Day 35: St. Paul Seminary and Individual Volunteers

At the beginning of this 40 Day campaign, I kept getting the campaign theme wrong…I was mixing up my “T’s” and spreading the word that the campaign theme was TRUTH not trust.

But Truth and Trust are intimately related and I think will be the basis for why Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry will eventually, ultimately fail.  Abortion is based on half-truths and lies.

Planned Parenthood has worked hard to become known as a health-care provider, rather than an abortion provider…but the TRUTH is, according to their own website:

Mammograms are not performed at any PP clinic

Prenatal services only made up 0.18% of their services and

PP provided primary care to <1% of their clients

“Don’t tell half-truths and expect people to TRUST you when the FULL TRUTH comes out.

Half-truths are No better than lies

They have worked the numbers hard, but their own reporting shows that abortion is a large part of their business. The most recent annual report states that they completed 327,692 ABORTIONS. Prenatal service was given to 18,684 clients along with 1,880 adoption referrals. 

Which means 15 out of 16 pregnancy-related services provided by PP were abortions.

The PP on Liberty Ave reported that they performed 2890 abortions in 2016

That is why we stand on the street right at their doors, to try and spread the TRUTH of what they truly provide, to anyone who is open to hearing the TRUTH. And if you are pregnant and in need of HELP, to try and get YOU to the many places in Pittsburgh that you can TRUST to help!

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7-9: Charlene

It was cold on the street today but I think we have had worse days. My last shift until Spring and I had the pleasure of Dick, Sally, Al, and Bill joining me. No pictures since my phone thought it was too cold. PP might have had a Halloween party because food came but no devil costumes needed. Patients didn’t start coming until 8:30…back to normal time. Let us pray that by Spring Campaign PP will be closed and we can concentrate on East Liberty and Magee. Charlene

9-11: Beth

Another busy day at Planned Parenthood.  Lots of staff and clients entered as Edith, Suzanne and I prayed quietly that all this will be over and no child will die and no woman cry when speaking about abortion.  Thanks, Jeanne, for the cute new signs with prayers included.  As John and Kathy from St. Anne’s arrived and the shift manager badge was passed to Ceil, the blonde that came last week reappeared holding her pro-Planned Parenthood sign (would she ever have the guts to carry a pro-abortion sign?).  When someone reminded her that babies were being killed inside that building, she immediately changed the subject to birth control.   The fact is: abortion is wrong; change the subject to a million different  causes and none of those causes will  mean a thing if you’re dead from an abortion.

Thanks to all the great witnesses that came for the Tuesday 9-11 a.m. shift throughout this campaign.  It was an honor to pray with you.

11-1: Cecilia

The cold and wind made it a little “tricky” today for us but the Seminarian came to stand witness for Life during my shift and that was really a “treat”!!  Fr Tom, Brian, Gabriel, Dan & Sean covered the other side of the sidewalk with prayer, song, lifesavers and flyers.  Merv kept me company and entertained when he started counting smiles that we received after offering “mints” to those passing by.  He got up to about 25 before leaving.

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And Denny not only came back this week but he drove his wife and my dear friend, Patti and I down again.  So I thank them for their company, their friendship and for their sacrifice to come all the way to Pittsburgh again to join with the Seminarian in prayer and song!  What a blessed day!

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I was able to hand out flyers, pins and baby models to several girls who really needed to share them with someone they knew who was pregnant.  The one girl had a friend already there for an abortion.  She tried to talk her out of it and I begged her to go back in to let her know that help was available.  Another girl said that we could pray for her friend “N” who is also contemplating abortion.  And we had a couple pass by.  The young man took a lifesaver.  Since the girl did not get one, I caught up with them to give her one.  She took that but did not want the flyer that we had.  They went into the bookstore briefly but did come out and went into PP.  The young man did take a flyer from me before heading in.  Too bad PP won’t let them keep it.  They won’t let them become more informed so that they could make a better choice.  I was praying that they would follow their heart as they did seemed to be struggling with their decision but they refused our offer for help.

Nancy said she couldn’t take pictures so here are pictures of some of the Seminarians that came for the start of Nancy’s shift:

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Seminarian John Paul
Seminarians Adam and John
Seminarians Adam and John

 

1-3: Nancy

On a relatively cold day, we had seminarians from St. Paul’s with us – John, John Paul, Sean, Adam – Patty from Sts. John and Paul parish, and then later Michael and Kimberly, all the way from St. Ann’s in Waynesburg to warm our hearts with their prayers and presence. Two visits from Karen reminded us of the challenge we face to persist in prayer and love those who oppose us.

3-5: Pat

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Things were peaceful today – and unexpectedly so since it’s Halloween.  I enjoyed praying with and getting to know a little better, Clair, who I’ve met before.  And I also had the chance to pray with (on the other side of the sidewalk) and get to know Kimberly and Mike, who were just married in July!  It turns out that Mike and I have a few people we know in common.   Pat, 5-7

5-7: Lisa

Psalm 68  Our God is the God of salvation.

I love this psalm as it reminds us all of what can be for each of us – all we have to do is ask!  Salvation for all!

This evening was surprisingly, fairly quiet.  It enabled us to pray a lot.  The beautiful new posters of the baby faces with the petitions for life to our Lord were joyfully prayed.

Mike and Kim, members of St. Ann parish in Waynesburg, had been at the vigil since 2 pm and continued to lead us in prayer for another hour.  Kim, as usual was on her knees making a beautiful impact in her petitions to the Lord.

Kim, Mike, Jim and Johanna filled the sidewalk with prayer tonight!
Kim, Mike, Jim and Johanna filled the sidewalk with prayer tonight!

Andy and Nick, members of St. Winifred parish, along with shift manager Jeff answered the call to stand with my dear faithful partner on every Tuesday shift, Johanna as word went out that she and I would have been by ourselves this evening.

Andy and Nick answered the call!
Andy and Nick answered the call!

 

 

 

 

 

A great big thank you to Mike, Kim, Jim, Andy, Nick,Jeff, and especially Johanna.

Shift managers Lisa and Johanna
Shift managers Lisa and Johanna
Faithful Diane loading up the vigil materials, as she does for 40 days straight! How many lives are silently saved because of her sacrifice? Only God knows!
Faithful Diane loading up the vigil materials, as she does for 40 days straight! How many lives are silently saved because of her sacrifice? Only God knows!

 

Day 34: Elk County Right to Life (St. Mary PA) and Round Hill Presbyterian Church

Are you the 10th leper?      “Were there not 10 cleansed?”

Day 34 1 aOnly 1 leper said “Thank you.” I’m guessing if you are reading this you are the 10th leper. The one who showed gratitude to God for the many blessings you have been given. You went to the vigil and prayed. You didn’t say “oh someone else can do it because they’re …not as busy…better suited…”.

I know it’s not easy sometimes. We all have our leprosies be it laziness, excessive love of the good things or the attachments to the activities or stuff of life but God’s grace has given us the strength to overcome them, to heal us and we show our gratitude by participating in 40 Days For Life.

So, let me also mimic the 10th leper and thank you for making the effort and dealing with the discomfort of going to the vigil. OK, I admit, it was really warm and sunny for awhile, but let’s not forget the wind, rain and dark, chilly mornings and evenings. Those days took a little more effort. Again thank you.

If you haven’t yet been able to make it to the vigil there is still time to say thanks. This is the last week. You don’t need to stay long. Just show up. Stay as long as you want. God will also give you peace and joy in addition to the healing. If you can’t make it please pray. And if you ever hear the call to come back after this campaign ends, know there are some who pray year round. I know there are sidewalk advocates and the “regulars” there most abortion days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Join us.

The only critical need remaining for this week is WEDNESDAY  5-7, so that shift manager Joe K. is not alone! If you can help, please click SCHEDULE above to sign up and to let us know.

In addition, not-so-critical, but still would be helpful…prayer volunteers would be appreciated on today (Monday) at 2pm, Wednesday from 3-5pm, Thursday at 2pm and next Sunday from 11-1.

Again, Thank You. Tim B.

Today at the vigil we had many individual prayer warriors, the faithful from Elk County Right to Life (St. Mary PA) and Round Hill Presbyterian Church

Stop back throughout the day to see pictures and to read stories. Here is from Sue 7-9 am:

“I was greeted by Diane, Tom and beautiful Rose when I arrived this morning. We were all prepared for the gusty weather! It was very nice praying with Rose as she handed out stacks of 40 Days for Life pamphlets. She was very quiet about it, but I never saw such an affinity for people accepting literature!! It seemed quiet on the street and a small handful of workers went into PP today. We offered a rosary, divine mercy and Holy Face chaplet! Two ladies came to pray for the next shift as Ginny arrived and I left the sidewalk in good, faithful hands!” ~Sue

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“Four ladies from Elk city pro- life traveled 3 hours to witness and pray
Two sisters from Steubenville came to pray
Day 34 Ginny First TimerA young physician, John, came down to pray and witness for life for the first time from Mother of Sorrows in Murrysville. Thank God for all these wonderful people.”

