Day 41: Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow! And thank you to all of YOU!

40 Days for Life

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On a Sabbath Jesus went to dine
at the home of one of the leading Pharisees.
He said to the host who invited him,
“When you hold a lunch or a dinner,
do not invite your friends or your brothers or sisters
or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors,
in case they may invite you back and you have repayment.
Rather, when you hold a banquet,
invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind;
blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.
For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Luke 14:12-14

 

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Why would anyone do this?  Why help others who have no way of repaying?  Why give of ourselves and expect nothing in return?

I think it comes down to one word:  LIBERTY.

But 933 Liberty Avenue is a location with a misnomer.

A better address might be “933 Sadness Street,” or “933 Regret Road,” or “933 Prisoner Place.”  Being a prisoner of one’s past… being a person filled with sadness or regret… this is NOT what the Lord wants for any of His people.  And yet, so many WILLINGLY step through those doors in pursuit of one thing: LIBERTY.

Perhaps they desire liberty from the shackles of parenthood… or from the guilt of an illicit sexual relationship… or from the financial burden that a new life might create.  There might be many things they want to “liberate” themselves from, but they don’t know that the very facility they are entering- with that hope of liberty- is the place that will make them forever BOUND (not free) with guilt, regret, avoidance, sadness, pain, and many other things.

At 933 Liberty Avenue, true liberty is a LIE.

Jesus, however, brings us HOPE.  He tells us that He has come that we might have LIFE, and have it to the FULL  (cf. John 10:10).  St. Paul tells us that “it is for FREEDOM that Christ has set us free” (Galatians 5:1).

 

For generations, Lady Liberty has stood as a sign of hope for those who seek freedom, who seek liberty.  So yes, she is one important sign of liberty:

 

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But…. if I may…. I think THIS one is a BETTER sign of true liberty and freedom:

 

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And because we are Christians- those who follow Jesus Christ- we follow Him and His example.  So rather than saying to the abortion-bound couple, the abortion worker, or the post-abortive couple, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed!” (cf. James 2:16), instead we must say, as the Gospel above reminds us,

“I INVITE you into true freedom.”

And while 933 remains a killing facility, that liberty will NOT be found on Liberty Avenue.

 

And so we invite.

 

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Last evening (Sunday), we held our closing rally to close our 40-day vigil.  Thank you to all who came all during these 40 days.  This was a celebration of life… and several lives (at least three) were saved this vigil alone!  Praise God!

 

Some photos from our prayer on the sidewalk:

 

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Photos from the time of fellowship

at Catholic Charities:

 

Nikki is an amazing campaign director!! What would we do without you??
Nikki is an amazing campaign director!! What would we do without you??

 

Nikki's husband Joe as our MC. Thank you, Joe!! What a guy!!
Nikki’s husband Joe as our MC. Thank you, Joe!! What a guy!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nikki made all the Shift Managers a beautiful gift. It was a booklet with all the stories of all the lives saved at PP in Pittsburgh from 2011-2017. What a wonderful and encouraging gift!! Thank you, Nikki!!
Nikki made all the Shift Managers a beautiful gift. It was a booklet with all the stories of all the lives saved at PP in Pittsburgh from 2011-2017. What a wonderful and encouraging gift!! Thank you, Nikki!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nikki gives one of the booklets to Tom and Diane. Thank you, Tom and Diane, for all of your hard work!!
Nikki gives one of the booklets to Tom and Diane. Thank you, Tom and Diane, for all of your hard work!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In return, the Shift Managers give a gift to Nikki. We can’t thank you enough, and we love you!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wonderful people....
Wonderful people….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

....Thank you ALL!!
….Thank you ALL!!

 

 

 

Al and Sally, our favorite pro-life veterans, still going strong. Praise God!!
Al and Sally, our favorite pro-life veterans, still going strong. Praise God!!

 

 

Others who spoke at Catholic Charities:

 

 

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Benson, a high school sophomore, who inspired us ALL with his testimony and his love for life!! Thank you, Benson!!

 

 

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Kathy L. spoke to us about Sidewalk Advocates. Thank you, Kathy!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meredith shared information about the Magee Project. Thank you for all you do!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pastor Bryan, explaining how he holds his hand up to Planned Parenthood in prayer. Thank you for all you do on the sidewalk!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And what a lovely surprise- Pastor Bryan got married to Rose!! Congratulations!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rose shares her experiences…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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…. And so does Cil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Al graciously reminds us of the many bumper stickers he has available for free, for any who want to take them and use them. Thank you, Al, for your generosity!!
Al graciously reminds us of the many bumper stickers he has available for free, for any who want to take them and use them. Thank you, Al, for your generosity!!

 

And last but not least, Bill shares with us about his complete HEALING from arthritis!!!! Praise God!!!
And last but not least, Bill shares with us about his complete HEALING from arthritis after his time in prayer on the sidewalk!!!! A man with the gift of healing prayed over him, and it is gone!! Praise God!!!

 

Thank you again to all who attended this special event, and especially all those who gave of their time to come and join us in prayer.  Let us remember what we are about…. PRAYER.  And let us remember Whose we are…. HIS.  And let us bring others- INVITE others- to know Him too…. especially those on the sidewalk and inside that building.  Despite Liberty Avenue’s name, the Lord Jesus is the ONLY one who can make them truly FREE.

 

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Day 40: Thank you, Catholic Charities; St. Regis Catholic Church, Trafford; Holy Trinity Ukranian Catholic Church, Carnegie; Individual Prayer Volunteers

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 War memorial cemeteries are built

 to honor those who have sacrificed their lives during the war.

America’s Wars (1775 -1991)

216 years

651,031 Battle Deaths

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America’s Abortions (1973 – 2015)

42 years

58,586,256 Baby Deaths

Where is the cemetery families can use to bury the body of their aborted child?

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Ordinarily when a family member dies the rest of the family has a grief process.  If successful, the grief process “closes the wound.”

Our culture resists, and is even hostile to, admitting the reality that abortion kills a child, a member of a family.

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America permits abortion to

kill their child

wound the mother

strip the parental rights of the father.

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If a man’s pregnant partner seeks to have an abortion, the father’s consent isn’t legally required.

A woman may choose to terminate a pregnancy against the objections of the father.

The father does not have a legal right to be notified of an abortion.

If a prospective mother seeks to abort a pregnancy against a father’s wishes, an attorney may be able to draft an agreement where the father agrees to pay the costs of pregnancy and obtain full custody after birth.

http://family.findlaw.com/paternity/fathers-rights-and-abortion.html

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Arthur Shostak (Bachelor of Science, 1958, Cornell University; Ph.D., 1961, Princeton)  accompanied his partner to a well-groomed suburban abortion clinic in the early 1970s.

They had both agreed abortion was best.

Sitting in the waiting room proved to be a “bruising experience”.

When he left the clinic, he was shocked by how deeply disturbed he had become.

Shostak spent the next ten years studying the abortion experience of men. His study, published in 1984, covered 1,000 men who accompanied their wives or girlfriends to abortion clinics. This study is still the benchmark study in the field.  Here are some of his discoveries.

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BIG BOYS DON’T CRY

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Abortion rewrites the rules of masculinity.

While a man is expected to be strong, abortion makes him feel weak.

A man is expected to be responsible.  Abortion encourages him to act without concern for the innocent.

It encourages him to destroy any identifiable and undesirable outcomes of his sexual decision making and/or attachments.

