Last week, in response to the harassment of an elderly pro-life woman by PA State Rep. Brian Simms, (CLICK HERE to read my open letter to him)…thousands of pro-lifers showed up in Philadelphia to make the statement that we will not be bullied! Thanks to the many people who showed up here in Pittsburgh, in solidarity to those in Philadelphia! Here are some pictures from last Friday:
Charlene reports that the Diaper Drive was a success! Thank you for all who donated! She wrote:
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Diaper Drive! We had the car almost full of diapers, wipes, toys and baby items. We also had cash donations which I am sure Catholic Charities will find good use for! And this does not include the Friday contributions. Some passers by commented on the contrast between a diaper Drive and an abortion clinic. I hope that sunk into many heads!!! Thank you again!!! Charlene
Although the 40 Days for Life is over for the summer, year-round sidewalk advocates continue to reach out to abortion-bound couples to offer life-saving alternatives! Sue McGrath will be holding a sidewalk advocate training on Saturday, June 1st at the Bellvue Knights of Columbus Hall. It is not too late to register! If you are interested in attending this one-time, four-hour DVD training, contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org
It is true that for many of us Sidewalk Advocates, we often are discouraged by our seemingly fruitless efforts in front of Planned Parenthood. We lovingly reach out to couples who are walking in to Planned Parenthood in those final moments while their child is still alive, to offer them life and hope…but it is rare that we see someone actually change their mind.
I just have to share this photo with you. It is an ultrasound photo of a baby that was saved a few weeks ago, when his or her mom came to PP for an abortion. The family member who accompanied this young woman told us that she had prayed to God for a sign if they weren’t supposed to do this. She told me that she believed that we were that sign. I had the privilege of going in with them to see the ultrasound at Women’s Choice Network, after we left Planned Parenthood. I watched this precious 13 week old baby moving around, waving little arms and legs…which would have been mercilessly torn off by Planned Parenthood’s abortionist, if not for our presence on the sidewalk.
Why does God choose to save some, while he seemingly allows others to be killed by abortion? I don’t know. That is why he is God and I am not. All I know is that WHEN he decides to save a child, it is through US that he does it! And what an amazing privilege it is to be used by him in this way!
As Fr. Thomas More Sikora said, at a Mass that he had for our 40 Days for Life team last fall…he said:
I believe that the babies saved from abortion will be the future saints of the Church!Fr. Thomas More Sikora
I wonder what plans he has for this child? I thank him and praise him for all that he is doing through our pro-life prayers and witness!
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 31st!
You may remember that two years ago I was invited by the 40 Days for Life leaders in Croatia to come and visit during their national conference, which I did…accompanied by our dear Lisa K.! It was a life-changing experience, to be able to see first-hand how God is using 40 Days for Life in Croatia, and to meet such wonderful people who have suffered so much from communism, but who are now using their new freedoms to fight for unborn life! 40 Days for Life is exploding in Croatia, with 26 cities taking part in that small country! Ante, who is Croatia’s “Shawn Carney”, along with our dear friend Krunoslav, will be visiting Pittsburgh on July 31st! Pastor Joe and Judy Stump will be hosting a screening of the Croatian 40 Days for Life film that they have produced, along with a reception for Ante and Kruno, at their church, Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene.
I hope you will come and give a warm Pittsburgh pro-life welcome to these two courageous pro-life warriors who are travelling all the way here to meet us! Here are the details:
WHAT: 40 Days for Life in Croatia Film screening and reception for Croatian 40 Days for Life leaders, Ante and Kruno!
WHEN: Wednesday, July 31st at 6:30 pm
WHERE: Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene, 5604 Interboro Ave., Pittsburgh PA
Thanks to all of you for keeping our pro-life community vibrant and alive here in Pittsburgh! May God bless you this summer! Hope to see you soon!