Day 36…Guardians for Life & St. Joseph in Verona witness during the final Wednesday of our campaign!

narrow way

Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem.  Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?  He answered them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.  After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us.’  He will say to you in reply, ‘I do not know where you are from.’  And you will say, ‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’  Then he will say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.  Depart from me, all you evildoers.'” Luke 13:22-28

Jesus has told us that the Way to him is narrow and difficult and that few will find it.  In another Gospel (Matt. 7:13) He says that the way to destruction is wide and many will enter through it.

So what are those of us to do who are striving to follow the narrow way?  Especially when we face daily the opposition of a culture that is madly rushing toward the wide-open gates?

going against the crowdThank God for 40 Days for Life!  In the midst of this madness of immorality and Godlessness…we can encourage each other as we strive together to seek God and His righteousness….while at the same time shining a light onto the darkness of abortion…to uncover the evil that is Planned Parenthood.

“I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me will not remain in darkness.” John 12:46

For 36 days now we have let our light shine for all to see.  light shiningIt’s true that some hate the light because it exposes their evil deeds.  But others love the light and are drawn to it.  They are saved from darkness into everlasting life!

 

 

The weather is turning colder, so bundle up as you come to the sidewalk to pray and to shine your light to those who need to see it!  Hope to see you at the closing celebration this Sunday!

Here are the stories and photos from today…

Charlene and Dick managed the early morning vigil and wrote:

Last week I said that the Lord provides and He did it again today. Dick and I arrived home last evening from Colorado with raging colds. We slept in and rushed to the sidewalk just in time to give Diane some help with final set up. We were soon joined by Rose and Maryann and said a Rosary before the sun came up. Dick was much sicker than I and made good use of the chair graciously left. We seemed to have more good wishes today…maybe because Dick looked so sick and his dedication was shining through.  🙂   

Dean arrived and said he was there to finish my shift. WOW! I don’t exactly know why Nikki thought Dick and I needed relieved but I think it was the Lord intervening. ..because the Lord provides. Dean was so generous and told us to go…and we really didn’t hesitate too long. Thank you all!

Priscilla with Shift Manager Charlene
Priscilla with Shift Manager Charlene

 

Thanks so much to Dean for coming on his “day off” and allowing poor Charlene and Dick to go home and rest!  Dean wrote:

Look who joined us for the am watch. Priscilla from the host church of our 40D4L meetings. Thank you Priscilla! Only a few women were going into P.P. while I was there. Continue to pray for the abortions that don’t take time off for anything. See the rest of yinz Sunday and God bless all you!

Cathy managed the vigil from 9:30 till noon and was blessed to share the sidewalk with the amazingly wonderful prayer warriors from Guardians for Life of Indiana and Westmoreland Counties, led by Fr. Tim. She wrote:

Except for the ever-present construction noise down the street, it was a fairly quiet morning, though there was a fair amount of foot traffic, some going into the clinic. Was able to give a few flyers out. Also talked to an older woman who saw the fetal models, and then shared that she had had an abortion years before, and then miscarried another child. Said they told her it was just blood and tissue, not a baby. Some things never change. She said she misses her children, but is sorry. I told her God had forgiven her, and gave her some Rachel’s Vineyard literature. A young woman asked for some info for getting prenatal care – wants a healthy baby. Gave her the resource paper. A good AM, always with fellow pray-ers.

Thanks to Mary Ann and friends from St. Catherine in Beechview for helping to fill early morning vigil hours!
Thanks to Mary Ann and friends from St. Catherine in Beechview for helping to fill early morning vigil hours!
Shift manager Cathy with many prayer warriors from Guardians for Life
Shift manager Cathy with many prayer warriors from Guardians for Life

I (Nikki) managed the vigil from noon till 3, and got to pray with Fr. Tim and the Guardians for the first hour of my shift.  The clinic was not busy at all.  I mostly saw employees going in and out.  There may have been 3 or 4 single girls entering or exiting, but it was very quiet today. What a break to be able to simply pray!

Much prayer on the sidewalk today!
Much prayer on the sidewalk today!
Tom was with the Guardians today.  His shirt is a stark reminder of why we are doing this!
Tom was with the Guardians today. His shirt is a stark reminder of why we are doing this!

At 1pm I was joined by members of my church, St. Joseph in Verona!  What a blessing to stand and pray with my friends from my home town!

Don, Tim, Rege, Mary Lou and Dave came from St. Joes
Don, Tim, Rege, Mary Lou and Dave came from St. Joes
Tony also joined us for prayer
Tony also joined us for prayer

We were also joined by a couple of men from Mother of Sorrows in Murrysville, who joined our prayer group:

Dan and Dan, members of Catholic Men's Fellowship and Mother of Sorrows in Murrysville
Dan and Dan, members of Catholic Men’s Fellowship and Mother of Sorrows in Murrysville

Towards the end of my shift, Chris came to pray. He had signed up to fill the empty vigil hours from 3-5pm.  Thanks Chris!

Chris with shift manager Barbara
Chris with shift manager Barbara

All in all, it was a very peaceful time on the sidewalk, with many wonderful Christian brothers and sisters.  Thank you to everyone who came to pray today!

Barbara managed the vigil from 2:45-5:30 and wrote:

Our late afternoon shift enjoyed balmy, sunny weather framed by the routine numbing sound.    Joining Richard and me in prayer were Chris, Marie, Mimi, Mike, Victoria and Angela.  Our eclectic group represented many Catholic parishes.

Mimi and Angela
Mimi and Angela
Thank you to Mike and Victoria for signing up to fill the empty vigil hours from 5-7pm!
Thank you to Mike and Victoria for signing up to fill the empty vigil hours from 5-7pm!
Chris, Marie and Richard
Chris, Marie and Richard

“Then the LORD asked Cain, ‘Where is your brother Abel?’  He answered, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?’

God then said: ‘What have you done? Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground!’ ”   Genesis 4:9-10  It it so obvious that killing another person is NEVER acceptable.  But, how do we explain the 4 thousand plus abortions that are done daily in America?

Very quickly our faith admonishes us.

If any more stories or photos come in they will be posted here.

Tomorrow there are many dedicated individuals who have signed up to fill the empty hours from 7am till noon.  Thanks in advance to Susan, Marianne Z., Mary Ann K., Megan and Pam!  We have two empty hours that still need a prayer volunteer from 1-3pm!  Poor shift manager Jeff needs someone to pray with!  Please stop by during these hours if you can!  The wonderful folks from St. Bernadette Parish in Monroeville will hold vigil from 3-7pm tomorrow.

Hope to see everyone at 6:30pm this Sunday as we all close our 40 day vigil together and then enjoy a time of fellowship, music by INTENT, and a pot-luck meal at Catholic Charities at 7pm!  See you soon!

Your sister in Christ,

Nikki

 

Your sister in Christ,

Nikki

 

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