Day 5…St. Marys in Herman and Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Keep the Vigil Going!

This morning’s shift manager was Lindsay, who maintained the witness all alone this morning…although her husband took pity on her and joined her for the last two hours.  It is just this sort of determined obedience that Christ asks of us!  I am so proud of…and humbled by…our wonderful 40 Days for Life Vigil Shift Managers.  Thank you Lindsay!  Here is a photo of her with her husband…taken by the second shift manager, Rose:

Lindsay and Daniel held the vigil this morning with determined obedience!

She wrote the following reflection about her time this morning:

Today I was called “scum” by a man who wished I would instead “go pray outside the rich White abortion clinic in Mt. Lebanon”, and I met another man who was adamantly and irreversibly convinced that President Obama is “the” pro-life candidate (!)

I was called “scum”, but that’s not true…because I was really “lonely scum” when no one from my Church showed up for our adopted prayer shift despite 3 heartfelt appeals, including one from our beloved and respected parish priest!

But “lonely scum” is not entirely true… because after awhile I was really “lonely, wet and cold scum” after it began to pour down rain!

But, “lonely, wet and cold scum” is not completely accurate…because I had let myself become “lonely, wet, cold and humiliated scum” when I allowed myself to be falsely humiliated by the Accuser by worrying if any of my coworkers running in the Great Race might have observed me from their passing buses and wondered why I was standing alone outside a closed abortion clinic on a Sunday morning in the rain, wearing a large “Pray to End Abortion Sign” and holding a Rosary bead!

Why am I out here alone, praying?!  I could be at home praying, warm, dry, clean, and loved, yet here I am like a powerless cold, wet, scummy, humble pebble at the bottom of a huge, overpowering river rapid called Abortion.

But, wait a minute here! One cold wet scummy pebble DOES help to slow down the raging flow of water in a river rapid, especially when thousands are eventually gathered and placed together as one.  EACH pebble creates gentle resistance, a ripple.  Eventually, thousands of unified pebbles create a delta and then eventually a dam stopping the destructive flow of the powerful river rapid.

So, 40 Days for Life Volunteers, in God’s Holy Name, consider yourselves blessed to Serve the Lord as “lonely, wet, cold and humiliated scummy pebbles”, and KNOW that by our prayers and presence EACH ONE OF US “pebbles” creates a tiny bit of resistance to the powerful, but not unstoppable, River Rapid Abortion.  With God working through us and gathering us together by the thousands in prayer as One, He will create a “damming force” of Love and Compassion which will stop and dry up the River Rapid Abortion, forever. Amen!

Lindsay Mitchem

Rose was the manager of the second shift today.  She took the following pictures of the vigil participants between 11am-3pm today:

George from Holy Trinity Ukrainian Church, with Margie & Larry from St. Mary’s (near Butler)
Margie and Larry
Prayer Volunteer, Pat

Rose wrote:

Today was a blessed day for me at PP. Margaret and Larry from St. Mary’s in Herman stayed and prayed with me from 11 – 1:20.  We prayed several rosaries and sang praises to the Lord.  George  from Holy Trinity Ukranian Church came for awhile and taught us some of the songs they sing. He said he’d be back at 6.  Pat also came to pray for an hour.  It was  a very peaceful time as we smiled at folks passing by and took turns handing out pamphlets. The pouring down rain did not deter us, and it reminded me of God’s many ways he showers his blessings upon us.  We had two opportunities to be kind to others; I moved my parked car back a few feet when someone from the theater to the right of PP was concerned that she was parked too close to the fire hydrant, and we helped another person from the theater open her trunk so she could put in the items she was carrying.  Both women were very grateful and thanked us for our thoughtfulness, and one of them took our literature.  I know God wants us to be kind at all times, and perhaps these two women will have a positive view of pro-lifers!  I was only alone for a few moments when a woman named Kathy walked by, saying she was doing a Jericho march.  I was able to join her for her 7th round because Jim, Kathy and Paul arrived early for their 3-7 shift. One negative moment occurred when the cafe owner further down the street walked over to reprimand us for being there and taking away his business and stomped away before we could respond. I wanted to ask him how he knew we were taking away his business? Maybe next time.   All in all  had a peaceful day at PP today and felt your prayers.  Thank you all for standing for LIFE!

Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church is maintaining the vigil for the last shift today, along with Shift Managers Jim and Cathy.  I had the privilege of standing with them during the last campaign, and they have a wonderful witness!  I have no doubt they spent their time in prayer and song!  I will post Jim & Cathy’s comments about their shift when they send them tome.

2 thoughts on “Day 5…St. Marys in Herman and Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Keep the Vigil Going!

  • October 2, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Please tell Lyndsay I am PROUD to be associated in spirit and belief with her standing!! I would much rather be another “lonely cold humilated scum” than something the world calls “powerful”

    Thank God for people like you all and especially this brave soul! I am proud to be with her!! Shame on the “comfortable” folks from her church and thanks to her parish priest for taking the stand for life!! At least one “pebble” stood in the river!!

    Ed Stevens

  • October 4, 2012 at 9:09 am

    This seems to be too much of a coincidence to ignore. The night after reading Lindsay’s story, as I was doing my 15 minutes of prayer-time dedicated to the 40 Days campaign, I continued where I had left off in my reading of 1st Corinthians. Towards the end of my time I came to the following paragraph in the 4th chapter:

    9 For as I see it, God has exhibited us apostles as the last of all, like people sentenced to death, since we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and human beings alike. 10 We are fools on Christ’s account, but you are wise in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are held in honor, but we in disrepute. 11 To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are poorly clad and roughly treated, we wander about homelesse 12 and we toil, working with our own hands. When ridiculed, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; 13 when slandered, we respond gently. We have become like the world’s rubbish, the scum of all, to this very moment.

    It’s funny, but I don’t remember ever reading or hearing that passage before. And I certainly was surprised to find the that word that Lindsay had used – scum – in the Bible.


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