Day 35: St. Raymond of the Mountain, Donegal; Representatives of the Byzantine Catholics of Pittsburgh from Dubois

 

In a scene from the movie “While You Were Sleeping”, the two main characters are at a loud New Year’s Eve party.  Having just walked in from the cold, Bill Pullman’s character warns Sandra Bullock’s character not to drink the punch because it has alcohol in it.   She asks him “Why?” (she should not drink it).  He has to yell above the other voices and music for her to hear him.  Just as the noise quiets down, he shouts:   “Because it’s not good for the baby.”

“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”            Matthew-24:12

It is Tuesday, October 28, Day 35 of 40 Days for Life.  The weather is changing.  We know we are going into a long stretch of cold, wet, snowy, and icy weather.  We do not make weather predictions based on conjecture. A meteorologist bases weather forecasts on facts, trends and history.  I lived near the beach for many years.  It was important to know daily about the weather conditions.  Storms far out to sea affected the tides.  A high tide could flood streets even with no rain in sight.  An extremely low tide, with lots of rain pouring down, could strand a seagoing vessel.

I, the Lord of wind and rain. I have heard my people’s pain.  I have wept for love of them, they turn away” 

Our nation has grown spiritually cold.  Those who stand on the street witness the “coldness” every time a human being walks by an abortion clinic and believes nothing is wrong. And they do not understand how this “coldness of heart” directly affects the heart and soul of our nation. The present day generation has studied history, yet fails to be able to recognize the warning signs when it comes to abortion.  Predicting what happens to a society with abortion on demand is actually more exact than predicting the weather.  Predicting the effects on a woman’s body is scientifically documented  as is the documented effects on society. Those who have become educated about abortion know the scientific facts and those who have taken the Word of God into their hearts and minds know the spiritual facts. Dan.5MeneTekel   As we now are reaching the end of this campaign, we must stay close to the Word of God, read scientific facts, and witness with others so that we do not become spiritually cold about abortion.  The 40 Days for Life campaign is ending for a season, but “ in season or out of season”, we are to continue to witness and live out our commitment to the Word of God and to our fellow citizens.

Deuteronomy 30: 15-19   King James Version (KJV)  15  See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; 16 In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. 17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; 18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. 19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:”

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen wrote this prayer for life:

“Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much.  I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby who I have spiritually adopted and is in danger of abortion.”

Speak up above the noise of PP.  Let people know:

              “Abortion is not good for the baby.”  

 

The God of wind and rain will help you break the hearts that have turned stone cold.

Isaiah link:  Here I am Lord. Send me.

Any time you can give this week to show unity and courage of convictions would be most appreciated.

Let PP and the citizens of Pittsburgh know that you have answered God’s pleas of help.

For new blog readers or those who want to learn more see the links below.

Resources for help:  You don’t have to believe to get help.  You just have to believe there is help.  Link in:

Bethany Christian Services- offering care for the entire family in crisis

Catholic Charities: offers help to all

Silent No More- for men and women

Women’s Choice Network- where help is given in the choice for life Post abortion help

Sally reports a beautiful morning!

What a perfect morning! If only this warm air would hang around till
Sunday, but that isn’t likely to happen.

Al and Susan met a lady who said she was so thankful that they were
there. Her sister is pregnant and she requested a fetal model and
literature to give to her in hopes of squashing any thoughts of an
abortion.

Later, they, and Deacon Paul talked with a lady who had an abortion in
Pittsburgh when she was 16.  She thinks it was this same mill, but
before PP took over. She said they “were nice to her so that she would
be comfortable with the choice to abort.”  It didn’t help. After the
abortion she was devastated and took to using drugs. Eventually she
found forgiveness. She later married and has a daughter.  She also
thanked them for being there.

Two small built white women were the abortionists today. By the time I
left about 6 or 7 groups or couples had gone in, including an older
man with two young girls, and a mother and daughter. Also, quite a few
single girls went in.  One girl who had gone in alone came out and
accepted literature.

Our first group of the day included Deacon Paul and two parishioners,
Byzantine Catholics all the way from DuBois, PA.   They prayed and the
Deacon tried to pass out literature until 10:30 when they began a half
hour chanted prayer service based on the Psalms. Beautiful!

About 10:45 another group of 6 joined us from St. Raymond of the
Mountain in Donegal, PA.  We also had about 6 locals, from different
parts of Pittsburgh, joining us about that time.

A middle aged African American man spoke with one of the DuBois’
ladies. He told her that when his mother conceived him she was young &
poor and many people told her to abort, but she could not do it.  He
is very pro life, very grateful to be alive, and writes a pro-life
blog.
Thanks from Sally                                         

Deacon Paul and parishioners from Byzantine Catholics of Pittsburgh.
Deacon Paul and parishioners from Byzantine Catholics of Pittsburgh.

The sidewalk was really warm and friendly today in front of PP.

St. Raymond's Church parishioners from Donegal. Look at that baby smile in that picture. These people traveled to show their support for all babies..that's why that baby is smiling
St. Raymond’s Church parishioners from Donegal.  Look at that baby smile in that picture. These people traveled to show their support for all babies..that’s why that baby is smiling

 

Cil managed the vigil from 11-1 and wrote:

Barb, Pam and Patti from St. Joseph parish in Cabot
Barb, Pam and Patti from St. Joseph parish in Cabot

I was thankful to have my friends: Barb, Pam and Patti (above) from my church, St. Joes in Cabot, join me for the ride to Pittsburgh this day.

Barb and Patti spent most of their 2 hours witnessing to people from the corner on the other side of the street. This was Barb’s first time down in the city with us yet she was so kind to lead a partially blind lady to 7th Ave.  We were concerned when it took her a long time to come back.  But she did!