From Nikki 11-1:

Day 34 Nikki 1“I had a peaceful shift from 11 to 1 and was blessed to share the sidewalk with four faithful sisters in Christ from elk County right to life. These wonderful women sacrifice faithfully every campaign! They drive three hours each way, and witness for four hours! What an inspiration they are! We prayed together, and used Jeanie‘s new baby signs with the wonderful prayers printed on the back, thank you so much Jeannie! We had many positive comments from passersby, thanking us for being there. No negative comments at all today. It was a quiet day at the clinic, not much happening. It was also great to see a new face, a man named John, who is a physician, was there when I arrived. Shift manager Ginny said he had been there since 930. Thanks to all who came and prayed today!” Nikki                        Day 34 Beth and Rose

                       From 1 to 3 shift manager Sister duo Beth and Rose (right) Remember last summer, when it wasn’t the heat but the humidity? Well today it wasn’t the cold as much as the wind that made a cold place even colder. Luckily, Rose and I were met by the warm, loving ladies from St. Mary’s in Elk County. We now know that the sound of a mating elk is called a “bugle.” What a wonderful crew. As they were leaving, Colleen and Gwen from St. Winifred’s came and we prayed as the wind howled. It seemed like mostly employees coming and leaving what has to be the coldest place on earth,Planned Parenthood.

Day 34 Rosaline 1and 3-5 Shift Manager Rosalina (left) along with the group from Round Hill Presbyterian Church

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From Audrey (on left) 5-7 pm:

“The 5 to 7 pm shift today was cold and quiet. Pastor Matt and his son from Round Hill Presbyterian Day 34 AudreyChurch (Elizabeth) graced us with their presence. The end of the 40 Day vigil never feels like the end. We pray, “Oh Lord, give us the strength and the energy to keep fighting the battle for life even when the going gets so tough.” Audrey

 

 

 

 

Day 33…Good Works

THANK YOU

HOLY CHILD CATHOLIC CHURCH, BRIDGEVILLE

SAINT MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH, HERMAN

INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEERS

DAUGHTERS OF MARY, MOTHER OF MERCY COMMUNITY

WAOB (We Are One Body) 106.7FM

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{LIFE IS DIFFICULT}

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For all its strength, comfort and sublimity,

human friendship has about it the frail delicacy of old lace.

It is never a rugged thing

because of our inability to share our inner self.

We cannot give ourselves away utterly

because we do not belong completely to ourselves.

Betrayal of a friend is a kind of a suicide.

Walter Farrell O.P.

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Frederica Mathewes-Green (October 27, 1952)

celebrated her birthday recently.

Highlights from an article she wrote 24 years ago

offer refreshing reflections

for those of us dazed and dusty from the sidewalk.

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{EVIL CAN MASQUERADE AS GOOD}

The abortion debate seems like an unresolvable conflict of rights between the right of women to control their own bodies and the right of children to be born.

In a culture that treats pregnancy and childrearing as impediments, abortion surgically adapts a woman to fit in.

In college I advocated the repeal of abortion laws and supported my friends who traveled for out‑of‑state abortions.

For years I bought the line that the unborn was just a “glob of tissue.”

An unplanned pregnancy felt like an invader, an evil alien bent on colonizing one’s body and destroying one’s plans. The first right must be to keep one’s body safe, private, and healthy.  Without that, all other rights are meaningless.

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{GOOD CAN UNMASK EVIL}

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It is because I still believe so strongly in the right of a woman to protect her body that I now oppose abortion. That right must begin when her body begins, and it must be hers no matter where she lives—even if she lives in her mother’s womb. The same holds true for her brother.

When I ran across a description of a mid‑pregnancy abortion, I was horrified at the description of the syringe’s hub jerking against the mother’s abdomen as her child went through his death throes.

I learned that early abortions are no more kind.  The child is pulled apart limb from limb and sucked through a narrow tube into a bloody bag.

Dr. Willard Cates of the Centers for Disease Control estimated in 1981,  that 400‑500 times a year children are born alive after late abortions and then made to die.

Even if there were any doubt that the unborn was a person, if I had seen someone doing this to a kitten I would have been horrified.

The feminism that hoped to create a new just society had embraced an act of injustice as essential.

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The average woman does not gain, but loses when she has an abortion.

She loses the cash.

She undergoes a humiliating procedure.

The delicately‑balanced ecology of her body is disrupted.

Nicks and scratches in the uterus can cause scarring which may lead to endometriosis.

Damage from an abortion that goes unnoticed until she is far into a later, wanted pregnancy, can cause a miscarriage.

If those scars are near the opening to the fallopian tube, the opening can be partly obliterated and lead to an ectopic pregnancy.

Alternatively, the scarring at the tube’s entrance may be complete and the woman is sterile. She thought she was aborting one pregnancy, but she was aborting all her pregnancies for the rest of her life.

Abortion can kill a woman.

The last loss is the loss of her peace of mind. Many women grieve silently after abortion, their sorrow ignored by a society that expects them to be grateful for the “freedom” to abort.

Her most devastating loss

She loses her own child. This child is as much like her as any child she will ever have, sharing her appearance, talents, and family tree.  In abortion, she offers her own child as a sacrifice for the right to continue her life. It is a sacrifice that will haunt her.

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Do women want abortion?

Not like she wants a Porsche or an ice cream cone.

Like an animal caught in a trap,

trying to gnaw off its own leg,

a woman who seeks abortion is trying to escape a desperate situation

by an act of violence and self‑loss.

Abortion is not a sign that women are free,

but a sign that they are desperate.

Frederica Mathewes-Green

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{GOD DOES NOT PLAY HARD TO GET}

If we say, “We are without sin,” we deceive ourselves,

and the truth is not in us.

If we acknowledge our sins,

he is faithful and just

and will forgive our sins

and cleanse us from every wrongdoing.

1 John 1:8-9

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Theresa Karminski Burke, Ph.D., started one of the first therapeutic support groups for post-aborted people in 1986, after founding The Center for Post Abortion Healing.

Theresa adapted and expanded the curriculum into a format for weekend retreats, Rachel’s Vineyard.

Do not continue to live in the shame, fear or numbness – call our toll-free national hotlines:
Rachel’s Vineyard: 877 HOPE 4 ME (877-467-3463) – National Hotline for Abortion Recovery: 866-482-LIFE (866-482-5433)

http://rachelsvineyard.org/

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Co-founded in 2003, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign responded to a need for a pro-life ministry in which men and women who had had experiences of abortion could offer and gain support.

http://www.silentnomoreawareness.org/
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NOTES FROM THE SIDEWALK

Sister Mercy Maria Egbeji, Superior of Daughters of Mary, Mother of Mercy, Rankin, reports that she and the sisters will pray for us during their Holy Hour of Adoration.

WAOB 106.7 FM broadcasts 40 Days for Life participants praying the Scriptural Rosary every month.  Tune in and pray with us!

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French from the Bench

Last week, I saw X-rays of my broken collarbone.

First was the Emergency Room photo— “the original”- how beautiful the human body is as planned by God- I could see the break in my collarbone – a clean sharp swatch separating 2 parts of “the architecture”.   The next image was a few weeks after the break — what had resulted from the break—the 2 bones reminded me of train cars in a bad accident—one slides up and over the other.   The damage to the beautiful architecture was dramatic!

I think the embrace of the evil of abortion has really disrupted God’s plan for mankind.  From the horrific violence in the clinics to senseless mass killings here and around the world, we truly have broken with God.

Like my impatience with my own healing, I am impatient with our long struggle to end abortion and return respect for human life.  But, we really have a “train wreck” here.  It is going to take time, skill, patience, and God’s guidance to fix.

Let us heal together with Him who heals us all!

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NOTES FROM THE OTHER SIDEWALK

JEN 7-9 SHIFT MANAGER

How beautiful our 40 Days for Life family is!

Peggy, Dan, Judy, and Vince all answered the call to come and pray on a cold, wet Sunday morning.  Vince led us in a very powerful and emotional Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, meditating in detail on the suffering of our Lord.  It struck me that I often forget one of the most important reasons to take part in this vigil–in reparation for the agony that abortion caused our Savior, agony that He willingly suffered for me and for each person who passes through the doors of PP.

