As of tonight, only two days remain in the Fall 2019 campaign of 40 Days for Life. We know, however, that the end of the battle does not mean the end of the war. We won’t stop fighting until every woman facing an unexpected pregnancy recognizes the child growing within her as a gift, and is able to receive as much practical, emotional, and spiritual support as she needs.
“Never tire of firmly speaking out in defense of life from its conception and do not be deterred from the commitment to defend the dignity of every human person with courageous determination. Christ is with you: be not afraid!”St. John Paul II
There are many ways to keep going! One fantastic idea is to train as a Sidewalk Advocate or to volunteer as a prayer partner for one. Contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Some other great suggestions from the Susan B. Anthony List, a nationwide network striving to elect pro-life leaders and advance life-affirming legislation, can be found at this link:
Thank you for all the ways you witness to the sanctity of Life. May God bless our efforts to end abortion!
7-9 AM, Barbara & Richard:
Diane has devised a supply stand that taunts the wind. The wind lost again this morning. Score!Barbara
Richard and I were blessed with the generous company of Steve, Tao, Joe and Priscilla.
They came and the sidewalk bloomed!
He stopped to share his story. He had been a soldier, married young and his marriage lasted more than a decade. Unfortunately they are divorced now. He blamed himself. He thanked us for witnessing.
“Is there a bank nearby? I’d like to give you money.” We agreed that praying for the families going into PP this morning would be a better idea.
“Somebody I used To Know” is a song I chanced upon while driving. It hurts to listen. The man’s voice breaks in bewilderment. Her voice breaks as she tries to explain. Their separation seems irrevocable.
Another person was in his late teens. “I am undecided about abortion.” He took a step back. “My name is Barbara. What’s yours?” I told him that asking questions at his age is a good thing. Abortion and God … he is unsure about these gigantic issues … blessed opportunity. He had only a little time to talk today, but I listened. May Our Father continue to send him to God-loving people who will cherish his hungry heart.
The pregnant moms trudged into pp, declining the opportunities for life that we offer. Our God is patient!
9-11 AM, Kathy & Marlene:
Thank you to Rose and Marlene (PCUC) and Jim (St. Alexis) for coming today. Not pictured, Friday regulars Priscilla and Joe (St. Alexis), Amy and Claire (Upper St. Clair churches).Kathy
We prayed together and alone. Aloud and silent. Passed out the yellow pregnancy resource cards to several bypassers. One or two PP clients accepted resources, but many did not.
A professional looking gentleman wearing a necktie and business suit stopped to ask if we had a lighter for his cigarette. We didn’t but he took the opportunity to tell us his views on abortion and that we should continue witnessing. A young man in his twenties also stopped at the vigil and asked me if I thought a woman had the right to choose abortion since it’s her body. For the next 15-20 minutes, Amy and I discussed with Dustin God’s creation and humanity of the unborn child, the immorality of abortion, and his experience of being a foster child and then being adopted. During our conversation, the initial tension I sensed from him and within myself seemed to disappear resulting in me inviting him to the 40 Days closing vigil on Sunday which he said that he would attend. May God’s love be with him.
11 AM-1 PM, Sheila:
A lot of couples entered during this time and all of them declined information. One couple that exited when I first arrived said that they were there for only an ultrasound and that they paid $120 for it. They were very interested to hear that ultrasounds are provided for free at the various pregnancy centers and gladly accepted my handouts.Sheila
A young woman, ‘S,’ came over and spoke with us before she entered PP. She said she was simply there to get a pregnancy test and declined going to Catholic Charities with one of us. She told us that she has a fair amount of support if she finds out she’s pregnant but is still on the fence as to how she would proceed. ‘S’ accepted a resource sheet and my contact information; I let her know that there is a large network of people here to pray for her and provide support. She entered PP for a few moments then came out and stated, “I decided I’ll just buy a pregnancy test and see what happens.” She told me she’d be in touch; let’s keep her in our prayers.
1-3 PM, Elaine & Bernie:
Coming soon, but scroll for more!
3-5 PM, Pat:
Tonight required the heavy coat (and long underwear) to make its first appearance of the campaign. It was good to meet Mary Ann (whose parish I’ve forgotten) and also John and Anna from St. Philip’s merged parish in Crafton. And it was good to see once again ever-faithful Val and Mike from St. Mark’s in Liberty Boro. Thank you so much for coming out for so many hours of prayer. My brother Knight, Mike C., from St. Regis in Trafford was also with me to help me represent our parish and our Knights of Columbus council.Pat
The only incident of note was a woman who stopped and talked to the group while I was on the other side. Apparently she told them that she had considered abortion many years ago, but placed her child for adoption instead.
5-7 PM, Missy & Bill:
Hi everyone! The last friday night shift was pretty quiet…one bad comment…nothing serious.
My shift Buddy, Bill E, suffered a tragic family loss today with the sudden death of his sister. I’m so very sorry, Bill! All of the people who come here are praying for you and your family. Please know we are thinking of you at this time…
Patty, Jim, Thao and Peggy all were there to pray and we were joined by Mary Jane ( sorry I didn’t get your picture beautiful lady 🙂 !
“In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33Missy
It takes a lot of moral courage to stand in the face of evil and defend God’s Law…even when man’s law seems to prevail.
We know this is not true, though,because Jesus Christ, Our Savior, overcame the world. The victory has already been won.
In the Bible we read that ”…All things work together for good…” ( Romans 8:28) This means that it doesn’t matter what we see, or think, or experience…God is in Control!!
We are to pray and be His lights in a dark world. TRUST that our prayers have been heard. We are to have faith in our God who knows the plan. HIS will be done…for HIS glory!
Jesus Christ is our intercessor. 1 Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the Man, Christ Jesus. “