This morning was my last official “shift” at the vigil. The human, fleshly part of me is glad. I won’t have to set my alarm for 5:45 am anymore (at least not until February 22nd). I won’t have to drink coffee and eat a plain biscuit from McDonalds in the dark as I drive to the vigil in the early morning hours anymore. I won’t have to lug my chair and materials four blocks from the parking garage to 933 Liberty Avenue. I won’t have to FREEZE for four hours anymore!
However, the part of me that is Spirit, and not flesh…is kind of sad. I have really enjoyed being a witness for Christ…for His love and forgiveness…and also for His truth and His command to obey God’s laws. It was a special time of fellowship with other Christians, and I enjoy the unique comaraderie that is developed between us as we stand on the battlefield that is the very spot that life and death meet. Right at that particular spot in our city where life and hope meet death and despair. That is where we stand…and it’s a special thing. To see God at work and to feel His protection is amazing. So, the spirit side of me will miss that.
It is too bad that in this life there is such a struggle between the flesh and the spirit. But 40 Days for Life is a great exercise for my flabby spiritual muscles. I hope you have “enjoyed” it as well.
Here are some photos from this morning:
So, I had lots of company this morning…thanks to Elena, Sue, Karen, Greg and Beth. This afternoon the vigil is being held by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Carnegie. Tomorrow we have St. John Neuman Parish, North American Martyrs Parish and Ascension Holy Name Society. On Saturday, St. Killian’s in Cranberry and St. Joseph’s in Cabot will be there. And the last day, Sunday, will be held by St. Andrew’s parish in Butler and the Catholic Mom’s Group. Then we will all gather together for a meaningful candlelit closing and follow that with a pot luck meal at Catholic Charities. I hope to see you there!