Thank you to Diane and Tom for getting us started this morning with all the needed supplies…the umbrellas and hand warmers came in very handy today!  God bless Bill, who wasn’t feeling very well when he made his morning prayer visit.  And thanks to Ken, who came from quite a distance to lead the next vigil shift!

Peggy, Judy, Dan, Vince Sunday Sidewalk Witnesses
Peggy, Judy, Dan, Vince
Sunday Sidewalk Witnesses

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KEN 9-11 SHIFT MANAGER

A peaceful Sunday morning.

Made more peaceful because this abortion facility is closed today and no one was harmed.

A quiet and prayerful time with Patti, Mark and Andrea.

Also prayed with a family from St. ELIZABETH ANN SETON.

Patti, Mark and Andrea
Patti, Mark and Andrea

 

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Family
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Parish Family

 

Faithful Prolife Witnesses
Faithful Prolife Witnesses

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MAGGIE 1-3 SHIFT MANAGER

We had an awesome time today. A group from Zion Church in Brookline sang hymns in Spanish, made a mini Jericho March back and forth around the semicircle and had their pastor Frank ask that this Planned Parenthood be closed! Alleluia!

We also had a group from a parish in Bridgeville praying the Rosary along with the Parochial Vicar there, Father Joe.

God is so good!

Shift managers Audrey and jim, Father Joe and faithful witnesses
Shift managers Audrey and jim, Father Joe and Holy Child Parishioners

 

Zion Church in Brookline came to pray out loud in downtown Pittsburgh.
Zion Church in Brookline came to pray out loud in downtown Pittsburgh.

 

Everybody praying for Life
Everybody praying for Life

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JIM AND AUDREY 3-5 SHIFT MANAGERS

Despite the chill and dampness in the air, what a blessed day!  During the earlier shift, a large congregation from the Zion Church in Brookline was a lively, energized Hispanic group.  They circled seven times to replicate the march at Jericho – praying to let the walls fall.  Their song, dance, and prayers spoke loud and clear of their faith in the Lord.

Holy Child, Jim’s and my home parish in Bridgeville, took the 1 to 3 p.m. shift.  Father Joe inspired us as he lead us in prayer joined by Thomas from Holy Child and Colleen and Dick from St. Winifred.  Regulars Margie and Larry from St. Mary’s faithfully prayed and kept us warm with their love.  As I was standing there praying today and looking on at the facade of Planned Parenthood, I saw the bricks were in the form of crosses, many crosses – representing the many tiny souls that are lost there every week….

Another best of the day was an unplanned visit from alumni and students from Franciscan University.  The young men just happened to be walking down the street and saw our vigil and became part of our witness.  The young women were inspired by their Mom – a regular 40 Days vigilant.  We prayerfully said the Rosary over and over again….  The response from the few passersby was that of support and thankfulness.  God is good.  Sometimes the most inspiration comes from the heartfelt discussions on the sidewalk.  We pray, we share, and we witness!

Jerico March
Jerico March

 

Shift Manager Jim Holy Child parishioners
Shift Manager Jim
Holy Child parishioners

 

Shift Manager, Audrey with Holy Child parishioners
Shift Manager, Audrey
with Holy Child parishioners

 

Franciscan University Alumni and Students
Franciscan University
Alumni and Students

 

Bricks, form of crosses representing many tiny souls lost there to abortion.
Bricks form crosses representing many tiny souls lost there to abortion.

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Wisdom is bright, and does not grow dim.

By those who love her she is readily seen,

and found by those who look for her.
Quick to anticipate those who desire her,

she makes herself known to them.

Watch for her early and you will have no trouble.

You will find her sitting at your gates.

Of her the most sure beginning is the desire for discipline.

Care for discipline means loving her.

Loving her means keeping her laws.

Obeying her laws guarantees incorruptibility.

Incorruptibility brings near to God.

Wisdom 6: 17-19, 12-14

And God saw that it was good.

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Check back for more NOTES FROM THE SIDEWALK!

DAY 32: Thank you Holy Child (Bridgeville) and St. Mary Church (Herman), as well as individual pray-ers

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Birmingham, England

Back on Day 20, Shawn Carney’s post from 40DFL headquarters highlighted an event which took place at the vigil in Birmingham, England.  In case you missed it, here’s what was reported:

In another instance, a Birmingham volunteer wrote that while she was praying outside the abortion center, a teenage girl who was about to enter stopped to talk. Following their discussion, the girl agreed to visit a pregnancy care center instead.

“No one else knows I’m pregnant and I didn’t know what to do,” she said. “All day yesterday, I was walking around town by myself praying that God would give me a sign if He wanted me to keep my baby, but there was no sign.”

Without the sign she was seeking, she decided to keep her abortion appointment. “But as I came to the entrance … I saw that lady holding a cross and I knew that was my sign to keep my baby.”

This story is even more miraculous when you consider that this young woman — who was inspired by the Cross — was not a Christian.

After reflecting for a bit on the amazing power of the cross, what came to my mind was what reportedly happened to the Roman Emperor Constantine in the year 312.  Also in a time of distress, himself was looking and praying for some sort of sign.  And then Constantine, who was not then a Christian, saw on the face of the sun a vision of the Cross.  And at the same time, written across the sky, were these words:  “in hoc signo vinces,” which translates, “in this sign prevail.”

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AND NOW, REPORTS AND PICTURES FROM THE SIDEWALK:

Tim B., 7-9

Knights of Columbs
Two Knights of Columbus from Manordale
Choices Mobile Unit
Choices Mobile Unit
Team from Living Hope
Team from Living Hope

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The faithful from Living Hope, coming from the Latrobe area, were at the vigil predawn ready to pray and provide a strong witness to life.  What a blessing to have prayer warriors on both sides of the buffer zone.  We were blessed to have Betsy and Jill in the Choices mobile sonogram offering an easy alternative to pp and the Saturday morning regulars Dr. Stephanie, Father G, Joe, David, Bill S. and of course always present, Bill H.  Peace and Joy.

Sue D., 9-11

People were out in droves when I arrived. Tim had arranged to have the big 40 days banner in place, which brings great awareness! Knights of Columbus, Manordale, was represented and Maria who has become a Saturday regular! Several SA were also present! Shortly into the shift, a local Pro-Life physician and her lovely daughter came along to pray. It was their first time standing vigil. It was so encouraging to speak with them…the good doctor was telling us how she has done abortion pill reversals and about a patient she treated who had a healthy baby boy in September!! She encouraged us to keep getting the phone number out there (877-558-0333). It is on our yellow resource card! Jeff, who is pulling two shifts today, arrived shortly before 11am to take over!  Thanks to everyone who came to pray for the many clients entering PP today.

Dean D., 1-3

We’ve been spoiled by so many nice days that today’s weather served as a nice challenge. Thank you Brenda and Marcella for braving the elements with me to pray.  Shortly before I left, the mighty prayer warriors of Crestview Presbyterian showed up (nine strong) to carry the prayer torch into the late afternoon. God bless you all.

Ken, 3-5

I was very blessed today. Our God allowed that I could take a small part in the fight for life. And to help he sent a prayerful, joy filled congregation from View Crest Presbyterian Church. A special thanks to pastor Matt and Pastor Shawn. The song, scripture and prayers that you brought with you were uplifting. One young woman in particular stopped to talk about her views on life. I pray that she was touched by what she heard and that her heart will be changed.

First time participants from Viewcrest Presbyterian Church!
First time participants from Viewcrest Presbyterian Church!

Jeff B., 11-1 AND 5-7

Brenda from St John the Baptist and Marcella From good Samaritan in ambridge
Brenda from St John the Baptist (Baden) and Marcella from Good Samaritan (Ambridge)
Jan from st John the baptist in Baden and Beverly from good Samaritan ambridge
Jan from St. John the Baptist and Beverly from Good Samaritan

Day 31: Thank you to St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, St. Mary of the Assumption R.L. Group, CMU Catholic Newman Club, and Individual Volunteers!

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“…Amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.   For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”  Matthew 18:19-20

In this 40 Days for Life campaign, far more than two of us agree on what to pray for.  We are fervently asking for an end to abortion.  Our Pittsburgh group is praying, in particular, for the closing of the Liberty Avenue Planned Parenthood so that no more children will be killed there, no more women will be harmed there.  Jesus has PROMISED us that our heavenly Father will grant our request!  In my weakness, I often get stuck on my four-year-old daughter’s favorite question…“But WHEN???”  Over and over again, I need to go back to Scripture to quiet my childish grumbling.

