Thanks to the pastors from Lighthouse Lutheran Church and St. John’s Evangelical Protestant (Burry’s Church) in Rochester who held vigil this morning! We are blessed to have the participation of so many dedicated men of God! Pastor Win wrote this about his experience on the sidewalk this morning:
I had a good experience as a whole. It was definitely cold, though probably not as cold as those there today in the freezing rain. When I participated with 40 Days for Life in Florida (Pensacola area), all I had to worry about was sunburn (then again, we had 9 hour shifts down there — 9 hours would have been too long in the cold of downtown.
If I may say this about Pittsburgh in contrast to Pensacola. Those walking by yesterday were far more encouraging than those who would interact with us in Florida. We received many positive comments from pedestrians as well as encouragement. Only one man made a point of stopping and telling us that we ought to “jump in front of a bus” … go figure. In Florida, we would get quite a lot of angry comments shouted at us, angry honks and middle fingers pointed out car windows as people went by, and very little encouragement. Then again, we did see one of Pensacola’s two clinics closed down while I was serving with 40 Days down there, which was great news.
Those people to whom my hat goes off are those who coordinate and who serve as regular shift managers. They are the true heroes of this movement. Much thanks and gratitude for their dedication.
Blessings in Christ,
Afternoon Shift Manager Marilyn shared this from her shift today:
Here are two photos taken by Marilyn:This dedicated group of prayers traveled over two hours from St. Marys, PA.We are so glad their pro-life group braved the cold for a four hour shift today! It was a blessing to pray with them.It was a very cold day, but my heart was warmed when two different passersby thanked us. So grateful to Catholic Charities for opening up their offices to us to come and get warmed up!God bless you,Marilyn
Shift Manager Dee shared a photo and a bit about her shift as well:
Dee had this to say:
The 3 to 5 shift was quiet except for one young man, who has been around before, and needles us with his strange view of the world. Seems that he does not know Jesus Christ and His Church. He left and later returned, when 2 men standing vigil confronted him. Thank God they were there. A couple of unexpected prayer volunteers did show up, so, I was not alone.
And as Campaign Director Timothy told us today, we are NEVER alone…. our guardian angels are always with us. A good and wise thing to remember, especially in moments like these.
I chose this title for our post today because of my experience at my (Lisa’s) shift today. When I arrived, I found out, to my surprise, that the prayerful group of six women outside PP had driven all the way from St. Mary’s, PA. What a sacrifice of love. Their pilgrimage to the abortion center in Pittsburgh was, sadly, not a pilgrimage site like many of us are used to hearing about. We are used to places that are HOLY sites. Planned Parenthood is NOT a holy place, let’s face it. However, I think those of us who have prayed there can attest to the fact that something holy DOES happen there when PRAYERS happen there.
Another reason I mention this idea of pilgrimage is that one of our prayer volunteers, Mary Elizabeth, said some words of wisdom to me this afternoon. She was saying that even though this is a battle we have been fighting for 40 years… imagine what things would be like if we were NOT fighting it. Perhaps things like 40 Days for Life have been keeping things at bay.
I thought that was SO well said. And it just made me realize that we are ALL on a spiritual journey toward the Lord. We cannot claim that we are there yet. We have not made it yet. We are not finished yet. We are still going. And therein lies the point. We must always keep at this. Our earthly pilgrimage is filled with moments of prayer, struggle, and searching for God. And often, we find Him in the most unexpected moments. Even in front of a dirty downtown abortion clinic.
Thank you to all of you who have joined us in this pilgrimage of 40 Days for Life, this journey toward Easter. The story does NOT end with the crucifixion.