They feel sad.  They feel curious.  They feel a lot of things.

But usually they have talked to no one about it.  It is taboo.

More than one in four equated abortion to murder.

Slightly over 80 percent said they had already begun to think about the child that might have been born.

29 percent said they had been fantasizing about the child “frequently”.

68 percent believed men involved in abortions “did not have an easy time of it.”

47 percent worried about having disturbing thoughts afterwards.

Many men began to cry during the interview.

When asked if the man and woman should have an equal say in the decision, 80 percent of married men agreed.  Fifty-eight percent of single men agreed.

Many expressed frustration and anger about the failure of women to consider their wishes and feelings.

In a subsequent interview Shostak said:

Most of the men I talk to think about the abortion years after it is over.

With a man, if he wants to shed a tear, he had better do it privately.

If he feels that the abortion had denied him his child, he had better work through it himself.

He does not share his pain with a clergyman, a minister.

He does not share it with a close male friend.

It just stays with him.

And it stays for a long time.

According to Dr. Vincent Rue, one of the nation’s most experienced psychologists in the field of post-abortion issues:

Typical male grief responses include remaining silent and grieving alone.

A guilt-ridden, tormented male does not easily love or accept love.

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Men have reported a large number of problems that they claim were a direct result of their abortion experience. These include:

broken relationships,

sexual dysfunction,

substance abuse,

self-hate,

risk taking and suicidal behavior,

increasing feelings of grief over time,

feelings of helplessness, guilt, depression,

greater tendencies toward becoming angry and violent, and

feelings connected to a sense of lost manhood.

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If we listen to the national professional mental health organizations, abortion carries no psychological health risk, certainly none greater than child birth.

This flies in the face of thousands of stories that I have heard – the stories that you hear from women and men impacted from abortion, both in this country and abroad.

Post abortion treatment is a human issue because abortion represents to those who are negatively impacted by it an intentional death experience.

 The American Psychological Association, in 2008, provided a report to the American people that basically says that abortion carries no increased relative risk.

I would submit to you that this is incorrect.  It is incorrect scientifically and there is abundant research, some 385 studies, that would ague in opposition to what the APA said.

“Project Rachel: The Psychoanalyst’s Role.”  Vincent Rue, MSW, PhD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsys38RNBkw

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NOTES FROM THE SIDEWALK

Jeannie, designer of this happy note,  continues to grow in wisdom and grace.

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NOTES FROM THE OTHER SIDEWALK

PAT 7-9 SHIFT MANAGER

Today was the day I signed up my parish, St. Regis in Trafford, to stand from 7-9 AM…and I worried.  I worried about the weather forecast (scattered thundershowers).  I worried about the fact that the EQT 10-Miler would close down Liberty Avenue “sometime around 7 AM”.  And I worried that Jeff, who was bringing the materials to the sidewalk for Diane today, might not get in before Liberty was closed down.  In short, I forgot that TRUST was the theme for this campaign.

All worked out better than I could have reasonably expected.  Steph, my wife, decided late that that she would come with me.  Two of my brother Knights of Columbus, Mike and Albert, came.  Albert’s wife, Yolanda, and their daughter, Susan (from Saint John XXIII Parish), also came.  We had a good mix of prayer and good conversation.  Many thanks to all  of you.

Mike, Susan, Albert, Yolanda and Steph
Mike, Susan, Albert,
Yolanda and Steph
Susan, Yolanda and Vince. Vince is leading the Rosary meditations.
Susan, Yolanda and Vince.
Vince is leading the Rosary meditations.

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MARSHALL 9-11 SHIFT MANAGER

Today was one of the most interesting experiences I have had at 40 days.  It was the day of a 10 K race that goes right through the 40 days site, so just to get down and travel through the city was a minor miracle.

There was a “pro-choice advocate” cheering on the runs while she held a sign proclaiming her support for PP.  God gives us the grace to work for His cause, the cause of Life. She was loud, and I believe that we were prayerful.  Many runners, especially women supported her and thanked her, so we are reminded to pray for our nation.  Hopefully, they act in ignorance.

I am grateful for Kathy, Vince, Theresa, and Bill for standing for 40 days for Life.  It rained during the entire two hours, and it was quite heavy by the end.

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MAGGIE 1-3 SHIFT MANAGER

Praise God good weather for my shift.

I had a wonderful family with 6 kids keep me company and they prayed one rosary after another. I had a few individuals join me for the end of my shift.

Praise God for all his love and care!

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DAVE 3-5 SHIFT MANAGER

Bill and all these people filled the sidewalk with life and prayers. Not only was the weather warm but, so were the hearts!

Angy, Father Jason, Natalia, Martha, Patty Holy Trinity in Carnegie
Angy, Father Jason, Natalia, Martha, Patty
Holy Trinity in Carnegie

 

Prayeer witnesses: St. Bernadette, St. Madonna Del Costello, Family from Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church
Prayer witnesses:
St. Bernadette, St. Madonna Del Costello, Family from Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church

 

George and Friend St. John's
George and Friend
St. John’s
Aileen, Martha Father Jason
Aileen,  Father Jason, Natalia

 

Bill, Prayer Witness, Shift Manager
Bill, Prayer Witness, Shift Manager

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And God saw that it was good.

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Day 39: Thank You to Sidewalk Advocates, Guardians for Life, St. Patrick, St. Katharine Drexel, Seton Hill University RL Club, Catholic Men’s Fellowship of Armstrong County, and Individual Volunteers!

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“And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child,

how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”

Those are the words Mother Teresa of Calcutta spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., in 1994.  I’m asking that the individuals who read this blog who either work at Planned Parenthood or who support abortion pay particular attention to them – and perhaps even meditate on them.  Because in light of those words, I have to ask what your reaction was to the terrorist attack in New York a few days ago?  Or to what happened in Las Vegas a few weeks ago?  Surely you saw the injustice of it, and were disgusted, as we were, by the total disregard for human life.

But here’s what I’m truly curious about:  On what rational or moral grounds do you object to these mass murders?  Yes, people were killed who didn’t want to be killed.  We can agree upon that.  But, isn’t that also what happens several times a week inside of 933 Liberty Avenue?

You may argue that the babies aborted are not yet “persons” (mental gymnastics that simply escapes me), but you can’t argue with the science which clearly tells us that, biologically speaking, human life begins at conception.  Isn’t that “Embryology 101”?

So, whether you’re calling “the product of conception” a “person” or not, there can be no question that what is being snuffed out is a human life.

40 Days for Life will be leaving your doorstep on Sunday evening, and won’t return until Ash Wednesday when (if necessary) we’ll be back again for another campaign.  But in the meantime, I urge you, please think about these things.

“Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love,

but to use any violence to get what they want.  This is why the

greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.” 

-Mother Teresa of Calcutta from that same speech

Pat M.


IMPORTANT NOTES FOR TOMORROW, SUNDAY 11/5:

–Due to the EQT 10 Miler race, Liberty Avenue and other streets will have closures and parking restrictions until almost noon.  See maps below for helpful information.

EQT 10 Miler Sector Closure Map

Pittsburgh Parking

–The Fall 2017 Campaign Closing Rally begins with prayer in front of PP at 6:30 PM, followed by a pot-luck social at Catholic Charities just up the block at Liberty and 9th.  Please join us!  


7-9 AM, Tim:

Sidewalk Advocates
Sidewalk Advocates
Guardians for Life
Guardians for Life
Praying for hearts to be converted and abortion to end!
Praying for hearts to be converted and abortion to end!

