I am back to the gym after a many month hiatus. My “poison” of choice : Boot Camp Class 2-3 times a week. Burpees, Weight training, Cardio, Core Strengthening …
- I KNOW exercise is good for me, and that I am a more balanced person when I push myself physically.
- I KNOW that I am not expected to be the best one in my class, and that there will be many younger and more agile folks in at the gym.
- I KNOW, too that my time is not so completely scheduled that I can’t find a few hours a week for this.
- I also KNOW that God gave us bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit, and that I have an obligation to maintain His gift.
OK but I HATE GOING to Class! I especially despise those first few minutes of “warm up”. Having sat at a desk all day, my body is shocked into physical exertion and I panic about what the next hour will require. It takes sheer determination to do this thing that is anything but FUN!
… Same with my 40 Daysfor Life Shift!
- I KNOW it is good for me, and I am a more balanced person when I do it.
- I KNOW I am not expected to be the best on the sidewalk. (Sidewalk Advocates are amazing)
- I KNOW that my time is not so completely scheduled that I can’t take several hours a week to be on the sidewalk.
- I KNOW that God has blessed me with the incredibly good fortune to be ABLE to stand or kneel on my own.
Knowing all these things ….. IT IS STILL SUCH A CHALLENGE to COMMIT
TO MY 40 DAYS SHIFT!
I especially dislike the initial approach to PP when I realize that my life for the next 2 hours will expose me to the deepest hurts in our city. I hate the idea of being so close to a center of death. I hate watching broken women and men leave PP. And of course, I hate being cold or wet or harassed…
SO WHY DO IT? WHY BOTHER?
At the end of my time (at exercise class or )on the sidewalk, whether I am rolling up my exercise mat, or returning my PRAY TO END ABORTION sign to the 40 Days supply bin, I feel JOY! In my heart, I know I did what was best — what made sense for who I am as a person. As much as I didn’t want to be at that place for that time; and I am changed!
AND when you involve GOD in your tough activity, the added benefit benefits can astound us:
We now know that PRAYING TO END ABORTION
- Saves Babies Lives
- Gives Mothers REAL CHOICES which are not violent or regrettable
- Converts Abortion Workers
- Closes Clinics
So….. We don’t need to Love or even Look Forward to our time on the Sidewalk,
We just need to SHOW UP!
INVEST AN HOUR OR TWO — No Pain, No Gain!
French off the bench
7-9am Shift Report From Pat: St. Regis/Trafford
I knew not to make a rookie mistake. A rookie mistake is to see that the temperature for your two-hour shift will be in the low 50s and to interpret “low 50s” as actually meaning “low 50s.” When you’re standing out on a cold sidewalk for a couple of hours, even in deceptively nice weather, you know the time has come for layering…and yes, gloves. (In fact, I’d say that it was only a few degrees away from being an earmuff morning as well.)
Despite consistently not being bright enough to schedule my parish for a day when there is not a huge Sunday morning event in downtown event (this time it was The Great Race), I had three of my faithful fellow parishioners join me for the entire two hours. Thanks guys! And we were all blessed to once again have SMB (Shift Manager Buddy) Vince with us to not only lead us in prayer, but to bring prayer guides with mediations on the mysteries of the rosary. Bill H. also stopped by for a bit and asked for prayers for a recent health concern.
The most interesting thing that happened occurred when I was on the “materials side” of the sidewalk and Mike, Yolanda, and Albert were on the other side. I noticed that a woman came to speak with them for about five minutes. The conversation seemed peaceful so I stayed where I was. Albert told me later that she was from out of town and, as she passed us earlier on her way to the Greyhound Bus station, we were all praying together. She was impressed by this felt that God had told her to return in order to give us some words of encouragement and to pray for us, which she did. Thank you so much kind stranger, and may God bless you as well.
– Shift Manager Pat
9-11 Shift Report from Sue
My shift manager buddy Ken and I were the only folks manning the 9-11 shift this morning. We prayed the Rosary and talked about the Life cause. At one point a young man came by and earnestly engaged us in conversation. He was on his way to catch a bus to his mom’s funeral in another city. It was such a wonderful conversation due to Ken’s gentle witnessing and the genuine openness of this young man to learning about the pro-life message. The young man left in a very appreciative and, we believe, enlightened mode. The “R” family showed up around the middle of our shift and knelt to pray a Rosary. Ken had brought a bunch of red roses, and the children were happy to place them around the circle. I wanted to get a photo of them, but my phone was malfunctioning. This family is a huge blessing to the vigil and always such an inspiration and blessing to me. As I’ve mentioned many times, I never go to the vigil to be blessed myself, but somehow I always am — every time! Many thanks to Ken and the R family!!!
1-3 Shift Report: Bill and Park Baptist Church/McKeesport
SHOUT OUT TO Bill D. who stepped up as SHIFT MANAGER. Thanks Bill!
Park Baptist Church Brings PRAYER TO THE PAVEMENT today!
Photos of the GREAT people of Park Baptist Church in McKeesport; OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD!
11-1 Shift Report: RoseAnn
PRAYER MOB! Roseann, Rich, Margie, Larry
It was a beautiful day to pray and I am happy John came with me.
Patty, Nadine, John and I said the Rosary.
Nadine led the Divine Mercy chaplet.
There was a minimal amount of insults.
There were a few words of gratitude and a couple of men stopped by to say they were praying for an end to abortion, too.
Thank you and God bless you.
5-7 Shift Report from Joe
Holy Trinity Ukranian Church (pictured)Martha,Pat, Natali,Angie, along with Deacon Myron (not in picture) our fearless leader Nikki, joined Jim, Cathy, (my shift buddies) and I, to witness for life