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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

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Knowing that “with God, all things are possible,” our Life Director Brother Paul Maple extends an invitation to all who are people of faith and conscience. 

The Hawaii State Council launches a new initiative for Brother Knights, families, friends, and parish communities to participate in the 40 Days for Life Challenge: PRAY | FAST | PLEDGE. 

"The 40 Days of Prayer for LIFE allows us to consciously be aware and pray for LIFE! Life issues are not a singular issue but includes the whole spectrum of human life from conception to natural death." Father Lane Akiona, Hawaii State Chaplain

The 40 Days for Life Challenge: PRAY | FAST | PLEDGE includes 40-continuous days of conscious devotion to the sanctity of life. Christ told us some demons can only be driven out by prayer and fasting. The two go hand-in- hand. Prayer keeps us rooted in the fact that it is our desire to carry out God’s will. Fasting is a sacrifice that helps us reach beyond our own limitations with God’s help. How can you participate?

PRAY: 
Make a commitment with yourself to pray everyday during the 40 Days for Life period, you have three options to choose from! Pick one, two or all three!
1. State's 40 Days for Life committee appreciates the support for those who wish to make a public statement through signing up for an hour or two to pray in front of the Planned Parenthood center in Honolulu. Those interested in signing up may do so directly at: https://www.40daysforlife.com/honolulu. Social distancing rules will apply and schedule is subject to City & County/State Covid-19 orders.
2. Concerned about traveling outside of your home? Visit the 40 Days for Life Hawaii 'Pray at Home' Sign Up list on Sign Up Genius, click this link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4caeac2da0fe3-prayer. This option allows you to schedule an hour of prayer for life at your convenience from the comfort of your home.
3. Prefer to join fellow Knights in prayer? No problem! A daily prayer Novena led by Life Director Paul Maple will run throughout the Sept 23rd to Nov 1st period. Join Brother Paul and other Brother Knights via his Gotomeeting link, listed below. This daily Novena will be at 6:00 AM HST on weekdays and at 6:00 PM HST on the weekends. 
You can also dial in using your phone. 
(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.) 
United States: +1 (669) 224-3412 
- One-touch: tel:+16692243412,,904304029# 
Access Code: 904-304-029
 
FAST:
As people of faith, we believe that when God’s people fast with a broken, repentant, and contrite spirit, our heavenly Father will hear from heaven and heal our lives, our churches, our communities, our nation, and our world. Set a personal commitment of fasting during this time. It can be as simple as fasting from your favorite cup of coffee from that not-to-be-named coffee chain or abstaining from meals for a 24 hr period. Your gesture elevates your intention to God. Because fasting is such a personal decision, know that this aspect of the challenge is at your discretion.

PLEDGE:

Pearson Place Pregnancy Resource Center is a Christ-centered ministry that empowers people to make life-affirming and healthy decisions about sex, pregnancy, and relationships through free pregnancy tests, support and individual counseling. Pearson Place, like many other centers in its field, relies greatly on the donations from generous individuals, groups and companies. Your financial help is greatly appreciated and each donation is tax deductible as a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

The Hawaii State Council challenges each Knight and/or Council to consider supporting the Pearson Place Pregnancy Resource Center through a financial pledge of $1 per day for the entire 40 Day period. $40...will you accept the challenge? 

Starting September 23rd, a direct donation link to the Pearson Place Pregnancy Center will be positioned on the homepage of our State website, kofchawaii.org. Your support is greatly appreciated and will help to provide needed services to our community.

Following the conclusion of this campaign, leadership will be forwarded the online link to form 17084 which will allow our members to report their efforts and financial support as a program of Faith in Action. 

As Catholics, we cannot look the other way when we see such violence to human life. We must pray for an end to such violence and to publicly proclaim the inherent dignity of every person in every circumstance and at every stage of life, from conception to natural death.

 

Prayer for Life
O Mary, bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, 
to you do we entrust the cause of life: 
Look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born, of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy. Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim the Gospel of life with honesty and love to the people of our time. Obtain for them the grace to accept that Gospel as a gift ever new, the joy celebrating it with gratitude throughout their lives and the courage to bear witness to it resolutely, in order to build, together with all people of good will, the civilization of truth and love, 
to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life. Amen 

Saint Pope John Paul II

40 DAYS FOR LIFE CHALLENGE: PRAY | FAST | PLEDGE

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