Thank you, Bishop Zubik, for coming to pray with us.
A perfect wife – who can find her?
She is far beyond the price of pearls.
Her husband’s heart has confidence in her.
From her he will derive no little profit.
When she opens her mouth, she does so wisely.
On her tongue is kindly instruction.
She holds out her hand to the poor.
She opens her arms to the needy.
She finds her labor well worth while.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
Charm is deceitful, and beauty empty.
The woman who is wise is the one to praise.
Book of Proverbs
How does a woman become wise? Prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance are four parts of the map that show us our way.
In our daily struggle to be a good person, our hearts must battle with habits of sinfulness; pride, covetousness, envy, anger, gluttony, lust and sloth.
In our struggle, it is God himself who is working in us by his mysterious action. It is a gift beyond our power to understand. God accomplishes it in us. Our part is to consent to it. The struggle hollows us out and thereby increases our capacity for God.
Gregory the Great as quoted in Love of Learning and the Desire for God
Prudence helps us in all circumstances to judge correctly about what we must do or must not do. It teaches us when and how to act in matters relating to our eternal salvation.
Justice shows us how to give people what belongs to them. It teaches us to give what is due to God and what is due to our neighbor.
Fortitude gives us the strength to do good and to avoid evil in spite of all obstacles.
Temperance helps us control our desires and to use rightly the things which please our senses.
As we work hard to be virtuous, our failures, as well as our successes, teach us.
A mother is swamped with bad feelings when she shows up at PP for her abortion. She blames her pregnancy for how bad she feels. She wants to “do this.” She wants her old life back.
Are prolife witnesses clueless annoying tiresome people? Are we out of touch with reality?
Is abortion the solution for this woman, with her set of circumstances, at this time in her life?
We do not witness on the sidewalk only to provide her with promises of baby diapers and a crib.
God calls us to share the wisdom the Bible, Old and New Testament, shares with us. God calls us to share the wisdom the myriad of God’s witnesses have shared since the beginning.
In each generation Wisdom passes into holy souls,
she makes them friends of God and prophets;
for God loves only the man who lives with Wisdom.
She deploys her strength from one end of the earth to the other,
ordering all things for good.
Book of Wisdom
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.
And this is the verdict that the light came into the world.
But people preferred darkness to light because their works were evil.
But whoever lives the truth comes to the light,
so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.
Gospel according to John
God calls each of us. When we turn to Him, he equips each of us according to our particular needs.
He knows what we need so much better than we do.
Even the hairs of your head have all been counted.
Do not be afraid any longer, little flock,
for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.
Gospel according to Luke
GOD IS OUR FATHER
NOTES FROM THE SIDEWALK
My “Shift Buddy” Vince and I enjoyed beautiful weather and a quiet street this morning. It gave us the chance to pray through all 40 mysteries of the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. We had several encouraging remarks from people walking by and only one disapproving look that I noticed. As we were wrapping up, we were joined by Betty, Arlene, and Bill from St. Coleman in Turtle Creek as well as our own faithful Bill. They were coming to pray with Sue and Ken for the next shift. God bless all of you who have joined our prayers for an end to the pain and sorrow that abortion causes!
SUE M. 9-11
How fitting that our 40 Days Devotion of the day has as its theme the Humility of God, our vigil theme this fall!
It was a beautiful, warm, sunny fall morning, and I was blessed to be joined by prayer volunteers Arlene & Bill and Marc & Linda from St. Colman, along with Ken from St. Mary Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Betty (shift manager Lisa M’s mom), and “regular” Patty.
Bill H. stopped by to share a lovely wedding picture of his son and his new wife, who got married yesterday.
An older man carrying a rolled-up sleeping bag stopped to join us for a few decades of the Rosary. Another man driving a noisy industrial cart along the sidewalk made the sign of the cross as he and his cart clattered by. And another man passing by, who identified as a Marine, thanked us for being there.
Most of the rest of the passersby were earlybird Steelers-goers.
At one point, a city employee sweeping the sidewalk came by and swept up one of the flowers that had been left on the sidewalk by a 7-9 shift attendee, saying it was trash on the street – Arlene explained to him why they are part of the vigil and retrieved the flower. The event was rather symbolic of why we are there.
ROSEANN and RICH 11-1
Oh, if only the beautiful weather today could be so throughout our 40 days. Not only was the weather outstanding so were those who came to witness and pray with us.
It was a beautiful day (weather-wise) this afternoon during the 1-3 shift. There were relatively few people around and relatively few comments or responses from passersby apart from the woman who passed us twice and said “Planned Parent saves women’s lives”. I don’t think she had any interest whatsoever in discussing that. And there some encouraging comments as well.
But, the thing that struck me was that people notice us being there. When people pass by they see us there and wonder why we are there and figure it out. It really raises awareness.
We received your letter for 40 Days for Life and are praying to close the Pittsburgh Planned Parenthood abortion mill.
Be assured of our prayers for all of you and this very important intention.
We will pray during our daily prayers as well as offer a bi-monthly Mass.
Sr. Mary Gianna
The Ark and the Dove
We are happy to join in praying with 40 Days for Life to close the abortion mills in Pittsburgh.
We pray that the life of every child will be protected and loved as God’s precious gift.
While we pray for respect for life every day, we will remember 40 Days in a special way during exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament every day from 5pm to 6:30 pm.
Thank you, for all you are doing to witness and protect life.
Devoted in Christ,
Sister Mary Ann, CP
And God saw that it was good.