An Example for Godly Men to Follow
Yesterday (March 19) was the Feast of St. Joseph. Since I didn’t have the chance to write about St. Joseph yesterday (I wasn’t the blog writer), I MUST do it today. I love him too much to not honor him in some way. I was talking about him with some friends yesterday, and one said, “I don’t really ever THINK about St. Joseph….” Others agreed. But oh my. He is such an awesome example for us as we pray to end abortion. Who was the one who cared for and protected his wife and UNBORN BABY in so many selfless ways? Who was the one who cared for his wife and NEWBORN BABY in so many ways? Who was the one who worked to support his family? Who was the one who trained his young Son in his own trade? St. Joseph. He is a BEAUTIFUL example of what a Godly man is supposed to be.
Men of God MUST love their wives as Christ loved the Church. They MUST care for their unborn- and newborn- and growing- and grown- children. They are CALLED to do this as men. I thank God for the gift and example of Good St. Joseph. May all men learn from him and imitate his virtues…. especially those men who may have wives or girlfriends who are abortion-minded… or those who may be abortion-minded themselves.
Let us further our reflection by taking a quick look at Psalm 1, the Responsorial Psalm for today’s Liturgy:
“Blessed the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked Nor walks in the way of sinners, nor sits in the company of the insolent, But delights in the law of the Lord and meditates on His law day and night.” (Psalm 1:1-2)
Let all men be the man of Psalm 1. May they protect their women and children.
Shift Manager Reports
Saint Thomas More came with a few volunteers, and then the church from Penn Hills (Three Rivers Assembly) came with two volunteers. We prayed and helped pass the last hours of winter with snow flurries. We saw a parked car get towed across the street on the other side of the block on Liberty. Around 8 AM, movie trucks came in and set up, one right in front of our sign and baby models. They are filming a movie around the corner.
Thanks for all you do.
This afternoon, I had the privilege of standing and praying with Al and Joanne M., a very dear couple, married for 54 years and still very much in love. I thank them for their beautiful testimony to the blessing of marriage! We prayed a rosary and some Lenten prayers, including a brief Examination of Conscience. After they left, Shift Manager Pat came to join me, along with Arleen from St. Maurice. We prayed a rosary and a Mercy Chaplet.
While praying during that second hour, I became aware of two things: 1. Looking at the fetal models is a great way to meditate while praying in front of PP. It brings the reality of things to mind a bit better. 2. I don’t do NEARLY enough to stop abortion.
This second thing was a really sad but true reality- almost a spiritual “slap in the face.” I think I felt this way because I wasn’t saying things to the women entering and exiting PP… I wasn’t handing them information… I just wasn’t as engaging with them as I have been other days. I think maybe the “movie trucks” contributed to that. There was the awkward presence of those trucks, making me almost feel like WE were in the way, instead of the other way around.
But perhaps this was what I needed to wake me up a bit. I pray that the Lord help me to do His will. And I pray that for ALL of us.
Today was a quiet day at the clinic–except for the normal traffic. In addition, we also had the movie truck there. The clinic was not very busy; mostly employees came in and out. (I wonder if that place is losing business–the windows sure look like the place is deserted.) Jeff T. arrived from First Alliance CMA (Erie) and Emily S. from Providence Presbyterian PCA. During the 6:00 hour Marie M. arrived and prayed. A very peaceful day and I thanked God for the good weather. God bless.