DAY 12 THANK YOU: People of God Covenant Community; Vince, Kristy, Marie and Kathy, Prayer and Witness Volunteers.

Mary Magdalene, Giovanni Bellini.

 “People are wired for God,” Bishop Barron reminds us.  Evil says give yourself to me. “I shall give to you all this power and glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I may give it to whomever I wish.  All this will be yours, if you worship me.”

We bring our penitent sinful selves downtown to share the truth we learned the hard way.  Bishop Barron is right. Sin promises good things. Its pockets are empty. Its intentions are evil. Sin always hurts us. It hurts the ones we love. Turning away from sin can take time, is agony and is worth it. We repent. Our heavenly Father quickly gently gathers us into his arms.

Now there was a sinful woman in the city who learned that he (Jesus) was at table in the house of the Pharisee. She stood behind him at his feet weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment.
He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” The others at table said to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” But he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Witness the beauty of a repentant heart. Eula Beal sings “Lord Have Mercy on Me” from the St. Matthew Passion.  Johann Sebastian Bach wrote this Passion to present the Passion Story in music at Good Friday vesper services.  Its earliest verified performance was April 11, 1727, Good Friday, at Thomaskirche in Leipzig.  Beal sings “Erbarme Dich” as “Lord Have Mercy on Me.”

Here are the lyrics.                

Have mercy, Lord.
Have mercy, Lord, on me.         
Regard my bitter weeping.               
Have mercy, Lord.              
Have mercy, Lord, on me.
 
Have mercy.
Have mercy, Lord.
Regard my bitter
regard my bitter weeping.
 
Have mercy, Lord, on me.
Regard my weeping
regard my bitter weeping.
 
Look on me.
Look on me.
On and on
I weep for thee
weep for thee bitterly.
Have mercy, Lord.
Have mercy, Lord.
 
Have mercy, Lord, on me.
Regard my bitter weeping.
Have mercy, Lord.
Have mercy, Lord, on me.
Have mercy.
Have mercy, Lord.
Regard my bitter
regard my bitter weeping.
 
Have mercy, Lord on me.
Regard my weeping.
Regard my weeping.

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Prolife pockets are full of good things for women who are considering abortion. Our pockets are full of good things to share with women who have been hurt by abortion. Clouds of witnesses are organized and ready to make this true. Here are two that are available locally.

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Project Rachel literally lit the path for me. From the moment I arrived at the retreat house, the warmth of God’s love engulfed me. Furthermore, I was able to connect with other women who knew the despair that I knew, and we were able to experience the joy of receiving the gifts of hope and healing together. I actually feel lighter. The power of forgiveness is life altering. I am happy again, and the people whom I love sense that. I will always regret my decision, and I will continue to carry my quiet secret with me. It has become a part of who I am, but it no longer defines who I am. http://hopeafterabortion.com/?page_id=276

CONTACT:
HopeAfterAbortion.org : 888-456-4673

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In October of 2012 I made my Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat and was loved by a small group of women, where it felt safe for the second time in my life to share my pains and burdens and to be loved through it all.  I had three more beautiful children after Lainie, even though that doctor said my uterus was too rotten to ever carry another child.
Lainie was conceived in November around Thanksgiving, and I never forget!  She would be 34 years old in August.  Every February I mourn the death of my baby girl and her precious life that I chose to end.  And on August 26, which was Lainie’s due date, I was set free from the chains of alcohol abuse.  Only now I can rejoice in God’s truth instead of believing the lies.  Love covers a multitude of sins.  And that is why I am silent no more. http://www.silentnomoreawareness.org/testimonies/testimony.aspx?ID=3972

Contact: http://www.silentnomoreawareness.org/

NOTES FROM THE SIDEWALK

JEN 7-9

Cold temps were no match for warm hearts on this St. Patrick’s Day morning!  Tom started us off right with his faithful delivery and setup of vigil supplies.  Shift Buddy, Vince, and new friend, Jim, were wonderful prayer companions.  Bill stopped to pray and many passersby greeted us pleasantly.  And we passed the torch at 9 AM to Ken, who was kindly subbing as shift manager, and a great group from the People of God Covenant Community.

Vince and Jim going the extra mile early Sunday morning!

People of God Covenant Community, with shift manager Jen

Shift Buddy Vince and Jim

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KEN 9-11

The words from St. Peter in today’s gospel are fitting for this shift when he said to Jesus…”it is good that we are here”. I thank God for the witness of all who stood with me today.  After Jen and Vince left the People of God Covenant Community prayed, sang hymns of praise and witnessed to life. Julie and Pam were with me for the second hour until Rich and Roseanne came for the 11 to 1:00 shift. It is good that we are here. I pray that all who passed by and heard our voices in witness to life will have a conversion of heart. 

