DAY 5: SAINT PATRICK RESPECT LIFE GROUP, CANONSBURG; SAINT COLMAN, TURTLE CREEK; SAINT REGIS, TRAFFORD

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PRAYING

It doesn’t have to be the blue iris, it could be

weeds in a vacant lot, or a few small stones;

just pay attention,

then patch a few words together and don’t try to make them elaborate,

this isn’t a contest

but the doorway into thanks,

and a silence in which another voice may speak.

Mary Oliver  THIRST

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“… a silence in which another voice may speak.”

Did reality as we know it begin in emptiness and silence…then items arrived, collided, evolved into more complex items; stones, plants, animals, and people?

Is it realistic to believe that reality as we know it was conceived not out of silence but from where another voice was speaking?

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Jacques Monod, Nobel Prize-winning French biochemist, showed how the living cell manufactures the substances of life.

He states that faith in God is unscientific.  He adds that the entire ensemble of nature has arisen out of errors and dissonances.  He cannot help but say himself that such a conception is in fact absurd.  But, according to him, the scientific method demands that a question not be permitted to which the answer would have to be God.

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Michael J. Behe, Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Professor of Biological Sciences, Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture notes that virtually all serious scientists accept the truth of Darwin’s theory of evolution.  They, like most of the rest of us, accept Darwin’s theory to be true.

But should we? Behe argues that evidence of evolution’s limits is so small, that we have only recently been able to see it.

As the result of the work of Kendrew (1958) and Watson and Crick (1953), for the first time biochemists actually knew the shapes of the molecules that they were working on.  The beginning of modern biochemistry can be dated to that time.  Advances in physics and chemistry, too, created a strong synergism for research on life.

Biochemistry has pushed Darwin’s theory to the limit by opening the ultimate black box, the cell.   It is the astonishing complexity of subcellular organic structures that has forced the question, “How could all this have evolved?”

The result of these cumulative efforts to investigate the cell – to investigate life at the molecular level – is a loud, clear, piercing cry of “design!”

The result is so unambiguous and so significant that it must be ranked as one of the greatest achievements in the history of science.

Why does the scientific community not greedily embrace its startling discovery?  The dilemma is that while one side of the elephant is labeled intelligent design, the other side might be labeled God.

Darwin’s Black Box.  Michael J. Behe

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God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good. Evening came, and morning followed—the sixth day.   Genesis 1:31

In the beginning was the Word…. John 1:1

Biblical creation narratives represent another way of speaking about reality.  They do not depict the process of becoming or the mathematical structure of matter.  Instead, they say in different ways that there is only one God and that the universe is not the scene of a struggle among dark forces but rather the creation of his Word.

God created the universe in order to enter into a history of love with humankind.  He created it so that love could exist.

Therefore we must not in our own day conceal our faith in creation.  We may not conceal it.  Only if it is true that the universe comes from freedom, love, and reason, and that these are the real underlying powers, can we trust one another, go forward into the future, and live as human beings.  God is the Lord of all things because he is their creator, and only therefore can we pray to him.  For this means that freedom and love are not ineffectual ideas but rather that they are sustaining forces of reality.

IN THE BEGINNING…  Pope Benedict XVI

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Our Monday and Tuesday shift managers are accompanied by prayer volunteers.

However, there is always room for more.  Please come on over.

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NOTES FROM THE SIDEWALK

JENNIFER  7-9

Honestly, I was dreading the vigil this morning…coming off a hectic week and knowing that forecasted temps were in the teens.

In His goodness, God helped me to show up anyway and provided faith-filled, friendly prayer companions who made my shift very pleasant.

Thank you to Rose, Ben, Vince, Bill, and Sue for showing me God’s Smile this morning.

An encouraging sign:  many people were interested in taking fetal development literature from Rose!

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SUE 9-11

It was quite cold as I arrived for the 9-11 shift, but when you’ve been doing this year after year as I have, just the sight of “old faithful” (old in their commitment, NOT in their years!) 40 Days-ers does wonders to warm you up!  And that’s exactly what happened this morning.

Arriving to Jen and Vince praying felt like a family reunion, and I also met Rose for the first time (who was just as warm and welcoming!).

Vince graciously stayed and prayed the Rosary with me until about 9:30 when the Canonsburg crew arrived.  What a prayerful bunch they are!  We did a LOT of praying.

There were few passersby – all were either positive or neutral in their reactions to us.  The one exception was a lady who just shook her head as she walked by.  We prayed for her.

Patty arrived around 10:30 to join us in prayer, and Rich & Roseann, always on top of things, arrived for their shift at least 15 minutes early.

We all finished off the shift with the scriptural Glorious Mysteries.

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ROSEANN AND RICH 11-1

As Sunday’s are for the most part quiet, today was no exception. We were thankful for all those who came to witness and pray with us. You meet the nicest people when you come to 40 days.

St. Colman Church was scheduled during this time.

A passerby stopped and gave a donation today because he was grateful that we were there.

Mary Jane, Rich, Pat, Arlene, Bill
Mary Jane, Rich, Pat, Arlene, Bill

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PAT M  1-3

Today my parish, St. Regis in Trafford, was signed-up for the 1-3 shift.  Fortunately the weather was good and things were nice and peaceful.  I had my family with me (minus the two girls at college) as well as Bibi and Rey, who is a brother Knight of Columbus.  Bibi and Rey stayed with me for the bulk of the shift (thanks guys, I really appreciated you being there!).  Shift Manager David R. came about a half hour early so I was able to both catch-up with him and spend some time praying in solitude.  Near the end, Megan from Mother of Sorrows in Murrysville came with her two daughters to pray and be with David, as did Marian.

Shift Manager David
Shift Manager David

 

Grace, Kate, Steph, Bibi, Rey
Grace, Kate, Steph, Bibi, Rey

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DAVID 3-5
It was a beautiful Sunday. We prayed and discussed.

Megan and her daughters arrived for the hour of Mercy.

Marian came for an hour.

Ann reached out graciously to several people with our pamphlets. Phillene, Ann, and Mary Kay prayed the rosary like three little angels.
A lady stopped looking for a young man who has been missing since last month. We prayed for him.

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JOE 5-7

David stayed for my entire shift, because he didn’t want me to be alone.

We prayed with a couple of God’s children that were suffering.

At the end of the shift David received a call that his brother was in a motorcycle accident and was life flighted to Presby.

Please, let’s all lift  them up in our prayers.

David, Marykay, Philene
David, Marykay, Philene

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And God saw that it was good.

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