DAY 40: THANK YOU, People of God Covenant Community, Living Hope Church; SHIFT BUDDIES Vince P., Marie P., Melissa D., Jim and Cathy S.; VOLUNTEERS Thao and Sandy; HOST for our Closing, Catholic Charities; and all of you who came to the sidewalk to witness with us today and throughout this fall!

Salvator Mundi (detail, 1395), Francesc Comes ©akg-images /Album/Oronz, https://us.magnificat.net/

In your sight the whole world is like a grain of dust that tips the scales, like a drop of morning dew falling on the ground.
You spare all things because all things are yours, Lord, lover of life, you whose imperishable spirit is in all.  Little by little, therefore, you correct those who offend, you admonish and remind them of how they have sinned, so that they may abstain from evil and trust in you, Lord.

Wisdom 11:23, 27 – 12:1-2

We are an alleluia people!

Pope John Paul II

Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future.

Bishop Robert Barron

Joyful, armed with age old Biblical truth and beauty, Pittsburgh 40 Days for Life witnesses showed up on the pavement outside pp daily for 12 hours, for 40 Days.  We prayed, sang, encouraged, cooperated, stumbled, sighed and cried.  We stepped back.  We showed up again. 

Those of us on Nikki’s list love each other.  Even wrapped in layers and with faces reddened by the weather, we recognize each other.  It is as if we grew up in the same neighborhood.  We anticipate each other.  We are in step.

Our rhythmic joy bringing to the sidewalk reminds me of a video.  These guys share a joyful vibe.  They move gracefully, anticipating each other’s moves.  Their faces are happy.  They know they are doing their best.  They know their hearts are in good company. Their editor is almost as good as ours!

Old Movie Stars Dance to Uptown Funk

FUEL

Al and Sally

Sally always made deviled eggs for the Closing.

Beloved ardent witnesses for life

NOTES FROM THE SIDEWALK

JEN M. SHIFT MANAGER 7-9

Early this morning, Diane set up the vigil for the last day of our current campaign.  Please say a prayer for Tom, who’s fighting the flu.  May God bless them both for their faithful service and incredible ideas to make the vigil more comfortable and fruitful!

My shift buddy, Vince, and I were happy to pray with Thao, who has been such a blessing to us all this fall.  We were also glad to have the witness of Michael, whose mom has helped organize the Harrisburg 40DFL vigil in the past.  
Bill H. stopped to share the joyful news that his daughter is pregnant!  And Bill E., Friday shift buddy, came with his wife, Ursula, to pray for a while.  Please hold him and his family in your prayer as his sister died unexpectedly two days ago.  
As we were praying through the 20 decades of the Scriptural Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, a charter bus with a police escort came down Liberty Avenue.  I have no idea who is visiting Pittsburgh that would warrant that kind of production, but I hope they noticed our vigil as they passed by–especially if it is someone in government or running for office.  
Uplifting little “God-wink” to share:  there was a huge gust of wind exactly when we were reading about the “noise like a strong driving wind” heard at the descent of the Holy Spirit!
And an encouraging moment to tell you about:  a young man stopped to stare at the fetal models and ask questions about abortion.  He truly seemed surprised and horrified at the details.  We gave him some information about the development of the child in the womb to share with others.  Those fetal models are such a witness to truth!  
Ken arrived at 9 AM to guide the next shift, joined by Pat, Bill, and the People of God Covenant Community.  Thank you to all who have prayed and witnessed over the last 40 days…God will use your sacrifice for such good that we can’t even imagine!  

Pat and Ken, Shift Manager 9-11

Michael, Thao, Vince (Shift Buddy), Jen (Shift Manager), Bill

RICH AND ROSEANN K. SHIFT MANAGERS 11-1

We had a lot of foot traffic today due to the Steelers playing, but it was relatively quiet with a few negative and a few positive remarks.  Although no one was signed up for our shift today we had faithful prayer warriors Marg and Nadine to witness and pray with us.

Nadine, Marge and Rich, Shift Manager

LINDSAY M. SHIFT MANAGER 1-3

Well it was a great blessing when a bus load from Living Hope Church in Whitney Pa  showed up, with Pastor Doug leading his faithful sheep.

Attached is a beautiful sketch of a sleeping baby. This was sent to a friend of mine on All Souls Day, including this prayer.
R.I.P. Today on All  Souls Day let us remember all babies: born sleeping, or we’ve carried but never met, those we’ve held but couldn’t take home, the ones that came home but didn’t stay. Make this an image on your wall if you or someone you know has suffered the loss of a baby.
In memory of all babies too perfect for earth 👼☁☀.
Dedicated to all our babies.
May they rest in peace. Amen.

JOE W. SHIFT MANAGER 5-7

STAY TUNED!

And God saw that it was good.

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  • November 3, 2019 at 9:38 pm
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    Thank you all!
    Love…

    Mark

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  • November 4, 2019 at 4:18 am
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    So happy to be praying with all who were there witnessing in front of PP.
    The daily accounts gave me a lot of prayer material also. God bless all who gave such a wonderful witness to life throughout these 40 days. May you be rewarded for what you did for the least. Srs. of the Holy Spirit (Sr. Jolenta)

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  • November 4, 2019 at 7:29 am
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    Thanks for all the inspiration. God danced the day you were born and who knows, it might have been the uptown funk

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