The mighty activity of the Holy Angels is always dependent on what God wills. Most importantly, the angels accept the Kingship of Jesus in a nature (Human Nature) that is lower than their own nature. Satan in his pride would not accept God’s will to take on human nature.
But the Angels who did not rebel against the exaltation of human nature by Christ Jesus, are considered as having triumphed in a great spiritual war. Let us call on these spiritual warriors to defend us as we stand on the front lines of the battlefield of abortion.
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host,
by the Divine Power of God,
cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.
7-9: Charlene and Dick
Today was an interesting day on the sidewalk. I arrived with Beth and Tracy from St. Peter Catholic Church in Steubenville.
I went to bless the building with Holy Water…a practice I learned from Bill. Since it is before 7 and I had no sign on, I Blessed the front door, for all who enter there. A young man, who I later found out was an employee, said that he objected to my doing that..he said it several times. I will say it’s so quiet that time of the morning, he startled me a little. During the morning, he kept coming out…like he was checking on us…or looking for someone. Another ironic thing, another employee entered with flowers and a Congratulations balloon. Hmmm..Sad. Sally and Al, Bill and then Beth joined us for her shift. Thanks Pat for the portable supplies and thanks Diane for the kneelers. Charlene
Nikki was so right. At the kick-off for 40 Days, she said that she would have never met so many nice people, so willing to work for a greater good, if it hadn’t been for pro-life and all it’s activities.
Ed and I met were privileged to spend time, well spent time, with two faithful ladies from St. Peter in Steubenville, Tracy and Beth. Beth Ann from St. Alexis arrived and began praying and witnessing to those passing by. Finally Jerry, from St. Bernadette came ready with her chair and by that time, Nancy, the next shift manager was on the scene. I want to publically thank the ever-thoughtful Nancy who noticed me running to catch my once-an-hour bus last week. She came early, saying she wanted to make sure I made the bus in time. See what I mean about meeting so many nice people.
Thank you St. Bernadette’s for standing for life today!
When I arrived for my 1 to 3 shift I was greeted by the 11 to 1 shift manager, Nancy, who told me the wonderful news that a baby was saved during her shift! Praise God! While she was there two women came outside from Planned Parenthood and told them they changed their mind and were going to have the baby! They even had the ultrasound picture and showed it to them! They told Nancy that the young mother had felt like the Lord was giving her signs all week that she shouldn’t abort her baby! I wonder if seeing us on the sidewalk was further confirmation!It was nice to spend my two hour shift with Dee, who is part of our 40 days team and is the coordinator for Saint Bernadette Church. She was spending the entire four hours on the sidewalk and had a great group of people with her. I prayed the rosary and the St. Michael’s chaplet on my knees facing the door. They were working on the door and so the doors were propped wide open, which was nice as I felt like my prayers were able to freely enter, although I know that our prayers penetrate walls, but still it was good. The sense that I had as I was praying was one of sadness and abandonment. Many couples were leaving the clinic, I am assuming after having had abortions. It seemed to me that they were leaving their child behind, totally abandoning the very person who needed and love them the most. It occurred to me that perhaps their children’s tiny bodies were still warm, even as they casually walked away, to get on with the rest of their lives, seemingly not even giving their child another thought. I know that is not how many women feel after their abortions, but that is how it seemed today. And, I just felt the abandonment that these children share with Jesus, as he was abandoned in his greatest time of need as well. Keep on praying and fasting everyone! This is important!
Beautiful Indian Summer day! Woman stopped and said she wanted to speak to just Benson, our dedicated high school junior from Mt. Lebanon H.S. and St. Anne’s Parish. She asked him what help is there for women who have had abortions and what are we doing to help women who decide to have their babies, but don’t have the resources to care for them. Some of us chimed in and told her what the pro-life movement does to help pregnant women and to continue helping them after their babies are born. This women was very angry and may have had an abortion or was close to someone who had one. She told Benson and I we should not be there talking to women because we have penises and have no idea what it is like to be pregnant. I responded by saying we don’t really need to talk to women, we are there to pray and keep vigil. Life can be interesting and challenging when we are confronted by the other side. It reminds us to stay grounded and be steadfast in our commitment to this holy and precious cause. I thought if the pro-choice people really care about women, then why do they promote killing baby girls who will become women someday. Lord have mercy on all of us.
Tuesday evening 5 – 7 shift was pleasant. Benson was fortunate enough to hitch a ride home with Shift Mgr. Mike as he left at 5 pm. Judi was a most welcome addition to the Tuesday evening team of Johanna and Lisa. Judi came to us from Russellton and is a member of Transfiguration parish.
The 40 Days for Life Daily Devotion inspired all of us and we prayed the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Fabulous weather!