I am not fearful by nature. It’s possible that I am just naive or too sheltered to know that I SHOULD be afraid. But, being afraid usually doesn’t occur to me.
That said, I must admit that for the last month or so…with the year 2020 looming…I have felt fearful. Maybe it is the coming election and the fear of increasing anger and aggression, but I think it is more than that. This world just seems so foreign to the world that I remember growing up. Hearts seem so cold now. People don’t have large families anymore. No brothers and sisters, cousins and grandparents. Houses are large and lawns manicured, but there are no children to wear out the grass with games of kick ball. Everything seems empty and sterile. Faces are glued to screens, no smiles or greetings for those passing by. Things are very efficient now, but not very human. I could go on, but I won’t. You know what I mean.
I am not afraid for myself, for I have already lived the better part of my life. But I fear for my grand babies. What is in store for them? This feeling of dread was bothering me so much in fact, that on New Year’s Eve, as my husband and I watched the ball drop…I decided to make my new year’s resolution. I decided to give something up. I decided to give up FEAR. To implement this… I resolved to put morning prayer before morning coffee.
God affirmed my resolution this past week; as I was walking towards my car in the darkness, I noticed that some small pebbles were casting incredibly long shadows because of the headlights of the car parked beside mine. Tiny little rocks looked like tall trees in such eerie lighting. When I noticed the long shadows that were cast by those tiny stones in the street, I thought of the comparison to these times that we are living in. They may LOOK frightening, but in reality, compared to the True Light of Jesus Christ, all the evils that are trying to scare us into despair are really just little pebbles. We do not need to fear the shadows. God is allowing these times for a reason. We simply have to love and to trust. We have each other and we have Him. And that is enough.
God has made it very clear that He is using 40 Days for Life to work powerful miracles! A former abortionist and two former clinic managers are now working for 40 Days for Life. The building that used to house Planned Parenthood is now the 40 Days for Life headquarters. 16,742 babies have been saved, 196 workers have converted and 104 clinics have closed. God has given us a faithful team of 40 vigil shift managers here in Pittsburgh and now 40 shift “buddies”…to make sure that we are able to successfully keep the prayer vigil going on the sidewalk during each campaign. He wants us to know that HE is in charge of this movement, so we do not need to fear!
I think He has mighty things in store for us here in Pittsburgh during the Lenten campaign (Feb. 26 – Apr. 5)! In fact, He is using the number 40 to help us to overcome fear of the darkness and to help us to TRUST HIM! For the first time ever, we are seeking 40 PRIESTS to kick off our 40 days with a Mass at Epiphany Church, and to lead a Eucharistic Procession through the streets of Pittsburgh to Planned Parenthood on Tuesday, Feb. 25! See the flyer HERE and spread the word about this exciting event! We will also especially be honoring Jesus’ mother during these 40 days, with a dedication of these 40 days to her Immaculate Heart at the opening Mass. I have a feeling that Jesus will be pleased by this show of love for his dear Mother, and I would’t be surprised if we see some amazing miracles!
There will also be a kick-off praise and prayer service on Monday, Feb. 24th at 7pm at Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene, led by Pastor Joe Stump! All are welcome to both of our kick-off events See our campaign flyer HERE for details!
Fran is ready and waiting to sign up church groups for the vigil! The vigil is WIDE OPEN and needs MANY CHURCH GROUPS to fill it! Contact Fran at firstname.lastname@example.org to get signed up.
We made the decision not to print the campaign flyers in bulk this time because many were wasted last time. Churches can print them from the resource page on our website at: https://40daysforlifepittsburgh.com/get-involved-2/ Please use the resources on this page to spread the word at your church.
Thank you and may God bless you in this new year as we give up fear and TRUST THE LORD!