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!

mother teresa

 

“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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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