Saturday morning started as usual, dark and cold but then things it brightened up.  The sidewalk advocates Virginia, David and Joe were on post standing vigil along with year round Saturday regulars Stephanie, John M., Bill H. and Bill S.  Then two white vans pulled up and Father Tim, the Guardians for Life and the Knights of Columbus poured out.  The sidewalk was then filled with the faithful and song and prayers rang out echoing on Liberty Avenue.  As my shift was ending a large group of students from Grove City College arrived and began to pray. What an encouraging site to see such a large group of students. What a bright, beautiful, blessed morning it turned out to be.  

 

9-11 AM and 11 AM-1 PM, Sue M. (thank you, Sue!):

 

Grove City College students
Grove City College students

 

Julie from St. Patrick, Arleen and Mary from St. Maurice, and Lisa, Joan, & Bo from St. Patrick
Julie from St. Patrick, Arleen and Mary from St. Maurice, and Lisa, Joan, & Bo from St. Patrick

 

Mike, John, Joan, and Deb from St. Katharine Drexel
Mike, John, Joan, and Deb from St. Katharine Drexel

 

Many pray-ers from St. James, West End, and St. John XXIII, North Side
Many pray-ers from St. James, West End, and St. John XXIII, North Side

 

Today I pulled a “double”, although it did not feel that long to me as it was full of prayer and just great people.  So many prayer warriors today.  I arrived to the faithful Guardians for Life, and shortly after that a large group of Grove City College students arrived to pray.  Then came folks from St. Maurice in Forest Hills, St. Patrick in Canonsburg, St. Katharine Drexel in Bentleyville, and St. John XXIII on the North Side.  These folks meant business — so much prayer was going on.  For the second shift, a huge group arrived from St. James in the West End, including a beautiful baby girl “G” who was just an angel!!  Bill H. in his Holy-Spirit-led way, was in and out during the two shifts.  Regulars Billy and Bob stopped by.  

PP seemed today to be a bit busier than usual, unfortunately.  We had many remarks from passersby, I’d say about an equal amount of thumbs-up and thumbs-downs.  “K” from the PP-supporting side was there, and several of the ladies dialogued peacefully with her.  The quality of the thumbs-ups and encouragements more than made up for the negative comments from passersby.  One gentleman was waiting for the bus across the street and made a point to cross over to thank us for being there.  A young family in town from Syracuse thanked us and took some literature to distribute in their hometown.  And a gentleman who was emptying trash cans on the sidewalk suddenly stopped to pray an Our Father, a Hail Mary, and a Glory Be with us.

God is working.  I believe we can now see only a very small percentage of the workings of the Holy Spirit in people’s hearts as we pray on the sidewalk — not even the tip of the proverbial iceberg.  If we stay faithful, we will someday see His glory revealed and the end to abortion forever!  Come, Lord Jesus!

 

1-3 PM, Dean:

 

Prayer warriors from St. James
Prayer warriors from St. James

As this campaign comes to a close, I encourage all of us to recharge over the next few months. Thank all of you for being God’s hands, feet and mouth on the sidewalk. It has and continues to be a pleasure serving alongside such dedicated Christians. Have a memorable Thanksgiving. I plan on serving in the upcoming Lenten Campaign. May the joy and love of Christ be with each and every one of you.

 

3-5 PM, Kathy:

 

Marian, Bill, and Marie
Marian, Bill, and Marie

 

Beautiful group from St. James was with Dean when I arrived. Ruth was engaging a woman who held a large “I support Planned Parenthood” sign in conversation.  When she left the whole group was very pleasant to her.  Truly a loving peaceful witness.

My friend, Marian, came with me to pray. It was her first 40 Days shift. She had taken me to my first March for Life in the early 90’s. We were joined by Bill, Marie, Bill, and Ken.

God provided great prayer warriors, prayers, and fellowship. Very grateful!

 

5-7 PM, Jeff:

 

Ken and Bob from Catholic Men's Fellowship,  Armstrong County
Ken and Bob from Catholic Men’s Fellowship,
Armstrong County

 

Stephen and his wife Carrie from Holy Sepulchre in Butler
Stephen and his wife Carrie from Holy Sepulchre in Butler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 38: Thank You to Sidewalk Advocates, St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, and Faithful Individual Volunteers

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Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”  

They said to him, “We also will come with you.”  

So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.  

When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore; but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

 Jesus said to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?” 

They answered him, “No.” 

So he said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.”  

So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish.

-John 21: 3-6

 

Peter spent several years as one of our Lord’s closest friends, following Him all over and helping with His ministry.  He watched as Jesus was executed; then saw the risen Lord.  And yet, after all that, he momentarily said to himself, “Hmm…now what?  Well, I guess I’ll go back to being a fisherman.”

We’ve spent the past 38 days praying, fasting, and reaching out to those affected by abortion.  Yet my calendar going forward shows nothing but the kids’ activities, holiday events, etc.  It’s as if I’ve said to myself, “Hmm…now what?  Well, I guess I’ll go back to my old life.”

Don’t get me wrong…I truly believe that God is pleased with our sacrifices and efforts in the Fall 2017 campaign.  We also know from Scripture that He has ordained a time for every purpose under Heaven, and that Jesus Himself took His disciples off to pray and rest when they needed to refresh.  So I think it’s okay for the intensity to go down for awhile after the campaign ends this Sunday.

But I really can’t just go back to the way things were.  My brothers and sisters are being hurt and killed at Planned Parenthood year-round, so I need to keep fighting for them year-round.

There are basic ways to keep going.  I can pray daily for hearts to be converted and for abortion to end.  I can fit fasting into my week, maybe choosing a day when I know abortions are taking place on Liberty Avenue (currently Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday.)

There are also more powerful ways.  Sidewalk Advocates for Life, who courageously stand vigil and offer life-affirming alternatives to PP clients on abortion days throughout the year, welcome and train new members regularly.  (Next training session:  Sunday, November 12th from noon-5 PM.  Email 40daysforlifepgh@gmail.com for more information.)  And silent sidewalk prayer partners are also needed to uphold them and to offer them fellowship in their challenging but crucial ministry.

We all know Peter didn’t go back to fishing in the end.  Jesus had a lot more planned for him…as He does for us.

Dear Lord, please call us and strengthen us to continue defending your children even after this campaign ends.  As we cast our nets to catch up those who are vulnerable, please fill them to overflowing with men, women, and children who have been saved and can sing Your praise! 

 

7-9 AM, Barbara and Richard:

Rose, Sally, Al, Harry
Rose, Sally, Al, Harry

Friday morning, before dawn, felt silent, warm and sweet.  People quietly bustled.  Rose arrived.  Jeff arrived with our daily supplies. 

 Harry arrived just in time to help us unpack and arrange items for DAY 38 of our 40 DAY, 12 hour witness.  Harry is from St. Alphonsus Parish in Wexford.  His son (youngest of 5 children) and he are going to a Boy Scout event this weekend.

 Al and Sally arrived and took up their prayer stations.  Faithful prolife veterans, they have publicly witnessed for life in the Pittsburgh area for decades.

 One by one, someone unlocked the PP doors for a worker who went in just as the door closed and locked behind them.  At some point the doors remained unlocked.  At least 3 couples went in.  They looked away as we offered prolife help.

 Greeted with, “God bless you,” a young man looked away and said, “Shut up!”  Great! I thought.  There’s a sign of life.

