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40 Days for life

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What will God accomplish when people of faith across our community unite for 40 days of prayer and fasting, pulling out all the stops to end the violence of abortion? We don’t know, but the Archdiocese of Miami is about to find out.

Ash Wednesday, 2012, marks the first of 40 days of peaceful, prayerful witness from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. outside the facilities of two abortion providers, one located in Dade and one in Broward.

Planned Parenthood        
263 N. University Dr.        
Pembroke Pines        

A Choice for Women
6660 S.W. 117 Ave.
Miami


Why 40 Days? God has used the period of 40 days throughout history to bring about major transformation:

  • Noah experienced transformation during 40 days of rain.
  • Moses was transformed by 40 days on Mount Sinai.
  • David was transformed by Goliath’s 40-day challenge.
  • Elijah was transformed when God gave him 40 days of strength from one meal. 
  • Nineveh was transformed when God gave the city 40 days to remain faithful.
  • Jesus transformed the world following His 40 days in the desert.
  • The disciples were transformed after spending 40 days with Jesus following His resurrection.

Some 422 cities in 10 nations have conducted 40 Days for Life campaigns with measurable, lifesaving results:

  • 61 documented abortion workers have quit their jobs.
  • 19 abortion providers have gone out of business following 40 Days for Life outside their doors.
  • Hundreds of women, and men, have been spared from the pain and regret of abortion.
  • Over 5,000 children have been saved from abortion; and those are just the ones we know about.
  • Many individuals with abortion experiences in their past found healing.
  • Media outlets have given the pro-life position prominent coverage.
  • People have turned back to God with renewed hope.

The state of Florida ranks third in the nation, behind New York and California, for the number of abortions being done; 106 unborn children die every day from abortion within the boundaries of the Archdiocese of Miami.

Let us make our Lenten sacrifice the time for us, with a purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life by stepping out of our comfort zones and having the courage to speak up.

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” — Quote from Dietrick BonHoeffer, one of the few church leaders who stood in courageous opposition to Hitler

It is our prayer that parishes or religious groups within the archdiocese will choose to adopt a day within our 40 Days campaign to serve as prayerful, visible witnesses for life and to help transform our community. 

  • Join Archbishop Wenski on Thursday, Feb. 23, for our 40 Days for Life “kick-off” blessing, on the grounds of the future home of Our Lady of Hope Expectant, Respect Life Ministry, on the south side of St. Thomas University and the Marian Center, 15701 N.W. 37 Ave., Opa Locka, FL 33054
  • For more information on 40 Days for Life visit: www.40daysforlife.com/miami
  • Or call: Respect Life Ministry, 954-981-2922 


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