Jesus said to his disciples:
“Suppose one of you has a friend
to whom he goes at midnight and says,
‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,
for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey
and I have nothing to offer him,’
and he says in reply from within,
‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked
and my children and I are already in bed.
I cannot get up to give you anything.’
I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves
because of their friendship,
he will get up to give him whatever he needs
because of his persistence.
“And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
What father among you would hand his son a snake
when he asks for a fish?
Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit
to those who ask him?”
The Lord is not promising to give us all the material gifts we may ever desire. But He IS giving us a promise of the gift of Himself- the Holy Spirit- to those who ask Him. HE is what we truly need, especially as we pray to end the violence and painful aftereffects of abortion.
Here is what Shift Manager Marian shared with us from the 7-9 shift this morning:
As usual, Bill (4.5 years on the sidewalk) was at PP early, prepared to help Diane set up the materials we use. I am so thankful that everything is so well organized, especially on windy days!PP is strategically located in Pittsburgh’s “dahntahn” at a main intersection for traffic- foot, bus and car. That helps when getting the message of life out to the public, who would rather “see no evil, hear no evil, and speak of no evil.” So we work with what we have. It is hard not to have an emotional reaction when one sees the signs of the babies smiling or reaching out their hands (“Take my hand, not my life.”) So, I placed those signs on the open ends of the display boards today. When turning onto Liberty Avenue from Smithfield Street, or while stopped at the lights on Liberty Ave., a sign of a young life should stir some emotions. Only the truly hardened of hearts would scoff at a picture of a smiling baby. The smiling babies have to compete with the picture of the smiling woman in PP’s window. (Again, which smiles are the truthful ones?) Since most pedestrians avoid eye contact, they have to look somewhere. So, why not have the people who look down and away, see a few doll babies? Eyes are the window to the soul. Observe the eye response. It is there, though subtle. As they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words.”There were a few good men standing vigil today for the early shift. They represented the Knights of Columbus, Manordale Council 4226 from Murrysville, Mother of Sorrows Church. God called each and every one one of them to stand today. Although some of the men had to go to work, a few also stayed into the 9-11 am vigil hours.Their names and number of years participating:Frank- 4 years. Frank’s wife is a nurse for Women’s Choice Network.Don- 4 yearsCraig- 4 yearsVito- 6 yearsJerry- 4 yearsDennis- 2 yearsDave- 5 years.- Dave held the Our Lady of Guadalupe banner, which explains that Mary chose life for Jesus even though she was afraid.The Knights of Columbus nationally are a great group of men and truly represent St. Joseph in their stand for life.Most of the foot traffic walked right past without outwardly acknowledging our presence. It must be hard work to keep looking straight ahead. Denying or lying about the truth is harder than accepting the truth. But, as Marie (9-11) and I were sharing, even if one person thinks about the message, we are successful. A few people did show support and take literature. One young woman, who found the door locked at PP, acknowledged that she did know about other free clinics in the area and took a brochure. But a clinic worker walked her around the corner as she also found the door locked.Let’s continue to pray, stand, and witness so the doors of PP in Pittsburgh, Pa. at the intersection of Liberty Avenue and Smithfield Street has its door locked forever. I would say for life, but then, they already have their doors “locked to life.”Thanks to all of you who stood today during the early morning shift.Marian
Marilyn, our Shift Manager from 11-1, shared this report and photo from her shift:
I was blessed to be joined by parishioners of St. Monica from Beaver Falls today. It is nice to know that there is a church named after St. Monica! Today people seemed very receptive to taking handouts about 40 Days for Life. I was pleased by that. We never know who is going to read our pamphlets and benefit from them. It was so nice to have shift manager Bill stop by twice during the afternoon. My faithful friend Beth Ann, who accompanies me for my shifts, was approached by a woman who asked for prayers as she is struggling with infertility. How hard it is for a woman who wants a baby so desperately to know that every day other women are destroying the very life within their wombs. Let’s pray that abortion-minded women will be made open to adoption, that someone will cross their path and lead them to choose life for their baby.
I am mindful of baby Shane who passed away today in his mother’s arms, after only four hours of life. A baby who was so loved by his parents, even when they knew he would die shortly after birth. An angel in heaven. I pray that baby Shane will comfort all the unborn babies who were not given the chance to live and didn’t have parents who loved them.God bless you,Marilyn
I (Lisa) was the Shift Manager for the 1-3 shift. Sorry that there are no photos, so I may add some other pictures… just because!
I am so thankful for those who pray for us who are standing there, keeping vigil. IT MEANS A LOT. So, thank you. I could feel the Lord’s strength working through my weakness, His power working through my littleness. Thank you, Lord, for your constant presence with us! I am also so thankful for Mary, Dot, and Jim, from St. Monica in Beaver Falls, who stood with me this afternoon. What good folks.
A couple noteworthy things that I will share are these:
A woman, “C.,” was chatting with Dot and Jim for a while, and I decided to go over and see what the conversation was about, and if Dot and Jim might need assistance. HA! Not only did they NOT need assistance, but Dot was amazing! She shared so much good information with C., regarding Roe v. Wade, biology, legislation, and a mass of other things! I was so pleasantly surprised. How beautiful to have someone so knowledgeable with us today! C. seemed very open and thankful to have received such good information. She also took some brochures from us, and even told us that she has an online radio show on which she’d like to have Nikki as a guest! We’ll keep you updated on that.
On another note, as a woman passed by, I held out a 40 Days brochure and greeted her with a cheerful “hello,” to which she responded by angrily SMACKING the brochure out of my hand and down to the ground. I didn’t respond, I just bent down to pick up the brochure… but a gentleman walked by and picked it up for me, smiled at me, and said, “Good job.” I hate to admit it, but just for a few moments, I was a little shaken up by the woman’s harshness. Will that man ever know how much he supported me just then? Probably not. But I thank him and ALL those who support us in these small but meaningful ways.
Shift Manager Bethany shared this report with us from her 5-7 shift this evening:
God graciously provided bearable temperatures and three selfless volunteers for this evening’s 5-7 shift. One of the men volunteers who was there for Jeannie’s shift too (I think I remember his name, but I don’t want to spell it incorrectly) was wearing the sign “Adoption, the LOVE option”. I asked him if he had had anyone interrogate him as to whether or not HE had actually ever adopted a child. He said “Yes, I’ve been asked that question, and I get to answer….I did adopt a son, AND he was a product of rape.” Wow, how does someone continue arguing after that? What an inspiration and what a powerful testimony! Hearing him share that reminded me of how badly I want to eventually adopt as many children as the Lord will allow me!Jeannie, the shift manager before me, had purchased two gift cards from the pizza shop across the street for anyone to give out to people that might ask for money. Sure enough, two men came along asking for food. We gave them the cards to go buy a couple slices of pizza; we also gave them both a Gospel of John, so they received some spiritual food too. Our sad interactions for the night were a heckler who sat on his motorcycle on the curb spewing for 10 minutes, and a young man who walked by yelling “I love killing babies.” Right at the end of the night, a severely inebriated man stopped by for a friendly chat. He said he was pro life. He also shared with us that he was an alcoholic and had recently had some dreams that were too terrible to even talk about. Roseanne and I told him we would pray for him and hoped he had peaceful dreams tonight and we also gave him the gospel. Please join us in praying for Chris. I don’t know if Jeannie mentioned it in her report, but shortly after I arrived and before she had left for home, there were three teenagers who picked up the 10 wk. old models that were available for the taking.God is good. All the time.Your friend,Bethany