 Actually signs of life flourish in the faces and in the hearts of passersby.  So many smile, nod or give us a thumbs up.  We are not wasting our time, or theirs.

 

11 AM-1 PM, Marie:

Thank you to vigil participants from St. Margaret Mary Church in Moon Township, St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Greensburg, and Our Lady of Grace in Greensburg.

 

Your presence made a difference in people's lives today!
Your presence made a difference in people’s lives today!

 

Shift Manager Marie with Sidewalk Advocate Pastor Bryan
Shift Manager Marie with Sidewalk Advocate Pastor Bryan

Today’s 11-1 shift had a good group of faithful prayer warriors.  Fr. Frank from St. Margaret Mary was also part of the group.  There were both positive and negative responses from those passing on the sidewalk.  This group did a good job of faithfully standing in witness for the unborn.

 

 

1-3 PM, Pat:

Shift manager Pat spent much of the shift praying on his knees, what a powerful witness!
Shift manager Pat spent much of the shift praying on his knees, what a powerful witness!

 

 Faithful crew from St. Margaret Mary and also individuals who came from Greensburg

Faithful crew from St. Margaret Mary, and also individuals who came from Greensburg

 

Off duty shift manager Regina and her daughter came to stand with shift manager sub, Katherine. Pictured with other individuals who just stopped by on their own.
Off duty shift manager Regina and her daughter came to stand with shift manager sub, Katherine. Pictured with other individuals who just stopped by on their own.

Not being used to this time, it was a little strange to see so many people – both workers and clients – go in and out of PP.  I was there with groups who came to pray from faraway places such as Moon Township and Greensburg, which gives some idea of how far our footprint extends.  While only there for about 15 minutes, Nikki showed-up since she had some time available.  (Now if I had her schedule, and had some “free-time”, well, let’s just say that coming down to the vigil would have even crossed my mind.)  This gave me the opportunity to leave a little early and head back to work.  Thanks again, Nikki! 

But while I was there, I did have an interesting conversation with Theo (not his real name), a young man in his early 20’s, who has been in the U.S. for only a few years and grew-up in the African nation of The Congo.  The conversation started because he didn’t understand what my sign meant.  It read:  “Shouldn’t human rights begin at conception?”   This lead to an interesting conversation because he really had no idea that abortions were legal in the U.S. and happening, at a rate of about 3,000/year, right inside the building we were standing next to.  He was having a hard time grasping this…as he should.

Please check back throughout the day as more pictures and stories are posted!

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR SUNDAY:
Due to the EQT 10 Miler race, Liberty Avenue and other streets will have closures and parking restrictions on Sunday morning, November 5th, until almost noon.  See maps below for helpful information (thank you, Pat!)

EQT 10 Miler Sector Closure Map

Pittsburgh Parking

Day 37: Thank you to Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene, and all of our other prayer volunteers!!

40 Days for Life

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Jesus said to the crowds:
“Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
because I came down from heaven not to do my own will
but the will of the one who sent me.

 

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And this is the will of the one who sent me,
that I should not lose anything of what he gave me,
but that I should raise it on the last day.

 

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For this is the will of my Father,
that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him
may have eternal life,
and I shall raise him on the last day.”

John 6:37-40

 

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Can we see what the Lord is saying here?  His love is so great for us.  He wants NONE of us to be lost.  Yet in the world of abortion, there is so much darkness, confusion, and even despair.  But Jesus came that none of us would be lost, and that we might all have the opportunity to have eternal LIFE.

Let us pray that the abortion-bound women and men on Liberty Avenue- and around the world- may come to KNOW this, whether through our witness or not.  May the Lord work mightily in their lives to bring them to know Him and to have eternal LIFE.

 

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Shift Manager Reports

 

Nikki:

It was a calm and peaceful early morning shift. The weather was much milder than I thought it would be; it was very pleasant. I had my faithful partner and friend, Peg, with me for my entire shift. We prayed together and separately during our two hours. Towards the end of our shift there were couples entering the clinic, appearing to be abortion bound. One woman came out and started smoking a cigarette.  She looked rather distraught, but would not take any information from me. I prayed for her. We got quite a few positive comments, and some negative ones too. One young woman actually shoved her middle finger right in Peg’s face, almost poking her with it. It gave us an opportunity to live out the Beatitudes and we asked God to bless her.
It was a blessing to see Chuck and Judy, as always! The Holy Spirit works powerfully through them with love. Thank you everyone for continuing on this 40 day journey!
 
Thank you to Shift Manager Judy and her faithful sidekick, Chuck!
Thank you to Shift Manager Judy and her faithful sidekick, Chuck!

 

Another pair of top-notch pray-ers: Peg and Shift Manager Nikki!!
Another pair of top-notch pray-ers: Peg and Shift Manager Nikki!!

 

Lisa K.:

What a busy and full shift we had today!  When I arrived, Judy and Chuck told me that many people went in to PP this morning.  Sad news, to be sure.  Then they told me about a woman who had gone in and out a few times, but she had not wanted any information from them.  They pointed her out to me as she came outside again, and she didn’t want anything from me either.  But then Mary arrived, from St. Juan Diego parish, who had volunteered to pray with me at 11.  She was in God’s place at God’s time, because when the woman came out again, Mary was able to listen to her and share some helpful information with her.  They talked for a long time.  I just prayed for them all the while.  The woman’s daughter was in PP for an abortion, so we prayed for her as well.

A little while later, Beth Ann came to join us.  The three of us- Mary, Beth Ann, and I, stood in three separate areas, and prayed silently.  It was powerful.  Regular volunteer, Bob, came for some prayer time and left.  Thank you, Bob!  Then Kim and Janet joined us, having driven all the way from Wheeling.  Then Joan, Megan, and Ginny joined us.  Thanks be to God, it was a crowded and prayerful shift.  They were all veterans, and so we all sort of took separate “prayer posts” and there was a lot of silent prayer.  Amazing.  I thought it was beautiful.

 

Thank you, Mary and Beth Ann!!
Thank you, Mary and Beth Ann!!

 

Thank you to Janet and Kim!!
Thank you to Janet and Kim!!

 

Thank you to Joan!!
Thank you to Joan!!

 

Beth Ann and Megan joining in prayer. Thank you!!
Beth Ann and Megan joining in prayer. Thank you!!

 

Thank you, Ginny!!
Thank you, Ginny!!

 

After Mary’s hour (and having talked to that woman outside for a long time), she left.  But a little while later, she came back.  The Holy Spirit was MOVING in Mary!!  She asked if the woman and her daughter had come back out; they hadn’t.  But as Mary stood there waiting, the woman came out AGAIN, as if on cue.  Mary and Sidewalk Advocate Joan went over to talk to her again.  So beautiful…. women helping women.

 

Mary and Joan spend some time caring for the woman who came outside. God bless you, ladies.
Mary and Joan spend some time caring for the woman who came outside and stood in the alcove (she is not visible in this photo). God bless you, ladies.

 

And then, a very bizarre thing happened.  As we stood there in silent prayer, a police SUV pulled up right in the middle of the circle.  We all watched silently, very attentive.  We didn’t know whether some “situation” had happened inside of PP that required police attention.  But no…. as we watched, a male officer got out, then a female officer.  They opened wide both of the side doors of the vehicle, so they could assist someone.  Suddenly, we saw a small, young woman– in handcuffs and legcuffs- both with chains- being escorted out of the vehicle, and into Planned Parenthood.  It was such a foreign concept to my brain that I just stood there with my jaw dropped.  I had so many questions that we will never know the answers to.  It was very disturbing…..  Let us pray for that WHOLE situation!!

