Day 29…Thanks to Divine Mercy Parish, individual volunteers and committed 40 Days for Life team members!

Living in the aftermath…

When you spend time on the public sidewalk, praying and witnessing to end abortion, you really get a good look at the state of our culture. Just as this photo shows the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, so do we see the devastation that legalized abortion has wreaked on our young people.

We see the differences in generations. The older people (my age and slightly older), who were actually brought up in a culture that knew right from wrong…but who rejected it wholeheartedly by embracing the sexual revolution and abortion…those people are hardened and defiant…and there is really no reaching them (outside of God’s grace, that is!).

But those who are younger, those are the ones that my heart truly goes out to. These are the souls who came of age after Roe vs. Wade, and who never knew of a time where human life was considered sacred. They grew up in an age that taught human life is only important if someone else says that it is important. This sad state leads to a sense of emptiness and hopelessness. After all, if God didn’t create us in His own image, and if He doesn’t love each and every one of us for that reason…then really…what is the point of living? The goal of existence then has to be one of two things, depending on personality type. For someone with a personality like mine, who is more passive and comfort-seeking…life becomes a constant search for happiness through pleasure. Alcohol and drugs, sensuality and entertainment…anything to distract from the meaningless that is this life. For others, who have a more aggressive personality, power and control become the driving force of life, and the search for material success is what motivates them.

It is so sad to see the damage that the loss of the awe and wonder of God, and His creation (especially human beings!) has caused in our culture. These poor young souls don’t even know how important they are to the creator of the universe!

If they only understood that the same God that keeps the planets in orbit, causes the sun to shine, the rain to fall, creates every particle of matter…from the tiniest atom to the largest galaxy…is the same God that has counted each and every hair on their heads!

If only they understood this important truth, their perspective would be completely changed! Life would then no longer be about seeking pleasure or power…it would be about loving and serving their creator. It would not be a burden to obey His laws. Rather, they would see that the moral law is our comfort and protection from all harm!

I write all this as a reminder (to myself), to have compassion on those who do not know right from wrong…those who think evil is good and good is evil. It is not their fault. They have grown up in the aftermath of a hurricane. All that is Good has been washed away. Because, really….there is nothing good except that which comes from God. And how are they to know God if no one teaches them? So, judging them or getting angry at them because of their twisted views on life, would be like walking through the devastated neighborhoods in New Orleans following Katrina, scolding people for all the trash scattered in their yards. It is not their fault.

This is why it is so important for us to be present on the sidewalk. We stand (and kneel), as a visible reminder that all human life is immeasurable precious and valuable. And we pray that God will use us to begin to rebuild a culture of life…even if it means He first needs to clear away some of the debris.

Now, on to today’s shift reports…

Peggy, Charlene & Beth report from the 7-9 shift:

Katie, Priscilla & Terri were there from 9-11:

The traffic in and out of PP was pretty average this morning. Many passersby took information, as well as a few people going in. Therese joined Priscilla, Terri and I for awhile to pray. Terri had several good conversations with people, and we got a thumbs up from a guy on a bike and no negative comments, just an eye-roll and one girl who came out and took post-abortion and abortion pill reversal info only to throw it on the ground. A man who was stopped at the red light asked if we were okay and I told him it happens all the time, which I probably shouldn’t have said because it seemed to make him discouraged. But the important thing is that she heard me mention abortion pill reversal, so if she is in the process of a pill abortion she can always look it up.

Katie

Barbara & Richard were Christ’s hands and feet from 11-1:

The sidewalk was crowded with pro-life witnesses gathered in prayer..Terri, Katie, Priscilla, Richard and me and then Bob and Cathy arrived and stayed as others left for their busy day elsewhere..A woman came up and stopped and stood with us.  She handed me a donation, said that was all she could afford, but she wanted to thank us.  She was lovely and quiet and walked quickly away.  Life on the sidewalk is always happening and quick and a mystery.  Peace.

Barbara
Richard, Bob, Cathy and John

Chris & Elsie were in charge from 1-3:

Another good day praying, in front of the ultimate sad place, for the unborn and their parents.  Again, the shift started with the sprinkling of Holy Water on the yellow semi-circle.  Today, I was joined by two fellow parishioners from  St. John Neumann, Diane and Marie.  Joyce prayed with us again, a parishioner from Our Lady of Victory in Harwick.  Tom and Dolores came from Divine Mercy parish, along with faithful John.  We prayed Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary while Elsie was a dynamo handing out, potentially, life-saving information.   As we were praying together, I looked down at the sidewalk and noticed the leaves covering the sidewalk.  I thought that, like a tree discards its leaves, little lives are discarded within the walls of PP.

Chris
Marie and Diane from St. John Neuman Parish joined Chris this afternoon.

Joe K. and Virginia closed us up in prayer from 3-5:

Holly and Hope,  mother and daughter team from Apollo were with us again for this shift.

Both are active in handing out literature, and trying to talk with persons exiting PP and foot traffickers, very helpful and pleasant.

Steve (Bob N.’s son-in-law) was also on this shift.

Several yellow cards and brochures were given out.

A gal leaving  PP, cheerfully announced “ I just had an abortion.” The driver of her ride also made a comment that was inaudible.

Its unlikely this statement was true as she was in no discomfort whatsoever, physically or mentally, and was somewhat nefarious.

Another young lady, who had been in PP for a short time, left the building and when Joe approached her to offer brochures, she stopped, listened to him, took the literature, there was no audible verbal reply and somewhat of a blank stare, but walked away with no difficulty.

Hard to believe we are close to the end,

God Bless,

Virginia

Day 28: Thanks Divine Mercy Parish, Ancient Order of Hibernians and Individual Volunteers

Have you ever lost anything and asked St. Anthony for his prayers to help you find it?

St. Anthony, St. Anthony come around…I’ve lost my keys and they can’t be found.

I just finished reading a lovely book that a lady at my church wrote titled:

Discovering St. Anthony: If you ask for Miracles

It has 60 colloquial stories about how St. Anthony found lost objects. It reminded me of the time in high school when I worked at the David Weiss jewelry counter and bought myself a claddaugh ring. I used to wear it every day and it went missing after band practice in the parking lot…a parking lot the size of a football field. It was a gray, rainy day and we had been marching all over. I realized the ring was not on my finger when I got home. My friend and I went back to the empty lot, I got out of the car and said a prayer to ask for St. Anthony’s help. I may have taken a step or two…then looked down, and the ring was literally on the ground at the tip of my shoe!!

