Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9
Last week I was feeling discouraged and tired. Wondering how long can we keep this up….and are we really making a difference with our 40 Days for Life campaigns? So last Saturday I went to confession and the priest told me to meditate on this verse from 2 Corinthians. God really encouraged me through His Word! I realized that HE IS ABLE…even when I’m NOT! And it doesn’t matter whether or not we “succeed” in stopping abortion…what matters is that we are doing everything we can to TRY! He is using 40 Days for Life to enable all of us to abound in good works and He will hold us up with HIS STRONG ARMS! We cannot out-do God when it comes to generosity! When we are generous with our time for Him and for this cause that is so dear to His Heart, He will pour out abundant blessings on us and our 40 Days for Life!
I have been blessed beyond measure to meet the most wonderful, selfless people from all around Southwestern PA who come to our vigil at Planned Parenthood! Read on for today’s stories and photos to see what I am talking about…(and scroll down to the bottom to read of a life saved from abortion yesterday!)
Bob had an emergency at work this morning, so Seamus generously volunteered to take his place as vigil shift manager from 7-9am. He writes:
This beautiful Wednesday morning, I was privileged to share the sidewalk with Susan, Beverly and Jeff as we prayed in the tingling mist and greeted those passing by. Susan mentioned how pleasant people seemed to be this morning and even a “good morning” to a typically hardened PP employee evoked a “good morning” in return. As we defended the building in prayer, I was inspired to meditate on the idea that we were there be Christ to these young ladies and to lovingly offer real, life giving alternatives to their crisis and lifestyle. We were there to save women, to save couples and to save babies. We were there not to cast stones, but to get on our knees, humbly wash their feet and proclaim the good news that Jesus Christ Is Lord! Thank you Lord for the opportunity to serve!
Cathy managed the vigil from 9-11 and wrote this powerful report:
This morning a young mother, with three young children, appearing to be on the way to school/daycare, stopped and said that we probably hated her because she was going to have one (abortion) soon, not feeling she could handle another child. I said “oh no!”, did she really want to do it as she knew what she was carrying, having these three beautiful children, that there were people who could help her, even adopt her child if she really couldn’t raise him/her herself, and that she would feel really badly afterward knowing what she had done. She said she had had one before and had felt badly for awhile. I gave her the resource guide, the “It’s Not your Only Choice” and a Rachel’s Vineyard flyer. I would have liked to have talked longer, but did not want to make the kids late for school, plus didn’t want to say too much in front of them. I told her I would pray for her. Just the fact that she stopped is a cause for hope that she will not go through with it, but she needs our prayers.
A man stopped long enough to show support and to say that he was adopted. About 10:00 five wonderful ladies from St. Vincent’s Basilica Women’s Group came to pray until 12.
When I (Nikki) arrived for my 11am-1pm shift, Cathy was praying with a group of five women who came from St. Vincent Basilica in Latrobe.
Marie M. had copied prayer sheets and they were deep in prayer throughout their time there. Soon after I arrived, Fr. Tim dropped off his large group of prayer warriors from Westmoreland and Indiana Counties. The sidewalk was very full of prayer this afternoon!
Since the sidewalk was so crowded on that side, my husband and I prayed on the other side.
A man who was pushing a stroller and had two other small children in tow stopped to thank us for our witness. He asked to pray with us, and we gladly did. He is a Christian Rapper named “LoKey”, and he gave us a CD of his music. You can check out his music by clicking HERE
Before I knew it ANOTHER large group of prayer warriors began to arrive. Dr. Rev. John Guest from Christ Church Grove Farm in Sewickley brought many dedicated members to witness at our vigil.
Chris managed the vigil from 1-3pm. He wrote:
When I arrived today, the air was filled with fervent voices singing a beautiful hymn— it was the prayer warriors from Christ Church at Grove Farm, and there were a lot of them! There was a lot of foot traffic on Liberty Ave. today for some reason, with PP workers going in and out of the building. I didn’t see any couples enter PP during my shift, just individual women. About midway through my shift, a young mother, her daughter, and her unborn child joined us to celebrate life in front of PP. How uplifting it was to see them stand witness to the sanctity and promise of life! See the joy in this young mother’s eyes as she holds her daughter.
Barbara and Richard managed the vigil from 3-5. Barbara wrote:
Rich and Roseann and Johnny joined Richard and me in prayer downtown today. A man in his mid twenties stopped to talk about missing his wife who has just died. They have a 7 year old daughter. A woman came out of PP to enjoy a cigarette. She has a friend inside PP suffering from gynecology issues. She declined prolife literature. We agreed that gynecology can cause a world of trouble for women.
In spite of the interesting conversations and sometimes fruitful conversations, sometimes I wonder why I go to this trouble. All things considered, the sidewalk downtown is barren, uncomfortable and lacking in amenities so to speak. Reading Meditations for Lent from St. Thomas Aquinas, 1906, I came across a useful observation.
…according to St. John Chrysostom, not only Christ was led into the desert by the Holy Ghost, but all the children of God who possess the Holy Ghost are led in like manner. For God’s children are never content to sit down with idle hands, but the Holy Ghost ever urges them to undertake for God some great work. And this, as far as the devil is concerned, is to go into the desert, for in the desert there is none of that wickedness which is the devil’s delight. Every good work is as it were a desert to the eye of the world and of our flesh, for good works are contrary to the desire of the world and of our flesh.
To give the devil such an opportunity of temptation as this is not dangerous, for it is much more the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, who is the promoter of every perfect work, that prompts us than the working of the devil who hates them all.
That is why Christ went out into the desert, as one going out to a battle-ground….
Audrey and Jim closed out the day from 5-7pm and took these photos:
And now for the BIG NEWS!!! I just found out that a young woman who had an abortion scheduled at Planned Parenthood yesterday DID NOT GO THROUGH WITH IT! She was a client of Women’s Choice Network. She didn’t want an abortion, but finally succumbed to the steady pressure of her boyfriend, made the appointment and went to Planned Parenthood yesterday for the abortion. But when she saw the “Protesters” (in her words)…she decided NOT TO DO IT! Thank you to those who were praying and witnessing in front of Planned Parenthood yesterday…especially to Fr. Brennan and his group from St. Robert Bellarmine in East McKeesport! I believe seeing clergy and religious at our vigil sends a powerful statement to reach people’s consciences. Thank you to all the priests and pastors who have made the time in their busy schedules to witness at our vigil!!! Praise God for this life saved! Please pray for this woman, that she would be strong for her child and would not allow her boyfriend to pressure her. And please pray for her boyfriend’s heart to soften.
Please note that this Saturday is the St. Patrick Day Parade! Please check out this link to find out the details and what to be aware of if you come to the vigil on Saturday. Click HERE for details.