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Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time
we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
We passed the halfway point in our fall vigil this week…and I’m ashamed to admit that I found myself losing steam. I was having a hard time getting up off the spiritual “couch.” The hectic pace of everyday life kept pushing me along and I just didn’t feel like pushing myself on top of that. I was longing to do something mindless and treat myself to the few little things from which I’m fasting.
I think Jesus understands. Fully human and fully divine, He may have even felt the same at times. But I’m sure He doesn’t want me to give in or give up. He certainly never did. So I looked around for some spiritual “caffeine” to get me up and moving. God provided just what I need through our beautiful 40 Days for Life family.
I was struck by the quote Pat used in his reflection the other day: “God loves you just the way you are, but too much to let you stay that way.” God gets that I’m tired, and mercifully, He won’t abandon me in my weakness…but with His help I can do better.
Sue offered comfort with her suggestion to “dream small.” I don’t have to make it through 16 more days of the campaign all at once…just one day at a time. Give us this day our daily bread. Please, Lord, help me to give it all I’ve got TODAY.
Nikki’s passionate warning about the danger of being lukewarm was perfectly timed, while her updates on darling Adrial, Rowan, and Wyatt were just what I needed to get some fire back. How can I ever get tired of fighting when this is who we’re fighting for?
Let’s pray for one another with TRUST that God will grant us the focus and energy to fight as hard as we can for the most vulnerable today. And then let’s do it again tomorrow. 😊
7-9 AM, Barbara and Richard:
Sunrise treated us to a pink plaid glow. Richard and I were joined early by Diane and Rose.
We decorated the sidewalk with prolife items, trying to set a scene that could welcome mothers to choose life.
Bill, John, Beverly and Kim joined us. Cathy stopped by on her way to the airport. She is going to NC for a wedding.
Al and Sally are celebrating their 51 YEARS WEDDING ANNIVERSARY today. Caesar Emmanuel dropped by, chose a blue Rosary because it is on this week’s Pittsburgh Catholic front page, and asked us to give a shout out to Bishop Zubik. Life is good.
Today is an abortion day. We are trying to change hearts, one at a time.
1-3 PM, Regina:
My daughter Angela, faithful witness for life, Ginny and I had the great grace of being led by the pastor of North American Martyrs Parish, Fr. Joe Luisi, in all four Mysteries of The most Holy Rosary. The power of this prayer effort was tangible as we lifted up our hearts, minds and souls to God on behalf of the unborn, and in honor of the dignity of all human Life. Heavy foot traffic on Liberty Ave. ensured the opportunity to witness to the supportive, the offended and the indifferent alike. Thank you Fr. Joe! The witness of clergy speaks volumes on so many crucial levels. Hearts were clearly touched by Fr.’s prayerful presence! Some crossed themselves as they passed, while others stopped to engage and seek counsel. People are hungry for God, and need to believe in the geniune goodness of God’s people! That was quite evident today in front of the Gates of Hell. Thanks be to God, the victory is HIS!
3-5 PM, Lisa:
Quiet shift but loads of intercessory prayer covered the streets thanks to Ginny, Karen and Larry from West Hills Baptist, and the youth from St Monica’s!!!
Thank you for your witness, sacrifice, and love for women and children in difficult circumstances!!!
5-7 PM, Barbara and Richard (again, God bless them!):
Slowly the sun faded and a blue grey light washed the streets. Quietly, quietly, day faded into evening and then dark. Workers left PP, and the door locked behind each of them, one by one. Finally the building was empty, dark and hollow.
Richard and I were joined by Karen and Larry, members of West Hills Baptist. They were here 3 – 7 and appeared tireless. As people passed, so many stopped to talk with them.
And then, Diane and Tom came, gathered up the items, and drove away. Another 12 hour shift completed, as we promised. We witnessed outside, in full view of Pittsburghers, in honor of the tiny invisible babies whose lives were quietly, relentlessly taken here today.
A prayer request from Joan, vigil participant:
I was down there today and a young girl came out of Planned Parenthood very upset. I spoke with her for a few minutes and gave her info and then her friend grabbed her hand and whisked her away. I hope she makes the right choice! I could tell that she did not want to go through with the abortion.
Please check back later as more reports come in!