Like more than a few of you, I am of Irish lineage. My father’s ancestors traveled to the “new country” to avoid starvation and make their way in the melting pot of American society, settling first in Boston, then here in Pittsburgh. Ireland has long been a source of pride for our family, most especially since the majority of Irish law has supported Biblical Law- up to and including a a ban on abortion except in very exceptional circumstances. GO IRISH!
to quote from a Friends of Ireland email :
‘The Catholic faith which Patrick imparted to the Irish people has defended, consistently for two millennia, the sanctity and dignity of innocent human life in all of its stages and conditions.’
It was the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution which has long protected our irish brothers and sisters before birth. Now, the people of Ireland are voting on a referendum that would strip protection from their tiniest citizens in the womb– those defenseless children —guilty of no crime, innocent, pure, and certainly loved from afar.
The 8th amendment, signed into law in 1983 was groundbreaking in its recognition of AN EQUAL RIGHT TO LIFE OF THE MOTHER AND THE UNBORN CHILD. What a beautiful message of peaceful co-existence
PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TODAY TO PRAY that Ireland retains the beauty and simplicity of the 8th Amendment, drafted in the spirit of a people that knows suffering and prejudice; drafted with the love of the Irish people- even the tiny ones!
Hang a Shamrock, Have an Irish Draught, Eat a piece of Soda Bread, but above all else, PRAY for a continued PRO-LIFE IRELAND !
Today’s Shift Reports from the Irish Streets of Pittsburgh:
7am- 9am Tim Reports:
Kilts and prayers.
There was a lot of activity on sidewalk early this morning. The Bellevue Knights of Columbus arrived early and were planning to pray the entire day of the vigil. These knights were joined by the Guardians of Life and their KOC team as well. Prayers rang out and were heard by all the early people coming for the parade, some in kilts. What a powerful witness and presence we had today.
9am- 11am Sue & Sue Report:
The sidewalk was busy with a lot of people going to the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade! We tried to use the opportunity to increase awareness about PP and offer alternatives to abortion and PP. When we were just about finished with the shift, the police came and asked us to clear the sidewalk for safety due to a threat that they received. We were so grateful to have the knights with us…and for Diane’s amazing engineering skills which enabled us to take all the the vigil materials with us!!
At about 11:00 today, we were informed by the Pittsburgh Police that the area was to be cleared of all persons due to a suspicious material placed in a nearby trash container. Someone called into the police worried that we might be in danger….. As of this publishing, no harm came to anyone on the sidewalk, as all were cooperative in leaving the area.
THE VIGIL RESUMES AT 7am TOMORROW– This is your very last week to be a part of this important, effective project— Please join us on the sidewalk!!