Pam offered a woman, going into PP, a flyer. The lady came over to speak with us.  She was there for STD testing and to get on another form of birth control.  She had side effects to others that she tried.  We were able to direct her to Catholic Charities.  But she ended up coming back because CC could not test her today and she didn’t want to wait.  Since she was married, we shared resources with her about NFP and the problems with contraception.  We prayed over her before she went into PP.  She seemed very open to the info we shared.

Great turnout from St. Raymond of the Mount parish all the way from Donegal PA!
Great turnout from St. Raymond of the Mount parish all the way from Donegal PA!

Another picture of the wonderful group from St Raymond of the Mountain. Rev James from Holy Ghost Byzantine is in the picture as well.  Also joining with us were Elaine from St Nicholas and “regulars”, Mary & Lillian.  John can be seen in the picture below at his regular “post”.  God bless him!

day 35, john

Bernice, Rose and Ginny
Bernice, Rose and Ginny

Later in my shift, Bernice (Holy Spirit) and Rose and Ginny (St Marys) arrived (see above).

It was an easy shift for me as my fellow shift managers were there to get their groups signed in and “suited up”. They kept them focused on prayer and fellowship.  I couldn’t help but notice the peace and joy that the group brought to the streets.  Much needed as several people walked by filled with anger or sadness.  Perhaps next time I will try to acknowledge the ones who seem downcast and ask if they would like to talk….  Pam & I did have a pleasant encounter worth reporting.  One gentleman, that I believe works down in the city, accepted a candy “lifesaver” from Pam.  On his way back through, he gave her money and told her to go buy lunch since she had given him a “lifesaver”.  How kind was that!  Yet another reason to have “Hope”…

Dean managed the vigil from 1-3pm and wrote:

As it turns out I only had to stay until 4pm. Seamus came to stand with Sheila at that time. He said that he reserves the times that he stands at the vigil for occasions such as the one we had today. THANK YOU SEAMUS! There are so many times that everyone’s involvement in the vigil comes down to these four words, “Do what you can”. When you do that, I believe that God partners with it and blesses it and ends up turning it into so much more. No pictures from me today because Cecilia took photos of the group that stood with me and her. Later, from 3-4, it was Sheila and I and you all know what we look like. She is so good at actively engaging all the folks that pass along on Liberty Avenue.

Sheila managed the vigil from 3-5 and is counting her blessings today and is thankful! She wrote:

 God bless Dean for staying after his shift and Seamus for showing up to keep me company.  A distinguished gentleman named Mark stopped by briefly to pray.   Storm clouds are rolling in and the wind is kicking up.  But what a beautiful day it has been.

 

David and Seamus
Dean and Seamus

 A joyous time witnessing for  life affirming choices!

These are some pics I took today in Pgh Oct 28th with the group from the Byzantine Church from DuBois and Tarentum.  The Deacon Paul and His wife Pat and Karen from SS Peter Paul in Tarentum.  There is the group from Cabot with Cil ….and Some others I don’t know by name, (but God does). 

Thanks and God bless.
Karen M.

Making sure everything is there!
Making sure everything is there!
Al!
Al!
It was a glorious day and so beautiful. 6 from St Raymond’s and 5 from St Mary’s came to join us.  We prayed an exorcism prayer and rosary life prayer and 2 demon spirits walked by. Both flailing their arms over their heads and spewing loud hate.  One gentleman walked by then turned around to pray with us the exorcism prayer. He then offered a beautiful prayer. Fr. James  and Deacon Paul from a Byzantine Catholic church were there with us for 2 hours too. I felt bad at 3 because only the shift manager was left alone. He was ok with being alone. Many good honks and thumbs up. 1 vulgar comment from a car passing by. 
We had a great time and St Raymond’s prayer warrior’s were happy to participate
 

      When you are standing on the sidewalk- and it appears you are alone, look over your shoulder for the angel who stands guard with you.

Sally!
Sally!

 

sharing a bit of conversation!
Sharing a bit of conversation!
Let's get organized!
Let’s get organized!

Lillian- always praying!
Lillian- always praying!

Faithful!
Faithful!
It is in here somewhere!
It is in here somewhere!

John, not afraid to stand at the sidewalk's edge to let people see the signs. Sharing thoughts and prayers!
John, not afraid to stand at the sidewalk’s edge to let people see the signs. Sharing thoughts and prayers!

Late shift witnesses:  Helping Jeannie keep watch!

Seamus from St. Valentine"s Church, Meg from City Reformed Presbyterian and Lindsay from St. Bernard's Chruch-all volunteering since Jeannie was alone. How great is this?
Seamus from St. Valentine”s Church, Meg from City Reformed Presbyterian and Lindsay from St. Bernard’s Church-all volunteering since Jeannie was alone. How great is this?

 

Mary Jane from St. Pius X! God God is good
Mary Jane from St. Pius X! God is good!

 

 

 

 

Thanks to all who shared their time, talent and treasures to witness for life.  Thanks to Nikki who trusted me during this campaign to help with a blog.  Thanks to all for your faithful witness for smiling babies.

Someone told me today that the message of happy babies is more effective than anything else as people walk or drive by the clinic.  Smiling babies- it is what we want to achieve.

Thank you for your smiling faces…!

Marian

 

One thought on “Day 35: St. Raymond of the Mountain, Donegal; Representatives of the Byzantine Catholics of Pittsburgh from Dubois

  • October 28, 2014 at 11:16 pm
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    Thank you, Marian! You really put your heart into this. God bless you!

    And thank you to all who were there today! ♡

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