After a trying week on the sidewalk, I think we all need to understand that those of us in the 40 Days for Life movement are attempting to rescue lives —– from in front of a moving freight train!
That Freight Train is the well funded, Madison Avenue Scripted, Hollywood Star -Studded, Millionaire Financed BIG BUSINESS of Abortion … It is lethal , and it moves FAST.
So… IMAGINE you are in your car and you approach a railroad crossing gate which has descended, signalling a train is imminent.
Suddenly, you notice child playing innocently on a train track unaware of the imminent danger.
WHAT do you do?
YOU shift your car into park, unbuckle your seatbelt, open your door, and run, yelling, to help. You search for anyone who might be able to lend a hand, you wave your arms furiously, you call out to the child….. you do whatever you possibly can to change the the course that life appears to be on for that child. You do your best…
Unfortunately, the odds of all ending well are against us in these situations:
MOST TIMES we are simply not able to safely make the rescue …. We watch as the pregnant mom enters the abortion clinic. We are too late, too unconvincing, too outnumbered …. to succeed.
SOMETIMES we ourselves will be “injured” attempting to help. We are mimicked, ridiculed, scorned, verbally abused —- even as we use our powerful and peaceful commitment of PRAYER!
EVERY ONCE in a great WHILE, through the Grace of God & often with the help of others, we are successful : We can push that child off the track — and work to embrace him and (re)unite him with those who love him. We are able to offer REAL CHOICES to women who are abortion-minded —-natural choices that do not involve violence or death.
THIS IS a pretty MIRACULOUS outcome— we call them SAVES!
Heaven knows it is difficult, but please continue to answer God’s call to be pro-life, and to answer His call to put yourselves in the physical path of the Abortion Freight train. We know our work results in MIRACLES called SAVES. I am honored to stand, and kneel with the pro-life community in Pittsburgh.
WITH DEEP SYMPATHY for the FAMILIES and COMMUNITY Grieving Today …
Before I share today’s reports, Let us all take a moment to pray for the victims of today’s violence in Squirrel Hill. With heavy hearts we have learned of the hateful acts of a man who randomly, callously and purposefully took the lives of gentle souls united in prayer at Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill.
I was within one mile of the Tree of Life Synagogue this morning. As I pulled over in my car in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood to offer a rosary, an Orthodox Jewish man and his son walked unknowingly and peacefully past my car on the sidewalk.
It brought the heinous reality of the massacre up close- Every living human person is beloved by God. May God have mercy on the souls of the departed and provide aid to the injured. May His peace flow like a river in this city of rivers…..
Shift Manager Reports:
7-9 am Shift Manager Tim reports:
We were blessed to have Jill and Betsy in the Choices mobile sonogram, the year round Saturday morning Sidewalk Advocates and the Bellevue Knights of Columbus. Sadly it was a busy morning at PP. Yet we prayed and God heard our prayers. Tim B
9-11 Shift Manager Sue Reports:
Charlie and his Knights of Columbus, along with Mary Pat, were holding down the fort when I arrived. Shortly afterwards, as Joe K. was still there after his 7-9 shift as a Sidewalk Advocate, we noticed a couple standing in the circle in front of PP, shuffling their backpacks and bags and not particularly looking as if they were preparing to go in. Joe, however, thought he would approach them anyway to offer them information. Before I knew it, he was leading them across the street to the mobile ultrasound unit!!! They entered, and all indications were that they received services there, as we did not see them exit before the mobile unit left quite some time later (although we’re certain they must have left the unit at some point due to the fact that the mobile would not drive off with them inside). Praise God for this bright spot on an otherwise very sad morning in Pittsburgh.
Shortly after Joe led the couple to the mobile, Joan showed up to pray along with Tish, Lisa, and Bo, all from St. Patrick in Canonsburg. Mary and Arlene from St. Maurice arrived soon afterwards, along with Rose from St. John XXIII. They did a lot of praying. Several couples and singles entered the clinic, unfortunately not responding to our offers of help and literature. We prayed for each one. At 11:07, which at that point was officially Dean’s shift, I received a text from a friend who was lunching in Squirrel Hill, telling of the horrible news and asking us to pray. We all prayed together. Dear Lord, please send out Your Spirit, and renew the face of this city, this country, and this earth!
11-1 Shift Manager Dean Reports:
Our prayers go out to all of those people effected by the killings at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill today. I saw many of the first responders en route as I passed through that area on my bus trip to 40DFL this morning. All killing effects all of us.
1-3 Shift Manager Billy Reports:
I was shift lead today with 2 knights of Columbus AJ and then Kurt, along with Tom and Jenny. Tom began reading the passion of Jesus. I also noticed there was a rainbow flag around the tree with our choose life sign and what came to my mind was Noah finding mercy from God. I was thinking we are being the merciful choice for the babies. We were accompanied by a sidewalk ad vocate. We also got visits from Mimi and Rick who prayed the rosary for us.
I noticed we had seen people accidentally mistake planned parenthood for another place, and also a few women were having issues with the door. Our side walk advocate gave a would -be client information and that person went on !! Other than that we did not have any issues
3-5 Shift Manager Kathy Reports:
Quiet rainy prayerful shift: grateful to Ken, Jim, Rick, sidewalk advocate Marian .