I’m guessing many people reading this have similar stories. And it’s true, St. Anthony has a special gift for lost objects. But I was struck by the reflection our Deacon mentioned in this book. He said, “Did we ever think of praying to Saint Anthony for lost souls, for somebody that’s gone astray, somebody that needs found, that needs to be brought back to God? Maybe a meaningful use of his intercession would be to pray for lost souls. There are plenty of them around. And it would be good to put him to work doing that.”

7-9: Tracy

Today we had a few more folks onboard along with our sidewalk counselors, Greg and Steve. Karen and Charles came with me from Steubenville, Jorge accompanied Steve, and MaryJo joined us, as well.
We began our morning with the recitation of the Rosary, using the Rachel’s Vineyard meditations. Midway through, a shirtless, mentally unstable man unsteadily passed by. Thank God the weather was a bit balmy and not as cool as predicted! (That was a first for me! Usually it’s bare feet we see.)
A few couples went in. One set, a mother and her daughter, gave us a surprise. The daughter looked the part wearing sweat pants, and yet it was the MOM there for the procedure!
Another woman walked by and stopped to tell us she’d been raped by a relative when she was younger and was brought to PP for an abortion. She was in the middle of her story when, all of a sudden, she looked up at PP’s brick facade, freaked out, and bolted out into the middle of Liberty Ave. Thank God the traffic was stopped at that moment, because she was NOT looking where she was going!
One final GOOD report. Steve handed a yellow card to a passing man. He accepted it, thanking him. He said he has a 2 yr old daughter because we were here awhile back when they were looking to abort. Steve thanked him for the great news and encouraged him to let other sidewalk counselors know! He said he never refuses taking one of the little yellow cards, passing them along to others who might need the help!
Kind of a crazy early morning shift!
– Tracy


9-11: Beth

Who says prolife people don’t go the extra mile! Besides Claudia and Claudia, the regular Tuesday morning prayers, and Bill, when we arrived, we had friends from Steubenville and Scenery Hill. And later, Gretchen and Ralph from Butler arrived to pray on a very busy and sad morning at PP . Your driving and witnessing is appreciated.  -Beth


11-1: Donna

It was a busy day on the sidewalk with many going in and out. Elsie was busy handing out materials to all going in and out and all passing by. One couple that she spoke with, the woman was just so angry and wanted nothing to do with Elsie. Her boyfriend however took the information and read it and talked with Elsie for quite a while. I’m amazed how Elsie gave information to a car that pulled up and dropped someone off. She is very persistent. Patty prayed quietly and played Amazing Grace on her phone. We had a gentleman stop by and pray for a few minutes and left. May God change hearts and minds and change our culture from death to life. May we shine our lights on the sidewalk and everywhere we go.  In Jesus name I pray. Amen

-Donna

1-3: Johanna Mike & Kim

We were blessed with a warm day and the rain ceased. More importantly we had prayer warriors from Divine Mercy Parish joined us today and I know our prayers were heard!  Praise God for His presence with us and His protection and His Love!  God bless all. -Kim

3-5: Nikki

Thank you to Larry and Murphy from the Ancient Order of Hibernians for being with me on the sidewalk today!  We kept our armor on, prayed pretty much the entire time. It seemed like an emptiness or hollowness surrounded that place today. The killing was done. We saw Beatrice, the abortionist, as she left. Many other workers, whom we have seen for years and whom we pray for, we prayed for them as they left. We do our best to be obedient. The most uplifting thing that happened today was when I first arrived, the shift buddy before me, Kim, told me that she received in prayer, right there on the sidewalk, that our prayers are touching the hearts of those going in and the workers. She said she felt the Blessed Mother tell her that the souls, at the moment of their death, will remember our presence today and will repent and will be saved! Those words brought tears to my eyes. -Nikki

3 to 5 shift, Nikki with Larry and Murph

Day 27: Thanks to St. John Baptist de La Salle (Delmont) and St. Mary (Export) and St. Bonaventure/All Saints/Holy Spirit/St. Aloysius Parishes

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”  “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14

This is one of my favorite Gospel readings. Peter was terrified. He needs Jesus, then he sees Him and Jesus invites him to come, to walk on water. Courageously Peter takes him up on it. Imagine the the courage to take that first leap. Yet he does. And then…he walks on water!!!
Then like us, he loses his focus. He sees the big waves, the threats, distractions and concerns all around him. He starts to sink. Yet once again Jesus saves him as He does to us every time we are terrified, slip, fall, lose focus and start to sink. 
He invites us to come, to walk on water too. We walk on water when we take that leap and get out of bed or break away from the things of life and go to the vigil. When we reach out to those who are misguided, who feel lost, who are drowning. We see Jesus in each one’s eyes. We offer them a lifeline. We offer options and hope.  We help them walk on water. 
Come. Be not afraid. There is still time to come to the vigil if you haven’t been able to make it yet or to come again. –Tim

Here are the reports for today at the vigil starting with Sue 7-9 am:

11 AM-1 PM, Donna and Beverly:

It was a rainy quiet day on the sidewalk. Thanks to Dean for staying a few extra minutes. It was only Ken and Beverly and I. Thanks for joining on Mondays!
We had a woman come up and ask what we do to help women when they choose life. We talked to “A,” listened to her story and offered to pray with her and she said yes. She had a bad experience years ago and was very curious about what we do to help. We assured her that we make sure the woman is connected with many resources; Birthright, Genesis and Womens Choice Network as well as many of our 40 Days for Life participants will help and have a baby shower and continue to connect with the mom. We also shared information with her too about Rachel’s Vineyard.  Please pray for “A”. Thank you and God bless you.

1-3 PM, Beth and Rose:

If the rain brings such nice people, let it rain! Quiet, prayerful and soggy, the afternoon brought Patty from St. John and Paul as Rose and I prayed and spoke to a variety of people who were more inquisitive than anything else. Mostly affirmative, very little negative. Thanks God for the blessed rain and friendly people .

3-5 PM, Marie and Pete:

DAY 26: THANK YOU, Saint Regis Parish, Trafford; Assumption Parish, Bellevue; Shift Buddies Vince P., Andy L., Marie P., Jim and Cathy S.; Fuel, Carmelite Nuns of Fairfield, The Passionist Nuns, The Carmelites of Erie, The Carmelites of Latrobe; Volunteer Mary P.; and all the wonderful witnesses for life who joined us today!

