40 Days for Life
Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.
The angel of the LORD encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
Taste and see how good the LORD is;
blessed the man who takes refuge in him.
This passage made me think of all of the women and men who might feel that they have no other alternative than abortion. The passage seems to call ALL of us to TRUST in God and in the refuge that He is. If we look to the world for our solutions, we will never find fulfillment. But when we look to HIM… and we taste and see how good HE is… we are “radiant with joy.” May all abortion-vulnerable couples KNOW THIS TRUTH as well.
Shift Manager Reports
It was a dark, slightly rainy and windy time on the sidewalk, but the gloom was very much brightened by the cheerful faces of Diane and Peggy! Diane is simply amazing at the way she problem-solves with the vigil materials! She has everything arranged so it stays organized and protected, and she even added a 26-week fetal model that people can hold if they want to, but is still chained down so it cannot be stolen. Thank you for all that you do, Diane!
We had a great showing from the Manordale Knights of Columbus! They stood in witness for life for our entire shift. Also, Dolores from City Center Parishes came. We did see two obviously abortion-bound couples enter. One was a young woman with her boyfriend and father, another was a young man and woman. We prayed for them and their babies. May God bring an end to this in his time!
Lincoln Place Naz was represented by Chuck, Meredith, and Judy. We were prepared for whatever weather came our way. I felt premature wearing soooo much outerwear, but when the shift was over I had not suffered any weather damage LOL.
There were a number of abortion-bound people today. A very few of them gave us the opportunity to talk with them. I was able to speak to one young lady and tell her about the number of babies PP kills every year. She said they provide other services too. I said “Very few…abortion is what they are about.” She seemed to be interested and “take in” everything I was talking about and took the card with women’s services, but it did not change her mind…at least while she was on the street. We prayed that all the women/men who went in would have their minds changed by the Holy Spirit’s prompting. It is so devastating to know that those preborn little ones are being killed as we stand on the street. I prayed all morning for them, shedding many tears. My husband reminds me that we are called to be obedient: to pray, fast and do the vigils. The battle is still the Lord’s.
Let me tell you, today was coooold. Wow, toward the end I was having a hard time- but I was trying to not let my crazy weaknesses get the best of me! Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for this little “reminder of winter!”
Although some people had gone in prior to my shift, traffic entering PP was rather light between 1-3. But the tragedies inside were happening nonetheless. The gloomy weather actually matched the mood of what goes on inside an abortion facility. Even if a woman is not there for an abortion, we know that the overall mindset of Planned Parenthood is NOT to have true concern for the woman’s life…. emotions…. fears. It is NOT a place that cares for women in the WHOLE of their womanhood. That’s what I love about Pregnancy Care Centers…. they are all about helping the woman in many overlapping aspects of her life and concerns. THANK YOU to all who assist women and men in Pregnancy Care Centers!!
One interesting thing happened. Probably a divinely orchestrated meeting. A beautiful young woman stood near us on the sidewalk, and was confused about where to go, because she had gotten off her bus at the wrong stop. She was then waiting for a ride, and was on her way to a job interview. She asked Fran and me what we were doing, and we told her. She was generally in pleasant agreement about our mission– to pray for an end to abortion. And she told us about her three young children. We had a lovely and friendly conversation. Fran and I discussed later that perhaps the Holy Spirit brought her there for some reason we know nothing about. God is so cool like that.
Edith (filling in for Carolyn):
Our parish grouping (St. Mary/St. James) was represented today by Maureen, Mary Alice, and myself, joined by Crystal, a highly dedicated pro-lifer from West Virginia who attends Christ Church at Grove Farm. Transportation glitches made us late, so when we arrived Shift Manager Carolyn was already praying for the mothers and babies with Jim from Assumption. Soon we were joined by Cil and her parish priest from Butler County, who had helped a man in need (and been encouraged by his faith) on their walk through Downtown from their parking spot.
It is sad and discouraging standing on the Coldest Patch of Sidewalk in Pittsburgh, and always I know I could have done much better, could have tried much harder to offer life-saving help and information to the suffering moms and dads walking in and out of the death mill. But we know God hears every prayer, and it truly seemed that some of the folks accepting literature from us VERY MUCH WANTED THE INFORMATION, perhaps to pass on to a friend in a crisis pregnancy.
By 3:00, Helen, Fran, and Anita had arrived, along with Mary Kay and at least one other prayer warrior. As my dear, sainted father used to remark, “EVERYBODY you meet in the pro-life movement is such a nice person!!” It is a humbling privilege for me to know you all.
Everyone was glad they wore a coat. Gust blew our display, including our baby. Passersby left generous donations. Lots of good prayer time. 😉
Thao (filling in for Mary):
It was yet another quiet evening on the sidewalk with people busy getting home. Some stopped to express their support. Some spared us a passing thought that we should feel ashamed of ourselves. I don’t think standing for what we believe in should be something to be ashamed of.