Day 33: Blessed are the ….. late??!

Prayer Warriors today:  St. Damien of Molokai (Monongahela) and Crossroad Community (Butler)

A Tale of a Tardy Shift Manager

Once upon a time — very recently, at that — in a land quite nearby, a Sunday-morning 40 Days for Life shift manager slept in.  She had set her alarm for an appropriate wake-up time but alas:  she neglected to turn it on.  Her husband had set his alarm for 6:30a, and had actually turned it on, but alas, alack:  it did not go off.  At 7:10a the shift manager’s bodily clock awakened her.  She bolted out of bed, astonished and ashamed at her snafu, and called one of her earthly guardian angels, Nikki.  This earthly guardian angel phoned a few of her other earthly guardian angels — Bill, Diane, and Tom, already at the vigil — who graciously covered for her until she could get her bearings, get dressed, and get to town.  When she finally arrived at the vigil, those smiling three, along with a group of mighty prayer warriors from St. Damien of Molokai, were in full action.  The errant and humbled shift manager, and most importantly the vigil, were thus richly blessed.

What a family this 40 Days team is.  These blessed folks greeted me not only with smiles and hugs, but also with a hot breakfast sandwich and a cup of coffee!!  How reflective of Our Lord’s love is that?!!  This sheepish and apologetic shift manager was not greeted, as she deserved to be, with “What happened?” and “Where in the world have you been?  How did that happen?  How could you do that?” but with smiles, understanding, hugs, and ….. BREAKFAST!  When I was supposed to be there ministering to others, these folks were ministering to ME.  Bill, Diane, and Tom, I am forever thankful to you.

This makes me think of just how much the Lord wants to welcome all moms and dads who have ever procured an abortion, as well as anyone who has ever worked in an abortion clinic or in the industry, into His loving arms with joy.  He wants them to turn to Him for the forgiveness and restoration only He can offer.   He wants to make them new!  He can never stop loving any one of us sinners!  All we have to do is turn to Him and ask His forgiveness with true sorrow and a sincere promise to try harder in the future.   Let us pray that millions and millions will turn away from the awful, strangling culture of death and toward the truth of the Culture of Life and thus Eternal Life with our Loving God!

As I mentioned, gentlemen from St. Damien of Molokai (Monongahela), along with Mary Jane from St. Boniface and Pat from — from I’m so sorry, I forget which church! — graced the vigil this morning.  Here they are:

Mike, Tom, Tom, "guardian angels" Tom & Diane, Deacon Al, & Jim
Mike, Tom, Tom, “guardian angels” Tom & Diane, Deacon Al, & Jim
Mike, Mary Jane, Deacon Al, & Tom
Mike, Mary Jane, Deacon Al, & Tom


Rich and Roseann, as always, faithfully covered the 10a-1p shift.  They write:

When we arrived at 10:00, the good people from St. Damien stayed on with us until 11:00.  At 11:00 Roseann from St. Thomas More came and stayed until our shift ended at 1:00.  As usual, Sundays are relatively quiet.  A man stopped and looked as though he wanted to say something, so we asked him if he was pro-life.  He made this face as if he wasn’t so sure.  He said he was an ecologist and was concerned about the migrating birds (I’m not up on what the problem is with the birds) and overpopulation.  We told him that overpopulation is a myth and that God will provide for all His creatures and the “birds” too.  He was very pleasant and receptive.

We are thankful to Stan from St. Sylvester for answering the call for prayer-warriorship today from 1:00-3:00!

Stan from St. Sylvester answered the call to fill the empty vigil hours!  Thank you Stan!
Stan from St. Sylvester answered the call to fill the empty vigil hours! Thank you Stan!

Crossroads Community Church in Butler provided the prayer witness from 3-7pm.  Here is a photo:

Thanks to the faithful group from Crossroads Community Church in Butler!
Thanks to the faithful group from Crossroads Community Church in Butler!


This week, we are in need of prayer warriors for these days and times: Monday 10/27 from 2:00-3:00p, Tuesday 10/28 from 4:00-6:00p, and Thursday 10/30 from 1:00-3:00p. If you can help, please sign up at or call Nikki. 

May God bless you all this week, the last week of our 2014 Fall vigil!

Sue M.


2 thoughts on “Day 33: Blessed are the ….. late??!

  • October 27, 2014 at 3:30 am

    As you pray at the 40daysforlife vigil site in Pgh, please remember to pray for me as I begin a “year of seclusion” for speaking out [too] boldly on behalf of our pre-born brothers & sisters. Several years ago I was “kicked out” of 5 Pgh churches for “praying consistently” for the unborn & their moms every time I celebrated Holy Mass.
    I will be in an old Carthusian monastery in the Italian Alps built in the 12th century & acquired by our religious community in the 1930’s, now used as a “spirituality center” offering retreats for various groups.
    I promise to pray for your intentions & I give Nikki permission to give you my e-mail address in case you have a special need you would like me to pray for.
    A voice for the defenseless poor,
    Padre Van

    • October 27, 2014 at 8:02 am

      thank you for your courage and perseverance for the cause of Life. I will pray for you Fr. Van and the “blind” ones who sent you away. The voices of the “stones” will cry out on behalf of the unborn – we cannot ever be silenced! God be your strength and comfort.


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