Saint Joseph with the Christ Child (c. 1650)
Sebastian Martinez (1615-1667)
Prada Museum, Madrid, Spain
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https://us.magnificat.net

… that look on their little child’s face that, through a smile and a glance, manages to convey both the depth of their love and the strength of their own will.  “I love you with all my heart,” this charming toddler seems to say to his foster father, “but I am me!” Pierre-Marie Dumont. MAGNIFICAT, May 2019.

To remain chaste is a struggle to greater or lesser degree for most men their entire lives.  But chalking up this behavior to “boys will be boys” ignores the deep and varied wounds that are the inevitable consequences of this deceptively easy path. Shawn D. Carney. TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER: The 40-Day Companion to Live a Culture of Lif

Pray unceasingly for the rest of men …. Give them an opportunity therefore, at least by your conduct…. Meet their angry outbursts with your own gentleness, their boastfulness with your humility, their revilings with your prayers, their error with your constancy in the faith, their harshness with your meekness; and beware of trying to match their example. Saint Ignatius of Antioch (+ c. 107) bishop and martyr. Bishop of Antioch for forty years, Ignatius was arrested and escorted to Rome, where he died for sport in the amphitheater. MAGNIFICAT, October 2020, Saturday 10/17

Abortion bound people expect love from the $2 billion PP enterprise.  Abortion smiles warmly and mimics an aura of sympathy about a crisis pregnancy.  Actually, a “crisis pregnancy” is a child.  An abortion is a scheduled killing and removal of the body of the unborn son or daughter from the mother’s body.  Mother gets up and walks out of the building.  Abortion tosses the child’s little body into the trash – or sells its little body parts to the highest bidder. 

Where is the Father?  A father’s first reactions about a baby being on the way depends on his moral convictions and his relationship with the mother.  Did he oppose the killing, actively encourage it, demand it, stand helplessly by or not even know about it until after it happened?  Some fathers go with what the mother decides. Some fight for the life of their child. Many feel they have no say. They are right! The “head of the family” has no rights.  American laws and culture “canceled” fathers.

In a HUFFINGTON POST article, Hugo Schwyzer wrote about his response to the abortion of his child. The title – The Child Who Wasn’t: Pro-Choice Men and Abortion Grief – is the first indication of the challenges the author faces in trying to understand his abortion loss. We learn that Hugo wanted to parent their baby. Society and friends and family can collude to complicate post abortion grief. They can dismiss and even shame those who share any painful feelings or regret after abortion. Note below how the friend coldly dismisses Hugo’s grief.  The mother of his child ridicules and shames Hugo for his grief.

 “A few years ago, I had a dream that I was hiking in the hills near my family’s ranch in the Bay Area. I was alone; it was a warm spring day, golden poppies and lupine carpeted the hillsides. I came to a summit, and my late father and a young woman in her late 20s were sitting on two rocks, talking quietly. They looked up as I approached, and I knew at once that the young woman was she who was never born.”

Kevin Burke noted,

I was struck by this scene because it is very similar to one of the more moving and spiritually powerful exercises on the Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend, entitled Meeting Our Children with Christ. As participants travel in this meditation through a dark forest, they come upon rolling hills of flowers …. They then discover a great meadow where they meet their children who appear gathered in joy with the Risen Lord Jesus. I hope and pray that one day Hugo, and all men and women wounded by abortion, will make the journey to this healing meadow.

Kevin Burke, Co-Founder of Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries. Through A Mirror Dimly: Pro-Choice Men and Abortion Grief, January 2017 https://www.priestsforlife.org/kevinburke/blog/index.php/2017/01/18/through-a-mirror-dimly-pro-choice-men-and-abortion-grief/

 A man looks around for help when abortion begins to break his heart. Good News!!! Plenty of help is available.

RECLAIMING FATHERHOOD

SILENT NO MORE https://www.silentnomoreawareness.org/

PROJECT RACHEL https://www.rachelsvineyard.org/men/

RACHEL’S VINEYARD, PITTSBURGH PA – 2021 RETREATS Toni Jester 412-352-5348 toniafj1@comcast.net May 14, 2021 Friday – May 16, 2021 Sunday : November 12, 2021 Friday – November 14, 2021 Sunday

A FATHER GRIEVES THE DEATH OF HIS ABORTED SON   The parents name their child and write a letter.  Joe asked me to share his letter so parents can know there is healing after abortion. Fr. Hugo L. Blotsky, O.S.B.

My Dear John Peter,
This past weekend I did something I should have done a very long time ago. I confessed to your death by abortion. 
John, you would today be a young man of twenty. By allowing your abortion I sinned against you and against God.
Forgive me John. I was afraid.  I thought, we can always have more children later.
From that night onward I always had a “knot” in my stomach.  I could not get you out of my mind completely.
Little one, it is I who am saved by you and the mercy of God through the intercession of Jesus. You see, Little One, it is because of you that I finally sought reconciliation. Yes, I had confessed before, but I had done so to “be on the safe side” just in case what I learned was true. On Saturday as I confessed, I was crying.
Your Mother may not ever have confessed to this sin. I would ask that you through Jesus work the same miracle on Sandy that you have worked on me.  To her you represented this awesome threat to her chosen career. Please forgive her as well, John Peter. Please, my Little One, intercede for both of us through Jesus. I find it searingly ironic, Little One, that it is I who ask such favors of one whom I killed or rather, allowed to be killed. And yet I ask, Little One, for I have grown to love you in a way that is at once both deep and pure.
I see you as you might have been, a little boy running and playing, scraping your knees from a fall. I shall miss, John, all that I might have gained from your life. My Little One, John Peter, I can only now ask you to forgive me as Jesus and God have done. May you rest in the arms of God.
Dad

http://www.silentnomoreawareness.org/testimonies/testimony.aspx?ID=1116

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People hope for the company of holy men. Enjoy the lyrical beauty NEW YORK POLYPHONY so elegantly shares. Thank you, gentlemen! SICUT CERVUS. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, an Italian Renaissance composer of sacred music

SICUT CERVUS

Sicut cervus desiderat ad fontes aquarum,

ita desiderat anima mea ad te, Deus.

As the deer longs for running water,

so longs my soul for you, O God.

