“Pictures” of Sunday morning

I’m so sorry–for the second week in a row, I did not have a camera with me at the Sunday morning vigil.  I missed such great opportunities for pictures that I’m going to try to describe them instead:

“Photo” #1:  Al and Sally faithfully praying in the dark as I drove up to Planned Parenthood to start the shift at 7 AM.  In addition to holding down several four-hour shifts of their own throughout the week, they come every Sunday morning so that I won’t be standing alone on a dark, deserted city street.  The incredible pro-life service they give all year round, year after year, is truly an inspiration and a blessing.  When they are called home to Heaven many years from now, there will be a standing ovation as they walk through the Pearly Gates!

“Photo” #2:  New friend Mary, who stood and prayed with me for the entire four-hour shift!  I’m so grateful to her for her sacrifice and service, both for the unborn and for myself.

“Photo” #3:  Dear Pat, who prays and witnesses fervently at every Sunday vigil.  If we each had just a fraction of her passion and zeal, abortion would end here and now.

“Photo” #4:  Sweet little sparrows that hop around the sidewalk from time to time.  They make me think of Jesus’ words:  “Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins?  Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God.  Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.”  (Luke 12:6-7) Although we will never meet them here on earth, our God knows and loves every precious child who has been murdered in that dark place.  And he knows and loves us, noticing what we’re doing for the least of his brothers even on days when no one else seems to.

“Photo” #5:  A rosary hanging in the crook of the little tree growing outside Planned Parenthood.  I don’t know if someone put it there because it was accidently left on the sidewalk by a devoted prayer warrior, or if it was put there purposely.  But it was comforting to think of it being there even when we are not, as if the prayers continue after we’re gone.

“Photo” #6:  A sea of black and gold jerseys as people streamed into the city for today’s football game…starting very early this morning!  Can you imagine what would happen if as many people got as passionate about defending life as do about the Steelers???  Let’s pray for the Holy Spirit to ignite thousands of hearts to be “fans” of the unborn, of women in crisis, and of all our most vulnerable brothers and sisters!



2 thoughts on ““Pictures” of Sunday morning

  • October 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Good blog, Jen. Very pretty imagery.
    We have often wished that even a fraction of the Steeler Nation would care as much about the moms and babies as we do.

    As for Sunday mornings, for the first years of the 40 Days for Life vigil, we stood alone, and the street was empty when we went to Mass. Thank God for our good shift manager and occasional prayer warriors who are now there when we leave.

  • October 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Wow Jen, what great imagery! Very nicely written description of your time on Sunday mornings! Thank you for your sacrifice! I think there is a standing ovation waiting for you too!!!


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