Day 1…St. Louise de Marillac & Guardians for Life light the torch!

It was a beautiful day to represent Christ on the sidewalk today, and thanks to the faithful prayer warriors from St. Louise de Marillac in Upper St. Clair and Guardians for Life of Indiana and Westmoreland Counties…Christ was well represented in front of Planned Parenthood today!

Shift manager Jeannie, who is a member of St. Louise managed the vigil during the early morning hours. She wrote:

Delighted to be joined by several folks from St. Louise de Marillac and our faithful Bill Harrison as we start this beautiful vigil for life. Cold and quiet at the clinic— a few of the same faces from prior vigils.   It was fun to see the school children again– they continue to be interested in the fetal models!   Kudos to Diane for an office in a trunk on the street.  It was great to travel light! Jeannie 

Chris, Liz, Bill and Peg from St. Louise are the Engine that starts this 40 day train!
Chris, Liz, Bill and Peg from St. Louise were the Engine that started this 40 day LIFE TRAIN!

Cathy managed the vigil during the late morning and wrote:

It was a beautiful day, complete with beautiful people praying from St. Louise, St. Valentine, and Fr. Tim’s group as well.  We were able to hand out a few pieces of literature, including some to a fellow from Ohio whose girlfriend was just about a month pregnant.  Gave him our resource sheet and  an 800 # to get help where they live.

Sherry, Randy, Jeannie and Joe from St. Louise start us out on a beautiful morning!

Sherry, Randy, Jeannie and Joe from St. Louise start us out on a beautiful sunny morning!

Tom, Bob and Joan
Tom, Bob and Joan

 

Fr. Tim Kruthaupt and his faithful gang of pro-life prayer warriors filled the sidewalk with non-stop prayer!
Fr. Tim Kruthaupt and his faithful gang of pro-life prayer warriors filled the sidewalk with non-stop prayer!

 

I  (Nikki) arrived late to relieve Cathy for my noon shift.  The garages were all filled, so I had to park in the strip.  I was told that this may be a recurring problem for us, since most of the garages have accepted new leases and don’t have many spots left for other people.  Keep this in mind…if you are coming to the vigil mid-day on a weekday, if you can use public transportation, or be dropped off.  Otherwise, allow plenty of time to find a parking spot. 

 

Joan, Bob and Diane from St. Louise
Joan, Bob and Diane from St. Louise

Many wonderful people joined me today…it was a blessing to meet and to pray with them.  Most passersby had positive comments, although one man, who appeared to have been drinking, stopped to debate us about a “woman’s right to choose”.  He had lost two children to abortion and said that he feels “a little sorry” about it, but still doesn’t think abortion is wrong.  Of course the conversation ended up being about the existence of God…which He was not too sure about. We tried our best to speak truth to him in love…but I am not sure talking to someone when they are inebriated is worthwhile.  I did give him some literature for men who have lost children to abortion, and he was glad to take it.  Maybe he will read it when he is sober.

Denny and Dan from St. Louise
Denny and Dan from St. Louise

Another man stopped to talk because his daughter is pregnant and wants to have an abortion.  He does not want her to abort his grandchild, and asked if we could supply him with some information to help her.  We gladly loaded him up with all kinds of literature and information about local resources and fetal development.  His name is George, please pray for his daughter and grandbaby.

Mimi joins the prayer group
Mimi joins the prayer group

During the last 40 days, Mimi came EVERY SINGLE DAY.  True to form, she showed up to pray today!  I must have taken this picture while she was yawning….sorry Mimi!

Changing of the guard...Barbara and Richard arrive to relieve me
Changing of the guard…Barbara and Richard arrive to relieve me.  My stepdaughter, Lindsay happened to pass by.  That is her in the middle with the blond hair.

At 2:45 my replacement shift managers, Barbara and Richard arrived to take my place.  Barbara wrote about her time on the sidewalk today:

A sunny warm afternoon greeted us as we arrived in front of Planned Parenthood for our 2:45 shift. Construction at the nearby parking building stunned and persisted loudly until 4.  Then the commuter bus motors began their assault.  Who would expect an idyllic scene on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood where women come to have their baby killed? How pleasant should the sidewalk in front of such a place feel?   The persistent noisy blasts aptly reminded us to remain alert.  Abortion kills babies.  It wounds mothers and any other people involved in its bloody enterprise.

St. Louise de Marillac parishioners kept coming, praying and exhorting. Richard and I felt blessed by their company.

Barbara Lewis, Shift Manager

Barbara took these photos:

 

 

 

Diane and Rich from St. Louise are a joyful reminder of the beauty of life
Diane and Rich from St. Louise are a joyful reminder of the beauty of life

 

Paul, Frank, Marian & Andy from St. Louise
Paul, Frank, Marian & Andy from St. Louise

 

day 1, fourth shift, st. Louise andy paul marian

Jim managed the last two hours of the vigil today and took this  photo:

day 1, fifth shift, st. louise

We have lit the torch…may it continue to burn until November 2nd!  And may many lives be saved and many hearts turn back to God!

Speaking of God…do you ever wonder what we look like to God as He sees us publicly proclaiming our love and trust for Him during our 40 Days for Life vigil?  Well, I think I got a glimpse of it the other day while at a school mass at St. Joseph Church in Verona.  The pastor was preaching to the children about Jesus’ command to love our enemies.  He asked the second and third graders the question, “What does it mean to love someone?”  A little third-grader raised his hand…eager to give an answer.  Fr. Ed called on him and the boy answered, “It means that you care about someone.”  “That is right!“, Fr. Ed said…and then he asked the little boy, “And who do YOU care about?”  I’m sure everyone in the church expected him to answer that he loved his mom and dad, or his brothers and sisters…but instead, he pointed his little finger right at Fr. Ed and said, “YOU!”

It was the sweetest thing I ever saw.  This pure-hearted, innocent child…proclaiming his love for his pastor…the man who represents Christ to him.  It was very touching to see…and I know Fr. Ed’s heart must have been warmed to this little boy.  It occurred to me that when we stand on a public sidewalk and proclaim (by our prayers and our witness) that we love God….and that we trust HIM to hear our prayers and to answer them…we are like that little boy.  I’ll bet God smiles just like Fr. Ed did.  

Your sister in Christ,

Nikki

One thought on “Day 1…St. Louise de Marillac & Guardians for Life light the torch!

  • September 24, 2014 at 9:17 pm
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    Nikki, could you send out an email in regards to the Catholic Charities announcement of last night?

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