 

 

Helen:

Ginny cared enough to come. She has sleep apnea, so she doesn’t sleep much at night.

Minnie used the chair that “nobody took.” She and I prayed a rosary and then she had to leave.

A young woman came by and said she prayed for all of us yesterday on All Saints Day. She thinks we will all be going to heaven.

A young couple came by and admired our babies (preborn models). They were happily delighted to see how much development a baby has at such a young gestational age.  The young woman thanked us for being here and sharing the images of the babies.

It isn't easy for Ginny to make this trip, but she does it!! And we so appreciate the effort!! God bless you!!
It isn’t easy for Ginny to make this trip, but she does it!! And we so appreciate the effort!! God bless you!

 

Rick:

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!  The Thursday 5-7 PM shift was prayerful and truly a blessing.  Thanks so much to Pam from Crossroads Church in Weirton, Noelle from Grandview Church of God in Beechview, Dave from St. Pio Church in Blawnox, and Jim from St. Maurice Church in Forest Hills, for their prayers and faithful witness on behalf of unborn children and pregnant mothers in need.  Your commitment to protect and defend life is truly an inspiration.  Thanks also to Jeff for filling in for Tom and Diane today.

May the grace and peace of Christ be with each of you.  Looking forward to seeing everyone at the closing rally on Sunday.  God Bless!

Rick

 

Thank you, Pam and Noelle!!
Thank you, Pam and Noelle!!

 

 

“Motherhood implies from the beginning a special openness to the new person…. In this openness, in conceiving and giving birth to a child, the woman ‘discovers herself through a sincere gift of self’.” 

from Pope St. John Paul II’s apostolic letter On the Dignity of Women (Mulieris Dignitatem)

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Day 36…Thanks to St. John in Delmont, St. Mary in Export and many faithful individuals!

Suffering with those who suffer…

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“If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it.”  

1 Corinthians 12:26


We sure have been reminded of this a lot lately, haven’t we?  Still reeling from the Las Vegas shooting, where 58 people were killed, and 546 injured… yesterday we were hit with the senseless tragedy in New York City. These sad events bring us to our collective knees.

The question on many of our minds is, “How do we respond?”

I read a quote from Dorothy Day this morning which seems very relevant to our world today.  She wrote:

The stink of the world’s injustice and the world’s indifference is all around us…

Compassion – it is a word meaning to suffer with.  If we all carry a little of the burden, it will be lightened.  If we share in suffering of the world, then some will not have to endure so heavy an affliction.  It evens out.  What you do here in New York, in Harrisburg, helps those in China, India, South Africa, Europe, Russia, as well as in the oasis where you are.  You may think you are alone.  But we are members one of another.  We are children of God together.

Did you know that Dorothy Day may one day be recognized by the Catholic Church as being a saint?  And… she had an abortion before her conversion.  Her’s is a beautiful story of redemption.  God wants to use all of us…scars and all.

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For the past 36 days, hundreds of individuals have come to our vigil at Planned Parenthood to pray, witness, and suffer in small ways.

During that time, approximately 300 tiny babies have been put to death behind those doors while we were outside praying.  

While I was there for my shift on Monday, I watched as a passerby…noticing our signs…stopped for a second in front of the doors of Planned Parenthood, and made the sign of the cross.

As Dorothy Day said…”We are members of one another.”

I was struck by a another quote this past week from Barbara.  She wrote in her shift report last Friday, “Thank you God for this opportunity to love you out loud!”  I LOVED that!  That is exactly what we are doing when we witness and pray publicly…we are loving God OUT LOUD!

So, why should we suffer with those who suffer?  Why not avoid suffering when we can?  If it doesn’t directly affect me or my loved ones…why should I care?  I will answer this with another quote.  This one is from St. Catherine of Siena.  She wrote:

Then we rise up with immense desire to love what God loves and to hate what God hates.  Everything we do we direct to God.  We do everything for the glory and praise of His name…this is how we progress from being merely servants to friends.  That is how we progress from slavish fear and self-indulgent love for our own consolation to true servanthood, true friendship, true filiality.

I can’t fool God.  He knows how much or how little I love Him.  It doesn’t matter how much I say it or don’t say it.  He knows.  When I pray in front of an abortion clinic, there is no other reason for me to be there other than love for God.  I can be sure that I have no ulterior motive.  I will not get human praise, riches or power.  In fact, I will probably get exactly the opposite.

If you worry that your love for God is either slavish…or self-indulgent…come to the vigil.  There is nothing selfish about praying in front of an abortion clinic.  God already knows how much you love Him, but maybe you need to prove it to yourself.  We need someone today (Wednesday) from 6-7 pm so shift manager Joe won’t have to stand alone.  On Thursday we need someone from 2-3 so Carolyn won’t be alone.  Please let me know if you can come.

And join us this Sunday at 6:30 to officially CLOSE OUT our 40 day vigil at Planned Parenthood!  Fr. Jason Charron, pastor of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Church in Carnegie will lead us in prayer. Then, join us in the Welcome Center at Catholic Charities (corner of Ninth and Liberty) from 7 – 8:30 for a fun time of pot-luck food and celebration!  I hope to see you then!

Now, here are the reports from today:

Kathy L. 7-9

A rainy, dark, and cold morning was brightened and warmed by Dianne’s and Peg’ s cheerful morning greetings.  I copied their example to passersby by saying “Good morning, choose life,” which was received with a nod, smile, or silence.  Only one negative comment from a young woman.  Even the pp security guard said “Good morning.” A gentleman, on his way to mass, said that he would pray for our cause.

Peg and I spent time in quiet prayer for awhile and then together offering up the baby picture prayers provided by Jeannie.  Bill H stopped by briefly.

Cathy Z. 9-11

A relatively quiet shift  – a few people went in and a couple and individuals came out, no one took the info cards offered or wanted to talk.  Many thanks to Kathy who stayed overtime from her 7-9 shift to be with me until someone came.  A real sacrifice given the cold and rain!  Dave, from St. Bonaventure, came alone as his family was sick, and got right to praying.  Shortly before 11 Anna Marie and her husband arrived to share the next shift with Hank. 

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Hank reported that he had a peaceful shift, spent praying with the wonderful folks from St. Mary and St. John (Export and Delmont).  Thanks to everyone who sacrificed and suffered in the miserable weather today!

Christine, Anna Marie, Bob and Dennis came all the way from Export/Delmont to witness and pray for FOUR hours on this cold and rainy day! May God bless them for their faithful sacrifice!
Christine, Anna Marie, Bob and Dennis came all the way from Export/Delmont to witness and pray for FOUR hours on this cold and rainy day! May God bless them for their faithful sacrifice!

Chris 1-3

Tears from Heaven falling on Planned Parenthood.  That’s how I chose to view the rain on the sidewalk during my shift.  Can we imagine God’s sorrow at what His creations have wrought through abortion?  My shift was relatively quiet, with little foot-traffic in and out of PP, just several workers and clients.  I was joined by steadfast prayer warriors Bob, his wife Annamarie, and Christina from the combined parishes of St. John/St. Mary’s churches in Delmont and Export.  We prayed the Rosary, receiving only positive comments and thumbs-ups from passersby.  At the end of the shift, a Lutheran pastor, whose ministry is the college campuses in Oakland, joined us for a final prayer.

