The Great St. Bernard Pass is a 49-mile route in the Alps between Italy and Switzerland. The pass is only snow free for a couple of months during the summer. It has been a treacherous route for travelers throughout history.
An Augustine monk founded Great St. Bernard Hospice and monastery. The monks acquired their first St. Bernard dog.
Workers were assigned to accompany travelers between the hospice and Bourg-Saint-Pierre, a municipality on the Swiss side.
Travelers were accompanied by the dogs, whose broad chests helped to clear paths. The dogs had a tremendous sense of smell and were able to discover people buried in the snow.
The canines made rescue excursions on the St. Bernard Pass for 150 years. Often the dogs would find buried travelers, dig through the snow and lie on top of the injured to provide warmth. The system became so organized that when Napoleon and his 250,000 soldiers crossed through the pass between 1790 and 1810, not one soldier lost his life.
About 2,000 people, from lost children to Napoleon’s soldiers, were rescued because of the heroic dogs’ uncanny sense of direction and resistance to cold. The last documented recovery was in 1897 when a 12-year-old boy was found nearly frozen in a crevice and awakened by a dog.
Accidents of nature
threaten treachery on snow covered passes in the Alps.
The treachery that threatens the pregnant mother and her baby
is neither natural nor an accident.
Pittsburgh Planned Parenthood staff puts to death
more than 40 children every week,
in downtown Pittsburgh.
The torn bodies of the killed babies are collected and
discarded as medical waste.
BE A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS BABIES.
BE A SIGN OF HOPE FOR THEIR MOTHERS.
Pittsburgh 40 Days for Life, Spring 2018, is underway. Volunteers are praying, fasting and witnessing downtown.
Since the first coordinated 40 Days for Life campaign took place in Texas in 2007, through the end of 2017, local campaign leaders have reported these blessings, God’s answers to their prayers:
5,251 total campaigns
750,000 individual participants
13,998 lives saved from abortion
170 abortion workers quit their jobs
90 abortion facilities closed.
BE A SIGN OF HOPE FOR THEIR MOTHERS.
Witness with us in Pittsburgh.
NOTES FROM THE SIDEWALK
JEN 7-9 SHIFT MANAGER
Cold as it was this morning, I was happy to head for the sidewalk knowing that People of God Covenant Community would be there. The powerful prayers, inspiring hymns, and warm fellowship they bring make this day a highlight of each campaign. Thank you to Pat, Tom, Patty, and Todd for bringing light to that dark corridor.
Continued thanks to Diane and Tom for providing everything the vigil could need; and to Vince, Bill, and Patty who regularly answer God’s call to witness for life on Sunday mornings. You make such a difference by being there. God bless you all!
SUE 9-11 SHIFT MANAGER
Wow — WHAT A CONTRAST today was with yesterday and its happenings and mood on the sidewalk! It was so nice to be joined by so many prayer warriors, and we prayed in intercessions and also via the Rosary. When I arrived, Patty was just getting out of her car simultaneously with me. Todd, Patti, and Tom of People of God Covenant Community were in prayer along with Vince and Shift Manager Jen. The Special Guest Star of the morning actually was a star — the sun!!! It felt SO good. Paul, Pattie, Joe, Mary, Jim, and Sandy arrived shortly afterwards, also from People of God. Later, Daniel and Pam arrived, also from People of God. Then toward the end of the shift came Rich and John from Holy Martyrs Parish, Joan from Holy Family, and Ken & Mary Ellen from Transfiguration, followed by two more couples from Transfiguration just as Rich and Roseanne arrived to take over for me. It was a way bigger crowd than usual for a Sunday morning!
The sidewalk itself in general was very quiet. We had several passersby but no negative comments. At one point a man who’d just gotten off a bus came by seeking help; we prayed for him and with him. A loudly laughing group of older teenage boys came by on their way to the nearby organization that helps to clean up the city. When I see those volunteering groups of young people, I can’t help but ponder, and pray, that despite their apparent clannish-ness within their peer group, they are taking significant notice of us and our message. This group today seemed to notice our signs and made some positive comments.
May the sun continue to come out and the Son continue to come in!!
ROSEANN AND RICH 11-1 SHIFT MANAGERS
Nearing the end of this 40 days campaign, I pray that we have changed some hearts and minds and abortion would be nothing more than a bad memory. Sunday’s are usually calm and quiet and this Sunday was no different. We were pleased to see some friends and acquaintances from previous 40 days.
JEFF 1-3 SHIFT MANAGER
I arrived at 1pm to find a parking spot waiting for me right in front of PP. The sidewalk was in shadow and cold, but by 1:30 pm the sun was warming us and I thought of all the cold mornings and rain that greeted us at the beginning of this vigil. My friend Tim surprised me by stopping down and standing with me for two hours, as did Stacey from Saint John XXIII.
A second shift of folk from Transfiguration showed up as well, Joan, Judy, and Arlene. Near the end of my shift three cars pulled up and let off a dozen people from St Barbara’s and Holy Child from Bridgeville, including Jim M., a fellow shift manager. I asked if any of them wanted my primo parking spot and Jim asked if I could stick around till their pastor got there so he could take it. Lo and behold, who pulls up but Fr Joe Freedy. As I pulled a u-ie onto Liberty to give him my space, I shouted out to him to remember me in his prayers, as we ask all of you to pray for us down here on the sidewalk.
LINDSAY 3-5 SHIFT MANAGER
Decades ago (yes, DECADES ago) I was a “victim” of public Witness. I was reminded of this today when a woman walked right past a priest and a large group of Christ’s witnesses and proudly and loudly proclaimed how “great” Planned Parenthood was. Always quick to judge (a terrible vice of mine) I thought, “the audacity!” to be so brazen about such a heartless thing as abortion, right in front of a priest!
Immediately, God humbled me and my face burned red with shame when I suddenly remembered walking off-campus one Sunday afternoon (likely hungover) past a Baptist church and right through the midst of a large group of well dressed women exiting Sunday worship. I was wearing a t-shirt that said “Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll” that I got from a fraternity party the night before. Talk about audacious! Those WONDERFUL women admonished me up one side and down the other, as I thoroughly deserved. Let’s just say that was the beginning of a long road of reversion back to the Catholic Church from which I’d become lost.
This memory made me realize how VERY IMPORTANT Public Witness in Jesus’ Name is. How important it is to admonish each other when we stray. How important it is to pray for the “lost sheep.” I am sure those Baptist women took me to fervent prayer, and while I’m certainly no Saint, I’ve come a very long way to become a pro-life Catholic in full alignment with the Church.
I was strongly reminded today of those heroic Baptist Christians through the humbling and strong Public Witness provided by Father Joe and his amazing combined flock from St. Barbara and Holy Child Parishes in Bridgeville.
Pro-life friends, let us never forget how important public witness is. I am living proof that conversion through the intercessory prayer of others is possible, because as we all know, “Nothing is Impossible with God!”
JOE 5-7 SHIFT MANAGER
I was surrounded by such beautiful witnesses today.
Lindsay hung out for the beginning of my shift and offered up her
aching feet to let me settle in. (Thank you Lindsay)
Then Cathy and Jim came and prayed. They were followed by the amazing R. family.
Beth stopped by at the end of my shift and offered up such kind
insights and support. I was truly treated to soul nourishing authentic
Christian witnesses today. It was much needed.
You can’t out give God, so cliché, but so true!!!
All glory and praise be to Jesus.