Hello all you faithful pro-life folks! This is my official debut as a blog-entry writer for 40 Days, and I do hope and pray I can minister well in this function to all of you. Thank you, Nikki, for the opportunity.
What a beautiful, beautiful morning it was. As I arrived for my 7:00-10:00a shift, the sun was just coming up and the light show over the city was stunning. Bill greeted me, looking and acting as if he’d been awake for hours. Soon afterwards, Rosalina and Patty arrived. THANK YOU ALL so much for coming down this morning. We were all simply wowed by Diane’s excellent organizational work. The vigil continues to operate more and more efficiently! What a blessing!
The shift was quiet, with passersby simply coming and going to and from the Great Race, and the usual Sunday-morning Greyhound bus passengers. We had no negative comments. About halfway through the shift, Sandy stopped by. She said she was waiting for her husband and daughter to complete the race and wanted to spend that waiting time praying with us.
This may well be “old news” to many of us — but I’d never seen this amazing sight that Patty showed us. Can you see what it says?
Look closely ………… amidst all that chipped paint, it says, “JESUS IS LORD!” This appears on the actual building that houses PP –it is on the Point side of the building, in the alleyway, on the side of the end unit where the gyro shop is located. I was amazed — I’d never known it was there! Thank you, Lord! SOME great day, we trust, that Name above all names will be honored in that old building, in the very unit now occupied by PP. (And hopefully too in the unit next door, now occupied by the bar ….)
Shift manager husband-and-wife duo, Roseann and Rich managed the vigil from 10-1pm and wrote:
The first Sunday of the fall 40 Days and we enjoyed the warm weather while it is lasting. There were a lot of passersby today due to the football game and race and not one negative comment.
One young man stopped whose girlfriend is pregnant and we gave him a resource sheet and told him not to take his girlfriend to Planned Parenthood for any services. I believe he was convinced and thankful for our help. Our thanks to the Rocco family and Kaufmann family who came to pray and witness with us today.
Roseann & Rich
Sue, a vigil participant with Catholic Mommas from 11am-1pm today wrote:
This vigil is wearing on me deeply. I am sure Satan has his hands all over
it. The kids are getting bigger, voicing their opinions about “ugh…do we
have to go” (not all and not often but enough for me to have doubt many
days). That, combined with the extremely low turnout for the groups I am
in…today, one other Catholic Mom (out of 125) showed up; the
homeschoolers didn’t take a shift at all this time and our parish,
hopefully, will manage 5 or 6 people out of 10,000. My doubts are huge and my spirit is weak. Why are we doing this? No one else seems to care, why should we? Just like many things in life, God
allows me the struggle but still pushes me gently with love so that I
continue to move forward. This morning, when we went as a family to the vigil to stand for the
Catholic Moms (for a short time and a bit early), I wasn’t looking forward
to it but we went anyway. We pulled up and there stood Rich and Roseanne.
What a beautiful, godly couple. What a balm for my soul. What a good Holy
Spirit shot in my arm…this is why we are here! To support such wonderful,
holy people. To let them know that they are not alone and, in doing so,
know that we are also not alone! Thank you to all who persevere. For the
babies and families devastated by abortion and for our families…it is so
good for us to do this. It is so good to have this opportunity to help
those who are without hope and to grow in our devotion to God’s will. God bless,
Sue, that is so powerful — thank you.
Scroll down for some more pictures. Thank you for reading, and may God bless all of you!
Jeff Burgman had the 1-4 shift and writes:
Well, it is back to the sidewalk for me, too. I was joined today by two dozen or so prayer warriors from Aquinas Academy in Hampton, singing and praying to beat the band. Paul stopped by from St Anselms, and Bernadette and her husband showed up toward the end of my shift. It was good to see Roseann and Rich K, as well as Jim and Cathy S. I wasn’t able to make any meetings or the kickoff this past month, so I was jonesing for some of that “40 Days Family” grace that I have come to rely on. Hope to see you all on the sidewalk soon!