Catholics gathered across the street from Denver’s Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, the largest in Colorado, on Saturday for the launch of a new pro-life initiative: 40 Days for Life 365.
In doing so, Denver joined a growing list of cities in the US hosting a year-round prayer vigil in addition to a fall and spring campaign of 40 Days.
“God has shown us through tens of thousands of saved babies (i.e. miracles) that prayer is our most powerful weapon against this evil,” said Brad Maddock, one of the organizers of the Aug. 14 event and Denver Prays for Life.
“If fifteen elementary children were murdered today our community and news media would be outraged. Instead, we have become numb to this killing.”
The bilingual event began with the recitation of the Rosary, followed by several speakers, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and concluded with a Mass.
The goal of 40 Days for Life 365 is peacefully to witness to the dignity of life and pray outside a designated abortion clinic every day it is open.
The number 365 signifies a new movement to make 40 Days prayer vigils year-round, rather than fall and spring campaigns of 40 days.
Testimony at the event included the story of a woman who found healing through the post-abortion ministry Rachel’s Vineyard, and Colorado Students for Life member David Nguyen urged those present to apply the doctrine of human dignity to their everyday life.
“I found this profoundly beautiful dignity that marked each person, and I naturally wanted to protect this mark of love,” said Nguyen of a transformative experience attending the March for Life in Washington, D.C.
“I implore you all to first find in your own hearts the desire to protect the human person and second to find your own ways to manifest this.”
The event, attended by over 100 persons, ended with Mass.
While the Mass was being said, a car taking a woman to her abortion appointment turned into the Planned Parenthood parking lot and then left, electing instead to go to Marisol, a Catholic women’s clinic down the street.
The above comes from an August 17th story from Catholic News Agency.