk to pray. I hope you’ll join me.

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Reflections from the Sidewalk, Part 2

As I walked the sidewalk along Centennial Blvd in front of Planned Parenthood – Colorado Springs Westside Health Center yesterday I reflected on my experiences over the years during the 40 Days for Life prayer vigils. There have been rainy days, bitter cold days, windy days, and sunny, warm days (like yesterday). There has been one constant in my 40 Days for Life experiences: the people. While the names and faces have changed, the people with whom I’ve shared the sidewalk have, without exception, been passionate about saving women and babies from the tragedy of abortion. They have not been angry or vindictive against either the women entering the clinics or those working inside them. Rather, they have prayed intensely for EVERYONE touched by this horrible reality. They smile at me, and we nod at one another acknowledging our small part in fighting the battle against the culture of death. Some hold signs, some pray quietly, some walk, some stand, but every single one I’ve encountered has inspired me to continue coming to the sidewalk to pray. The campaign goes through November 6th, for more information go to www.40daysforlife.com.

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The Goal

What is the primary goal for any Christian?  Is it not to get to Heaven?!

Today in the State of Colorado, we face a major struggle over Proposition 106, the Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) ballot initiative.  The battle between those in favor and those against is focused on HOW one dies.  The argument for PAS is based on having the right, under certain conditions, to terminate one’s own life.  The main strategy for those arguing against PAS is to sow doubt about the implementation of Prop 106, thereby hoping the majority of voters will vote “NO” on it!  Both sides argue from a secular perspective.

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Reflections from The Sidewalk

I am relatively new to the Pro-Life Movement. In fact, for almost half my life I would have identified myself as Pro-Choice. The story of how I switched sides can come later. For now, I thought you should know me better. I recently joined the board of Pikes Peak Citizens for Life as Vice President. Most of you have been embroiled in this battle for life far longer than I have, and for that I thank you. Though I am new to the fight, I hope to show you that I am a passionate addition to the forces in the trenches.

I will never forget my first hour as a Pro-Life warrior. A friend coordinating 40 Days for Life at my parish in Northern Virginia asked me to fill a space on the schedule. As anyone who knows me at all understands, I am not good at saying 'no'. So I said 'yes'. I showed up at the appointed time and place and felt immediately awkward. The people already there seemed to know what they were doing. I did not. But, I decided I could walk and pray. So that's what I did.   I walked back and forth, the length of the sidewalk in front of the clinic praying the Rosary for my hour. I didn't talk to anyone. We weren't permitted near the entrance. But in a small way, I felt heard. I felt a part of something bigger. And I felt hope. And that hope is what keeps me coming back to The Sidewalk.

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