!!!Please note: tomorrow, 3/19/14, There are vacancies in the vigil where shift managers will be alone! Dean will be alone from 8-9am, Cathy will be alone from 10-11, and the Lewis’ will be alone from 4-5pm! Please come out to the vigil to pray with our shift managers!!!
Hello, Prayer Warriors!
We praise God for sunshine today, which reminds us of the Sun of Righteousness Who shines His glory upon His children! Whatever the weather, we should always praise God for His mercies and blessings upon us, but it seems like it comes more naturally on days like today when we are warm. However, let us not be fooled: God is at work whether in rain, shine, or snow! We serve an awesome God who never sleeps nor slumbers. Unfortunately, we also know that our adversary doesn’t take a day off, either. When things are going well, we tend to forget that we are engaged in spiritual warfare, and when things go wrong, we forget that we are on the winning side.
So, I would encourage you, always be prepared to stand where God plants you, whether in good times or bad! He is the sower, and He scatters seed everywhere. We have been sown into the heart of downtown Pittsburgh for just such a time as this: to combat the power of death that is seated at Planned Parenthood on Liberty Ave. Remember, Jesus Christ died to destroy death, and in so doing, He descended into hell and led the captives out. Let us joyfully take up the banner of Christ and show the people at 933 Liberty Ave. what TRUE LIBERTY is through Jesus Christ, for the one whom the Son sets free shall be free, indeed!
Many thanks to all of our vigil participants and to our shift managers: the Brunns, Cecilia, Nikki, Sheila, and Jeannie!
Today, Sally reports:
God continues to send people to our vigil. We had more than a dozen
from a Baptist church that was not named, St. Mary Assumption,
Glenshaw, St. Elizabeth, St. Sebastian & St. James.
St. Sebastian is scheduled for next month, but 4 parishioners decided
to also go down today. What a great way to spend the morning! The
ladies from St. James show up every Tuesday morning to pass out
prolife literature. They are very good at getting people to take it.
What a great commitment!
We saw about 8 couples and some single girls going into PP for
appointments. One woman came out, but probably was not there for an
abortion. We saw no abortionists, but a tall woman with a bag went in
about 9:30, and could have been one. I have seen her before.
I thought an older couple, standing in the circle around PP, was
waiting for another person who had not yet arrived. I offered them
literature. The woman flatly refused it, but the man took it.
Strangely, after at least 20 minutes, they crossed the street and got
on a bus. We’ll never know if they were waiting for a no-show.
A man came by, looked at the baby models, and told me that his wife
had suffered a tube pregnancy 5 years ago. To this day he thinks of
it as an unwanted abortion, although a priest then, and today me, told
him that such a procedure is not an abortion because the baby cannot
grow in the tube, and must be removed. To wait and have it rupture
would be to put the woman in danger. He is especially frustrated
because his wife has not been able to conceive a child since that time.
They are considering adoption.
He left suddenly when a man, Larry Roberts, showed up from the
Post-Gazette. Mr. Roberts had a camera and I thought he was going to
question some of us about the 40 Days, but he said he just wanted to
observe. He asked me for my name, and I gave him a 40 Days for Life
flyer. He stayed just a few minutes and was gone. I’m not sure if he
took any pictures or why he left so abruptly.
Several people came by and thanked us for being there. A woman asked
us to pray for her daughter, “L”, who will be having her first baby in
September. It was a very peaceful, yet interesting morning.
Nikki writes from her shift:
I was at the vigil from 1-3pm today, and what a blessing it was to pray with the wonderful folks from St. Margaret Mary in Moon Twp., AND the great group from North American Martyrs in Monroeville! There was constant prayer from both sides of the “Circle” for the entire time I was there! The sky was intensely blue, the sun shone exactly on us…and Fr. Joe Luisi led us in non-stop prayer! It is so encouraging to have pastors leading prayer on the sidewalk! Talk about taking the Body of Christ to the streets!
Everyone seemed to be in a good mood, and I heard no negative comments from passersby…a few folks thanked us for being there. I saw only one couple entering for an abortion, and that was as soon as I arrived. They would not take any information. It was a family affair…both the woman and her boyfriend were flanked by BOTH sets of parents! I think there were 6 people …two sets of grandparents escorting their children to kill their grandchild. (Now that I think about it, I guess there were really seven people…it’s just that the seventh was hidden in his mother’s womb.) Very sad. After that, it was just couples and single women leaving after their procedures were over.
Thank goodness for prayer and for our Comforter the Holy Spirit…thank goodness for God our heavenly Father…and for our brother Jesus Christ! this would be an impossible battle to fight without them. But His power is made perfect in our weakness. So, we don’t have to try to end abortion…we simply show up and pray…and trust HIM to do it!
Amen, Nikki! If God is for us, then who can stand against us?