Day 34: Church of the Nazarene & St Bonaventure

Day 34 ENDURANCE

“Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us” (Rom. 5:3-5) 

We have come so far and the end is in sight.  We have endured. And we are better for it.  We made a stand.  We stood up “in front of God and everybody”.  We spoke up for those who don’t yet have a voice. We asked for God’s help and mercy.  We are better for it.  We are not the same as we were before the campaign began.  We did something important.  And for many, you did it over and over again. We have all endured the hardship in one way or the other.

Our character has been strengthened to go on.  Our hope is even greater as we tie in with other like-minded people around the globe.

Again today at the vigil we had the faithful from Lincoln Place and St Bonaventure.

We need prayer volunteers tomorrow (Tuesday) from 4-6 and  Thursday from 1 to 3 pm if you can find the time.

Peace and please ‘Don’t quit’.

Tim B.

Here are today’s stories from the vigil:

9-11am shift manager Kathy wrote:

A quiet and chilly day for the vigil.  The past two Mondays I have been focusing more on silent prayer and wearing a “life” sign than passing out information.  I’ve noticed the glances from passersby and if the opportunity arises, I’ll hand out literature and converse with an interested person. 
 
As we enter into the last week of 40 Days for Life, is it possible to keep the momentum going on our own?  Come to the closing and find out how it’s possible.
Kathy L.
Greg and Karen came from Three Rivers Assembly in Penn Hills
Greg and Karen came from Three Rivers Assembly in Penn Hills

 

Great witness from St. Bonaventure today, including their pastor, Fr. Sweeney!
Great witness from St. Bonaventure today, including their pastor, Fr. Sweeney!

From Rose (11am-1pm):

What a beautiful fall day it has been – both with the sunshine and being with the beautiful folks from St Bonaventure, including their pastor, Fr. John Sweeney.  We prayed several rosaries.  A few took literature – one young man was excited as he took a pamphlet because his girlfriend is pregnant and he was eager  to show her what’s going on inside her as her baby grows. It was a beautiful moment! There were several supportive comments including a bicycle bell ring from a cyclist going by ( a first for me)  and one nasty comment.   I’ve been a shift manager from the beginning and this campaign has been the best one yet, as far as being so blessed for coming down to PP on Liberty Avenue every Monday from 11-1.   I believe it’s because of all the enthusiastic, prayerful pro-life Church members  that come eager to stand for life and support each other. There is truly power in numbers and when we all pray together we are tearing down strongholds. We are a growing family of pro-life prayer warriors and I am truly grateful!

From Beth S. 1 -3 PM:
For this last Monday of our current campaign, the weather and the people could not have been better.  My sister Rose and I arrived to see the wonderful group from St. Bonaventure along with their pastor, Fr. Sweeney. Although the 2-3 p.m. hour was to be lonely, we had Tony and Marlene join the St. Bonaventure group who stayed almost until 3 p.m.
 
 In the meantime, Vince and Bob from St. Sebastian appeared with drinks and snacks, hooray!  The ladies from St. Sebastian, Carol, Mary, Gloria, Dot began their prayers right away and then Gaetano came to make a very nice presence at PP. 

Wonderful group of prayer warriors
Wonderful group of prayer warriors
The next shift manager, Rosalina,  braved her cut fingers and came anyway, bravo!
Our shift managers are TOUGH!  Rosalina didn't let a little thing like a trip to Med Express keep her from her shift!  She came straight from the doctor to the vigil!
Our shift managers are TOUGH! Rosalina didn’t let a little thing like a trip to Med Express keep her from her shift! She came straight from the doctor to the vigil!

 
Only thought in passing:  A “gentleman” rushed by (why didn’t he stop and explain himself?  Afraid of the facts?) and mumbled between clenched teeth:  “You’re wasting your time.”  Oh really?  First of all, time isn’t wasted if you enjoy wasting it and being with such a wonderful group of people is enjoyable despite the awful reason that we’re there.  Secondly, I thought of Mother  Angelica’s motto:  God asks us to do the ridiculous so that He can do the miraculous.  It’s ridiculous to think that people praying can bring down the biggest abortion provider in America.  So……I guess God will do the miraculous.  We just have to be patient.

Rosalina managed the vigil from 3-5pm and although there was no church scheduled and only two prayer volunteers signed up…it looks like many more came to pray!  She took this picture from her shift:
Late afternoon shift manager Rosalina had lots of company with her today!
Late afternoon shift manager Rosalina had lots of company with her today!

Francis, the other half of Rosalina, managed the last two hours from 5-7pm.  He took this picture:

Prayer warriors finish out the day
Prayer warriors finish out the day

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