First, I’d like to ask you to reflect on the prayer intention and the scripture verse for Day 19 of the 40 Days for Life campaign.
Prayer intention: Pray that when those representing Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups see volunteers for 40 Days for Life, they see ambassadors of Christ, and may each volunteer be consciously aware at all times of Whom we represent.
Scripture: I beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness, and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love. — Ephesians 4:1b-2
After you read Pat Malley’s reflections on this morning’s shift you will realize why I want to reflect on the above. As we approach the halfway point of our 40 Days, I want to stress the extreme importance of our faithfulness to praying out of Love for the Pittsburgh abortion clinic workers. I may have said this before in a blog, but it’s worth saying again. I am strongly convicted to say this. As Mother Theresa has said in the past “Jesus thirsts for souls.” As we stand on the sidewalk, may our presence, our demeanor, our words be a loving embodiment of the Love of Christ for the Planned Parenthood workers and volunteers. Come Holy Spirit!
7am-11am Shift— Pat Malley writes:
For the last few weeks I’d been a little worried that when it came time for my own parish to take it’s turn on the streets, that the coverage would resemble Swiss cheese. But once again, God came through and I was never alone at anytime from 7 to 11 this Sunday morning. I want to thank my wife, Steph, who remained with me for that first hour, and my brother Knights of Columbus: George B., Mike C., Jack. K, and Gene S. who was accompanied by his beautiful wife, Louise. I also want to thank SM Sue M. who came at 7 but stayed for a while and lead us in the rosary. And finally, thanks to Rich and Rosann for being there at 10 (even though they didn’t have to be) and staying with us. It was really great getting to know the both of you. You’re both an inspiration.
One member of our group asked for prayers for a woman named Beth. She’s had an abortion before. She’s got lots of physical and emotional problems and is living with her parents, who want her to abort the baby she’s carrying. She’s also said that she feels tempted to abort.
The morning was cold, but not bitterly so. Nevertheless, at about 10 I felt the need for a short break so I was grateful that Rich and Roseann were there to stay with the St. Regis people while I went up the street to get out of the cold and get a coffee. At about 10:55 one of the administrators of PP (blonde hair, mid 40’s, and often drives up in her Mini Cooper) left the building. When I’d seen her go in earlier in the morning I took out the copy of 40 Days for Life book which is in the plastic container which holds the fetal models. I thought that when she came out I might offer it to her. This was something I had been thinking of doing for some time now, but the timing never seemed right. Well, today, the situation seemed ideal. No other coworkers were around and my group was not even paying attention to her as they were praying the Divine Mercy chaplet. When I approached her (very cautiously) with the book in my hand and tried to talk to her, she completely ignored me. I tried it one more time a few seconds later and was again ignored as though I was not there at all. She would not even look near me let alone at me. That was my coldest moment of the morning. These are the people hardest to pray for – but I don’t think it’s optional.
As for a reflection on the rest of the day from 11am – 7pm: Thank you Washington Alliance Church! If anyone who was there today wants to respond to the blog, please give us a comment!!! Thanks!
This photo of a family from Washington Alliance Church was sent in by Trish from St. Gregory:
So, I looked up Washington Alliance Church online. They have posted reflections from the previous fall campaign their members were involved in. Very impactful!!!! Here’s the link to read them! http://www.washingtoncma.org/ministries/impact_ministries/impact.php
Here are some photos from the 4-7pm shift, sent in by Trish:
I now leave you with: Wisdom from Oswald Chambers