“KIDS TODAY!” — SHEESH
It is true that pro-life activism and in particular, 40 Days for Life does not lend itself easily into the lives of young adults. They are busy with school and school activities, sports, arts, jobs and job pursuits. BUT just because we do not see scores of young people at the 40 Days for Life Vigil, make NO MISTAKE about their ability to carry the pro-life message forward. They are the FUTURE of this critical movement. And… “KIDS TODAY” are actually doing some really great things:
For those of you who don’t know it yet, Pittsburgh is home to the very vibrant and effective REHUMANIZE INTERNATIONAL organization, founded by our very own CMU-educated Aimee B. Murphy, who has long joined us on the sidewalk. From their mission statement: …. We work to ensure that each and every human being’s life is respected, valued, and protected. As such, we oppose all forms of aggressive violence, including but not limited to: abortion, unjust war, capital
punishment, euthanasia, torture, embryonic stem cell research, assis
ted suicide, abuse, human trafficking, police brutality, etc…
I recently attended the annual REHUMANIZE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE held at Duquesne University and hosted by the Duquesne University CEL- Consistent Ethic of Life Club.
I heard there that EVERYONE matters – every human being– yes, the guy with mental issues, the senior with Alzheimer’s , the baby conceived in date rape, the prisoner being mistreated by guards or cellmates, the wheelchair bound young woman who relies on intermittent oxygen for life….EVERYBODY matters!
One of the most moving parts of the conference was the ARTS component– several young people entered visual art entries on the theme of respeoct for human life.. it was
So whenever you worry that the next generation is not “getting it” over abortion, YOU are getting it WRONG!!!
Shift Reports from today:
Shift notes from Tim 7-9 am:
Thanks to the Guardians for Life, including long time prayer warrior Irene, who made a strong presence with a witness, prayers and songs. Several couples went into pp but thankfully, a few of them accepted literature . Thank you so much Pat M. and Kathy L. for giving up part of your Saturday to stand and pray with me today.
When I arrived there were lot of young women going in and out of P.P. I couldn’t tell if they were conducting some sort of training session…One young woman waited until she was ready to cross the street and hurriedly kicked at our 40DFL sign, knocking it on it’s side. (down, but not out) —-dedicated Sidewalk Advocates Virginia, Joe, David and Terri. Let’s hope we planted a few seeds.
Shift Notes from Susan, 9-11:
This morning presented yet more evidence that the 40 Days folks are truly family. This morning, I slept in for the first time in I cannot remember how long. Something went wrong with my alarm, and for some reason my body didn’t wake itself up like it usually does despite the alarm working or not working. I woke up less than 10 minutes before the start time of my shift! Appalled at myself and embarrassed, I called Tim, and he just chuckled and said not to worry. I arrived to find Joe K. covering for me. God bless these men!!!
When I finally arrived, the Guardians for Life were just packing it in for the morning, and I was joined by Tina and Brigitte, two lovely prayer warriors who had made the trip all the way from St. Clairsville, Ohio. There were a lot of people entering PP today, both for services and for what we could tell was some kind of training session, making for a heart-rending morning. We reached out to all of them, with very little response. One passerby, a pretty, statuesque young woman, made it a point to pose right next to the window bearing the Planned Parenthood logo to have her companion take her photo while saying what a good organization PP is. Most of the folks we were able to hand literature to were passersby, not even going to PP. Judy, my SA partner, was able to get several brochures, including one for Rachel’s Vineyard, into the hands of a grandmother who had come out to the sidewalk to have a smoke while her daughter was inside having an abortion. She said she herself has six children. We prayed for her. We got a lot of prayer in this morning, thanks to Tina and Brigitte, who knelt to pray for a good portion of the time. There was a lot to pray about.
Notes from Dean, 11-1 shift :
Thank you so much Pat M. and Kathy L. for giving up part of your Saturday to stand and pray with me today.
When I arrived there were a lot of young women going in and out of P.P. I couldn’t tell if they were conducting some sort of training session, or what was going on. One young woman waited until she was ready to cross the street and hurriedly kicked at our 40DFL sign, knocking it on it’s side. (down, but not out 😉 )
Notes from Kathy, 3-5 shift :
Beverly and Minda from Good Samaritan in Ambridge prayed on one side of circle as I prayed on other side. We prayed together as we were joined by first timer Christine from Zion Christian in Carrick.
Christine brought a poem she had written:”When you were born!”
We were grateful that she shared it and prayed with us. Gave her 40 Days brochure to share at her church.
Shared diaper info with 2 moms-to-be: First one greeted us by pulling up her coat and rubbing her belly. “I am having my baby ,” she beamed. She is due in February.
Second one.: “I am due any day,”she glowed. Penelope will be her name.
Both were glad we were there. Many positive comments.
Notes from Billy:
Good afternoon I was with Holy Child – St. Barbara Parrish in Bridgeville today.We had a huge turn out today of pro-lifers which was incredible, I got to meet some lovely people.There was a Terese, there was a Nancy and Bill, Audrey, Vince, and Shelly just to name a few, and we prayed, we discussed about the Gosnell movie —– if you haven’t seen it you have to! It will be playing until Tuesday now to my knowledge. It was humbling, and reinforced to me why I am down here with you all —— we are here to fight for babies and their right to be born! We are fighting for babies not blobs, but actual babies. We had a passerby watch us as we were reading from stations of the cross, and two pro-life girls walking by us that encouraged us as well. A couple people went in and out of Planned Parenthood, and this week the door was open but we didn’t have a lot of issues today! It was a good day!