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What a sweetly chilly 2 hours Richard and I spent praying downtown this afternoon.  The rain misted us continually and felt refreshing.

As we arrived, a couple from Delmont, Saint Mary, John Parish was leaving after their prayer witness since 11am.  A Pastor with Lutherans for Life came by to join us in prayer.

Anthony stopped and asked if they did abortions there, indicating PP.  I gave him our 40 Days for Life handout.  He is caring for his 87 year old mother at his home.  How wonderful.

Joe and Mike, Knights of Columbus, arrived and Richard and I left for Mass.

Life is good.

Close of the 1-3 shift, SM Chris with the faithful couple from Delmont and Lutherans for Life pastor
Close of the 1-3 shift, SM Chris with the faithful couple from Delmont and Lutherans for Life pastor

Joe K. 5-7

Last shift of the campaign started with a drive by  “big hello” from a
passerby even before I could greet our vigil participants.

This evening, I was truly blessed and surprised as I was supposed to be
by myself, but was covered for the entire shift by Bill, Mike, and Jim –
thanks guys!

No other comments the rest of the evening, but there was an unusually
number of sirens and police presence down on Ninth – enough that we
prayed for the responders and all involved…

The night ended with faithful Tom & Diane packing up our setup
to re-deliver tomorrow morning!

Day 35: St. Paul Seminary and Individual Volunteers

At the beginning of this 40 Day campaign, I kept getting the campaign theme wrong…I was mixing up my “T’s” and spreading the word that the campaign theme was TRUTH not trust.

But Truth and Trust are intimately related and I think will be the basis for why Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry will eventually, ultimately fail.  Abortion is based on half-truths and lies.

Planned Parenthood has worked hard to become known as a health-care provider, rather than an abortion provider…but the TRUTH is, according to their own website:

Mammograms are not performed at any PP clinic

Prenatal services only made up 0.18% of their services and

PP provided primary care to <1% of their clients

“Don’t tell half-truths and expect people to TRUST you when the FULL TRUTH comes out.

Half-truths are No better than lies

They have worked the numbers hard, but their own reporting shows that abortion is a large part of their business. The most recent annual report states that they completed 327,692 ABORTIONS. Prenatal service was given to 18,684 clients along with 1,880 adoption referrals. 

Which means 15 out of 16 pregnancy-related services provided by PP were abortions.

The PP on Liberty Ave reported that they performed 2890 abortions in 2016

That is why we stand on the street right at their doors, to try and spread the TRUTH of what they truly provide, to anyone who is open to hearing the TRUTH. And if you are pregnant and in need of HELP, to try and get YOU to the many places in Pittsburgh that you can TRUST to help!

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7-9: Charlene

It was cold on the street today but I think we have had worse days. My last shift until Spring and I had the pleasure of Dick, Sally, Al, and Bill joining me. No pictures since my phone thought it was too cold. PP might have had a Halloween party because food came but no devil costumes needed. Patients didn’t start coming until 8:30…back to normal time. Let us pray that by Spring Campaign PP will be closed and we can concentrate on East Liberty and Magee. Charlene

9-11: Beth

Another busy day at Planned Parenthood.  Lots of staff and clients entered as Edith, Suzanne and I prayed quietly that all this will be over and no child will die and no woman cry when speaking about abortion.  Thanks, Jeanne, for the cute new signs with prayers included.  As John and Kathy from St. Anne’s arrived and the shift manager badge was passed to Ceil, the blonde that came last week reappeared holding her pro-Planned Parenthood sign (would she ever have the guts to carry a pro-abortion sign?).  When someone reminded her that babies were being killed inside that building, she immediately changed the subject to birth control.   The fact is: abortion is wrong; change the subject to a million different  causes and none of those causes will  mean a thing if you’re dead from an abortion.

Thanks to all the great witnesses that came for the Tuesday 9-11 a.m. shift throughout this campaign.  It was an honor to pray with you.

11-1: Cecilia

The cold and wind made it a little “tricky” today for us but the Seminarian came to stand witness for Life during my shift and that was really a “treat”!!  Fr Tom, Brian, Gabriel, Dan & Sean covered the other side of the sidewalk with prayer, song, lifesavers and flyers.  Merv kept me company and entertained when he started counting smiles that we received after offering “mints” to those passing by.  He got up to about 25 before leaving.

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day 35, st. paul fr. tom

 

 

 

 

And Denny not only came back this week but he drove his wife and my dear friend, Patti and I down again.  So I thank them for their company, their friendship and for their sacrifice to come all the way to Pittsburgh again to join with the Seminarian in prayer and song!  What a blessed day!

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I was able to hand out flyers, pins and baby models to several girls who really needed to share them with someone they knew who was pregnant.  The one girl had a friend already there for an abortion.  She tried to talk her out of it and I begged her to go back in to let her know that help was available.  Another girl said that we could pray for her friend “N” who is also contemplating abortion.  And we had a couple pass by.  The young man took a lifesaver.  Since the girl did not get one, I caught up with them to give her one.  She took that but did not want the flyer that we had.  They went into the bookstore briefly but did come out and went into PP.  The young man did take a flyer from me before heading in.  Too bad PP won’t let them keep it.  They won’t let them become more informed so that they could make a better choice.  I was praying that they would follow their heart as they did seemed to be struggling with their decision but they refused our offer for help.

Nancy said she couldn’t take pictures so here are pictures of some of the Seminarians that came for the start of Nancy’s shift:

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Seminarian John Paul
Seminarians Adam and John
Seminarians Adam and John

 

1-3: Nancy

On a relatively cold day, we had seminarians from St. Paul’s with us – John, John Paul, Sean, Adam – Patty from Sts. John and Paul parish, and then later Michael and Kimberly, all the way from St. Ann’s in Waynesburg to warm our hearts with their prayers and presence. Two visits from Karen reminded us of the challenge we face to persist in prayer and love those who oppose us.

3-5: Pat

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Things were peaceful today – and unexpectedly so since it’s Halloween.  I enjoyed praying with and getting to know a little better, Clair, who I’ve met before.  And I also had the chance to pray with (on the other side of the sidewalk) and get to know Kimberly and Mike, who were just married in July!  It turns out that Mike and I have a few people we know in common.   Pat, 5-7

5-7: Lisa

Psalm 68  Our God is the God of salvation.

I love this psalm as it reminds us all of what can be for each of us – all we have to do is ask!  Salvation for all!

This evening was surprisingly, fairly quiet.  It enabled us to pray a lot.  The beautiful new posters of the baby faces with the petitions for life to our Lord were joyfully prayed.

Mike and Kim, members of St. Ann parish in Waynesburg, had been at the vigil since 2 pm and continued to lead us in prayer for another hour.  Kim, as usual was on her knees making a beautiful impact in her petitions to the Lord.

Kim, Mike, Jim and Johanna filled the sidewalk with prayer tonight!
Kim, Mike, Jim and Johanna filled the sidewalk with prayer tonight!

Andy and Nick, members of St. Winifred parish, along with shift manager Jeff answered the call to stand with my dear faithful partner on every Tuesday shift, Johanna as word went out that she and I would have been by ourselves this evening.

Andy and Nick answered the call!
Andy and Nick answered the call!

 

 

 

 

 

A great big thank you to Mike, Kim, Jim, Andy, Nick,Jeff, and especially Johanna.

