On this Respect Life Sunday, we want to thank all those (especially the children!) who participated in the hot weather (strange for October, but much better than rain or cold!). Our God has a plan for our weather. He has a plan for all things. And sometimes, we have to wait to see how that plan will be executed. But we have to trust in His timing.
“How long, O Lord? I cry for help, but you do not listen! I cry out to you, ‘Violence!’ but you do not intervene.”
“Then the Lord answered me and said: ‘[This] vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint; If it delays, wait for it, it will surely come, it will not be late.'” (Habakkuk 1:2, 2:2a-3)
God’s timing does not disappoint. He is never late. His timing is perfect. So if abortion does not end this day in our land, we will keep up the good fight, and trust in Him. He is in charge, and knows what He’s doing.
“For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
“So should it be with you. When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.’ ” (Luke 17:10)
Thank you to our ever-present Shift Managers as well, who respond to God’s call as servants of the Gospel of Life.
Shift Manager Rose had this to share:
What a time I had getting to PP today! I rushed out of Church at Holy Wisdom Latin Mass at 9 AM, hoping to be there in 5 minutes for my 9-11 shift. Well, little did I know there was a marathon today and my usual route across the 16th street bridge was blocked as were other familiar streets, so I headed back to Church. My husband was already gone, but I saw [Shift Manager] Barb who asked her husband to take me down, as I am not familiar with navigating downtown when my usual way is blocked. A big thank you to Richard [Barb’s husband] who whisked me over there by 9:30!!
Assumption Church in Bellevue was signed up for today. Rick and Mary T. had filled in for [Shift Manager] Lindsay for the 7-9 shift. When I got there, Kathy L. from Memorial Park Church and Dan, Luisa, and Tom P. from Assumption were still there. Joining me a little later were Catherine and Francine from Assumption who prayed the Scriptural Rosary with me. Later we were joined by Chad S., from St. Richard’s parish, who had just run in the marathon as one of several “Runners for Life.” We said some pro-life prayers and ended with one of my favorites – the “Shut This Place Down” Litany.
While there were a few more negative comments today than yesterday, I had a real positive experience in being able to pray for a passerby. I gave a pamphlet to an older lady who stopped to tell me there is also a death when the child is illegitimate, explaining there is no family to support you. This was her case, so I asked her name and if I could pray for her. “D” let me pray for her right then, for strength and hope, and I asked God to bring some family into her life. She thanked me before continuing down the sidewalk. Please join me in keeping “D” in prayer.
Shift Manager Jeff shared this photo:
Jeff was on the sidewalk from 11-3 and writes:
There was a lot of foot traffic today because of the Pirate game and a few folks stopped to pray with us and pass along positive comments. My home parish St Therese in Munhall stood from 11-3 with me, including Judy F. and Kathi H. along with regular shift managers Rose and Rich; thanks to all who came out. Nancy from St John the Baptist in Plum also joined us.