“That servant who knew his master’s will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely; and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly. Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” Luke 12:47-48
Ouch! Jesus’ words to us in today’s Gospel don’t sound so nice and fluffy, do they? Notice He didn’t use words such as “request” or “ask”….but He used the more forceful, authoritative words, “DEMANDED” and “REQUIRED”! Doesn’t really sound optional, does it?
The fact is, if YOU are reading this blog…you most likely know the truth of Christ and His Gospel. You already have been given much. We are not going to have the luxury of standing before Him one day and saying to Him, “I’m sorry…I didn’t know!”
No…unfortunately we KNOW that innocent human babies are killed every week right here where we live…behind the doors of Planned Parenthood at 933 Liberty Avenue! We have seen the “medical waste” truck pull up many times to carry out the boxes of remains.
There have also been quite a few times when we have witnessed paramedics carry women out on stretchers!
No, we cannot claim ignorance!
Jesus is gentle…Jesus is Kind. He is ALL GOOD and loving. This is true. But He is also just and He will not allow His beautiful babies to be cruelly killed indefinitely. He will demand justice. For those who are deceived into thinking that they are simply getting a “procedure to remove a clump of cells”…Jesus’ words about the servant who did not know the master’s will may apply. However, for those of us who DO know his will…if we allow the distractions and pleasures of this life to stop us from standing up for what we know is right…what will we say when we stand before Him? What will be our excuse?
We are down to our final two weeks of the campaign. There are many holes in the vigil next week where we need help! Please consider signing up for hours next Wednesday between 7am-11am or 3pm-7pm. Also Next Thursday is completely empty from 7am – 3pm (except there is one person signed up for the 11am hour). Next Sunday (the final day, November 2) is empty from 7-11am. Let’s finish these 40 days strong! Please go to www.40daysforlife.com/pittsburgh to sign up or email me at email@example.com. Thank you!
Now for stories and photos from today’s vigil!
Charlene and Dick managed the vigil from 7-9:30. Charlene wrote:
The chant during our chilly, windy time on the sidewalk this morning was, “The Lord provides”. After Susan and Bill, from 7-8, Dick and I were supposed to be on our own…but the Lord said, “No!”. And we were soon joined by Ginny, on her way to have her driver photo taken, who stopped to pray. Then Patrick and Barbera, who could not stay long but were a prayerful presence. Next came Joe…soon joined by Johnny. They were quickly deep into the Rosary. Chelo, from St.Regis came before her parish’s shift since she couldn’t make it later. Everyone cheerful and prayerful…as if their appearing was by design…and of course, it was because “The Lord provides”. Thank you sidewalk warriors!
Cathy managed the vigil from 9:30-noon. She wrote:
It was a pretty quiet AM, but with a number of pray-ers, mostly drop-ins! We had older to young ones. There were stay-oners from the first shift, Sue brought two of her children to pray a rosary, Priscilla came for an hour at 10, and then at 11, the first 3 members of the CIM group arrived for their 11-3 shift. [Sorry, can’t get the pictures-tech problems! 🙁 ] On the schedule it looked empty until 11, but God provided and people came!
A number of young women/girls and couples went into the clinic. We gave literature to those we could. One young woman who went by accepted some literature (resources, biography) from me, and later came back for more. She said she had a friend who was thinking of having an abortion and wanted something to give her to try to change her mind. She said she herself loved babies and was also concerned about the aftermath if her friend had the abortion. I told her her friend was blessed to have her as a friend, and that if she needed anything else to come back.
I (Nikki) managed the vigil from noon till 2:45. It was a peaceful time on the sidewalk. No one made even one negative comment! Lots of folks thanked us for being there though! A young man came out of the clinic and accepted my information. He wanted to know if the referral sheet had numbers of other abortion clinics, and when I told him that it did not…that it was for pregnancy help centers, he looked very sad. He stood there for a long time looking at the information, and I talked to him until he asked me to stop. He looked so sad. When I asked him if he believed in God, he told me he didn’t wish to talk, so I just prayed instead.
Shortly after that, another young man stopped to talk to me. He confessed that he talked his girlfriend into having an abortion years ago. After she decided to do it, he realized it was wrong, and then tried to talk her out of it…but it was too late and she went ahead with it. He also lost one child to mis-carriage and when I told him that his children are in heaven, waiting to meet him…he looked horrified and said, “I don’t ever want to go there, if my child is there! I wouldn’t be able to face him!” I assured him that his child has forgiven him and gave him information on where to find post abortive help for men. We talked for a while, he gave me a hug, thanked me and then left.
Another young man stopped because he was looking for the priest who had been on the sidewalk with the group from Elk county yesterday. He was hoping that priest could help him find a ride back to Philadelphia where he is from. I was able to give him a gift card to get lunch and I also went ahead and bought his bus ticket to Philly, (with my credit card…didn’t give him cash). I hope he gets home okay.
The sidewalk is sure full of opportunities to minister to hurting souls! Whew! It is good to get out from inside our church walls and take Jesus to the streets sometimes! Here are some pictures from today:
Barbara managed the vigil from 2:45 till 5:30 and wrote:
Downtown, the sidewalk in front of PP was crowned in prayer with Cathedral and St. Regis parishioners.
Father Mark, Marian, Diane, Claudia, Diane, Jerry, Michelle, Richard and I joined in prayer and raised the rafters of expectation as we smiled at passers by and prayed the Rosary..
Two young men, brothers, left PP and were open to conversation. One brother noted that his girl friend was there to have a birth control needle removed from her upper arm. She decided that she didn’t want it. They both agreed that it was wrong. The brothers accepted our hand out sheet that lists all the free available assistance offered in Pittsburgh. PP is not the only voice available to people concerned about coordinating their relationship in light of the facts of life. It is the loudest, most tax supported, angriest voice. It offers all the wrong answers and all the wrong reasons, all the while smiling and reassuring you that abortion can be a right choice. It is quite simply no place to go for anything good.
“And because I loved you without being loved by you, even before you existed (in fact it was love that moved me to create you in my own image and likeness) you cannot repay me. But you must give this love to other people, loving them without being loved by them. You must love them without any concern for your own spiritual or material profit, but only for the glory and praise of my name, because I love them. In this way you will fulfill the whole commandment of the Law, which is to love me above all things and your neighbor as your very self.” (Catherine of Siena, The Dialogue p. 165)
The choice that inconveniences me for love is the ridiculous choice at PP. Inconvenienced for love is the cross all Christians embrace, maybe reluctantly, eventually completely.
Barbara Lewis, Shift Manager
Here are some photos taken by Barbara, Diane and the last shift manager of the evening, Jim:
Thanks to everyone who came to pray today! Our prayers are making a difference! Let’s keep it up!
God bless you!