Shift managers Lisa and Johanna
Shift managers Lisa and Johanna
Faithful Diane loading up the vigil materials, as she does for 40 days straight! How many lives are silently saved because of her sacrifice? Only God knows!
Faithful Diane loading up the vigil materials, as she does for 40 days straight! How many lives are silently saved because of her sacrifice? Only God knows!

 

Day 34: Elk County Right to Life (St. Mary PA) and Round Hill Presbyterian Church

Are you the 10th leper?      “Were there not 10 cleansed?”

Day 34 1 aOnly 1 leper said “Thank you.” I’m guessing if you are reading this you are the 10th leper. The one who showed gratitude to God for the many blessings you have been given. You went to the vigil and prayed. You didn’t say “oh someone else can do it because they’re …not as busy…better suited…”.

I know it’s not easy sometimes. We all have our leprosies be it laziness, excessive love of the good things or the attachments to the activities or stuff of life but God’s grace has given us the strength to overcome them, to heal us and we show our gratitude by participating in 40 Days For Life.

So, let me also mimic the 10th leper and thank you for making the effort and dealing with the discomfort of going to the vigil. OK, I admit, it was really warm and sunny for awhile, but let’s not forget the wind, rain and dark, chilly mornings and evenings. Those days took a little more effort. Again thank you.

If you haven’t yet been able to make it to the vigil there is still time to say thanks. This is the last week. You don’t need to stay long. Just show up. Stay as long as you want. God will also give you peace and joy in addition to the healing. If you can’t make it please pray. And if you ever hear the call to come back after this campaign ends, know there are some who pray year round. I know there are sidewalk advocates and the “regulars” there most abortion days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Join us.

The only critical need remaining for this week is WEDNESDAY  5-7, so that shift manager Joe K. is not alone! If you can help, please click SCHEDULE above to sign up and to let us know.

In addition, not-so-critical, but still would be helpful…prayer volunteers would be appreciated on today (Monday) at 2pm, Wednesday from 3-5pm, Thursday at 2pm and next Sunday from 11-1.

Again, Thank You. Tim B.

Today at the vigil we had many individual prayer warriors, the faithful from Elk County Right to Life (St. Mary PA) and Round Hill Presbyterian Church

Stop back throughout the day to see pictures and to read stories. Here is from Sue 7-9 am:

“I was greeted by Diane, Tom and beautiful Rose when I arrived this morning. We were all prepared for the gusty weather! It was very nice praying with Rose as she handed out stacks of 40 Days for Life pamphlets. She was very quiet about it, but I never saw such an affinity for people accepting literature!! It seemed quiet on the street and a small handful of workers went into PP today. We offered a rosary, divine mercy and Holy Face chaplet! Two ladies came to pray for the next shift as Ginny arrived and I left the sidewalk in good, faithful hands!” ~Sue

From Ginny 9-11 am:Day 34 G 1

“Four ladies from Elk city pro- life traveled 3 hours to witness and pray
Two sisters from Steubenville came to pray
Day 34 Ginny First TimerA young physician, John, came down to pray and witness for life for the first time from Mother of Sorrows in Murrysville. Thank God for all these wonderful people.”

From Nikki 11-1:

Day 34 Nikki 1“I had a peaceful shift from 11 to 1 and was blessed to share the sidewalk with four faithful sisters in Christ from elk County right to life. These wonderful women sacrifice faithfully every campaign! They drive three hours each way, and witness for four hours! What an inspiration they are! We prayed together, and used Jeanie‘s new baby signs with the wonderful prayers printed on the back, thank you so much Jeannie! We had many positive comments from passersby, thanking us for being there. No negative comments at all today. It was a quiet day at the clinic, not much happening. It was also great to see a new face, a man named John, who is a physician, was there when I arrived. Shift manager Ginny said he had been there since 930. Thanks to all who came and prayed today!” Nikki                        Day 34 Beth and Rose

                       From 1 to 3 shift manager Sister duo Beth and Rose (right) Remember last summer, when it wasn’t the heat but the humidity? Well today it wasn’t the cold as much as the wind that made a cold place even colder. Luckily, Rose and I were met by the warm, loving ladies from St. Mary’s in Elk County. We now know that the sound of a mating elk is called a “bugle.” What a wonderful crew. As they were leaving, Colleen and Gwen from St. Winifred’s came and we prayed as the wind howled. It seemed like mostly employees coming and leaving what has to be the coldest place on earth,Planned Parenthood.

Day 34 Rosaline 1and 3-5 Shift Manager Rosalina (left) along with the group from Round Hill Presbyterian Church

Day 34 Nikki foursome

From Audrey (on left) 5-7 pm:

“The 5 to 7 pm shift today was cold and quiet. Pastor Matt and his son from Round Hill Presbyterian Day 34 AudreyChurch (Elizabeth) graced us with their presence. The end of the 40 Day vigil never feels like the end. We pray, “Oh Lord, give us the strength and the energy to keep fighting the battle for life even when the going gets so tough.” Audrey

 

 

 

 

Day 33…Good Works

THANK YOU

HOLY CHILD CATHOLIC CHURCH, BRIDGEVILLE

SAINT MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH, HERMAN

INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEERS

DAUGHTERS OF MARY, MOTHER OF MERCY COMMUNITY

WAOB (We Are One Body) 106.7FM

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{LIFE IS DIFFICULT}

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For all its strength, comfort and sublimity,

human friendship has about it the frail delicacy of old lace.

It is never a rugged thing

because of our inability to share our inner self.

We cannot give ourselves away utterly

because we do not belong completely to ourselves.

Betrayal of a friend is a kind of a suicide.

Walter Farrell O.P.

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Frederica Mathewes-Green (October 27, 1952)

celebrated her birthday recently.

Highlights from an article she wrote 24 years ago

offer refreshing reflections

for those of us dazed and dusty from the sidewalk.

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{EVIL CAN MASQUERADE AS GOOD}

The abortion debate seems like an unresolvable conflict of rights between the right of women to control their own bodies and the right of children to be born.

In a culture that treats pregnancy and childrearing as impediments, abortion surgically adapts a woman to fit in.

In college I advocated the repeal of abortion laws and supported my friends who traveled for out‑of‑state abortions.

For years I bought the line that the unborn was just a “glob of tissue.”

An unplanned pregnancy felt like an invader, an evil alien bent on colonizing one’s body and destroying one’s plans. The first right must be to keep one’s body safe, private, and healthy.  Without that, all other rights are meaningless.

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{GOOD CAN UNMASK EVIL}

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It is because I still believe so strongly in the right of a woman to protect her body that I now oppose abortion. That right must begin when her body begins, and it must be hers no matter where she lives—even if she lives in her mother’s womb. The same holds true for her brother.

When I ran across a description of a mid‑pregnancy abortion, I was horrified at the description of the syringe’s hub jerking against the mother’s abdomen as her child went through his death throes.

I learned that early abortions are no more kind.  The child is pulled apart limb from limb and sucked through a narrow tube into a bloody bag.

Dr. Willard Cates of the Centers for Disease Control estimated in 1981,  that 400‑500 times a year children are born alive after late abortions and then made to die.

Even if there were any doubt that the unborn was a person, if I had seen someone doing this to a kitten I would have been horrified.

The feminism that hoped to create a new just society had embraced an act of injustice as essential.

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The average woman does not gain, but loses when she has an abortion.

She loses the cash.

She undergoes a humiliating procedure.

The delicately‑balanced ecology of her body is disrupted.

Nicks and scratches in the uterus can cause scarring which may lead to endometriosis.

