Thanks to Knights of Columbus St John Neumann Council for standing with us today. Vigil needs this week are Thursday 5-7 .
Please take a moment to read the beautiful witness of some of our shift managers who stood for 3 hours and took the time to write about it the same day. Thanks to Kathy, Rose and Beth for your contribution.
Kathy L writes:
Another cold morning in Pittsburgh but warmed by God’s love through sunshine and fellowship. Julie C. came to pray with me during the nine o’clock hour and shortly after she left, four women from St. Francis Xavier in Moundsville, WV arrived to pray during the ten o’clock hour. Thank you ladies.
During our time on the sidewalk, we received many glances from passersby toward our signs and fetal models. One young man named Cam, who was on his was to the bus station, stopped to take my and Julie’s picture with the fetal models. Whatever his motivation, may God use it for His good. Another young man coming out of PP accepted our list of Local Resources for Women to pass on. Another young man, drove his car to the front of PP and carried in eight to ten duffle bags which looked filled with something. A few women entered the building.
Rose W writes:
Although it was chilly today I was dressed warmly! After shift manager Kathy and the nice West Virginia ladies left, I was privileged to be alone and pray for an hour. Then Joe from Holy Trinity, who works downtown, came and we prayed the Sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary and the Stations of the Cross during his lunchtime. Also, a good friend, Rick T., joined us for the Stations while he was on his lunch hour. There were workers entering and exiting PP today, but it was mostly a quiet time, and a few gave passersby us the “thumbs up.”
I wanted to mention something that happened to me last week. While returning home from my husband’s aunt’s funeral in Erie, we were listening to an oldies radio station and the song, “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” by the Hollies came on and brought back some good memories of the sixties. Does anyone remember that beautiful song? I think the lyrics fit our situation. “. . .and the load doesn’t weigh me down at all, he ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.” This song keeps ringing in my head and that’s what I was singing today when I had to walk the few blocks from the parking lot to PP with my chair and heavy bag of stuff. When we think of the unborn and what we do for them – it ‘s a privilege, not a burden, for they are our brothers and sisters. If you would like to hear this beautiful and inspirational song, go to YouTube or just google the song title.
Beth S. writes:
David v. Goliath with the Knights of Columbus, St. Norbert, St. Elizabeth and St. Pius
Last week my husband brought home Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, David and Goliath. although the Bible version has more going for it, like graces bestowed, the book did venture an explanation why David, little, young and poor, defeated Goliath, gigantic, armed and fearsome. Basically, David didn’t play by Goliath’s rules. He played by God’s rules: have faith, do your best, trust Me to do the “miraculous if you do the ridiculous” (Mother Angelica’s motto).
At the start, just myself and my sweet sister Rosemary praying in the cold in “one corner” as the boxers would say. Facing us was the dismal storefront branch office of the biggest abortion provider in the world, Planned Parenthood , a “giant” in the field of eliminating our future through abortion. Then, Mary Jane D. came with her wonderful enthusiasm, and then the heroic Marshall M. from the Steubenville Knights of Columbus.
So yes, we are going to win this one. We won’t play by the giant, PP’s rules: gigantic amounts of money, gigantic amounts of political power, gigantic support from the media. We’ll win by playing by God’s rules: prayer, fasting, peaceful witness. As David said when Goliath was dead and everyone was amazed: “…..All those gathered here will know that it is not by the sword or by the spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
And when they’re in our hands…we’ll accept all the pro-abortion world as our brothers and sisters and show them a more victorious way to live, by being forgiven and pro-life.
Rosalina is the shift manager from three to five. Reportedly, the back of her sign says:
Pray for Winter to End!
Here are some more photos from Rosalina’s and Francis’ shift:
See you on the sidewalk!