Given the terrible news from this past week…from the way that poor boy from Covington was treated by the media, (and worse, by his own principal and bishop!!!)…to the heartbreaking celebration in New York of the legalized killing of full term infants…it is easy to think that evil is winning right now in America.
It can be terrifying to think of what we are up against. There is a raging hatred against all things good. All things pure. All things innocent. The forces that seek to destroy morality and goodness seem so strong. And we…we seem so small, sort of like this little boy in the above image that I selected for this blog post.
This is why today’s Epistle was such a comfort to me when I read it. St. Paul, in his letter to the Romans gives us the key to overcoming the evil in our midst:
Brethren: Be not wise in your own conceits. To no man render evil for evil, but provide good things not only in the sight of God, but also in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as far as in you lies, be at peace with all men. Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to the wrath, for it is written, Vengeance is Mine: I will repay, says the Lord. But, if your enemy is hungry give him food; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap coals of fire upon his head. Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.Romans 12:16-21
I was struck by the phrase, “Overcome evil with good”. The word “overcome” is a fighting word! It speaks of conflict, struggle…WAR!!! Normally, we would think that we would need weapons of FORCE in order to defeat an enemy…but that is not what we are instructed to do. Our Good Lord tells us that HE will handle the vengeance part…that is not up to us. What does He tell us to do to our enemies? That’s right…we are to do good to them. In other words…we are to LOVE THEM! Hence, it is no accident that the theme for these next 40 Days for Life is LOVE!
Loving those who seek the destruction of purity and innocence is not easy. It is not for wimps. Doing good in the face of evil is not for milk-toast Christians. It is for us. Thanks be to GOD that he gave us 40 Days for Life! It is the PERFECT response to the evil of abortion! We have the opportunity to witness the love of Christ to abortion bound parents and grandparents…abortion workers, and to our fellow citizens. We get to show them HOW MUCH THEY MATTER…to us, but more importantly…to GOD!!!
So…I am writing this post to ask for your help. Please sign up for a time slot at our 40 Days for life vigil. Your prayerful witness could save a life, as well as an eternal soul. Go to http://40daysforlifepittsburgh.com/vigil-schedule// to view the schedule of churches that have already signed up, and then email Fran at firstname.lastname@example.org to have her add you to the schedule. (Or you can email me at email@example.com, or just reply to this email).
Use our campaign flyer/bulletin insert and bulletin announcement to spread the word at your church. You can order them from me, or print them yourselves from the links that are posted here: http://40daysforlifepittsburgh.com/get-involved-2/
Also, please prayerfully consider volunteering to be a “shift buddy” for one of our shift managers that do not have partners to stand with during their shifts. If you commit to be a shift “buddy”, you only need to come IF and WHEN there is no church signed up. You are committing to be the back-up prayer volunteer, to make sure that the shift manager does not have to stand alone. These are the shifts that need “buddies”:
- Mondays 3-5pm (buddy needed for Marie)
- Tuesdays 3-5pm (buddy needed for Mike)
- Wednesdays 9-11am (buddy needed for Cathy)
- Wednesdays 1-3pm (buddy needed for Chris)
- Wednesdays 3-5pm (buddy needed for Jeannie)
- Wednesdays 5-7pm (buddy needed for Joe K)
- Thursdays 11am -1pm (buddy needed for Lisa K)
- Fridays 9-11am (buddy needed for Kathy L)
- Fridays 11am-1pm (Shift manager needed for this shift!)
- Fridays 1-3pm (buddy needed for Elaine)
- Fridays 3-5pm (buddy needed for Pat)
- Fridays 5-7pm (Shift manager needed for this shift!)
- Saturdays 11am-1pm (buddy needed for Dean)
- Saturdays 1-3pm (buddy needed for Billy)
- Saturdays 5-7pm (buddy needed for Jeff)
Finally, I hope you will mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 5th at 6pm to attend a pro-life Mass at St. Patrick Church in the Strip, followed by a prayer procession to Planned Parenthood to kick -off our 40 days prayer vigil! Fr. Chris Donley of City Center Parishes will celebrate Mass and lead the procession. All are welcome!!! Please come and help us to spiritually prepare for 40 days of prayer, fasting and public witness at Planned Parenthood, so that we can indeed overcome the evil happening at 933 Liberty Avenue with the power of God working through us!
Thank you and I hope to see you soon!