We are ten days in to the Fall Campaign–25% of the journey has been completed! Here are some reports and photos from the churches represented today (St. John Neumann; Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (New Brighton); SS. Peter and Paul (Beaver)).
Tomorrow, the churches participating in the vigil will be Guardians for Life; WPA Church of the Brethren; Holy Trinity Catholic Church (Robinson); St. Ferdinand Catholic Church (Cranberry).
I arrived at 6:50 a.m. this morning to find Jim serving as shift manager till Al arrived shortly after 7 a.m. From then on Jackie from Holy Sepulcher, Gwyen from St. Winifred’s, Episcopalian Pastor John, Mr. Brown from St. Thomas More and a gentleman friend of his were all at strategic places praying, handing out prayer cards and information. Several people who took the card with images of fetal development and the scripture quotes said a sincere “Thank You”. Two gentlemen and a woman audibly said “Thanks for being here.” One African-American man took the prayer card then turned it over and saw the embryo pictures and handed it back saying, “Oh, no I’m not getting involved in this!” and swiftly walked on.
I sensed the entire area surrounded by angels and kept praying their song as at Jesus birth: “Glory to God in the highest and on this place PEACE.”
Peace to you as well,
A warm morning, quiet except for one very angry man who showed up
around 9 a.m. He proceeded to complain loudly about how we are
“judging” people, how we have no right to be doing this unless we all
have adopted babies, how dare we stand here judging if we kill bugs
(who are also “life”), etc. All the usual, illogical things that
pro-abortion people throw out when they don’t want to face the fact
that babies are murdered brutally at PP. He does have a lot to be
angry about (2 failed marriages, 2 abortions, 4 living children he
didn’t really want, a brother who turned out badly as an adult,etc.)
Of course, he could not see that most of the things that made him
angry came from his own bad life choices. Fortunately Rev. John was
with us this morning, and after a while, seeing that the man was not
going to go away, or calm down, came over and spoke to him quietly for
a while & then they went down Liberty Avenue together. There is
nothing better than a man of God, wearing clerical attire, talking to
a person who is hurting and angry. Thank you, Rev. John. Hopefully
he will feel better after talking with you.
During the early morning, a lot of us also had extended conversations
with an older African-American man named “Kay”. He had just buried his
mother who died at 113. He was very proud of her, his extremely mixed
ancestry, his extremely large family, and all the things his ancestors
had accomplished in their lives, of which he told me proudly in some
detail. He was speaking with me while the other man was castigating
the ladies from St. John Neumann parish. What a contrast he was to the
angry man who was standing only a few feet away!
PP was busy. They were doing abortions. The “sidewalk advocates”,
from different areas of the city, were present to pass out literature
and speak with the passers-by and girls going into PP. They are a
blessing. One of the ladies had occasion to give literature to a young
girl who had gone into PP but came back out to retrieve her ID from
her car. As far as we know, that girl did not go back in. Perhaps she
took a minute to look at the literature and decided to drive away. We
probably will never know for sure, but we can pray and hope that is
Please pray for the angry man. I do not know his name. Thanks.