“if the prophet had told you to do something extraordinary,
would you not have done it?”
When Elisha, the prophet, told Naaman, the army commander to go wash in the Jordan to cure his leprosy, he balked at the ordinariness of the directive.
Is it “extraordinary” what we do? Maybe, maybe not. We are asked to Pray, Fast and do Charitable works. It really is so ordinary, so simple sometimes to do God’s will. Get up. Pray. And in the best case, forgo the comfort of home, our preoccupation with our own interests and go down to the abortion center.
Is this extraordinary? For some yes. It’s hard to sacrifice and not do what we want. To give up our precious time for others…for the unborn. To endure extreme cold and the cold numb hands and feet that are the result.
For others is doesn’t seem so extraordinary. It just seems like the right thing to do. The only thing to do. It’s God’s will.
Regardless of which you are, the extraordinary will happen through God’s grace and power. Unlike Naaman, We may not see the results immediately. Planned Parenthood may not close today or tomorrow and all abortion bound women won’t turn away BUT someday the extraordinary will happen. And someday we will know all the good we generated.
So, come to the vigil if you are still considering it or weren’t able to come because of the weather. Come back if you’ve already been there but are still feel that calling. Come now. Come tomorrow. Come Saturday. Come whenever you can. Stay as long as you want. Say a prayer or a few. Just come.
Extraordinary results will happen if we just help a little.
Today at 11 AM Father Tim along with other 40 Days for Life faithful will be praying the rosary on WAOB Radio 106.7 FM. Listen in and pray along if you can.
Peace and joy.
Today at the vigil we have the faithful from: Lincoln Place Church Nazarene, St. Raymond of the Mountain, Donegal 11-3 St. Scholastica Catholic Church, Aspinwall 3-7
Stories from today’s vigil will be posted throughout the day as they come in.
Here’s from Charlene 7-9 AM:
Early morning on the sidewalk was very spiritual. Quiet…calm…inviting lots of quiet time with God. Dick and I were alone…he on one side of the circle and me on the other. I thought we were to have a church join us but no one did until 9. I was thankful for that…is that bad? The first thing I did was splash holy water around the circle and asked the Lord to touch the hearts of all who entered. 9 women entered…all workers, I think…no one came out. Dick handed out information and smiles. People were very friendly today…commenting on our mission and the weather. Here are a few pictures of the quiet morning street. Charlene
From Kathy L: 9-11 AM
Today we were blessed with sunshine and a warmerWell we had a wonderful crowd of prayer warriors a really upbeat prayer minded group spirits soared with the sun and today the steel workers were going by in droves for a convention going on in town and they came rigjt through with many saying thank you for what we were doing
than the previous Mondays. Because of this improvement, handing out 40 Days flyers was easy to do and Judy and Amy from Church of the Nazarene did just that. Passersby were receptive of their offer and Judy had several opportunities to talk with people regarding our sidewalk presence. Bill H. came briefly at the start of the hour too before leaving to attend to his daily activities.
After our prayer time, Judy and Amy engaged in conversation with two sisters who gave us words of support as they walked past. Both women joined us in prayer and are planning on attending Judy’s and Amy’s church this Sunday. The time together was completed by a surprise visit by the “R” family who came to pray too–Sue and her five sweet children.
Well we had a wonderful crowd of prayer warriors a really upbeat prayer minded group spirits soared with the sun and today the steel workers were going by in droves for a convention going on in town and they came rigjt through with many saying thank you for what we were doing
From 1-3 PM:
Was that the sun we were seeing! Yep, and the people from St. Raymond of the Mountains and those who came from Ebensburg were just as warm and wonderful. We prayed, handed out some literature, talked and encouraged each other in the fight. Most of the people passing by were supportive, even some of the conventioneers from the Steelworkers safety conference thanked us for our efforts. How about the gentleman from the Presbyterian seminary who thanked us and kissed the ladies hands just like a prince! He said he’d pray for us and we assured him of our prayers for his ministry. All in all, it was a fast, uneventful two hours. Rose and I were privilege to be with such a great group of people.
From Cathy 3-5:
A beautiful and pleasant afternoon! So nice to not have to layer up! When I arrived, Maureen and Evelyn from St. Scholastica’s were already there. We had a fairly quiet time. I gave out some “Biography”s. Didn’t see anyone going in,
From 5-7 PM:
It was a beautiful, quiet, but fruitful evening as Ann, Mary Katherine and Vin from St. Scholastica Church joined me in prayer and petition. To my pleasant surprise, we were fortunate enough to pass out quite a few Free Women’s Resource guides and 40 Days brochures. As we out-flanked and surrounded the half circle with simultaneous rosaries, the acceptance of literature was more readily accepted that anytime I have been involved in 40 Days. I have tried to figure out why the gentleness in the atmosphere this evening compared to times past and I can only attribute it our fervent prayers and the Grace of Our Loving and Merciful God. Thank you, Lord Jesus!