40 Days for Life
When Abram prostrated himself, God spoke to him.
Genesis 17: 3
Today’s First Reading is a long passage from Genesis. But each week, I look at these readings, and see where the Holy Spirit stops me. And He stopped me here, at this first line. This line from Genesis 3 makes me remember that we cannot hear God when we are focused on self.
This holds true for those of us on EITHER side of the abortion issue. For those of us who are pro-life, we must be outward-looking…. focused on the woman or man before us who is in need of our help. For those who are pro-abortion, there also must be the outward focus: What is good for my child? What is good for the rest of my family? What is good for the father/mother of my child? If the focus is on self, then the chances for abortion are certainly higher.
May the Lord enlighten the eyes of our hearts so that we can be HUMBLE enough to prostrate ourselves before Him, and listen to what He wants to tell us.
Shift Manager Reports
It was a cold and icy morning, but it was a good shift. My faithful partner Peggy was there the whole time. Vicki came to pray for a while and Bill stopped by briefly. Katie also came to reach out to the abortion bound clients of Planned Parenthood with alternatives to abortion. The sidewalk was very icy and many people were slipping. I was warning people to be careful, but one woman did go down onto her back. We helped her up and she was OK, thankfully. I asked the security guard if he could throw some salt out, but he told me that it was not Planned Parenthood’s problem. He said the ice was in front of the bar and that we should ask them. I told him they were not open but he simply said it wasn’t his problem.We didn’t get much interaction with passersby; some eye rolls, that is about all. One woman, however, stopped in the middle of the circle and proclaimed the blood of Jesus over that place and prayed and proclaimed that that place would be closed and that the evil would be defeated. She told us that she had had abortions and now realizes that abortion is murder. It was awesome to watch her pray so boldly. I actually got chills listening to her pray, it seemed prophetic. Of course, it may have just been the cold, but I hope it was the Holy Spirit! Thanks, everyone, for your sacrifice this morning!Nikki
It was the quietest Thursday of these 40 days as far as clients going in this morning. We only saw one couple go in during our two hours there.We were a bit distracted by the icy sidewalks as two people fell and lots of others did “ice dances!”Thank you everyone for coming out to pray during these 40 Days for Life! I hope you’ll come out and bring a friend a time or two before our next 40 days. Your prayers are always needed outside of 933 Liberty Ave.I hope, too, that you’ll plan to come over to pray at Magee-Womens Hospital, where 500-700 abortions are committed every year. Over half of those abortions are committed in the second trimester. If you’d like to know more about that opportunity, drop me a line at TheMageeProject@gmail.com.Hope to see you at the closing Sunday evening!
The 11-1 shift today was relatively quiet. I had wonderful companions, including Denise, a Thursday regular, who is not pictured here. I am so grateful for their presence and prayers… especially to Fr. Tom from St. Patrick parish, who came prepared with holy water and blessed salt, which he prayerfully sprinkled around the sidewalk. Thank you, Father, for all of these special blessings!!
We had several words of blessing and thanks from passersby today. Maybe it was the sunshine? But my favorite line came from a black man who, as he passed us, said casually, “God’s got y’alls back.” I loved it.
What a wonderful day! We enjoyed the beauty of two families from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Carnegie. Both families brought five children, all of them prayerful, pleasant, polite and patient. An added bonus is that we also had one more baby in utero and lovely Isabel was celebrating her 12th Birthday.
With the families was a fine blond lady who would make a super Shift Manager.
(I’m sorry I’ve forgotten many names, so I won’t try to guess.)
We all sang “Happy Birthday” to Isabel, and then we prayed the rosary. No fidgeting, fussing, or fighting, and the children took turns leading the decades. We also prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet before the families walked into the sunlight.
After they left, we still had two Knights from the parish, and another young lady who came from her office at the other end of the Golden Triangle.
The sidewalk was busy with not just the students and bus lines; we also had the company of many members of the American Society of Black Engineers, who are having gatherings in Pittsburgh.
And let us recall the outward focus of our love.
May our humility allow us to hear the call of the Lord for our lives and our families.
“To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others.”
-Pope St. John Paul II