Day 15…St. Louise de Marillac and Guardians for Life stand vigil

In a morning that started chilly and wet, the day was warmed and brightened by the presence of the wonderful parishioners of St. Louise de Marillac, who were there all day.

Jeannie, Tom, Chris
Jeannie, Tom, Chris

An older lady who walks by with a cane, very slowly.  Last week said she couldn’t (not wouldn’t) talk to me when I offered her my chair.  I didn’t know that she works in Planned Parenthood.  She smiled at me as she walked by today.  Maybe she is coming to “our side” but needs the job.  As an older, disabled woman, getting another job would not be easy.  Pray that a way will come about for her to leave the clinic, and find something else.

Bob & Joan
Bob & Joan

A young man came up to Kathy and me asking about the father’s rights.  He and his girlfriend just found out they are pregnant.  The girlfriend, probably scared about bringing a child into the world, and being influenced by the psychology she is studying in college – that everyone is “dysfunctional” in some way, is talking about abortion, or even having her girlfriends push her down some steps!  The father does want the child and is willing to marry her and/or raise him/her.  We prayed with him and encouraged him to continue praying with her, and to remind her that God does love her and will help them through this.  We also directed him to Women’s Choice Network, and gave him the resource sheet.  Please pray for M and B and their unborn child.

Tom, Jeannie, Dan, Juanita, and Joe
Tom, Jeannie, Dan, Juanita, and Joe

Fr. Tim’s ever-faithful group also came to pray, in spoken and beautifully sung words.  The Guardians for Life of Indiana and Westmoreland County are always a blessing.

Guardians For Life Prayer Circle
Guardians For Life Prayer Circle

Kathy, who is a regular prayer volunteer on Wednesday afternoons wrote an account of her time today:

Today, Wednesday, October 10,  vigil shift manager Kathy and I had the opportunity to talk to a young man regarding his girlfriend’s pregnancy.  This young man named Billy was needing guidance about his right as a father to prevent the young lady from aborting the child.  He actually asked us for help and we were able to direct him to seek counsel from the Women’s Choice Network or elsewhere from the printed resource sheet that Kathy had.  He also allowed us to pray for him, his girlfriend, and the unborn child.  Please keep them in your prayers.

While standing to the side of the clinic, I was holding a beautiful picture of a mother’s bare pregnant belly and an ultrasound picture of her unborn child in front of it and two small children, one on each side of the mother.  Many glances were exchanged.  As I said “hello” to a young woman exiting the clinic, she turned and asked how many “crack” babies I’ve adopted.  I didn’t respond but thought adopting “crack” babies would probably send a strong message to others as well.

I would like to invite all to join me in a “march” one time around the “clinic” at 9:00 a.m. starting October 14th-October 19th.   This precedes the Jericho March on October 20th.  Hope to see you there.

Sincerely,

Kathy

DAY 15 INTENTION

 May God’s people awaken to the fact that we are our brothers’ keepers.

Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.  Genesis 4:8-10

On Thursday’s schedule our vigil gets a little thin at 2:00 – our shift manager and one volunteer.  If you have an opportunity to join them, I’m sure they’d love some company from 2-3.

Thanks again for all you do for the unborn child!

Chaplain Steve

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