The Dad of a very good friend recently died. I have known my friend, his siblings and his parents for 30 years. I knew his Dad, but not really all that well, like who he really was…he always seemed a bit gruff to me! I couldn’t quite reconcile in my mind the tender stories his family told about him.
But then there was the eulogy at his funeral…“To know his kids, their kindness, smarts and humor, is to know BUD, they are the best reflection of him. He has left a lasting legacy in his children, who will carry on his characteristics”
It suddenly clicked, aahhh, now I understand who Bud was, cause I know and love his children…They are the best reflection of him!
And then the whole thing kinda struck me in a much bigger way…applying the same principle to God the Father. Do I really know God the Father, like who He really is? Of course I do, cause I know His children, beginning with Jesus his Son and including ALL of us who are made in the image and likeness of God. He has made us His lasting legacy and we should be carrying on His characteristics. When we choose to embrace the characteristics God has placed in us, we can be a reflection of the Father!
I think we are showing that to the people we meet on the street! I know I feel it every time I go to the sidewalk, I am surrounded by the most beautiful people because you are reflecting who God is!
Today was a day when gloves and hats were needed and the chill went deeper due to the large number of people going into PP. Customers…not visitors. We had Jackie, SWA with us who spoke with several and had a long talk with one couple…but they went in…chill. We were lucky to have our two Warriors from Steubenville…St. Peter Catholic Church, Stacey and Beth and Sally, Al, and Bill.
It is easy to feel down sometime but we have to remember that we did not join some club in 40 Days. God called us each by name to do what we are doing…he did not say it would be easy or a quick fix.He sent us by name and said He would be with us. And that’s all we need. Charlene
Today it was cold outside and definitely cold inside 933 Liberty Avenue. This morning was the busiest day, and therefore the saddest day seen in quite some time. From Steubenville Tracy and Beth, Suzanne from Bellefield Presbyterian, and Elsie from Sidewalk Advocates witnessed a steady flow of single women and couples coming and some leaving with those little brown bags (abortion pills? antibiotics?). When we arrived, Jackie had spoken to a couple seeking Planned Parenthood services. But they came out later and told Jackie that the preborn baby was too big. So we can only pray that they receive the help they need. They did not want to go to Catholic Charities.
Time went quickly and then Bill helped me disentangle the shift manager badge from my coat and hoodie and let me run to catch my bus. Thanks, Bill.
p.s. I left a Pirate umbrella among our stuff. Hopefully someone will walk away with it; it was pretty much kaput anyway.
Thanks to “Saint” Bill for being at the right place at the right time! Beth was able to catch her bus and I was able to hit the bathroom before beginning my shift.
Today was our church’s vigil day during my shift and into Audrey’s. It was so nice for Father Mark to bring me down. I was able to direct a few passersby to him during our shift. He kept busy in conversation and also handed out brochures after a Edith left. We had 3 newbies come down from our church! Richard spent his time with Fr and Edith. He rescued a sign that had blown into the street and decided to wear it. Did anyone mention how windy it was today?
Elsie stayed much later into the shift. And, when leaving, took a girl “N” with her to get her food for her and her two older girls. Please pray for “N” to find food until her food stamps come in.
They were very busy at PP. Abortions and contraception were being handed out like candy. We could see the sadness of it all. One girl came out seemingly with her boyfriend and parents. She seemed traumatized. Was this really her choice? And what about the men’s choice? One young man pulled up. After a brief moment, the girl got out and went quickly in. He took longer. After getting out, he stared up and down at the abortion mill then slowly made his way in. We encouraged him to get her out and offered our help. He did come out a while later and drove away by himself.
Newbie, Steve, joined me in conversation during his lunch break. We worked as a team when we were able to interact with others. He handed out the yellow business cards. Several people took extra resources to post and hand out. He then prayed the rosary with Rick T. when he showed up. “Regular” Bob also stopped by to get some prayer time in. And my church friend, Darlene, signed up to offer rosary prayers from home during our vigil shift too. It is always so nice to have the praying going while we are trying to interact with those passing by.
At the end of my shift, my friends Joyce, Patti and her husband, Denny (a newbie), showed up for the 1-2 hour. With Audrey now there I was able to take a break to warm up. We were glad that Denny could provide the transportation to Pittsburgh and offer his warm smile to counteract the cold that surrounded that place today.
Audrey and Jim 1pm-3pm
Today was a day of many contrasts – the sun was shining one minute and the next minute it was cloudy. Many passersby shared their support and many did not. But the overall shift was inspirational – we had a great turnout and we prayed fervently. It has been awhile since I was at a shift that had abortions performed that day. I would say over eight couples or single women went into PP. It was very sad. They all came out sad…… Our pro-life rosary was tearful but hopeful and uplifting.
The earlier shift was from St. Joe’s in Cabot. They were an enthusiastic and vibrant group sharing our information with everyone. St. Ann’s from Waynesburg came a long distance, but their hearts were strong and supportive. They brought a calming peace and a prayerful comfort to our vigil.
If you want to know why we are there – we are praying for the parents and the babies that they may have peace and God’s love. We pray for their spirits. Whenever I am at the vigil, I feel the spirit of God and the spirit of the many tiny souls that are floating up to heaven.
We were blest to have seven beautiful people from a Catholic Church in Waynesburg from 2 to 6 pm.
They prayed the rosary for hours and were an inspiration to me and others. Karen, the passionate advocate for Planned Parenthood, was with us to keep us on our toes and strengthen our fervor for life. A gentleman named Perry stopped to tell us he was behind us 100% and he talked for about 10 minutes about his life, the miracle of birth and the gift of life. His words of encouragement were inspirational and heart warming.
A young man named “I” approached us after being at Planned Parenthood for 2 hours with his girlfriend. She is about 11 weeks pregnant and they drove down from Erie to have an abortion. He did not like what PP had to say and he decided abortion was wrong. He took a brochure of ours into PP and they took it from him and would not give it back. He asked us for another brochure and we gave it to him. We told “I” to google Pregnancy Resource Centers in Erie, PA and to contact them for assistance and support with the pregnancy. He was very grateful we were there and he is a very nice young man with good intentions to do the right thing.
What an awesome experience! Thank you Lord for being there with us today and for strengthening and bringing Isaac and his girlfriend to us.
Here I am Lord, I come to do your will.
Seven faithful prayers traveled to Pittsburgh from St. Ann Catholic Church in Waynesburg. Attilia, Patricia, Carol, Kim, Mike, Barb and Kathy were there from 2 pm to after 6 pm praying and witnessing. They had come to do the Lord’s will. There was two handsome young men who stopped and joined in prayer. They promised to return on another day but were leaving for their Bible class.Donna and Rick traveled in with me for the evening and we welcomed Susan and Larry from St. Joseph Parish in Coraopolis all of whom answered the call to come and do His will.