“(Jesus) answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority.”  Acts 1:7

My question of when is not going to be answered in advance.  In reality, it’s irrelevant.  No matter what time is ordained for our longing to be satisfied, I just need to keep praying and trusting that God has this all worked out.  As the beautiful saying goes, “Faith in God includes faith in His timing.”   It seems silly that I still struggle with it even though God has shown Himself to be trustworthy countless times in my own life, let alone in the history of humanity.  He knows what He is about…every detail is intricately planned for our good, even when I can see no reason for delay.

“But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day.  The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard “delay,” but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”  2Peter 3:8-9

 Thank you, Lord, for Your patience with us, and for Your perfect timing.  Please grant us TRUST in that timing and the courage to persevere in prayer until the joyful day when your promise is fulfilled and no more women or children are destroyed by the evil of abortion!  

 

7-9 AM, Charlene: 

7AM at PP. Deceivingly peaceful looking.
7AM at PP. Deceivingly peaceful looking.
Matt and Jean and Sally and Al
Matt and Jean and Sally and Al
Wonderful St. Bonaventure
Wonderful St. Bonaventure

Today was cold on the sidewalk at 7. Someone earlier in the week said they had gotten out their “long Johns “ and I followed their lead. But there was warmth coming from all of the prayer warriors! It warms my heart to pray with my friends from my parish, St. Bonaventure. They always bring joy to the sidewalk. Fr. John ( with no hat) brought MaryAnn, Frank, Theresa, Mario, Jean, and Matt. We were also praying with Sally and Al, Rose from St. Mary’s Glenshaw,and BethAnn from At. Alexis. 

PP was steady business and I believe they are starting earlier…like by 7:30. It is hard to stand and see the steady flow going in. But I read something in one of those catalogs that you get every other day(sweatshirts, posters, etc.) and it said,”You’ve got 3 choices in life: Give up, Give in, or Give it all you’ve got” God has called us to“Give it all we’ve got”…and so we will.  

 

11 AM-1 PM, Marie:

Brooklynne & Cayesen
Brooklynne & Cayesen
Brooklynne, Cayesen, Ginny,  and Roz from St. Mary’s in Glenshaw.
Brooklynne, Cayesen, Ginny, and Roz from
St. Mary’s in Glenshaw

Brooklynne & Cayesen are students at Blessed Trinity Academy.  They are from St. Mary in Glenshaw.  Both prayed the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet.  Brooklynne led several decades.  She had participated in her first 40 Days inside her mother’s belly and has been part of many more since, in the last 10 years.

 

1-3 PM, Barbara and Richard:

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Our shift was sunny and warm as we prayed with witnesses from Sts. John and Paul, Jim from St. Philip and our guardian angel, Ginny.  

It is always a blessing to pray publicly.  It is a blessing to stand up and witness to the fact that abortion kills babies.  
Lisa arrived smiling and carrying two large bags of “penny candy” and two lovely young ladies.
Thank you, Dear Father, for giving us this chance to love you out loud.
3-5 PM, Lisa:

Beautiful day in Pittsburgh- bright, sunny, and warm for the 3 to 5 shift. Quiet which allowed us to pray consistently while handing out candy. Thank you, Ginny, Esther, and Nati as you all warmed the sidewalk with your smiles and candy! John (from St Killian’s) joined us for a while to pray as well – thank you!

 

5-7 PM, Pat:

Matteo, former SM Jim, and Thomas
Matteo, former SM Jim, and Thomas

I had a nice night out there with both good weather and, for a Friday night, it was relatively peaceful and quiet.  Bill stopped by for a quick visit early on.  Matteo and Thomas are students at CMU and signed up through the Newman Center which serves the Catholic students of Pitt, CMU, and other colleges and universities in Pittsburgh.  Matteo, Thomas, Jim and I began the evening with the rosary with pro-life meditations.  Jim had to catch his bus after that.  The rest of the evening Matteo, Thomas and I engaged in both group prayer and individual silent prayer – with some breaks for good conversation, of course.

 

Day 30: Thank you to Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene, St. John the Baptist (Plum), and to all of our other prayer volunteers!

40 Days for Life

 

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Brothers and sisters:
I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your nature.

 

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For just as you presented the parts of your bodies as slaves to impurity
and to lawlessness for lawlessness,
so now present them as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.

 

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For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from righteousness.
But what profit did you get then
from the things of which you are now ashamed?
For the end of those things is death.

 

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But now that you have been freed from sin and have become slaves of God,
the benefit that you have leads to sanctification,
and its end is eternal life.

 

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For the wages of sin is death,
but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:19-23

 

This passage above really made me think of the MANY ways that we can all fall into sin and fall away from God.  As Christians, we are continually trying to work out our salvation… trying to continually convert… in so many ways. 

Abortion affects so many people, and it ALWAYS brings about sadness and pain.  The Lord has better plans for His people than sadness and pain!  We shouldn’t have to wait until heaven to receive the joy that He wants to share with us in abundance. 

So why do some of us flock to abortion- and to the abortion industry- rather than accept His life and love?  I don’t always know those answers… but I DO know that our God is a Lord of great compassion and mercy.

I heard a talk about a year ago, given by a sex-trafficking survivor.  This woman, now a woman in her 40’s, is a vibrant Christian woman of great hope and joy.  It’s quite amazing, considering the horrors she had dealt with as a young girl.  But one thing she said in her talk has stayed with me.  She said that she knew that the Lord was speaking to her throughout her life, even in various situations as a sex-trafficking victim.  On one of these occasions, when a man was forcing himself upon her, she remembers hearing the Lord clearly say to her heart, “I have a plan for you… and this isn’t it.”

And so, I boldly claim the same words of the Lord to those women and men who are victims of abortion, or who work in the abortion industry.  The Lord has a plan for you… and THIS ISN’T IT.

Let us continue to pray for those who need to be reminded of this sacred truth.  And let us put our trust in the Lord that He will show them exactly what His plan IS for them. 

 

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Shift Manager Reports

Nikki:

I was blessed to share my 7 to 9 shift with Peg as usual. Also we were joined by a man named Joe, from St. John the Baptist church in Plum, whose parish will be coming later today. He couldn’t come during that time so he went out of his way to come early this morning before work. It was a joy to pray and talk with him!

It was definitely an abortion day, we saw many couples going in. Some took information from us, although I am sure it was confiscated as soon as they walked in. A woman named Karen from Hosanna/Word and Worship church came towards the end of my shift, and then we were blessed to get to see faithful Chuck and Judy from Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene as they arrived to take over the next shift.

Judy encouraged us with the reminder that when It seems like our enemy continuously places obstacles before us, that we are to simply keep our eyes on Jesus, and that way we will be able to continue! It is truly God’s gift to us, that he gives us each other! There is no place else in the world that I could meet such wonderful people as I do right on the sidewalks in front of Planned Parenthood during 40 Days for Life.

 

Shift Managers Judy and Chuck, along with Karen. Thank you for being LIGHT on the sidewalk of darkness.
Shift Managers Judy and Chuck, along with Karen. Thank you for being LIGHT on the sidewalk of darkness.

 

Thank you to my parish brother, Joe, and to regular Thursday morning volunteer, Peg!
Thank you to my parish brother, Joe, and to regular Thursday morning volunteer, Peg!

 

Lisa K.:

Well, today’s shift flew by.  I think it was because I was praying with dear people I know from my parish!  Thank you to ALL of the St. John the Baptist parishioners who came to pray with us today!!  I was blessed with the presence of the mother-son team of Marlane and Jon, who are so beautiful and endearing.

For my second hour, I had the pleasure of praying with dear Mary from my parish as well.  Mary is a joy, and is such a strong and beautiful woman of faith.

We had several positive moments today.  A man stopped to tell us how thankful he is for what we are doing, another was when a man passing by in his vehicle shouted out for us to keep up the good work, and another was that a beautiful young woman named Jen stopped by to chat with us.  She was beautiful inside and out- and was truly inspiring.  She chatted with Mary and me for a while about people that she knew who needed help and resources, and we talked about her church.  Jen, if you’re reading this, I hope you come back sometime.  It was wonderful meeting you.

As for negative moments, we had one moment where a woman would have engaged us in argument… but we made the conscious decision to remain faithful to our reason for being there these 40 days– to PRAY.  Thank You, Lord, for helping us to see that.

