Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.
Almost ten years ago, my husband and I went on a journey half way around the world, so that we could bring our (then) newly adopted children into our home. When we did so, they became ours- so much so that they bear our name, inherited our extended family, and call us Mom and Dad.
We often hear St. Joseph referred to as the “foster” father of Jesus. Personally, I prefer “earthly” father, or even “adoptive” father. Joseph, as husband of Mary, took upon himself the responsibility entailed in order to raise this Child in all ways, physical and spiritual. Jesus bore his name (John 1:45), inherited his extended family (Mark 3:31-35), and most certainly called his parents something like “Mom” and “Dad.”
What happens when a man is NOT married to the woman having the child? Well, we know from Scripture that one of two things could have happened then– and still happen today: either the man will reject the child as not being his, and thus bring shame upon the woman (which St. Joseph refused to do), or he will accept the child as his own (even if he is not the biological father), and raise the child with love. WHY would a man do this? He would do it if he truly LOVED. “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loves the Church (Ephesians 5:25).” St. Joseph was being “Christlike” even before Christ was born!
And so, let us encourage all men today, men who are facing circumstances where an unborn child is involved, to see where the Lord is calling you. Is he calling you to trust in Him and join in marriage with the mother of this child? Is He calling you to stand strong, like St. Joseph, to be a father to this child, who may not be your own? Pray and discern what the Lord is asking of you.
Let us ALL pray and discern what the Lord is asking of US. The Lord is a “Father to the fatherless (Psalms 68:6),” and He wants us to help to take care of His most defenseless and most vulnerable children.
Shift Manager Reports and Photos:
Shift Manager Marian’s report:
Let’s hear it for the boys!Thanks to the men representing the Knights of Columbus from Murrysville: Vito, Gerry, Dennis, Don and Dave represented Mother of Sorrows parish.
Some women think that men should stay out of the Pro-life movement. One young, naive woman walked by and announced her belief that the choice is a woman’s. Oh my dear lioness, have you got a lot to learn.Having grown up during the “error” of “I am woman, hear me roar”- a lot of lies have been fostered about the un- importance of the father figure in the family. St. Joseph, whose feast day we celebrate today, would have been proud of the Knights of Columbus men. Two of them conversed with Margaret who stopped to talk for quite a while on one side of the buffer zone. And on the other side of the zone, the Knights welcomed Lawrence, a visitor to Pittsburgh, who asked if he could join us in prayer. Lawrence stayed for over an hour sharing his story, faith and witnessing. He is the father of six children. The Knights also walk the talk as fathers.
I watched the eyes of pedestrians as they passed by. The presence of the Knights was not lost on the men heading to their destinations. Someone mentioned in a previous post that it takes more energy to ignore a group on the sidewalk. Pretending people don’t exist is harder to do than acknowledging their presence. Abortion, in the long run, is a much heavier cross to carry then the cross of parenting. Short cuts usually don’t get us to where we really need to be.Women often will blame the man for abandoning them during pregnancy so they choose abortion. We have tried to have it both ways for too long. Gloria Steinem, with all her rants, eventually got married.The lions who prowl around the world seeking the ruin of souls often wear dresses. Narnia and The Wizard of Oz have good lions- both male. It is the women you have to watch out for.All female workers were the ones going in and out of PP today. One young woman client, who told me she was not there to get an abortion, took a resource guide for future reference.Thank you to the men who witness for life!Marian
Shift Manager Ginny’s report:Below is a photo of the St Mary’s of Glenshaw group (2nd shift today). We prayed and cast out devils by standing around the circle and praying the “casting out demon” prayers.
Below are Zanya and her mother Tara… the little girl was delighted to get a baby in a pink blanket!
Shift Manager Marilyn’s report:
Thanks so much to all the folks who came to the vigil! It was my biggest shift turnout ever! Such a joy to meet the folks from St. Thomas More and all those who came from so many other churches. We filled both sides of the circle and at one point even had folks go across the street. The highlight today for me was when a young woman exiting PP accepted my offer of the free resource sheet. It made my day. Thanks be to God for all the prayers who came today.
Shift Manager Barbara’s photos:
Shift Manager Dean’s report and photo:
I had an abbreviated shift on a beautiful afternoon to be outside. Barbara introduced me to the Rev. from Christ Church Ministries in Penn Hills, who had been praying at P.P. since 10:30 this morning. Carolyn, Liz, Jerry, Dan and Tony from St. Thomas More prayed with me during my shift.
One of the sadder things I bore witness to this afternoon was a mother accompanying her daughter from an appointment at P.P. Neither one wanted any information on pregnancy counseling.
Heads up to all the Sat. 3/21/15 shift mgrs.: Parking will be as scarce as hen’s teeth due to the NCAA tournament being played at Consol Energy Center. If you can, take a bus.
Shift Manager Jeannie’s photo:
Shift Manager Rick’s report:Praise God from whom all blessings flow! We had a wonderful group of dedicated prayer warriors (Fr. Tony, Mary Frances, Peg, Tim, and Ed) from St. Bernadette’s in Monroeville praying outside of Planned Parenthood this evening. We prayed the rosary, the chaplet of divine mercy, the stations of the cross and the litanies to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and of St. Joseph on his feast day. We especially ask St. Joseph’s prayers for the babies in the wombs and for their mothers for health in body, mind, and soul. We had only one negative comment when a man walking by loudy said, “You hate the poor.” Please pray for him and for his conversion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.Rick
Once again, a ministry well done by all. Thank you to everyone who participated. God bless you.