Psalm 42:2

NEW YORK POLYPHONY

Male classical vocal quartet based in New York City

Christopher Herbert, Steven Caldicott Wilson

Scott Dispensa, Geoffrey Silver

Saint Mary the Virgin Church, Times Square

June 2012

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NOTES FROM THE SIDEWALK

PAT M. 7-9 SHIFT MANAGER

On a rather cold morning, my brother Knights from Saint Regis in Trafford (my parish) came out in force – and it really felt so good to have them there with me.  They are:  Grand Knight, Lud S., Mike C., Albert D. (along with his wife, Yolanda), and first-time participant, Mike B.  

After introductions were made, we were led in the recitation of all four sets of mysteries of the Rosary by SB Vince (thank you, Vince!), followed by the praying of the Divine Mercy Chaplet which was led by off-duty SM, Jen M.  This took us right up to the end of our shift.  During our praying we were joined by the always faithful Bill H., two friends and brother Knights of Vince from Saint Sebastian’s (sorry, I didn’t get their names), Pat from Saint Patrick/Saint Stanislaus in the Strip, off-duty SMs Andy and Ken (who took over at 9), and Bud and Sharron from Saint Michael the Archangel.  

In all I think we had a baker’s dozen of prayers there by the time I left.  I think word is getting around that Sunday morning is by far the most peaceful, hassle-free, time of the week to come down to pray at PP.

Saint Regis Parish Knights of Columbus, plus one wife!

Bill H. and two Knights of Columbus from Saint Sebastian’s in the North Hills

Mike C., Saint Regis Knight of Columbus, off duty Shift Manager Andy, Bud and Sharon from Saint Michael the Archangel

KEN B. 9-11 SHIFT MANAGER

I have to confess that at times I believe we have one of the easier shifts in our 40 Days campaign. Sunday mornings from 9 – 11:00 AM are always peaceful on Liberty Avenue. PP is closed and there are few who pass by in these ‘Covid Times’ when few events are scheduled and fear of interacting, even in public, is the order of the day. One comment of a positive nature by someone passing: ‘Amy Barrett will help fix this’. I try to hope in the Almighty and not in mankind but it sure seems that once again God may humble the rich and powerful using the meek. A Catholic Mother of seven, with two adopted children of color. You couldn’t invent a better script.

We started the shift praying The Divine Mercy Chaplet with Pat, Vince, Jen, and members of Saint Regis Parish from the previous shift. Staying with us for our first hour were Jen, Rich and George, from The Knights of Columbus, joined in this picture with Pat and shift buddy Andy. We continued with the USCCB Rosary for Life Joyful mysteries. A beautiful meditation that encompasses all those in society touched by abortion. The Holy Rosary procession passed with several dozen participants pausing to pray for God’s Mercy on our church, our city, our nation and our world, and for an end to the destruction of innocent human life in the womb. Frequent participant for 40 days, Joe stopped to pray also.  Andy and I spent the last half hour in prayer on opposite ends of the circle until Rich and Rosanne and members of Assumption Parish arrived a little before eleven to continue the vigil.

Andy, Frequent Participant Joe and Assumption Parishioners

RICH AND ROSEANN K. 11-1 SHIFT MANAGERS

Thanks to all who came to pray and witness. It was nice to have Father Joe to stand with us. It was calm and mostly peaceful today. We just had a couple remarks from people driving by.
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Joyful Pro-Life Witness! Thank you, Assumption Parish, Bellevue

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Father Joe and Faithful Sunday Witnesses

JOE W. SHIFT MANAGER 3-5

It was a prayer filled shift with Christians alive in the faith offering themselves up to the Lord for the life of the innocents.

What a wondrous afternoon. 

Thanks to all and the peace of the Lord be with you.

Philene and Shift Buddies Jim and Cathy

Sunday Witnesses for Life Bill and John!

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And God saw that it was good.

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Day 25: Thank you to Sidewalk Advocates, Guardians for Life, St. Ferdinand RL Group, Christ our Savior Parish, gracious Volunteers, and terrific Team Members!

GUESS WHAT? YOU influence the SUPREME COURT!


Probably like many of you, I listened to hours of the hearings to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court. It was FASCINATING to see the theatre that resulted from giving politicians 30 uninterrupted minutes to speak during an election year. WOW.

One of the takeaways for me was the on and off discussion by the Senators and Judge Barrett of which Supreme Court Ruling could be described as “Super Precedent” rulings. I learned during the hearings that there are some decisions which once decided by the Supreme Court are sweeping, obvious, and NEVER challenged once decided and enacted. These include Brown V. Education that disallowed segregated schools, Marbury v. Madison that established the Justice system, and a handful of others.


SO what about Roe v. Wade?


Here’s what the INDEPENDENT reported online:

“Roe v. Wade, the landmark case making abortion legal across the country, does not meet the criteria of a “super precedent” and therefore is not settled law,” Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett said, signalling she believes it could be overturned.
The conservative federal judge made the comment under questioning by Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, a former candidate for president, who pressed the nominee in an attempt to get her to signal or outright say she favours overturning Roe.
“Roe is not a super precedent because calls for its over-ruling have never ceased,” Ms. Barrett told the senator during a debate chock full of legal jargon and focused on several hot-button election-year issues.


SIDEWALK REPORTS

7-9 AM +++ Tim, Virginia, and Sidewalk Advocates

Fr. Tim and the Guardians for Life

The crisp beautiful morning started with faithful Diane and Tom bringing all the signs and displays along with year-round Saturday sidewalk advocates Virginia and Joe.  Nikki joined us with her beautiful signs. Two men, Mike and Denis, drove over an hour from St. Michael’s in Wheeling to pray.

We were joined later by Father Tim and his faithful Guardians for Life.  Prayers were plentiful.  It was a beautiful morning. 

Tim

9-11 AM +++ Sue M and Sue D

Guardians for Life were on the sidewalk when I arrived this morning. It was wonderful to have constant prayer! St. Ferdinand’s Respect Life group signed up and started the rosary upon arriving. It was great to see our dear friends Benson and Bella along with Bella’s Dad, Michael, stand faithfully and witness with their signs. We reached out to as many women as we could and handed the resource card to many people passing by. A group of 3 waiting for the bus yelled to us for doing a good job. After yelling back, I crossed the street to give each of them yellow cards in case they know anyone needing help. The mom has 6 children and her daughter is a mom to 1. They were grateful for the information and I thanked them for their support! Bridget kneeled in continuous prayer. 