A paramedic vehicle was stopped in front of PP for a short time… but with no patient as far as I could tell.  I hope that there was not another need for an ambulance just a week after the last one.

 

Thank you to the mother-son dynamic duo: Marlane and her son Jon!
Thank you to the mother-son dynamic duo: Marlane and her son Jon!

 

Marlane and Jon are joined by dear Mary! Thank you all!
Marlane and Jon are joined by dear Mary! Thank you all!

 

Mary and I were joined by the next dynamic duo- Frank and Marian from St. john the Baptist as well. Thank you!
Mary and I were joined by the next dynamic duo- Frank and Marian from St. John the Baptist as well. Thank you!

 

Helen:

The “I support Planned Parenthood” sign was held high when I got to 933, and she held it up for the two hours I was there. Carolyn said she was there for her shift, too. There was a constant rosary rising as the Chippewa, Holiday Park and city bus riders’ line snaked along Liberty Avenue. The occasional “Glad you’re here” or “Thank you for being here” are as good as gold.

Helen

Joyful Noreen and Dave from St. John the Baptist. Thank you!
Joyful Noreen and Dave from St. John the Baptist. Thank you!

 

Rick:

The 5-7 PM shift on Thursday was peaceful and prayerful.  Special thanks to Tim & Lisa from St. John the Baptist Church, Billy from the Assembly of God Church, and Jim from St. Maurice for their prayers and faithful witness!  May God bless pregnant mothers in need and grant protection of the lives of children in the womb.

God Bless,

Rick

 

 

 

God has a plan for ALL of us… born and pre-born alike. 

And His plan will ALWAYS be better than

anything we could have planned for ourselves. 

Let us TRUST in Him and His plan for each of us.

 

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Day 29…St. Juan Diego (Sharpsburg), St. James (Sewickley) & Hosanna Church (Bellvue) bring the warmth of Christ to the chilly sidewalk today!

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“We were rescued like a bird from the fowlers’ snare; Broken was the snare, and we were freed.  Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”  Psalm 124

This psalm from the Mass readings today is speaking to me in a special way, because we saw a child RESCUED from the snare of abortion at our vigil yesterday!!!  Praise God!!!  To read the account in shift manager Michael’s report, click HERE.

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You will also notice in yesterday’s blog (in shift manager Beth’s report) that another baby was brought in those doors to be aborted, but left safely still in his mother’s womb after PP refused to abort him because he was too big!  Please pray that the hearts of his mom and dad will be softened and that they will let him come to birth!

 

The reason that 40 Days for Life has been so successful is that it fights abortion with SPIRITUAL weapons, rather than political ones.  Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth! 

Our prayers are reaching the ears of God…carried to Him on the wings of our sacrifice of food (while fasting), comfort (while witnessing), and our works of charity.  (Read yesterday’s vigil account from Cil, where she mentions that one of our vigil participants left the vigil with a young mom to help her to get food.)

When God first broke my heart over abortion back in 2009, I struggled mightily to get up my courage to go to Planned Parenthood for that first time…and I soon realized how much of a spiritual battle this is!  (To read my little “mini-testimony” of how I did this, click HERE).

I remember feeling frustrated that abortion was represented in our culture with this almost noble…self-sacrificial air.

“Every child should be a WANTED child.” 

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Planned Parenthood was a master at public relations, and had constructed a beautiful facade of being there to HELP women who were in need.  It reminded me of a monster wearing a pretty mask.  I wasn’t buying it…because GOD had removed the spiritual scales from my eyes.  I had forced myself to look at photos and videos from actual abortions.  I had pulled away the mask and looked straight into the eyes of the monster.  It was painful, but it was necessary.

The thing that we have to remember is that those who are supportive of abortion are blinded spiritually.blind

The most common cause for this blindness is their own participation in an abortion at some point in their past.  When we see people who are extremely angry at our presence…we need to remind ourselves of this reality, and so treat them gently and pray that God’s grace will prevail and penetrate their hardened hearts and minds.  It can be frustrating to us that they can’t see what we can see…and it is tempting to try to “argue” our case using reason…but our arguments usually fall on deaf ears.  Love and gentleness can penetrate where words cannot.

Last week I watched a debate between the president of Students for Life, Kristan Hawkins, and a so-called “Christian” abortionist, Dr. Willie Parker.  Dr. Parker actually believes he is doing “God’s work” by providing abortions.  Watching the debate was like watching a fight between a 2-year old and an adult.  It was almost embarrassing (intellectually) to see Dr. Parker using the same tired pro-abortion catch phrases and cliche’s in response to Kristan’s intelligent and clear-thinking logic. It just goes to show you why there aren’t very many abortion providers who try to go the “Christian” route.  Their arguments completely fall apart when they try to defend them from a Christian point of view.  You can watch the debate by clicking HERE.

On the other side of the spectrum are the abortionists who don’t even try to paint a “noble” or “Christian” view of abortion.  They callously discuss dismembering the baby’s bodies, and joke about how they “need to go to the gym to build up their biceps”, in order to have the strength to provide late-term abortions (20 weeks).  I just watched the newest under-cover video (just released yesterday) by David Daleiden last night.  Click HERE to watch it.

They are blind.  Either from personal guilt, greed or ignorance.  But before you despair, remember that conversions happen!  As Pat spoke of in his blog on Saturday, one of the unexpected fruits of 40 Days for Life are the many abortion workers who have converted! (154 so far!) If you want to be encouraged, I recommend reading the conversion stories of these two former abortion workers:

Dr. Bernard Nathanson’s “Hand of God” -Dr. Nathanson was the founder of NARAL and was responsible for the invention of the suction-aspiration method, which allowed abortion to be done in free-standing clinics, making it affordable and wide-spread.  He was an atheist Jew when he began, and was a converted Catholic when he died. Click HERE for more info.

Carol Everett’s “Blood Money” – Gives a glimpse of the way in which greed and pride…followed by guilt from an abortion, led Carol to rationalize her job of providing abortions, while still thinking she was a Christian.  It tells the beautiful story of her conversion, which she attributes to others praying for her. Click HERE for more info.

So we continue on the remainder of this 40 day journey, lifting each other up and encouraging each other along the way.  We are not alone…God is with us, and we have each other.  And lives and souls are being saved!  Praise God!

Up-coming Vigil needs:  This Friday from 3-5pm (Barbara & Richard would appreciate a prayer partner!)

Now, for the stories from the vigil today…

Kathy L. 7-9 am

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Faithful Dianne and Peg greeted me upon arrival.  After a morning prayer, Dianne went on her way.  Shortly afterward, Harry joined us and the three of us read the 40 days devotion.  Most of the time was spent in silent prayer.

Peg noted that a regular passerby who usually avoids eye contact with us, gave a friendly greeting to us in passing.

One mother stopped to tell Peggy that she doesn’t bring her four year old son past us anymore because the fetal models scared him.  Peggy responded with a polite, “that’s too bad.”  Perhaps the woman could have dispelled his fear by telling him that was what he looked like in her tummy when she was pregnant with him.  Just a thought.

Bill H came by briefly.  Scriptural prayers and hymns were offered.

Cathy Z. 9-11 am

Shift manager Cathy and friends from St. Juan Diego parish
Shift manager Cathy and friends from St. Juan Diego parish

Spent a quiet, prayerful morning with two friends from my parish, St. Juan Diego.  There were a fair number of women going inside, staff and patients, one negative comment, “Why don’t you mind your own ******* business?”, but that was offset by “Thank you”s and “I pray for you every day”.

Jeff subbed for the 11 am – 1 pm shift  

A faithful parishioner from St. James in Sewickley was there during Jeff’s shift.

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Chris 1 – 3 pm

I can’t remember wearing long underwear in October… It was cold and misty during my shift, but my heart was warmed by the three women witnessing with me today.  Two of the women, one being a Sidewalk Advocate, used their charm and persistence to hand out several dozen “Life” flyers to passersby.  For the first time, I received no negative comments during our prayer time.  We even had one man ask permission to take a picture of the fetal models.  As I watch the number of glances by passersby of the models during my shifts, I have to believe they’re the most powerful tool for life we have during the campaign.  May God plant the truth of unborn human life in all their hearts.

Faithful Ginny is a regular participant during 40 days!
Faithful Ginny is a regular participant during 40 days!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara & Richard 3 – 5 pm

The sidewalk seemed so much warmer than the chilly showers would indicate.  As we arrived, Chris (SM) and Ginny and 2 more  people flanked both sides of the front door.

