Monday, September 22, 2008

Are you participating in 40 Days for Life?

A timely reminder from my friend Elizabeth Kathryn Gerold Miller who blogs at The Divine Gift of Motherhood.
During October we celebrate Respect Life Month. The 40 Days for Life program is a time of fasting, prayer, and increased vigil and community outreach for the pro-life cause.
The Official 40 Days for Life starts on September 24 and ends on Nov. 2.]
This year a group of us have decided to take it to the next level, praying fervently for the election of a pro-life President and Vice President. We will act during the 40 Days for Life as we would during Lent, making sacrifices, and eating on Wed. and Fri. as we would on Fridays during Lent. We will continue this fast until the Presidential Election.
I encourage everyone to look at the website to find out what kick-off events might be going on in a city near you for 40 Days for Life. Also, keep in mind the gospel for this week. The owner of a vineyard went out to find laborers at 9:00, 12:00, 3:00, and 6:00. At the end of the day, those who started work in the evening were paid as much as those who started working in the early morning. “Your ways are not my ways. . .Last shall be first, and first shall be last.” I always took this passage to mean our final reward in heaven would not be dependent on how long in life you served Christ; as long as you turned to Him in the end you would receive everlasting life. But in the context of this time of prayer, I interpret it to mean that you can join in the fast as any time. Keep telling your friends about it, and even if they join in at day 39 or 40 their prayers will do the Lord’s work.
I will be participating in my local effort in Norwich, CT, and will be posting on it here.

4 comments:

Elizabeth Kathryn Gerold-Miller said...

My friends will also be praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet every day at 3:00. I could not commit to that particular time but will pray it as time allows during the day or in the evening.

Esther said...

Yes. Honolulu is finally participating!

Leticia said...

Wonderful, Esther, it's great to think you will be in solidarity with the rest of us!

Lee Strong said...

I'll be taking part here in Rochester NY.