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