Pastor Gary with the members of Word and Worship Church (Hosanna) came just before 3.   In time, more people from Word and Worship kept coming.  What a team…their fellowship in prayer was compelling.  One young woman came out, holding the brown paper bag.  “I would never abort my child,” she said.  She accepted the folder showing photos of the baby developing before birth.

What do you do when you learn that mothers are tempted to abort?  You do the best you can to step out and help.  We are grateful for Nikki’s audacious “Yes”.  

 

Pastor Gary and his faithful crew from Hosanna Church!
Pastor Gary and his faithful crew from Hosanna Church!

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Joe K. 5 – 7 pm

Hosanna / Word & Worship Church provides a faithful witness for life!
Hosanna / Word & Worship Church provides a faithful witness for life!

Word & Worship (Hosanna) came strong this afternoon and stayed strong to the very end of Day #29.

Pastor Gary led his flock into the early evening shift where I was joined by Doug, Bernadette, and Neil, for the first portion of this last shift of the day and still others for the last hour – Thanks and Sorry for all the forgotten names!

The evening was extremely quiet – a couple of positive comments and thanks along with only a single semi-negative mention of “wasting your time” – to which Neil reflected that if we thought we were wasting our time, then we wouldn’t be here…

As the evening faded to night, I was struck how dark it was physically inside the entrance of 933 Liberty Ave. as the last “employee” turned out the lights and left for the evening…  but also reminded how spiritually dark it is inside there as well…

Onto the morning of day #30 to make the most of our time peacefully and prayerfully – witnessing to the Truth to turn this darkness into light…

Day 28: St. Peter (Steubenville), St. Joseph (Cabot), St. Ann (Waynesburg), Catholic Daughters of America

The Dad of a very good friend recently died. I have known my friend, his siblings and his parents for 30 years.  I knew his Dad, but not really all that well, like who he really was…he always seemed a bit gruff to me! I couldn’t quite reconcile in my mind the tender stories his family told about him.

But then there was the eulogy at his funeral…“To know his kids, their kindness, smarts and humor,  is to know BUD, they are the best reflection of him. He has left a lasting legacy in his children, who will carry on his characteristics”

It suddenly clicked, aahhh, now I understand who Bud was, cause I know and love his children…They are the best reflection of him!

people-2585733__340And then the whole thing kinda struck me in a much bigger way…applying the same principle to God the Father. Do I really know God the Father, like who He really is? Of course I do, cause I know His children, beginning with Jesus his Son and including ALL of us who are made in the image and likeness of God. He has made us His lasting legacy and we should be carrying on His characteristics. When we choose to embrace the characteristics God has placed in us, we can be a reflection of the Father!

I think we are showing that to the people we meet on the street! I know I feel it every time I go to the sidewalk, I am surrounded by the most beautiful people because you are reflecting who God is!

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Charlene 7am-9am

Today was a day when gloves and hats were needed and the chill went deeper due to the large number of people going into PP. Customers…not visitors. We had Jackie, SWA with us who spoke with several and had a long talk with one couple…but they went in…chill. We were lucky to have our two Warriors from Steubenville…St. Peter Catholic Church, Stacey and Beth and Sally, Al, and Bill.

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It is easy to feel down sometime but we have to remember that we did not join some club in 40 Days. God called us each by name to do what we are doing…he did not say it would be easy or a quick fix.He sent us by name and said He would be with us. And that’s all we need. Charlene

Beth 9am-11am

Today it was cold outside and definitely cold inside 933 Liberty Avenue.  This morning was the busiest day, and therefore the saddest day seen in quite some time.  From Steubenville Tracy and Beth, Suzanne from Bellefield Presbyterian, and Elsie from Sidewalk Advocates witnessed a steady flow of single women and couples coming and some leaving with those little brown bags (abortion pills? antibiotics?).  When we arrived, Jackie had spoken to a couple seeking Planned Parenthood services.  But they came out later and told Jackie that the preborn baby was too big.  So we can only pray that they receive the help they need. They did not want to go to Catholic Charities.

Time went quickly and then Bill helped me disentangle the shift manager badge from my coat and hoodie and let me run to catch my bus.  Thanks, Bill.

p.s.  I left a Pirate umbrella among our stuff.  Hopefully someone will walk away with it; it was pretty much kaput anyway.

Cecilia 11am-1pm

Thanks to “Saint” Bill for being at the right place at the right time!  Beth was able to catch her bus and I was able to hit the bathroom before beginning my shift. day 28 1

Today was our church’s vigil day during my shift and into Audrey’s.  It was so nice for Father Mark to bring me down.  I was able to direct a few passersby to him during our shift.  He kept busy in conversation and also handed out brochures after a Edith left.  We had 3 newbies come down from our church!  Richard spent his time with Fr and Edith.  He rescued a sign that had blown into the street and decided to wear it.  Did anyone mention how windy it was today?

Elsie stayed much later into the shift.  And, when leaving, took a girl “N” with her to get her food for her and her two older girls.  Please pray for “N” to find food until her food stamps come in.

They were very busy at PP.  Abortions and contraception were being handed out like candy.  We could see the sadness of it all.  One girl came out seemingly with her boyfriend and parents.  She seemed traumatized.  Was this really her choice?  And what about the men’s choice?  One young man pulled up.  After a brief moment, the girl got out and went quickly in.  He took longer.  After getting out, he stared up and down at the abortion mill then slowly made his way in.  We encouraged him to get her out and offered our help.  He did come out a while later and drove away by himself. day 28 2

Newbie, Steve, joined me in conversation during his lunch break.  We worked as a team when we were able to interact with others.  He handed out the yellow business cards.  Several people took extra resources to post and hand out.  He then prayed the rosary with Rick T. when he showed up.  “Regular” Bob also stopped by to get some prayer time in.  And my church friend, Darlene, signed up to offer rosary prayers from home during our vigil shift too.  It is always so nice to have the praying going while we are trying to interact with those passing by.

At the end of my shift, my friends Joyce, Patti and her husband, Denny (a newbie), showed up for the 1-2 hour.  With Audrey now there I was able to take a break to warm up.  We were glad that Denny could provide the transportation to Pittsburgh and offer his warm smile to counteract the cold that surrounded that place today.day 28, 3

Audrey and Jim 1pm-3pm

Today was a day of many contrasts – the sun was shining one minute and the next minute it was cloudy.  Many passersby shared their support and many did not.  But the overall shift was inspirational – we had a great turnout and we prayed fervently.  It has been awhile since I was at a shift that had abortions performed that day.  I would say over eight couples or single women went into PP.  It was very sad.   They all came out sad……  Our pro-life rosary was tearful but hopeful and uplifting.

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The earlier shift was from St. Joe’s in Cabot.  They were an enthusiastic and vibrant group sharing our information with everyone.  St. Ann’s from Waynesburg came a long distance, but their hearts were strong and supportive.  They brought a calming peace and a prayerful comfort to our vigil.

IMG_9550 (640x480)If you want to know why we are there – we are praying for the parents and the babies that they may have peace and God’s love.  We pray for their spirits.  Whenever I am at the vigil, I feel the spirit of God and the spirit of the many tiny souls that are floating up to heaven.

Mike 3-5pm

We were blest to have seven beautiful people from a Catholic Church in Waynesburg from 2 to 6 pm.

They prayed the rosary for hours and were an inspiration to me and others. Karen, the passionate advocate for Planned Parenthood, was with us to keep us on our toes and strengthen our fervor for life.  A gentleman named Perry stopped to tell us he was behind us 100% and he talked for about 10 minutes about his life, the miracle of birth and the gift of life. His words of encouragement were inspirational and heart warming.

A young man named “I” approached us after being at Planned Parenthood for 2 hours with his girlfriend. She is about 11 weeks pregnant and they drove down from Erie to have an abortion. He did not like what PP had to say and he decided abortion was wrong. He took a brochure of ours into PP and they took it from him and would not give it back. He asked us for another brochure and we gave it to him. We told “I” to google Pregnancy Resource Centers in Erie, PA and to contact them for assistance and support with the pregnancy. He was very grateful we were there and he is a very nice young man with good intentions to do the right thing. 

What an awesome experience! Thank you Lord for being there with us today and for strengthening and bringing Isaac and his girlfriend to us.

Lisa 5pm-7pm

Here I am Lord, I come to do your will.

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St. Ann prayers

Seven faithful prayers traveled to Pittsburgh from St. Ann Catholic Church in Waynesburg.  Attilia, Patricia, Carol, Kim, Mike, Barb and Kathy were there from 2 pm to after 6 pm praying and witnessing.  They had come to do the Lord’s will.  There was two handsome young men who stopped and joined in prayer.  They promised to return on another day but were leaving for their Bible class.