Damage from an abortion that goes unnoticed until she is far into a later, wanted pregnancy, can cause a miscarriage.

If those scars are near the opening to the fallopian tube, the opening can be partly obliterated and lead to an ectopic pregnancy.

Alternatively, the scarring at the tube’s entrance may be complete and the woman is sterile. She thought she was aborting one pregnancy, but she was aborting all her pregnancies for the rest of her life.

Abortion can kill a woman.

The last loss is the loss of her peace of mind. Many women grieve silently after abortion, their sorrow ignored by a society that expects them to be grateful for the “freedom” to abort.

Her most devastating loss

She loses her own child. This child is as much like her as any child she will ever have, sharing her appearance, talents, and family tree.  In abortion, she offers her own child as a sacrifice for the right to continue her life. It is a sacrifice that will haunt her.

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Do women want abortion?

Not like she wants a Porsche or an ice cream cone.

Like an animal caught in a trap,

trying to gnaw off its own leg,

a woman who seeks abortion is trying to escape a desperate situation

by an act of violence and self‑loss.

Abortion is not a sign that women are free,

but a sign that they are desperate.

Frederica Mathewes-Green

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{GOD DOES NOT PLAY HARD TO GET}

If we say, “We are without sin,” we deceive ourselves,

and the truth is not in us.

If we acknowledge our sins,

he is faithful and just

and will forgive our sins

and cleanse us from every wrongdoing.

1 John 1:8-9

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Theresa Karminski Burke, Ph.D., started one of the first therapeutic support groups for post-aborted people in 1986, after founding The Center for Post Abortion Healing.

Theresa adapted and expanded the curriculum into a format for weekend retreats, Rachel’s Vineyard.

Do not continue to live in the shame, fear or numbness – call our toll-free national hotlines:
Rachel’s Vineyard: 877 HOPE 4 ME (877-467-3463) – National Hotline for Abortion Recovery: 866-482-LIFE (866-482-5433)

http://rachelsvineyard.org/

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Co-founded in 2003, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign responded to a need for a pro-life ministry in which men and women who had had experiences of abortion could offer and gain support.

http://www.silentnomoreawareness.org/
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NOTES FROM THE SIDEWALK

Sister Mercy Maria Egbeji, Superior of Daughters of Mary, Mother of Mercy, Rankin, reports that she and the sisters will pray for us during their Holy Hour of Adoration.

WAOB 106.7 FM broadcasts 40 Days for Life participants praying the Scriptural Rosary every month.  Tune in and pray with us!

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French from the Bench

Last week, I saw X-rays of my broken collarbone.

First was the Emergency Room photo— “the original”- how beautiful the human body is as planned by God- I could see the break in my collarbone – a clean sharp swatch separating 2 parts of “the architecture”.   The next image was a few weeks after the break — what had resulted from the break—the 2 bones reminded me of train cars in a bad accident—one slides up and over the other.   The damage to the beautiful architecture was dramatic!

I think the embrace of the evil of abortion has really disrupted God’s plan for mankind.  From the horrific violence in the clinics to senseless mass killings here and around the world, we truly have broken with God.

Like my impatience with my own healing, I am impatient with our long struggle to end abortion and return respect for human life.  But, we really have a “train wreck” here.  It is going to take time, skill, patience, and God’s guidance to fix.

Let us heal together with Him who heals us all!

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NOTES FROM THE OTHER SIDEWALK

JEN 7-9 SHIFT MANAGER

How beautiful our 40 Days for Life family is!

Peggy, Dan, Judy, and Vince all answered the call to come and pray on a cold, wet Sunday morning.  Vince led us in a very powerful and emotional Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, meditating in detail on the suffering of our Lord.  It struck me that I often forget one of the most important reasons to take part in this vigil–in reparation for the agony that abortion caused our Savior, agony that He willingly suffered for me and for each person who passes through the doors of PP.

Thank you to Diane and Tom for getting us started this morning with all the needed supplies…the umbrellas and hand warmers came in very handy today!  God bless Bill, who wasn’t feeling very well when he made his morning prayer visit.  And thanks to Ken, who came from quite a distance to lead the next vigil shift!

Peggy, Judy, Dan, Vince Sunday Sidewalk Witnesses
Peggy, Judy, Dan, Vince
Sunday Sidewalk Witnesses

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KEN 9-11 SHIFT MANAGER

A peaceful Sunday morning.

Made more peaceful because this abortion facility is closed today and no one was harmed.

A quiet and prayerful time with Patti, Mark and Andrea.

Also prayed with a family from St. ELIZABETH ANN SETON.

Patti, Mark and Andrea
Patti, Mark and Andrea

 

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Family
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Parish Family

 

Faithful Prolife Witnesses
Faithful Prolife Witnesses

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MAGGIE 1-3 SHIFT MANAGER

We had an awesome time today. A group from Zion Church in Brookline sang hymns in Spanish, made a mini Jericho March back and forth around the semicircle and had their pastor Frank ask that this Planned Parenthood be closed! Alleluia!

We also had a group from a parish in Bridgeville praying the Rosary along with the Parochial Vicar there, Father Joe.

God is so good!

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Zion Church in Brookline came to pray out loud in downtown Pittsburgh.
Zion Church in Brookline came to pray out loud in downtown Pittsburgh.

 

Everybody praying for Life
Everybody praying for Life

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JIM AND AUDREY 3-5 SHIFT MANAGERS

Despite the chill and dampness in the air, what a blessed day!  During the earlier shift, a large congregation from the Zion Church in Brookline was a lively, energized Hispanic group.  They circled seven times to replicate the march at Jericho – praying to let the walls fall.  Their song, dance, and prayers spoke loud and clear of their faith in the Lord.

Holy Child, Jim’s and my home parish in Bridgeville, took the 1 to 3 p.m. shift.  Father Joe inspired us as he lead us in prayer joined by Thomas from Holy Child and Colleen and Dick from St. Winifred.  Regulars Margie and Larry from St. Mary’s faithfully prayed and kept us warm with their love.  As I was standing there praying today and looking on at the facade of Planned Parenthood, I saw the bricks were in the form of crosses, many crosses – representing the many tiny souls that are lost there every week….

Another best of the day was an unplanned visit from alumni and students from Franciscan University.  The young men just happened to be walking down the street and saw our vigil and became part of our witness.  The young women were inspired by their Mom – a regular 40 Days vigilant.  We prayerfully said the Rosary over and over again….  The response from the few passersby was that of support and thankfulness.  God is good.  Sometimes the most inspiration comes from the heartfelt discussions on the sidewalk.  We pray, we share, and we witness!

Jerico March
Jerico March

 

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Shift Manager Jim
Holy Child parishioners

 

Shift Manager, Audrey with Holy Child parishioners
Shift Manager, Audrey
with Holy Child parishioners

 

Franciscan University Alumni and Students
Franciscan University
Alumni and Students

 

Bricks, form of crosses representing many tiny souls lost there to abortion.
Bricks form crosses representing many tiny souls lost there to abortion.

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Wisdom is bright, and does not grow dim.

By those who love her she is readily seen,

and found by those who look for her.
Quick to anticipate those who desire her,

she makes herself known to them.

Watch for her early and you will have no trouble.

You will find her sitting at your gates.

Of her the most sure beginning is the desire for discipline.

Care for discipline means loving her.

Loving her means keeping her laws.

Obeying her laws guarantees incorruptibility.

Incorruptibility brings near to God.

Wisdom 6: 17-19, 12-14

And God saw that it was good.

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