The crisp New England weather signals the arrival of two of my favorite things: New England Patriots football and the launch of our Fall 40 Days for Life campaign. And what better way to kick off both seasons than the 40 Days for Life interview with Patriots tight end and pro-life activist Benjamin Watson?
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His interview with 40 Days for Life President Shawn Carney and Campaign Director Steve Karlen includes good-natured trash talk about football: Carney and Karlen insist they’ll root for Watson, but not for the Pats. But their conversation brings us back to what is most important: protecting children. Watson, a father of seven, says between his work and his family, he doesn’t have much extra time, but he wants to spend it on what’s important.
“I don’t know how much time I have left,” he says. “None of us do. None of us know the day or the hour,” so he prioritizes, “defending children inside the womb and outside the womb.”
Comparing defending life to his football career, Watson encourages us to never get discouraged. “You start with the goal in mind. As a pro-life community, our goal is to make abortion not only illegal but unthinkable.” He notes that even when we’re tired and our efforts seem pointless, God continues to work through our witness. “We will never know in our lifetimes just how many lives we’ve saved.” He says that others will be “inspired by your courage and speak out themselves.
Join us as we kick off our fall campaign on Sunday, September 22 at 3:00 pm at Sainte Marie Parish, Montminy Hall, 378 Notre Dame Ave, Manchester, NH. We will be hosting a free showing of the Unplanned movie.
The vigil calendar is open at 40daysforlife.com/manchester.
Please join us on the sidewalk.
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