Sue D.

11 AM-1 PM +++Dean and Greg

Another International 40 Days pray-er: Iris from Puerto Rico! 

It was nice to see Barbara this morning. It had been a while since we last had sidewalk duty together. It was an otherwise quiet shift. More people than usual were accepting our yellow pregnancy support group cards.

Dean

Our heart was broken this Saturday morning as we watched a young woman in sweatpants hobble out of the PP doors, doubled over in pain, and escorted by the guard.  It was obvious she had just undergone an abortion, and had refused our offers of help, both entering and exiting the facility.  We prayed for her, both her unborn baby and this poor mother who will live with her decision for the rest of her life.  

Greg

1-3 PM +++ Fran

When I arrived, Barbara, Johanna and Marianne from Christ Our Savior Parish had already been praying for two hours.  I would have been tired but these ladies showed no signs of slowing down.  Nikki joined us very early in the shift and she, too, was going to be praying at the vigil for four hours.  Diane came along not long after to pick up the supplies.  After Diane’s car was loaded we continued in prayer starting with the Scriptural Rosary.  When we finished, Johanna had a wonderful idea.  Her car was parked curbside so she got in, opened her car windows, turned up the volume, and we sang along to the most beautiful musical rendition of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.  So many people walking by smiled and nodded in affirmation ~ so many hearts were touched.  Unfortunately, the hearts who needed our prayers most moved quickly past and into the doors of PP.  The only thing we can do is continue to pray and trust in God.  Also today, there was a very small group of protesters who gathered across the street.  Other than some unpleasant noise, they were of no consequence.  Hopefully our prayerful presence will help to soften their hearts.  And, on a more positive note, a young woman stopped to talk with us and she was saying that she feels called by God to share the Gospel with others.  Her loving gentle nature was so welcoming.  Nikki encouraged her and prayed for her to persevere in her calling.  

Fran

3-5 PM +++ Jeff and Billy

We had wonderful participation on the sidewalk today! I expected it to be just me, Billy and Jeff, but we actually had nine people during the 3 to 5 shift! A group of wonderful people, including our sidewalk advocate Joan, came all the way from Canonsburg. We were also blessed to have Karolina join us. A group of folks were holding a little rally for Biden across the street, they were trying to target us, I believe. Even though we have no political signs. We just prayed the entire time. During the first part of my shift, Johanna was there and she played the Divine Mercy song while we sang the Divine Mercy prayer. That really helped create a peaceful atmosphere to counter the protesters from across the street. Our vocalist was also back. He did not sing Lord of the Dance this time, but was singing other songs. He does have a beautiful voice, although it is very clear that he does not like us! I tell you what, pro life work is never boring! God is with us! We just have to stay with Him!

Nikki

Day 24: Thank you to St. Regis Parish, Amazing Volunteers, and Faithful Team Members!

Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins?

Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God.

Even the hairs of your head have all been counted.

Do not be afraid.

You are worth more than many sparrows.

Luke 12: 6-7

The little sparrows that hop around on the sidewalk while we’re praying at the vigil remind me of those comforting words of our Lord, shared in today’s Gospel reading.  God knows each of us intimately, down to the number of hairs on our head.  And we are worth something to Him.  Not just any something, but the ultimate Something:  the life of His own beloved Son, whom He sacrificed to save each one of us.  

That goes for each person standing outside praying. 

And each person passing by. 

And each person inside PP…including every small person carried in to be killed.  

We know all too well that our presence does not stop most of those murders from taking place.  But we also know that there is great value in being there in solidarity with those children as they lose their lives.  Each of them is worth infinitely much to our Lord.  Each of them is certainly worth our time spent praying on the sidewalk.

In case you missed it, here is the president & CEO of 40 Days for Life worldwide, Shawn Carney, making that point beautifully in a podcast.  


SIDEWALK REPORTS

7-9 AM +++ Barbara, Richard, and Rose

Friday morning’s forecast threatened rain. Rain never came … such a blessing!

PP preys on women. Plenty of young women came and went through its gaping doors.

They all looked like staff.  Staff is abortion’s prey.

Diane, Tom, Rose, Lisa, Bill, Nikki, Richard and I all shared the sidewalk bordering those voracious PP doors, together for at least a moment this early morn.

God willing, we will never surrender any of our sisters to the PP arms.

Peace, 

Barbara

9-11 AM +++ Kathy and Mark

Thanks to the above folks and also to Dan, Bill H, and St. Joseph the Worker from Swissvale ladies.
A mother and daughter stopped to share their views on abortion to Katie and me.  The mother asserted the separation of church and state as reason to keep abortion legal.  The daughter listed her reasons.  The daughter listened to me read a paragraph from Psalm 139 re God’s creation of us in our mother’s womb. Both women thanked us and politely left.
A young woman walking her dog turned around and challenged the Swissvale ladies by asking if they’ve ever adopted children and do they know their presence is contributing to the emotional pain of women who are making hard decisions?  A gentle response of “Yes, one” came from the group, but the young woman countered “You should adopt all of them!” She said some other hostile things before leaving.
Several women entered PP.  One accepted a yellow card and said she would tell her sister about it.

Kathy

11 AM-1 PM +++ Sheila and Dee

Check back soon!

1-3 PM +++ Jeannie and Elaine

Another beautiful afternoon on the sidewalks of Pittsburgh. We rejoiced at the prospect of having a pro life mom of faith join the Supreme Court today. Elaine and Marilyn, the core of the 1 to 3 team, anchored our vigil time.

We were joined by Henry who prayerfully knelt outside the circle.

 There were a few negative comments but nearly a dozen affirmations of support from passersby. We even had a couple of young Black girls ask to take a picture of the “Unborn Lives Matter” sign. God is good.

Just a reminder to everyone it is particularly chilly near Planned Parenthood — Overdress! You can always take that extra layer off but the devil will get your nose and your fingers in no time.

Jeannie

3-5 PM +++ Pat, Val, and Mike

Amy from Wexford and Mount Pleasant Presbyterian with her friend Carol from St Kilian’s in Mars

Today things were quiet on the sidewalk.  But what distressed Val and Mike (my SBs) and me was seeing three women during our time there who seemed very likely to have had abortions here today.  We prayed for their conversion of heart.

