God is detailed oriented…Sounds like something that should be on your resume, right?! But when you think about the detail of our fingerprints and the palms of our hands…or the detail in nature.
You can’t deny God shows attention to detail!
We are frequently challenged to “think globally” and look at the big picture. But maybe God has a plan for us to just be concerned with the detail of the task He has set right in front of us…Not to go out and save the world, not to stand at every abortion center in Pittsburgh or in the State of PA. But the detail of being called to witness to life right here locally…Focusing on the detail of one person (or 2!) entering PP at Liberty Avenue and how you may be able to help her.
I think you are imitating God when you stand on the sidewalk, showing how much you care about the detail of a person’s life. We will trust the big picture to God and wait for the glorious unfolding of His plans by being faithful to the details!
The last week of the campaign and we are tired. The cold weather during this campaign has something to do with it. It’s times like this when we need to remember to “Trust in him at all times, you people, pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge” (psalm62) We don’t want to be glum and God doesn’t want that either. So
just like that, he puts a smile on our face and warmth in our heart.
1) Al was back on the sidewalk today! Sally is home and told him to join us. She is still taking it easy! Thank you Lord.
2) We had a very spirited group from St. Paul Catholic in Steubenville. They prayed together, greeted everyone, and David had a very nice way of reaching out to those entering PP. The Spirit was with them for sure!
3) I was reminded of what Fr. Kevin from St. Alphonse and Fr. John from St. Bonaventure said,”Abortion WILL end!”
God is our refuge!! And knows when and how to lift us up!!! Charlene
Our dear friends Tracy, Sandy, Beth and Dave from Steubenville were back for a repeat appearance at PP today along with regulars Edith and Ed from St. James. What a wonderful group, praying, listening and handing out literature on a very busy morning. Later, Fr. Jeremy Mohler from St. Katherine Drexel of Washington PA joined us in praying for a sad line of clients going into 933 Liberty Avenue.
The weather went from bad (cold, windy, wet) to worse (cold, windy, wet, and snow) as we turned the duties over to Ceil and her friends from St. Joseph. First day of Spring…..?
See you in the fall or if you can, please join us any Tuesday morning because the abortions continue all the time.
It’s seemed like a Fall campaign where each week got colder. We were well dressed for it this week! Good thing because we had it all…drizzle, sleet, snow all within 2 hours.
The nice guard came out to salt the sidewalk in front of PP. He said he didn’t want anyone to get hurt. I told him it’s too bad that so many are getting hurt inside that building and again said that he could find a better place to work. He said he was OK with working there. But smiled.
It was so nice to close out my shift with my “girls” from St Joe’s/St Mary’s….Joyce, Patti and JoAnn! We stopped by Catholic Charities on the way to drop off 2 large boxes of donations from our church beforehand.
The girls prayed and sang songs and jumped in on some conversations. A few to note:
A beautiful young lady stopped to engage in a very thoughtful conversation. She said that we were making girls feel bad about an already difficult decision and said that some girls who have been raped come for an abortion. We informed her that that was a low number; that the trauma of abortion doesn’t make the raped women feel better; that abortion is often used as a way to cover up a rape situation… And then we were quite saddened to learn that she was a rape victim who chose abortion. She was glad that we were more peaceful and not yelling at the girls. She thought that we were telling them they would “go to hell”, which we said was not our call to make. She did say that we should, instead, encourage contraception esp the condom. But I told her about the problems (health…) with contraception and the false sense of “protection” that they think they have which results in STD’s and unwanted pregnancies. So I stressed that abstinence was the best option and what we promote. Although she refused to take most of the literature that I offered and questioned the facts that I told her, she did, in the end, take a Rachel’s Vineyard flyer that JoAnn kept offering her and gave her a hug before leaving.