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Susan and Larry
 Donna and Rick traveled in with me for the evening and we welcomed Susan and Larry from St. Joseph Parish in Coraopolis all of whom answered the call to come and do His will.

Day 27: Weirton Catholic Churches and St. Alexis Catholic Church (Wexford)

Can you walk on water?

Day 27 WaterEven St. Peter found it to be hard to do.

“Then Peter stopped looking at Jesus and began to notice the difficulties around him. Seeing that the wind was so strong, he became fearful. He forgot for a moment that the strength holding him up on the water did not depend on the circumstances, but on the Will of the Lord… Peter began to sink, not because of the waves but because his confidence in him who can do all things wavered. He cried out to Jesus: Lord Save me!”    (From ‘In Conversations with God’ Vol. 4 p. 335)

Sure it’s easy at the vigil when people walk by and say “thank you being there” or “God bless you” but how about when someone drives by and gives you the finger? Is that a big wave for you?

Does your confidence wane at times? Do you really believe we can end abortion? Do you find it hard sometimes to go to vigil to pray? Do you find it hard to talk about your pro-life views? The waves around you are sometimes big but you are not alone.

This past Saturday three mature women arrived at the vigil and were signing in and one of them stepped back inside the buffer zone and was quickly rebuked by a pp escort. I reminded them of the line and told them they are just trying to intimidate us and asked if they were upset by it. The three of looked at me all with the same look that said “Really? You think that upset me? Really? We’re a lot stronger than that!” What a great demonstration of Trust and being in the loving hands of Jesus! They didn’t see that incident as a wave. Barely a ripple in the water.

The underlying foundation of 40 DFL isn’t that we will end abortion with our efforts, which are showing great results, rather we are praying for God to intervene. It is by accessing HIS power that we will end abortion.

St. Augustine said “God does not demand the impossible. Instead, when HE makes a request, HE asks that we do what we can do, that we ask for what we cannot do and for His help to carry it out.”

We are in the back half of the campaign and the waves can big and the wind seems strong at times. But we can walk on water. WE ARE NOT AFRAID. We are having a big impact. If you have been to vigil consider coming again. If for any reason you haven’t been able to make it, there is still time.

Be bold. Share the joy. Bring a friend and family member. Help them to do something really important and meaningful. Wouldn’t it be something to say after you are asked “what did you do today?” and you can say “I saved someone’s life”.

If you haven’t yet brought your church group or want to come again, click SCHEDULE above to see the times when we need you most. Or come when it is best for you. Just come to the vigil. Ideally we would like you to sign but if you don’t that’s OK just show up. Stay along as you want.

Come Walk on Water.  I know you can do it.

Today at the vigil we had prayer warriors from from several churches from Weirton and St. Alexis in Wexford plus lots of individuals.

Stop back to this site throughout the day as we will be posting pictures and stories from the vigil.

Peace and joy. Tim B.Day 27 9-11 1

The weather didn’t dampen the courage of these ladies from the Weirton Catholic Churches who stood vigil from 9-11 am.

From Jeff 7-9 am:

I got to the the sidewalk at 6:50am only to find Diane and Maryanne M. waiting for me. Phil and Bill from Reformed Day 27 Jeff 2Presbyterian Church of North Hills showed up soon after, as well as Phoebe with her three children, Miriam, Esther, and Micaiah. Her husband Charles joined them around 9 as I was leaving. Therese from St Barbara’s joined us around 8:30 and brought the rain with her, and Bill H stopped by to check to see that things were ok.Day 27 Jeff M in rain

Phoebe with children Miriam Esther and Micaiah from Reformed Presbyterian church of North hills. Micaiah stood like a soldier in the rain.

 

 

From Nikki 11- 1 pm:

“I had a very quiet and peaceful shift today. When I arrived at 11 shift manager Jenni was there with this wonderful Day 27 Nikki 1young mom and her precious children. 

What a beautiful witness for life they are!

After they left it was just me and a woman named Theresa from Saint Barbara‘s in Bridgeville. It was her first time there and she had been Day 27 Nikki 2there for two hours. She left and soon afterwards Beth and came from Saint Alexis in Wexford. It was her and I during most of the shift. We prayed together and separately, received mostly positive remarks. It seemed like the clinic was not Busy. I don’t remember anyone going in except for a delivery of some sort.

Day 27 Nikki 3Bethann was a great prayer partner today! At 11 the next shift managers sister team arrived, Beth and Rose. And also faithful Bill.

 

As I was leaving the next group from Saint Alexis came to witness. Day 27 Nikki 4Thank you everyone for your perseverance in this battle!”

From Beth S. 1-3:

“We, Rose and I, began our shift meeting the “award-winning” Nikki: way to go girl! The wonderful folks from St. Alexis, Claudia B., Mary R., Vince P., and Claudia L. helped pray through the rain and an occasional outright downpour. Perhaps the rain kept all the negativity away because there were very few offensive comments but a few “thank yous” and some smiles. It didn’t look like any clients went in, just an employee or two. All shifts should be as peaceful but maybe not so wet. Francis and Rosalind arrived right on time and Vince said he would try to stay with them if necessary. What a great group!”

Day 27 RosalinaPicture: In the rain Shift Manager Rosalina 3-5

Shift Manager Sue 5-7:

“It was a dark and stormy night…well not really, but it rained a lot for the first hour that we stood in front of PP! I was joined by my Dad, Diane and Mary Jane and we all had our umbrellas up just like the people passing by. The que for the bus stretched onto the other side of the buffer zone tonight. We were able to say many prayers and witness simply by having the 40 days signs around our necks. We got a lot of positive, supportive comments. The negative ones were mostly muttered quietly. Prayers were offered for the employees that left PP. Bill stopped by briefly and told us the wonderful news that PCUC honored Nikki and Joe with their Founders Award at the banquet held over the weekend! Congratulations to our fearless leaders!!” ~Sue

 

 

 

 

DAY 26: THANK YOU, Bellevue Knights of Columbus, Saint John Fisher Parish, Richmond OH

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

Oscar Wilde 1854-1900

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I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways of my own mind; and in the midst of tears I hid from Him, and under running laughter.

Francis Thompson 1859-1907

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To clone a person, you would have to clone their parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, first grade teacher, next door neighbors and so on until you have included all their people.

Lewis Thomas 1913-1993

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In our audacity, we witness in prayer to change hearts.  We know that heart changes are difficult and painful and take a lifetime.

History gives us a glimpse of the heart of the person who wrote “The Importance of Being Earnest”.  Reading it, you can’t stop thinking about Jesus holding his arms wide open on the Cross.

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Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was baptized as an infant in the local Church of Ireland (Anglican).

Wilde’s mother was a lifelong Irish nationalist.  She wrote poetry for the revolutionary “Young Irelanders” and read their poetry to Oscar.

The movement of the “Young Irelanders” may be said to date from the founding of the Nation newspaper, 1842.  “Educate that you may be free” was the keynote of the new journal, which was destined to find its way within a year into nearly every household in Ireland. It preached temperance, patience, energy, and resolution. It held up the spirit of the people while it taught them tolerance and union.

Jane Wilde attended Mass with her sons in a chapel where Father Prideaux Fox, a Catholic priest, was the celebrant. Father Fox said, “I am not sure if she ever became a Catholic herself, but it was not long before she asked me to instruct two of her children, one of them being the future erratic genius, Oscar Wilde. After a few weeks I baptized these two children, Lady Wilde herself being present on the occasion.”

Wilde’s father, Sir William Wilde, was a well-known surgeon. Anti-Catholic, he bitterly opposed Oscar’s interest in the Church. “I am sure that if I had become a Catholic at that time he would have cast me off altogether.”

In his student days at Oxford, Wilde met fellow student, Sir David Hunter Blair.  Blair became a Catholic, joined the Benedictines, and eventually became Abbot at Dunfermline Abbey.

In his book, Victorian Days, Blair wrote that Wilde asked him many questions which revealed “how genuine were his own sympathies with Catholicism.”

Hunter-Blair’s evangelizing efforts had no immediate effect, and the two men parted, Hunter-Blair taking Holy Orders and Wilde turning to the literary world of London. Wilde was forthright about his motives. “To go over to Rome would be to sacrifice and give up my two great Gods: Money and Ambition.”

“I suffer a great deal from my Romish leanings, in pocket and mind. And now my best friend turns out to be a Papist!” One of his first friends was Robert Ross, a Catholic.  Ross was with him at the end.

