“Even now, I know that God will grant you whatever you ask of Him.” – John 11:22
REFLECTION: Lazarus was in the tomb four four days, but Martha and Mary expressed to Jesus the hope that he could raise him. Even now.
That should be our theme as we fight the evil of abortion. Some will say it has gone on so long it cannot be changed. But despite the culture of death, we are called to hope in the God Who has not changed and in His power to defeat abortion. Even now.
PRAYER: Lord, we are people of hope. Grant us perseverance and victory in the battle for life.
– from Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day by Fr. Frank Pavone.
And now for the reports from our shift managers:
Was a good 2 hours. Sadly there were a lot of people that went into the clinic. Also they brought in 2 large pizzas so I’m wondering if there was a training. I had a group from Steuben ville start out with me and a group from St. Alexis to finish with me. Bill Harrison stopped by and I had sidewalk counselor (can’t remember her name, was it Cathy?) There as well. We continue to do our best to pray, to engage those who are willing and to diffuse any situations that may come up. God is good and he loves all of us, the patients, the workers, the 40 days participants and the passersby. Hopefully I can be an instrument of his grace to someone today even if its just with a smile or a word of encouragement.
Jeff was there from 1-4:
The 1-4 shift went quicker today than any of my 3 other shifts this
vigil. I was expecting to sit down for some of the third hours, but I
was feeling strong and had a lot of company.
Maura from St. Bonaventure came out in response to the plea for help for
3-7. So did Tony, who stops by regularly throughout the vigil. Thanks
to the folks from St. Sebastian for pulling a 4 hour shift today. Noelle
and Matt brought baby Elizabeth with them, as well as a lull in rain.
Lots of comin and goin at PP; seemed some sort of meeting was going on
because they were going in after 1.
With all our paraphenalia on the sidewalk, it looked a little like an
army encamped just outside the foe’s stronghold. Our army is called to
be faithful first, and successful when He deems it so.
We are all the stronger for it.
Hope to see you on the sidewalk tomorrow.
Joe managed the vigil from 4-7pm and wrote:
My attempt this past week to evangelize about Forty Days For Life and recruit disciples amongst my friends was met with polite “I have plans”, I”‘m too busies”, and condescending “maybes”. I was left pondering on what my role is in this movement. Lord what is it you gave me that I’m supposed to give back, and how should I do it.
I showed up at my shift today and was warmly welcomed by Marshall from Steubenville, Noelle, her husband Matt and baby Elizabeth. Noelle shared her experiences this week trying to recruit her disciples, and they sounded very similar to mine. How delightful it was for me to learn how this amazing family was living their faith. Also, how uplifting it is to see the next generation getting involved for life.
A little later on Pat M. showed up to join Marshall and I and we prayed and we bonded. I don’t know where God is leading me, but I do know that he is blessing me with some of his finest creations to walk with and guide me in this journey.
I also know, that God wins. He will end this travesty in his time and his way, How grateful I am he put this sinner on this winning team.
Am I weak enough to an answer the Lords call to give praise for his greatness, and to protect his innocents.
With Prayer and Love,
Thanks to everyone.