The wicked said among themselves,
thinking not aright:
“Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us;
he sets himself against our doings,
Reproaches us for transgressions of the law
and charges us with violations of our training.
He professes to have knowledge of God
and styles himself a child of the LORD.
To us he is the censure of our thoughts;
merely to see him is a hardship for us,
Because his life is not like that of others,
and different are his ways.
He judges us debased;
he holds aloof from our paths as from things impure.
He calls blest the destiny of the just
and boasts that God is his Father.
Let us see whether his words be true;
let us find out what will happen to him.
For if the just one be the son of God, he will defend him
and deliver him from the hand of his foes.
With revilement and torture let us put him to the test
that we may have proof of his gentleness
and try his patience. Wisdom 2:12-19
Satan will not go down quietly. As our momentum continues to build, we have to expect some real push-back…and we need to be ready for it.
But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. Mt 5:39
Now for the reports. We start off with Sally:
It was a dark, cold morning, just a few degrees above freezing. No sun, and hardly any warm-up. Many were not prepared for the weather, especially the sharp wind gusts.
There were 9 escorts at PP this morning, and they stayed until 10:20. PP was not as busy as they have been – possibly 7 or 8 couples and a few single girls. I was told that one of the abortion bound girls
looked as though she had been crying.
There were about 40 pray-ers, including a large group of the wonderful Guardians for Life who come with Fr. Tim from various areas of Westmoreland County, 9 from St. Elizabeth of Hungary, and several from Three Rivers Assembly of God.
Most passersby were indifferent to our presence, although one woman told us to “go to hell”. There is a large convention of people representing Japanese comic book characters at the Convention Center
this weekend, and we saw groups wearing many strange costumes walking back and forth for most of the morning.
Pastor Adam wrote:
It was a very cold, windy day today at PP. Very gray, but God’s Spirit was still there with us! We had some great times of prayer and encouragement. When I got to PP, there was a large crowd with Father Tim going through the Stations of the Cross. I had the pleasure of meeting two of the Venditti ladies before they left for the day, then Joe and Mike from Corpus Christi joined me in prayer. Tom and Rosemary (not pictured) from St. Mary Orthodox in Morgantown joined us for prayer and then came Mary Jane and Marilyn from St. Pius along with Lauren from St. Thomas More. It was a wonderfully encouraging time, and there wwere only two detractors who passed by and shouted that Pope Francis says that abortion and homosexuality is OK and that we need to do some research. Needless to say, they didn’t stop to enter into a fact-finding discussion!
All in all, it was a very slow day at PP and not a lot of traffic in the city at all.
Here’s the report from Liz:
I arrived a little early for my shift mainly because I like to witness Pastor Adam ‘in action’. His approach to people and entire demeanor exude Christianity and peace. Today Lauren, from St Thomas More and who is becoming a ‘regular’ at the vigil was also there. It is so cool to watch her and Pastor Adam how they greet everyone in such a friendly personal manner and offer pro-life literature. Their approach is so caring and genuine that even when their pro-life literature is turned down, it is done in a polite and courteous manner, even by the employees of PP!
Both are a great example of Christian love in action. After his customary group prayer, Pastor Adam left, but not before he witnessed my very first time of handing out (and acceptance) of pro life material!
I was left with a wonderful Greek Orthodox couple who were deep in prayer but gladly accepted literature to handout, and also Mike Kochman and Joe Koch from Corpus Christi in McKeesport. Although tired and stiff from the cold and wind, these two kind gentleman remained with me until 3 PM when members of Word of God/Madonna del Costello Church arrived.
And how about this from Maggie:
It was a rough one! I had some amazing prayer warriors with me THANKS BE TO GOD because there was a lot of evil downtown.
First off, an intoxicated man decided to goad the planned parenthood security guard by calling him the N word. Then another man decided to engage with the white man and a fist fight ensued 1/2 block from where we stood. Thank God for Port Authority Police who responded with 5 police cars and a K-9 unit. After that settled down we had a lot of angry, hostile passersby from an Anime conference at the convention center.
The worst was a young girl, all by herself who decided to record her performance for us. She pretended to cry saying she needed Jesus and had abortions and so on. My teacher intuition said she was faking it but one of the prayers was taken in and gave her a hug and told her Jesus loved her. When I called her on it she ran away laughing diabolically (and I am not using that word lightly).
This spiritual battle is heating up. I’ve been a shift manager for a little while now and I can honesty say that things are starting to get really heated. The evil one HATES us there and people were literally covering their ears as they walked past us because we were praying. Read Pope Francis’ homily from 4/4- get ready for the persecution!