At the time of the evening sacrifice, I, Ezra, rose in my wretchedness,
and with cloak and mantle torn I fell on my knees,
stretching out my hands to the LORD, my God.
I said: “My God, I am too ashamed and confounded to raise my face to you,
O my God, for our wicked deeds are heaped up above our heads
and our guilt reaches up to heaven.
From the time of our fathers even to this day
great has been our guilt,
and for our wicked deeds we have been delivered up,
from Ezra, Chapter 9
Just a few days ago I heard this reading and couldn’t help but see at least somewhat of a connection between what happened centuries ago in ancient Israel and what is happening today. Israel eventually was forced to endure much suffering for what they did. As for us, we just don’t know what will happen to our nation because of the sin of abortion. One certainly can’t argue with what justice demands. But we also know that with God, there is great mercy.
With our focus during this campaign on Divine Mercy, let’s recognize the urgency we should have in begging God for it – for our country, for ourselves, and especially for everyone who walks into PP. Who really knows what power prayers, sacrifices, and witness hold in moving the Heart of God?
Well, out on the sidewalk of Liberty Avenue, it was a picture-perfect day. [Made even more so by the fact that PP does no business on Sundays.] St. Joan of Arc took the 11-3 time-slot. They had two pray-ers from 11-1 and two from 1-3.
** Shift Manager Sue M. mentioned that the bar owner beside PP asked people to not stand in front of the doorway between PP and his bar entrance as he owns that whole building. He asked the same of the people on my shift on Friday. As he seems to be asking us patiently – and has a right to ask us to move – we should all take care to respect his wishes and keep away from that doorway.
Later in the day Shift Managers Jim and Cathy S. worked (and prayed) the 3-7 shift. They said that the Washington Alliance Church had a total of nine people, including a family of five. In all, 15 people prayed with Jim and Cathy during that time.
Later on we should have a story or two more from the 7-11 AM shift, along with, perhaps, a few pictures.