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ROSEANN AND RICH 11-1

Week two, but who’s counting. It always nice to see familiar faces and those we have gotten to know through 40 days in addition to meeting new people with whom we have so much in common. We prayed rosaries and the Divine Mercy together. Other than being a little chilly it was a quiet day with no negativity.


Pat and Roseann, Shift Manager

Pat, Joe and Rich, Shift Manager, witness for Life!

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LINDSAY 1-3

Volunteer Joe with Shift Manager Lindsay

Today was a quiet day on the streets, and everyone we said hello to actually said hello back. I don’t recall getting one insult. First I got to pray with Joe. Joe has such a good sense of humor and a kind of way about him. Then there is Katie, who LITERALLY brought the sunshine with her. What a gem of a person! Then there were some ‘pop by pray-ers’ including Michele and Paul, from Saint Alphonsus. Then Kristy arrived, an angelic young lady and married mother of 4 who recognized me from a church we both once attended. There, the same  priest, Fr John O’Shea (rest in peace), converted us both,  and also led us both to 40 Days for Life. Then arrived Bill. I’ve been so worried about Bill since he told me recently that he is living in his car. Please everyone pray for Bill, he’s an awesome man and such a bright light in our 40 Days for Life Family. As if I hadn’t been blessed enough, Father Thomas arrived, a Benedictine monk. With Father came a deeply humble and gentle spirit. Amazingly Father knew  some of my mother’s dearest priest friends who have all passed on. And some who are still living. He also knew my mother herself, who passed away two years ago!  Father Thomas asked us to pray for a young girl he saw being strong-armed out of PPH this week,  apparently having just had an unwanted abortion. She was bawling hysterically and her mother or ‘guardian’  showed no compassion toward her. He says he can’t get this horrific image out of his mind and feels deeply compelled to pray for this poor young girl. 
 
These are just a few of some of the ‘blessed  blasts from the past’ that God presented today. I don’t know why He presented a parade of people, in Heaven and still living, who have blessed me previously. Maybe so that we would all know that we aren’t fighting this endless battle alone. All of Heaven joins with us. All good people of moral character are with us. Our time in the desert WILL end, and Jesus will liberate all victims of abortion and sin!

 

KATIE REPORTS
When I first got there Joe was still there, and a man stopped to pray who kind of just wanted us to leave him alone and let him pray – so we did.
Then Kristie came and Father Thomas Moore stopped by to pray.
There were a few words of encouragement, and I didn’t hear any negative comments. 🙂
A lot of younger children that walked past seemed interested in the display models.
And then Donna who I work with at Vision for Life came down and I was really excited to see her because I didn’t know she was involved!

Joe with shift buddy Katie

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ANDY 3-5

It was a sunny day with a few visitors, one from St Bernard’s in Mt. Lebanon and a young lady from Our Lady of Grace in Scott Twp. A guy was in our faces at 3-5 today. Yelling about why aren’t we protesting the 40,000 killed from mercury poisoning or the air particulate from coal fired power plants. Making no sense to me, acting irrational. Actually shaking he was so irate.

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JOE and KATHY 5-7

Thank you, to Bridgette (kneeling in reverence), Jim with green sequence tie and lovely wife Kathy from Zelienople, and Joe. We prayed from the prayers on the back of a baby picture card. It covers every aspect of our heartfelt desire to end abortion and help families.

Around 6:30, Joe, Bridgette, Jim and Kathy were prayinng rosary near baby models. Jim(who lives downtown), Beth(passerby) and I were praying close to building. 
A rock was hurled from across the street. Joe saw it hit Jim from Zelie in back of head. He had hat on but blood was seen immediately. He is on Coumadin, unsure if he needed stitches, sat him on materials box. He joked throughout. His wife applied pressure to wound. Someone brought him ice and towel. ( we were grateful)
Called 911
Instructed to keep continual pressure on it til paramedics came 
We prayed, we did not see who threw rock but Joe and Jim (from downtown) investigated surroundings. 
Paramedics came: towel removed,wound was clotted,about size of quarter. Paramedics stated did not need stitches. No dizziness. Joe walked Jim and Kathy to car.
Thanked God for our team who acted like a Team.


Nikki writes:
“The devil is very angry and he wants to stop us from doing what we are doing because it is working!  Please pray for Jim and pray for protection for all our team and participants.  Please use caution and be aware while at the vigil, and remember to leave if you ever feel unsafe.  And call 911 when needed.”

4 of my heroes, Jim, Cathy, Kathy, Bridgette


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