I was blessed to have Vince and Amy return (from Wexford and Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church), and even more blessed to have had them bring Amy’s friend and coworker, Carol (from St. Kilian’s in Mars), who came to pray at the vigil for the very first time.

Pat

Day 23: Thank you to the Manordale Knights of Columbus, St. Paul Seminarians, Byzantine Catholics of Pittsburgh, the Ancient Order of Hibernians of Allegheny County, and all of our other prayer volunteers!

40 Days for Life

We are CHOSEN by Our Heavenly Father!

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ
with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,
as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world,
to be holy and without blemish before him.

Ephesians 1:3-4

St. Paul tells us in the above passage that Our Father has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens. He loves us and cares for us, as a human father does- only our God does it perfectly. May we strive to trust Him as Our Father.

He has CHOSEN us to be alive.

He has CHOSEN us to exist in this moment in time.

He has CHOSEN us to be in a particular family.

He has CHOSEN us to be holy and without blemish before Him. May we strive for that.

Reports from the Sidewalk:

Nikki:

It was good to be with my faithful buddy Peggy this morning! We prayed for just about all of our two hour shift, and were blessed to be joined by three men from the Manordale Knights of Columbus in Murrysville, Vito, Dennis and Dave. There was no business happening at Planned Parenthood; only a couple workers went in and no clients. As we were praying in the stillness, I sensed that we were praying beside a sleeping beast. A beast who has gluttonized for the past two days on the bodies of precious babies and gotten drunk on innocent blood and now lays sleeping quietly. We prayed beside that beast this morning. It was inspiring to be greeted by a large group of young men from the seminary who were there to pray as I left!  May God bless them and all who come to pray today!

Thank you to Dennis, Vito and Dave from the Manordale Knights of Columbus,
who stepped in at the last minute to fill a gap in the schedule!! God bless you all!
Thank you so much to the “first shift” of seminarians from Saint Paul Seminary!
A second group came for the second hour!
Pictured with Shift Manager Judy, Pastor Joe, and Chuck. Thank you all!

Judy:

Five students from St. Paul Seminary joined us this morning for prayer. Then we were joined by two more at 10 am. They were a blessing to us with a powerful prayer presence.

Bus driver gave us the thumbs up. Many people were cordial and responded to our greetings and blessings.

Two young girls stopped to talk, and said they were going in for other services. They listened to information about free women’s services and took a card. They listened to all the information I told them about PP but went in anyway.    

Mom and daughter went in for condoms and were standing inside and facing the door. Pastor Joe kept beckoning them to come out. They did come out and looked at all the material and they were very interested and took information with them.

A couple came by for prayer for addictions and spent some time talking to us. The lady had seven children. They are coming by next week to get Bibles to help them in their spiritual journey. 

Thank you to more of our wonderful diocesan seminarians!!

Lisa:

Some potentially important things to share today. First, thank you to my wonderful prayer partners, Shift Buddy Beth Ann, Tony, Bob, Judy, and Fr. James and Deacon Paul. God bless you all!

The shift was generally peaceful for the first hour and a half. Then as we were toward the end, an unusual occurrence took place. A man and woman came around the corner from the alley, the woman dressed in black clothes and long silver gloves (photos of the couple are below). She began to pose in front of various spots around the vigil, opening up a folding hand fan that had the bold obscenity “C _ _ _” on it. The man took photos of her in each place– in front of the signs, in front of the baby models, etc. My prayer partners and I just watched and stood silent… until… they began to approach the images of the Blessed Mother. I instinctively went over and told them they couldn’t do that THERE. (I know that they can LEGALLY, but I meant, not in front of the holy images.) The woman angrily said, “Yes we can! This is a public sidewalk!” I calmly but firmly responded, “I’m just trying to defend the Blessed Mother.” She yelled back, “And I’M just trying to defend my right to choose!” I knew that this would go nowhere, so all I could do was try to cover the holy images of Our Lord and Our Lady. Of course, that meant that I’d be IN their photos, but so be it. They seemed to get a sort of sick thrill from seeing me try to protect the dignity of what is holy. As they left, Beth Ann heard the woman say, “It’s too bad we didn’t bring the guys with dresses…. but we’ll be back.”

I’m sure you all understand that all of this is perfectly legal. But none of it is appropriate. I told Nikki what we might be expecting next, and she asked that I make this publicly known on the blog- not to dissuade anyone from coming, but just to make you aware that the “sleeping beast” Nikki mentioned above seemed to be stirring a bit today. Just be on your guard, stay calm, and PRAY.

Thank you to Deacon Paul and Father James, from the Byzantine Catholic community in Pittsburgh. Their prayer services on the sidewalk are always BEAUTIFUL. Thank you again!! (And check out those beautiful vestments-and that awesome HAT!)

Thank you to Judy, who stopped and prayed for a short time. We appreciate you taking time out of your day to join us in prayer!!

The odd couple as they walked BACK for more photos…..
How about this shirt…. a teddy bear holding an axe. And words that say “KILL ALL.” Hm. Interesting.

Cecilia:

Thank you to Carolina and Mary!!

Thank you, Tony, for your prayers and your presence!!

Thank you to Shift Manager Carolyn, Fr. Jim, and Patti!!

Thank you for your faithfulness, Bill!!

Hank:

Pleasant weather and the company of faithful prayer warriors Glenn (The Most Precious Blood of Jesus), and Mike and Larry (AOH). We prayed the rosary circuit (all mysteries) during the shift, and distributed literature.  Foot traffic was light, and there were few individuals entering and leaving PP.  We had some positive comments and some negative as well.  Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.  (Rom 12:12)

Thank you to Mike and Larry (Ancient Order of Hibernians), and Glenn from Most Precious Blood of Jesus Parish!!

Today (October 15) is also a day to remember St. Teresa of Avila, a Carmelite reformer from the 16th century. She lived at a time when those in her Carmelite order were needing help to get back to what they should be about: their true Faith.

We Christians today find ourselves in a similar situation, don’t we? Let us always remember what it is to be a follower of Christ, and to live accordingly. One way to remember this is with the help of the prayer below, known as “St. Teresa’s Bookmark.” May it bring you peace as it did her.

He has CHOSEN YOU. He has CHOSEN me. May we live in the knowledge of His great love for us in CHOOSING us to be HIS.