In October, 1900, Wilde sent a telegram to Ross. “Terribly weak. Please come.”

Ross went and later told how, after he arrived, “he rushed to the Passionist Church in Paris and brought back Father Cuthbert Dunne to attend spiritually” to Wilde.  Father Dunne recorded following.

Robert Ross knelt by the bedside, assisting me as best he could while I administered conditional Baptism, and afterwards, answering the responses while I gave Extreme Unction to the prostrate man and recited the prayers for the dying. As the man (Wilde) was in a semi-comatose condition, I did not venture to administer the Holy Viaticum; still I must add that he could be roused and was roused from this state in my presence. When roused, he gave signs of being inwardly conscious… Indeed I was fully satisfied that he understood me when told that I was about to receive him into the Catholic Church and gave him the Last sacraments… And when I repeated close to his ear the Holy Names, the Acts of Contrition , Faith, Hope and Charity, with acts of humble resignation to the Will of God, he tried all through to say the words after me.

The next day Oscar Wilde died.

After he was laid out, Father Dunne “placed a rosary in his hand and put palm branches over him.” Father Dunne said the Requiem Mass at Saint Germain-des-Prés.

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I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;

I fled Him, down the arches of the years;

I fled Him down the labyrinthine ways

Of my own mind; and in the midst of tears

I hid from Him, and under running laughter.

From those strong Feet that followed, followed after.

But with unhurrying chase,

And unperturbed pace,

Deliberate speed, majestic instancy,

They beat – and a Voice beat

More instant than the Feet –

‘All things betray thee, who betrayest Me.’

Whom wilt thou find to love ignoble thee,

Save Me, save only Me?

Rise, clasp My hand, and come!

THE HOUND OF HEAVEN

Francis Thompson

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Lewis Thomas, 1913- 1993.  The Medusa and the Snail: More Notes of a Biology Watcher.

Francis Thompson, 1859-1907.  The Hound of Heaven.  YOUNG IRELAND AND THE FENIANS, Taken from A History of Ireland by Eleanor Hull

https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/culture/art/the-long-conversion-of-oscar-wilde.html

http://www.libraryireland.com/HullHistory/Fenians1.php http://www.pioneerassociation.ie/pioneer-magazine/151-oscarwilde-nov2010 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Wilde

http://www.bartleby.com/236/239.html

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NOTES FROM THE SATURDAY SIDEWALK

Barbara 11-1, 3-5 (Saturday) Shift Manager

Holy Wisdom, Saint John XXIII and Saints John and Paul (Wexford) parishes filled the sidewalk with their beauty during these two shifts.  Joining us were also people from Saint Michael Parish (Wheeling) and Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Enjoy the photos.  These are just some of the people.

Chris, Bill
Chris, Bill and friend

 

Chrisline, Kathy, Craig, William Saint John XXIII Parish
Chrisline, Kathy, Craig, William
Saint John XXIII Parish

 

Craig, Doug, Tom, Bob, Jim Sts. John & Paul, Wexford
Craig, Doug, Tom, Bob, Jim
Sts. John & Paul, Wexford

 

Saint John XXIII Beautiful Families
Saint John XXIII
Beautiful Families

 

Jonathan, Killian Brady and Christine Franciscan University Steubenville
Jonathan, Killian
Brady and Christine
Franciscan University
Steubenville

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Jeannie, Shift Manager Injured reserve

The most important task of EMTs when they reach a head or spine injury victim is to secure the victim’s head, neck and body to prevent further injury.    When this happened to me, — when my neck was braced and my cut, bruised, broken body was strapped to a hard board for transport to the trauma center, I could not believe the pain.  It felt like there were nails on the board, particularly behind my head.

Just then, I had a glimpse of Jesus on the cross—his beaten, whipped, scourged body would suffer the further insult of being lashed to a hard, unyielding splintered piece of wood. During my 40 minute bumpy ride to the emergency room, every Pittsburgh pothole drew tears.  Tears of pain, yes, but of grateful joy for what our Lord endured for me, his precious child.  I was able to offer my suffering up because I know His Story! It changed everything.

That is what we are doing on the sidewalk—telling HIS STORY; bringing the redemptive, powerful love of Jesus to each of his beloved children, whether they are vulnerable mothers, scared friends, lonely fathers or misled abortion workers, our knowledge of the vast and enduring love of Jesus is the answer!

I pray we continue to keep telling HIS story!

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NOTES FROM THE SUNDAY SIDEWALK

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JEN 7-9 SHIFT MANAGER

Diane and Tom beat the sun to the sidewalk this morning, supplying and setting up all our vigil’s needs before dawn. The Bellevue Knights of Columbus were well-represented by Charlie, who also blesses the pro-life effort as a sidewalk advocate.

Devoted despite feeling under the weather, Vince arrived with his beautiful Scripture readings for each mystery of the Rosary, which we all prayed together.  Jim, Charlie’s fellow Knight, joined us later and stayed on as Sue came to lead the next shift. She mentioned a woman who appeared nervous and defensive as she protested the vigil the day before. Sue astutely pointed out that the woman’s agitated demeanor may have been a sign that she was troubled by what she was doing, and that her heart may soon be ready to accept the truth. Sue graciously lead us in prayer for the woman’s conversion.

Charlie and Vince
Charlie and Vince

 

Jim and Vince
Jim and Vince

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SUE 9-11 SHIFT MANAGER

Yet another beautiful day to be outside.  The sidewalk was very quiet this morning, likely due to the later Steeler game today.  I was joined by Jim from the Bellevue Knights of Columbus, Regina from St. Clare of Assisi, Mary Jane from St. Francis of Assisi, Kelly from St. John Capistran, and Patty from St. Bernadette.

Patty pointed out that today in the Catholic Church is the Feast of St. John Paul II.  We asked his intercession and prayed the Rosary, for saved lives, changed hearts, the closing of PP and Allegheny Reproductive, and the ceasing of abortions at Magee.

At one point a man walked by and said, “You’re here on a Sunday morning?  Now that’s persistence!”

YES sir, persistence is what we are all about!  We will persist in our vigil until abortion comes to an end in our great city — indeed, in God’s world!!

Regina, Patty and Jim
Regina, Patty and Jim

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MAGGIE 1-3 SHIFT MANAGER

Quiet. Peaceful. Prayerful.

Even though we had many travelers passing on their way to the Steelers game I felt calm. I had great people to pray with!

A man from West Africa commented to a fellow prayer that he doesn’t understand how abortion exists in our country when there are so many resources to help women.

A young man yelled to us from his car, “Thank you! Thank you! My mom chose to keep me!” And then, he started to cry.

It was beautiful!!! And, finally, Ann uttered to us “Blessings, blessings, blessings”.

Thank you Jesus for a great shift!

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KEN 3-5 SHIFT MANAGER

This is my first shift manager assignment, and I was a little nervous going in. I sent a group text to immediate family for prayer. God is good. It truly was a peaceful, prayerful vigil.

I arrived to a warm greeting from the previous shift manager Maggie.

Father John from Saint John Fisher (Richmond OH), and Megan, from Mother of Sorrows (Murrysville), were my first prayer partners.

Prayer Partners for Sunday
Prayer Partners for Sunday

 

Father John and Megan
Father John and Megan

fall blog 4 ken with bill

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JOE W. 5-7 SHIFT MANAGER

I was warmly greeted by our new SM Ken, Fr. Jack, and the women from Catholic Family Land. They were prayerfully singing.  It was so
beautiful it brought tears to my eyes.  What a blessing.

The Starr family, from Catholic Family Land, arrived for the 5-6 hour, prayed fervently and ended in song.
The men from Catholic Family Land, arrived for the 6-7 hour ready to
serve our Holy Family.  They prayed joyfully, sang joyfully and
amazingly( I’m jealous), and after my shift was over, prayed over me
joyfully. I’m grateful.
Catholic Family Land participants traveled from Brookdale, Ohio (a
long way). They came armed with the spirit ready to do battle for the
lives of our brothers and sisters. It was as authentic a witness as I’ve
experienced in my journey with 40 Days for Life.
Soooo, I would like to give yinz a Howard Dean campaign shout out,
“YaaaaaaaaaaHHaaaaaawwoooo awesomely well done.”
Thank you Jesus.

Rock, Jack, Gary Catholic Family Land
Rock, Jack, Gary
Catholic Family Land

 

Jack Starr Family Catholic Family Land
Jack
Starr Family
Catholic Family Land

 

Catholic Family Land
Catholic Family Land

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And God saw that it was good.

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