“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, and faith.” Galatians 5:22
This morning, both the Jericho March and our 40 Days vigil were well attended, which was very encouraging. CIM (Cultural Impact Ministry) was the organization that had adopted this morning’s shift. Other encouraging highlights were the arrival of the young students from St. Vincent College and the observation that, upon suggestion from Meredith, a young woman went to the Choices mobile ultrasound unit, which was parked across the street.
Check out Sally’s story below.
This was a cold, windy, but blessed morning because we had almost 60
people praying up until 10 a.m. when many of them went to the Rally.
The Jericho march at 9 was VERY WELL attended, with many of the 40
Days people joining for one or more of the rounds, and then coming
back to pray.
One lady, from near Cleveland, stopped in to pray, and attend the
Rally before continuing on to her sister’s house near Philadelphia.
Another lady was from the Chicago area, also passing through
Pittsburgh. Both listen to Quinn & Rose and were drawn to the 40 Days
and Rally by their radio ads.
At least one girl went into the Choices mobile sonogram after Meredith
talked with her. Possibly another later in the morning.
We had 8 students from St. Vincent College praying for a while. The restaurant man chewed them out because “they looked like scum, wearing jeans in downtown Pgh.”
No matter what he says, he makes no sense, & is perpetually angry. We have to feel sorry for him. He must be very unhappy. Please pray for him.
The bookstore man posted the same sign that he had in his window
during the Lent campaign. This time it is fairly large and round and
is attached to what looks like a broomstick. At first he had it stuck
in his mailbox, but a big gust of wind blew it out. It could have
injured someone if it had hit them. He now has it securely fastened
to a pole, or maybe it’s a tree. It complains about “hypocrites who
pray out loud on street corners”. Matthew 6:5, if you want to check
it out. He needs prayers also. Sally
Below are some pictures from early this morning:
Later on today, during the second shift, a heartbreaking scene was observed when a woman walked out of the Planned Parenthood strongly stating to a young woman behind her (her daughter?) “I don’t care what you want.” Please pray for them. We also had an opportunity to have a long conversation with a young 16 year-old named Page, who was walking by while heading to the library. Our conversation covered a wide variety of topics, such as abortion, the death penalty, faith, etc. Please pray for her as well.
The second shift group, primarily consisting of parishioners from St. Joseph’s in Verona, bravely fought the cold, and at times, wet weather to continue a strong prayer vigil. Below is a picture of this great group:
St. Fidelis parish from Butler adopted the 3pm-7pm shift today. Here are photos and stories from Chris, our Shift Manager from tonight:
A woman named Renee came up to Bernie and I and told us how she had given her child up for adoption 30 years ago and how happy she was that he is alive and doing well.
Please pray for Tina, a 60 year old woman, who engaged us in conversation. She is pro-choice and said that she wishes her mother would not have had her because her life has been so hard.
Also please pray for an unnamed woman who started by asking for some money and then revealed that she had aborted her child years ago and had no more tears to shed. She did not think she could be forgiven for her abortion. She broke into tears and disappeared down the street.
Also pray for Joan and her cousin Maria. Bernie and Maria had a discussion about the abortion Joan was undergoing. Bernie gave her a medal and prayed with her. Bernie later followed Joan and Maria once Joan had exited the clinic to give Joan some material.
Luis from Panama who was attending the ONE Conference stopped to pray the rosary with us. At the same time a handsome late middle aged couple stopped to pray a few decades with us. We did not get their names.
Dr. Timothy Fahrenholz