Day 7: THANKS First Evangelical Free Church (McKeesport); St. Alexis Catholic Church; Holy Angels Catholic Church (Hayes); Beaver Falls Knights of Columbus

Get out the Drain-O…In the spirit of HUMILTY, let us “clean out” our desires and fears, removing any obstacles, so that the grace God wants to pour through us during these 40 days…will flow freely,  right to the doors of Planned Parenthood! No, I don’t want you to drink any Drain-O….Just pray the prayer of humility below!!

Prayer of Humility-O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, hear me.

From the desire of being esteemed, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, deliver me, Jesus.

 

From the fear of being humiliated, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being despised, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of suffering rebukes, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being calumniated, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being suspected, deliver me, Jesus.

 

That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be preferred to me in everything, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may become holier than I, provided that I become as holy as I should,Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

 

7-9: Charlene and Dick

Today was Day 1 on the sidewalk for Dick and I. It was the first time I saw the new barriers and I think we should thank the City for giving us a place to sit when we get tired.😂
Pat delivered our portable station and I love it! Given the “knees to the ground”, I might suggest some kneelers in there. The First Evangelical Free Church, with Pastor Kirk was there bright and early and began praying at once. Such a Holy presence. I was a little off my game and forgot to write down names for the blog…except our Dean..no need to write his name.
                                                                                                                                 
I also forgot my flower but I did do a rosary on my knees. I felt like people reacted differently to “knees to the ground”. ..softer, not ignoring, taking note. I was happy to be back.   Charlene

9-11: Beth

Sometimes the best story happens while something else is going on.  Today Charlene and Dick had everything organized and ready when I arrived at PP.  Pastor Kirk of the First Evangelical Free Church of McKeesport had his faithful crew coming in shifts for the entire 7-11 shift.  Great folk with an admirable record of 40 Days attendance.  Norbert, Dave and Dean where on duty when Patty, Tracy, Robert and Dan arrived.  We were joined by another great group, the ladies from St. Alexis, Claudia, Beth Ann, Jannine, Therese and Claudia. Ed from St. James was with us today also!

Right before Nancy came to take over as shift manager, big smiles on Patty’s face (my apologies if I have the name wrong).  She pointed out a couple with a new baby who were speaking with a man and his little daughter, and asked if I knew why that baby was here.

I’d been watching the door, the couple was down the street, something else was going on.  Patty said she heard the man say that they were here because a year or so ago, a lady took the baby’s mom to lunch and spoke with her for an hour.

***Afterwards, the mom chose life and the baby was proof***

Thank you my fellow 9-11 prayer-ers who heard the best story of the day, when something else was going on.

11-1: Nancy

***Will update as report comes in***

1-3: Nikki

Today was my first afternoon shift of this campaign. I have to say, I like mornings better. Mornings are so much more peaceful. In the afternoon there just seems to be a spirit of confusion there at Planned Parenthood. Anyway, I arrived to see the earlier shift manager, Nancy, along with deacon Dan and Mary Lou from Holy Angels church in Hayes, along with a crew from Donegal.  They were  ready to leave, but Deacon Dan and his parishioner were there for the long-haul until 3 o’clock.

Shift manager Mike shows up for the 3 to 5 shift
Deacon Dan and Mary Lou praying

I forgot my flower sitting on the Kitchen table at home, so halfway through my shift I walked over to the florist on sixth Avenue and bought some flowers to lay on the yellow circle. It just looked so depressing with the few dead and tattered remnants of previous days flowers, I thought we needed some fresh ones. Deacon Dan and Mary Lou prayed prayers out loud, while I kneeled to pray the rosary on my own, and also the Saint Michael the Archangel chaplet. A woman pastor, who calls herself a prophetess stopped to talk to me for a long time. I remained on my knees the entire time that we talked.  She was very much against any sort of organized religion, especially Catholicism, so I thought that by remaining on my knees that would keep the conversation from escalating into an argument she finally left when it was time for me to leave.

Beaver Falls K of C

I was encouraged to greet the next group as they arrived, a group of knights from Beaver Falls. They brought along a priest from Lebanon, Fr. Antwan. I hope the weather holds off for them! It looked like a storm was beginning to brew as I left.

Thank you to everyone for coming out to Pray today! I know the Lord is hearing our prayers, and I know that we are making a difference!

Also, I almost forgot, there was a young couple that I was sure was headed into Planned Parenthood. I had just stood up after praying and was able to offer them the resource card. She took it and allowed me to explain the help that was available but then she gave it back to me. She looked very sad as she looked over at the baby model set, and she said that she understood that there is help available, but that sometimes abortion just has to be done. She seems so sad and resigned, I continued to speak to her about the worth of all human life, including hers and mine and her unborn baby, I thought she was pregnant. She did not disagree and thanked me for being kind but then turned and I thought for sure she would enter Planned Parenthood, but they walked past and did not return. Who knows? Maybe a heart changed and a life saved? We will probably never know!

3-5: Michael

Johanna, Benson, and Lori

We were here with three terrific Knights of Columbus men from St. Monica Church in Beaver County and a wonderful Maronite Catholic Priest from a Mission Church in Beaver Falls. Sorry I forgot their names.

Pictured are three wonderful 40 day Lifers: Johanna of Catholic Daughters, Benson of St. Anne’s in Castle Shannon and Lori of Abby Johnson’s creation known as And Then There Were None with international locations.

Rain, thunder and wind did not dampen (pun intended) our passion for the life of the unborn. We are united in our love for the Lord and all of His creation. Amen.

5-7: Lisa

Today we celebrate the feast of our Guardian Angels.

We pray, O God, who in your unfathomable providence are pleased to send your holy Angels to guard us, hear our supplication as we cry to you, that we may always be defended by their protection and rejoice eternally in their company.

Fr. Tony Gargotta inspired me this morning with his Homily about the power and beauty of our Guardian Angels.  Each of us, at the moment of our conception, has been assigned a heavenly guide. We need to pray not just for our Guardian Angel to protect us personally but also pray for the Guardian Angels of the babies who have yet been born.

The last shift of the first week of 40 Days for Life – Pittsburgh was fore casted to have the possibility of torrential rain.  We were sure glad the weathermen were wrong.  We did not even have to open our umbrellas!

I was happy to greet my shift buddy, my dear Faithful Johanna.  We were privileged to be joined by a beautiful woman, Lori who is a card carrying member of the movement started by Abby Johnson, “And Then There Were None”.  Lori’s work as a researcher here in Pittsburgh presented her with a new assignment.  The research they wanted her to do was on fetal babies.  Yes! Right here in our own city with baby parts provided from our own woman’s hospital (I believe you will know the hospital – but I do not know if I can (legally) say it.  Lori knew without any doubt she could not do what was being asked and left her employment – of 20+ years!  This is when she discovered the work Abby was doing helping people like her get through this type of ethical challenges.  Not that Lori worked in an abortion facility, but what would have been expected of her with the new assignment would have been just as bad.  God Bless her courage.

We did have one big episode this evening.  A young woman approached us suffering severely from stomach pains.  It appeared she may have been suffering an appendicitis. Henrietta, asked that we call an ambulance for her.   The ambulance arrived – and parked right outside PP.  That did not look good for them!  Henrietta did NOT come out of PP.  She worked all day and this attack came over her as she was waiting for her bus home.  The severity of her symptoms subsided slightly and was decided by her and the ambulance workers that she could get by without an ambulance trip to the hospital but that she would get medical attention as soon as possible on her own.  We were happy to pray for and help her.

Pictured is Henrietta, Lori, Lisa & Johanna

 

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