Another girl headed for PP stopped and willingly took several of the flyers that we had. She said she was not there for an abortion and was shocked when I said they were performing them today. So we suggested that she look for her care elsewhere. She seemed interested but still wanted to keep her appointment. While Joyce and I spoke with her, a man stopped and asked her to come talk with him a little. Joyce told him we would gladly address any of his concerns as well. But she did walk down the street with him for a very short while. We were hoping that she would not come back, but she did. However, we are hopeful that she may not return in the future. She seemed disturbed with the abortion idea and seemed interested in the other resources.
A man stopped to say that, while respects our being there and that we have the right, he doesn’t agree with us. He also said that if the California case comes to PA, he would not agree that they have the right to force CPC to promote abortion. He thinks people should have a right to “choose”. It’s the whole notion of “relativism” that is alive in our culture today. We need a backbone to stick up for what is truly right and against what is truly wrong. There are absolutes. And abortion is absolutely wrong. He didn’t want to stay to talk about the rights of the child, etc. He just wanted to state his point and move on. At least he “respects” us I guess.
Here are some of the ways we made a difference today:
Prayed 2 Rosaries
Prayed 1 Divine Mercy
Offered up Songs
Provided pregnancy resources to someone to share
Patiently deal with an Abortion Adovocate
Offered Abortion Healing for someone in need
Directed someone to other places to go besides PP
Directed the poor/needy to a location for help
Conversation with a worker
Endured the Cold and Snow and Rain
I had the honor of praying with the wonderfully dedicated group from Saint Margaret Mary Parish in moon township. What a selfless and dedicated group they are! They signed up to be there for four hours and are staying the entire time! The weather was terrible, I don’t know why I thought it might be fun to stand in the snow, it definitely was not. The snow was icy and wet and the wind was whipping it in our faces. It was a losing battle to try to keep the baby model set visible, it would be covered again two minutes after cleaning it off. Trying to pray the prayer intentions on the back of the baby signs was even a challenge as the words kept getting covered up from the snow. But, we made a profound witness to those who saw us although not many stopped to comment or engage us. One young man, however, did stop to talk. He asked us, “why do you care so much?“ We had the opportunity to explain to him how much God loves everyone, and since we love God, we love all of his creation, and explained that when those who are weak and unable to defend themselves are being harmed, that we need to come to their aid. I think we gave him something to think about, he was really just curious and seemed to be intrigued as to why we would stand out there in such awful weather. That is why it is so important that we do this, I believe. I was very happy to see the next shift manager, Mike when he arrived at 3 o’clock to relieve me. Here he is in the picture, along with the wonderful prayer warriors from Saint Margaret Mary Parish.
Thank you to everyone for your sacrifice in this difficult weather! I believe that God sees our sacrifices and is holding us in his heart.
Day 35 Tuesday 3 – 5
It was cold, windy, snowy and wet today, but the thoughts of babies warmed our hearts. The ladies and gents from St. Margaret of Moon Township were six strong and wonderful to brave the nasty weather and keep the vigil for four hours. This movement and cause is all about God’s people, brothers and sisters in Christ, coming together to pray, chant, sing, fast, cry, laugh and witness to His unending and unconditional love for us imperfect humans who are created by Him and in His image and likeness. What is more important than for us to JOIN TOGETHER AND bring Glory, Honor and Worship to the Perfect Creator of ALL!!! NOTHING!!!
What fun weather for our last Tuesday shift of this 40 Days campaign, the first day of spring. We knew well enough to dress in several layers and the big heavy boots. It never got too sloppy for us tonight but just as we were beginning to feel the cold Diane and her two faithful companions came a little early so all of us could get home before the predicted heavier snow.
What a great prayer partner I have had in Johanna joining me this whole campaign, my CDA sister (Catholic Daughters of the Americas.) A another big thank you to Fran a Knights of Columbus member from Greentree. Knights and Daughters two great organizations. If Fran had not joined us three of our five Tuesday nights, Johanna and I would have been praying and witnessing alone. Thank you again Fran!