I hope I don’t sound like a broken record, but I am continually inspired by the “jewels” that God surrounds me with during my shifts at our 40 Days for Life vigil! To think that just four years ago I didn’t know a single pro-life person and now I get to meet and pray with hundreds of the most dedicated and selfless pro-life People in Pittsburgh (and beyond!) The most inspiring person I have met so far was a little girl named Silvana (I may have spelled that wrong.) I think she is 8 years old. She came to pray for the babies for four hours in the rain today. I never heard a word of complaint from her, in fact it seemed like she really wanted to be there! She earnestly prayed and sang along with us. I could see she has a heart that loves Jesus. What a woman of God she is going to be someday! Here is a photo of her with her mom and the early morning shift manager, Cathy:
The group that held the vigil from 7am-9am was St. Peter in Steubenville. This was the first time they have participated in 40 Days for Life. Thanks to them for joining us on the sidewalk!
Cathy Zuza, who managed the 7am-11am shift, wrote:
Though wet (but at least warm) the morning was a prayerful one. Diane, after dropping off the signs, stayed for awhile (thank you!) so I wouldn’t be alone until the first group came, which they did before too long.
Six wonderful people came from St. Peter’s in Steubenville and got right to work, quietly praying for two hours.
Shortly before 9, Sue and her 8 year old daughter arrived representing the Catholic Mom’s group. They did some quiet prayer, then joined me for some group prayer. It was so nice to have Sue’s daughter there actively joining in! I’m sure her presence touched people in a way that we adults cannot.
There were not a whole lot of people going into the clinic today. Emil did not make his usual visit down during this shift. The lady who thinks we should be ashamed did pass by with her usual remark. I saw her coming. Later, I thought… if we see her coming, what if we spoke first, saying something like “I’m proud to be trying to protect the women and children.”?
Catholic Mommas adopted the vigil from 9am-1pm. Because most of the Mommas have babies, they weren’t able to stand out in the rain, so Sue and Silvana held the whole four hours by themselves (along with shift manager Cathy)! Near the end of their shift, another Momma showed up with her beautiful young family:
We had no church or group signed up between 1-3pm, so Rev. Bryan and Raine of Christ Church Ministries in Penn Hills came to fill the gap.
Rev. Bryan ministered the love of Jesus to many passersby…and Raine didn’t mind the rain! (sorry…I just couldn’t resist…)
At 3pm a large group of prayer volunteers from St. Bonaventure arrived from the north side of Pittsburgh. This is the first-time they have participated in our 40 Days for Life. I am so glad to see new churches joining our campaign!
Barbara and Jim managed the 3-7pm shift. Barbara wrote:
St. Bonaventure parishioners crowded the sidewalk in front of PP this afternoon and planned to stay from 3 to 7 this evening. The coordinator Dave was accompanied by Charlene, Anita, Moraca, Sandy and Mary Ann. As I was leaving, Father John, their pastor, arrived.
Dave had arranged their entire prayer program for the afternoon. So many people praying together seemed to energize the people passing by. They seemed to smile more. Even though these parishioners came to pray for an end to abortion, that silent scythe stealthily eviscerating our families, their sense of camaraderie was palpable.
I remembered Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him….”
I will post stories and photos as they send them.