Day 22…Thanks to St. Louise de Marillac & St. Joan of Arc Parishes, Divine Mercy Parish and many dedicated individual volunteers!

Prayer is the fire-proof suit that we wear to protect us in this battle to save precious lives at Planned Parenthood!

I have noticed lately that I just do not feel comfortable being in front of Planned Parenthood anymore UNLESS I AM PRAYING! Which is rather ironic, because when I first started leading Pittsburgh’s 40 Days for Life back in 2010…my little secret was that I really didn’t think praying was all that important. I thought that prayer was just an excuse so that we could be there and visibly witness to the injustice of abortion. I thought it was more important for us to be seen, to change hearts that way. The prayer part…well, that was just secondary.

It occurred to me when I was standing on the sidewalk this past Saturday, trying to be polite to those who wanted to engage in conversation…that I just didn’t feel comfortable. It was like being inside a burning building without protective equipment. I realized that the only way I can feel comfortable on the sidewalk is if I am praying or engaging in some sort of edifying conversation, including building up the faith of other Christians, witnessing to non-Christians, or reaching out to abortion-vulnerable parents. Prayer truly is our “protective gear” when we stand so close to the satanic flames that are spiritually enveloping that building located at 933 Liberty Avenue!

It is funny how my faith has grown, deepened and matured because of this pro-life work, and I suspect that I am not the only one! Because of the sacrifices that so many of us have made over the years, many of us have grown in our love for God.

It’s like someone who has had a baby, and has begun the exhausting task of tending to a child 24 hours a day, giving up sleep…feeding and changing them, worrying when they are sick or get hurt, etc. It is the suffering and the sacrifice that makes that child so precious to us!

If we all had nannies to take care of our children…to get up in the middle of the night to feed them and rock them back to sleep, I don’t think we would have as strong a bond with our children. Similarly, when we give ourselves completely to the Lord, and to the work that He calls us to…it is that sacrifice of time, sleep, energy, comfort, pride, etc….that bonds us more closely to Him!

Our Lord was present on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood to begin our 40-day vigil. Last Wednesday, our three rivers at the Point (along with the city of Pittsburgh) were consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Most Chaste Heart of St. Joseph. The picture above is of the sun during the consecration. I have no doubt that God is preparing our city to play a role in the amazing work of salvation that He is accomplishing through our pro-life work here!

Keep the faith, keep your protective gear on while at PP…and trust in the Lord! He will carry us through any difficult times that may be ahead. Thanks to everyone who prayed and witnessed today!

Before we go onto the shift reports from today, I want to let you know the exciting news that we will close the 40 day vigil at Planned Parenthood on November 1st the same way that we began it…with our Lord, Jesus Christ…on the sidewalk in the Blessed Sacrament! Thanks to Bishop Waltersheid and Fr. Chris Donley for making this happen! Come to the sidewalk at PP at 4:45pm on Sunday, November 1st for a short time of prayer before the Holy Eucharist, and then join our Eucharistic Procession through Pittsburgh, ending at Epiphany Church for a Mass, in thanksgiving for all of God’s blessings, protection and for all the lives that He saved from abortion during these 40 days! The Mass should begin around 5:30, or as soon as the procession gets there. CLICK HERE for a bulletin announcement/flyer with all the details!

Now…on to the sidewalk happenings from today’s vigil…

Peggy, Charlene and Beth from 7-9

Unfortunately it was busy today. One young woman took material but preceded to go in anyway. Charlene & I prayed right by the window where she was sitting. Prayer partners were very strong today. We look to the Lord to change hearts.

Peggy

Katie, Terri & Priscilla were in charge from 9-11

It was bittersweet to be back on the sidewalk after 3 weeks of quarantine. (Don’t worry, I tested negative 12 days ago so I’m not contagious anymore!!!) On the one hand I’m grateful to be able to do something to try to help put an end to this violence, but it’s heartbreaking seeing mothers refuse our offer of help. 7 or 8 people went in during my shift, although two came back out after only a couple minutes. One girl accepted literature and I was able to talk to a man whose girlfriend was having an abortion, but as far as we know neither changed their minds. We had a few positive comments and only one negative. Thank you to Andy, Pete, Nancy and Seamus from St. Louise de Marillac, Priscilla and Bill for being there to give a voice to the children today.

Katie

Faithful Barbara & Richard managed the vigil from 11-1

Andy and Katie greeted us on this balmy day just an hour before noon.  Very soon, Bob arrived. Andy led us in prayer. Later Mike, also from St. Louise de Marillac Parish came … and then Marie.  We had so many witnesses praying with us. We needed them. Women arrived one at a time and just kept coming today.   It felt relentless.  It felt very bad.   One guy called me over to the car his woman companion had just returned to from inside PP.  He asked me a series of rapid fire questions.  In the end he said I should not assume they had come for an abortion.  A woman arriving at PP for an interview told me I should get a life.  Oh, the responses that occurred to me! I kept quiet.  It was Sarah’s first time with us.  She is a Pitt grad student. Elsie and Chris came and we left.

Barbara

Chris & Elsie were the managers from 1-3

More glorious weather sent by God for today’s prayer warriors.  I started my shift by sprinkling Holy Water on the infamous yellow semi-circle.  Today, I was joined by first-timer Sara, a grad student at a local university.  Welcome, Sara!  Chris and her mother, Joyce, came from Our Lady of Victory in Harwick.  Karen and Mary Ann came from St. Valentine’s.  Tom, John, and Dolores, Wednesday afternoon regulars, joined us in praying multiple Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.  Elsie lovingly tried to hand out information to every passerby and had a long conversation with a man concerning his girlfriend who was inside PP.  Sadly, 3-4 women came out of the building during my shift with brown paper bags most likely containing abortion pills.  When two of them came out, at separate times, we paused our Rosary and dedicated the next Decade to them, their developing child, and the child’s father.  We also prayed for the abortion doctors, staff, and clients.  There were two highlights during my shift- the first, a group of small children being shepherded (like the Good Shepherd) by two women caring for them, and, the second, a mother who stopped to talk with us and her five adorable children.  I believe God sends the little children to us on the sidewalk to remind us of his precious gift of Life.  

