40 Days of Life

The Westlake Village Knights supports the peaceful and educational vigil of the 40 Days of Life.

40 Days of Life page: https://www.40daysforlife.com/en/

The visible, public centerpiece of 40 Days for Life is a focused, 40-day, non-stop, round-the-clock prayer vigil outside a single Planned Parenthood center or other abortion facility in your community. It is a peaceful and educational presence.

2023 Schedule of Events

Sept 27 to Nov 5, 2023
Opening date for 40 Days of Life:

Saturday, Sept 30 @ 4PM Mass

Location: St Rose of Lima Church, Simi Valley


Procession:

Sunday, Oct 1 @ 3 pm

Location: The Planned Parenthood facility in Thousand Oaks, CA.


Rosary Walk:

Saturday, Oct 14 @ 11:30-1:30

The Knights of Columbus Council #8072 will be conducting our own annual Rosary Walk and prayer procession on Saturday October 14.

Location: The Planned Parenthood facility in Thousand Oaks, CA.

God Bless!

The 40 Days of Life Mission

The Pro-Life Stance

The Catholic Church support a “pro-life” stance on issues related to abortion, euthanasia, and other matters involving the sanctity of human life. Our “pro-life” stance is rooted in Catholic moral and theological teachings, which emphasize the intrinsic value and dignity of all human life from conception to natural death. There are several key reasons why Catholics, as a religious community, support pro-life positions:

 

Sanctity of Life:

The Catholic Church teaches that every human life is sacred and has intrinsic value because each person is created in the image and likeness of God. This belief underscores the idea that life begins at conception and continues until natural death.

 

Fifth Commandment:

Catholics adhere to the Fifth Commandment, “You shall not murder,” and believe that abortion, which intentionally ends the life of an unborn child, violates this commandment. This commandment is central to the Church’s teachings on the sanctity of human life.

 

Natural Law:

Catholic moral theology is based on the concept of natural law, which argues that certain moral principles are inherent in the nature of human beings. Protecting life, especially innocent and defenseless life, is seen as one of these fundamental moral principles.

 

Historical and Doctrinal Tradition:

The Catholic Church’s pro-life stance is rooted in centuries of theological and moral teachings. Church documents like “Evangelium Vitae” by Pope John Paul II have reaffirmed and clarified the Church’s position on life issues.

 

Theological Beliefs about Souls:

The Church’s belief in the existence of an immortal soul for each human being is another factor. We believe that each human being has a unique and eternal soul from the moment of conception, making the termination of life, such as in abortion, a grave moral concern.

 

Protection of the Vulnerable:

The Catholic pro-life stance is a commitment to protecting the most vulnerable members of society, including the unborn, the elderly, and the terminally ill. This fits into broader Catholic social teaching, which emphasizes the mission to help the poor and vulnerable.

 

Forgiveness:

Catholic teaching also emphasizes the potential for forgiveness. While the Church considers abortion as gravely sinful, it also offers avenues for repentance and reconciliation for those who have been involved in such actions.

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