Day 33: St. Alexis, North Park Church, and St. Gregory

“How can they NOT SEE?!?!”  If I had a dime for every time I’ve said this, aloud or just in my brain, with regard to people who claim to be and/or are actively pro-abortion, I would have a small earthly fortune.  It’s so black and white to me; something I’ve been able to see clearly since I can remember becoming aware of abortion.  It’s obvious to me that satan is the one who has blinded these people to the truth, and for whatever reason, God is allowing them at this time to operate in their spiritual blindness.

The gospels cite many examples of Jesus healing blind people.  His healing involved not only granting physical sight to his “patients” but also spiritual sight.  In Mark’s account of the Great Commission, Jesus says, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature …….. [Those who believe in My name] will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” How exciting that Jesus gives us, His followers, power to heal, in His name!  From this we take great confidence, knowing that He can, will, and does work through us to bring His healing truth and light to those currently blind.

Yet although I’m thankfully blessed right now to see the truth about the evil of abortion, I have to admit I’ve got a Blind Side.  I’ve got other spiritual blinders.  They creep up when my guard is down, and they talk to me.  They tell me things like, “That guy is dirty; he must be a homeless good-for-nothing.  That teenager is skimpily dressed; she must be sleazy and promiscuous.  That clinic worker won’t look at me; she is probably a hardened, hopeless case.”  These unwelcome blinders, if not shut down by prayer, only serve to inhibit my mission.  If this ever happens to you too, please pray with me now:   Dear Lord, please help us to be more aware of our blinders.  Please keep our sight of You, and of You in our fellow man, clear so that we can more thoroughly reflect Your light to those who need to see it! Amen!

This morning saw many wonderful witnesses from St. Alexis parish! 

7-9am shift manager Jen wrote:

Beth Ann and Alice from St. Alexis and Vince from St. Sebastian
Beth Ann and Alice from St. Alexis and Vince from St. Sebastian

I am so impressed with Diane and Tom and the everything-you-could-possibly-need-at-the-vigil setup that all of you have put together!  And it was really nice to pray with Beth Ann and Alice from St. Alexis, and Vince from St. Sebastian.

Shift manager Seamus writes:

Great turnout from St. Alexis.  Okay Kate, the rest of us church coordinators need to know how you do it!!!
Great turnout from St. Alexis
Early morning shift manager Jen, pictured with dedicated prayer warriors from St. Alexis
Early morning shift manager Jen, pictured with dedicated prayer warriors from St. Alexis

“Whoever serves me, must follow me, …” John 12:26 The quote from John was beautifully reflected this morning by the numerous prayer warriors from St. Alexis parish who braved the slight nip in the air on a beautiful, sunny morning to serve Him. The sidewalks were very quiet but we greeted many who passed by and fervently prayed Rosaries and Divine Chaplets. We seasoned pro-lifers were thrilled at the arrival of the “S” family with all of their beautiful teens and younger children, ten strong (and that doesn’t count the two young sons away in college)!

This family loves LIFE and the LORD!
This family loves LIFE and the LORD!

Poor Therese didn’t quite agree with my description of the mild temperature and by the end of the family’s prayer time had mysteriously turned into a Muppet!

who turned out the lights?
who turned out the lights?

God is good and it was such an honor to follow Him and serve! Thanks so much to Jen, Barbara, Claudia, Elizabeth, Alice, Beth Ann, Vince and the “S” family Chris, Jenine, Rose, Marie, Mary, Therese, Naomi, Zoe Jozef and Xavier.

Rich and Roseann, who covered today’s 11-1 shift; write:

When we arrived, there were quite a few witnesses from St. Alexis.  Their 7 to 11 shift was winding down.  After they left a young woman pulled up with a New York license plate.  She got out of her car with a bag of Brueggers bagels and asked “Where did they all go?” and apologized for not bringing coffee also.  As she was leaving she said she would say her rosary in the car.  Just when you think no one is aware of what is going on, someone surprises you.  Latoya and Brian came from Johnstown.  Jim, Beth and Rich from North Park Church came to witness.  Jim brought daffodils to pass out.  Bill stopped by also.  Thanks to all who came to witness (just a great bunch of people).

Latoya and Brian
Latoya and Brian
Jim, Bill, Beth, and Rich
Jim, Bill, Beth, and Rich
Rich and Jeff
Rich and Jeff

 

Jeff managed the vigil from 1-3 and wrote:

Tony from St Gregory, Mary Ellen and Bill from St Kilians, Patty, and Jim
Tony from St Gregory, Mary Ellen and Johnny from St Kilians, Patty, and Jim

I arrived at 12:45 to relieve Rich and Rosann, having switched my 5-7 with Marshall.  Thanks to Seamus for covering for Sue this morning.  It is reassuring to people who volunteer to be shift managers that this community of pro-lifers is so willing to lend a hand in covering for another.  With just a week to go before the 40th day of this vigil, I am excited about seeing the entire 40 Days Pittsburgh family (and growing) for the closing rally next Sunday.  “Come and see” for yourself.  The compassion shown by these folks will inspire you to suffer along with them in witnessing to the aborted babies of 933 Liberty.  Anyone who stood during the latest vigil with the deceiving moniker of “Spring” knows whereof I speak.  Hope to see you there.

Marshall managed the vigil from 5-7 and wrote:

It was a cold day outside the clinic,  but the members of a Catholic church and a local Pastor made it a great shift with lots

of prayers and a few songs.

In photo (left to right) Trish, Pastor Bryan, Jim, Tony, David and Andrea.

 day 33, st. greg and pastor bryan

Jeff — YES — MANY THANKS TO SEAMUS for covering for me this morning!  I am ashamed that you beat me to that!!!!

More stories and pictures will be added as they come in.

For Life,

Sue

One thought on “Day 33: St. Alexis, North Park Church, and St. Gregory

  • March 22, 2015 at 10:20 pm
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    Great message in both your e-mail and the blog, Pastor Adam.

    …And God bless you Latoya for your faith and your courage!

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