Chris
Joyce, Karen, Chris and Mary Ann

Joe and Virginia closed us out from 3-5

It was a beautiful sunny, pleasant  afternoon, unfortunately standing in front of PP dampens any beautiful day. There was a steady amount of foot traffic this afternoon, some regular workers that usually pass by PP during these hours, but lots of new faces. We handed out several yellow cards and other leaflets. A mother-daughter team, Hope and Holly, were there before I arrived and stayed till about 5 PM.  They are from Apollo. The Mom, a nurse has been involved in pro-life  for several years, this visit was a return after some time being away from pro-life work.  Holly was very persistent in pursuing women coming out of PP (several workers), unfortunate only a very few took any information. Several young ladies wearing Florida State tee shirts were in the area, they turned out to be soccer players scheduled to play the Pitt women’s soccer team tomorrow. Tom and Diane arrived to take down the booth a little before 5.

Virginia

Day 21: Thank you Ancient Order of Hibernians, Shift Managers and Buddies!

Most of us are not hard-wired for confrontation……maybe that is why people get nervous about coming to the sidewalk to pray, we generally like to avoid confrontation and confrontation is to be expected when we put ourselves out there. There is a lot of misunderstanding by the women entering Planned Parenthood, the employees, escorts and security guards.

But really, what we are about is CARE-frontation.

We are there to Care-Front with the TRUTH…..abortion kills a living, human being.

It is destructive to the mother, the baby and everyone participating in it. But we care enough for our brothers and sisters to lovingly offer other choices. We care enough to provide rides to doctors appointments, throw baby showers, provide material assistance and walk with anyone who will walk away from the death and destruction and choose life. We care about anyone working in the abortion industry, so many prayers are said for you, and we care enough to help you find a new job!

As Christians, we are ready to go to the sidewalk and engage in Care-frontation!

ABORTIONWORKER.COM

7-9: Tracy

We began our morning together by reciting the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary, using the Rachel Rosary booklet meditations. Very helpful for helping to remain focused on our ministry here at Liberty Avenue! No group was signed up to keep us company, so it was just the three of us.

Greg and Steve were fairly busy. It seemed there were more young ladies going in than is usual on a Tuesday morning. Sadly, most looked right past them, refusing to engage at all. Greg was fortunate enough to pass info onto a brother who dropped off his sister. Maybe it’ll prove helpful later?
God’s will be done!
– Tracy

9-11: Beth

Busy day at PP. People from St. Alexis and Bible Church witnessing by prayer and handing out lots of literature.  Here’s hoping that our first time volunteers become regulars.


11-1: Fran

Although no one was able to sign-up today for the 11-1 shift, three individuals did stop by at different times to pray ~ it was good to have them with us.  Between the hours of 11am and 1pm you can usually count on a lot of traffic in downtown, both foot and vehicle, because everyone is scurrying to get their lunch.  This picture was taken at 11:34 am ~ completely deserted!  Unfortunately, the same thing could not be said for PP ~ there was a lot of traffic in and out of their doors.  Elsie and I stood on either side of the doors in order to reach as many people as possible.  Some took the literature as they entered and a few took it as they left.  Please pray that they will accept the help that was offered to them ~ there is always hope.”The real hope is not in something we think we can do, but in God, who is making something good out of it in some way we cannot see.”  Thomas Merton 


1-3: Johanna Mike & Kim

My wife Kim and Johanna were there from 1pm to 3pm. Beautiful weather. Quiet on the street. Many couples coming out with paper bags. Prayed multiple rosaries. Little interaction with customers of Planned Parenthood.


3-5: Nikki

The weather was beautiful to stand outside and pray with my faithful sidewalk partner, Larry from the Ancient Order of Hibernians.  We had a few negative encounters. One group of young women stopped by and were looking at the baby models and one of them asked me, I was on my knees praying at the time, what I thought should be done in the case of rape. I stopped praying and told her that we don’t punish the child of the criminal, and that the baby is innocent and does not deserve to be killed. She told me that she had been raped, but she was not pregnant and did not have to make that choice. I explained to her that the fact is that most women who get pregnant after rape and choose abortion end up being more traumatized from the abortion than they were from the rape. In fact, the birth of the child, whether or not they choose to parent the child, can be a way of healing, bringing something good from something bad. I don’t know if any of the seeds took root in her heart or not, but from the expressions of one or two of the other girls, I think they were thinking about it. Another young woman stopped later and was looking at the abortion pill reversal sign and she asked me why I didn’t go do something more worthwhile, didn’t I have a job? She had already taken the abortion pill and was hurting, I could tell. I told her how the abortion pill reversal works, and that it is very successful. She was not interested in listening, and walked away. Larry and I prayed the Divine Mercy chaplet and rosary for healing for so many hurting people.

Larry, Nikki, Diane

Day 20: Thanks to St. Joseph the Worker Parish and St. Bonaventure/All Saints/Holy Spirit/St. Aloysius Parishes

“Lord make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life, Amen.”

St. Francis

There is nothing I can add to that prayer. I say this prayer everyday, however, it is one thing to say this prayer and another thing to live this prayer. When we are at 933 Liberty Avenue we live this prayer. We break the darkness and bring the light of Christ to all who see our witness. We sow hope where there is despair, we understand and don’t judge and we offer options and express love.

And when we love, God smiles. -Tim

Here are the reports from today at the vigil starting with Sue 7-9 am:

9-11 am: “It was a very quiet morning at P.P. Only two people went inside. It is always so much easier to be here on  the days that they aren’t doing business.”

Thanks to Nadine, Beverly, Katie and John. They made sure that I wasn’t by myself at the vigil this morning.

Dave brought his family to pray with us today.

11-1: Thanks be to God the sidewalk was filled today with 20+ prayer warriors. Deacon Ron led prayer with his many parishioners from St. Joseph the Worker and they prayed the rosary too.  Fr. Jeremy joined in too as well as Beverly, Katie & Sharon and a family from St. Bonaventure also.  Jim, who I met a year or so ago, stopped by too. He lives close by and stops and prays often. Thank you all and God bless you. Quiet day not much activity with it being Columbus Day.  Donna

From Beth S. 1-3: “Dave from Weirton, Rose and I prayed the afternoon away with warm temperatures and sunshine (Please remind me of this in February). Only saw PP staff members going in and out. Reverend Billy joined us later, all of us praying for an end of abortion and healing from its wounds. 

From Marie H. 3-5: “Had a great group from St. Bonaventure parish along with their former pastor Fr. Sweeney. Very light sidewalk traffic. The shift was peaceful.”