Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
It is with a grateful heart and a firm belief in the "Culture of Life" that I ask for your heartfelt prayers, fasting and physical presence to stand up for and defend the Gift of Life. On Ash Wednesday, March 9, we will begin our fourth 40 Days for Life Campaign at Planned Parenthood in St. Cloud.
Your willingness to participate in the past has resulted in a stronger commitment to all Life issues. We have been given many graces to see clearer the need to be active, visable, and peaceful in our efforts to preserve life from conception to natural death. Since its beginning in 2007, 40 Days for Life has saved more than 3,000 babies from abortion, closed nine Planned Parenthood clinics, and had more than 300,000 people present on its 238 vigil sites praying for an end to abortion. With this active effort, we have gained new knowledge and understanding of human life.
Half truths and false information have been accepted. Our tax dollars could be used for abortion. We are thrilled to report that young people across our nation are joining our efforts for Life. Recently, Lila Rose, founder of Life Action, has exposed the aborion industry through targeted undercover operations. Life Action uses the media to build respect for life. She addresses the youth of our nation: "Be strong. This is the greatest human rights issue ever. All of us born after Roe v Wade are the survivor generation, and we will be the victorious generation. We will see an end to abortion." It is time to take action. It is time for US to do our homework. The Peaceful Prayer Vigil will take place at Planned Parenthood in St. Cloud from March 9, through April 17. Take a STAND for Life. Please contact Mary Jo Ruhland at <
, or call (320) 453-3695, or Judy Haag at
A kick-off Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at St. Augustine's Catholic Church. This year, make Lent 2011 a meaningful and memorable experience. We trust that God's grace will bring all of us to a deeper knowledge of procreation as well as renewed honor and reverence for human life.
Mary Jo Ruhland