I will maintain my covenant with you
and your descendants after you
throughout the ages as an everlasting pact,
to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.
Genesis 17: 7
God does NOT leave us. He does not abandon us. Nor should we abandon HIM, or His people whom He loves. We stand on the sidewalk and pray because we will not abandon those in need. Not the babies, not their parents, not the abortionists, not the abortion workers. We will take a break soon from this formal campaign, but we must still maintain our love and prayers for these people who are in great need of our prayer and God’s mercy.
In the midst of all the rain today, we can recall another thing (besides what is in the passage above) about God and His covenant. He has given us a sign of His covenant with us that sometimes shows up AFTER the rain:
Shift Manager Reports
You meet in the most wonderful people in the 40 Days for Life Pittsburgh neighborhood.
How did you get to the sidewalk?
Answering the call today for keeping vigil with me was Dave R. After working a full shift yesterday, ending at 11 p.m. last night, then substituting for the 4 a.m.- 6 a.m. Adoration vigil at St. Paul’s in Steubenville, David came down to witness this morning with me – driving to town from Weirton. I know this, not because David was boasting, but because I ask questions! Dave became a regular witness with 40 Days for Life Pittsburgh years ago because a friend invited him to come. David also coordinates the Adoration schedules at St. Paul’s. David’s presence on the sidewalk was not lost on the men and young boys walking by. (Remember, I watch eye movement.) We discussed the Armor of God. People can “throw” things at us, but with the Armor of God, we are prepared for the “battle on the sidewalk.” David led us in prayer with the Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary.
We witnessed many workers going into PP today. There did not seem to be any clients walking in. One of the women in PP, who is always friendly, reminded us today that she really couldn’t talk as another co-worker opened the door for her. Now, why is that? Would you stay in a job which offered consequences for talking to others?
Nikki mentioned McDonald’s in her blog yesterday. Why doesn’t PP advertise their numbers? Why don’t the brown paper bags have health care logos on them? They are advocating death. In years to come, as after genocidal wars are finished, the numbers will speak of the volumes of lives snuffed out (as people walked by).
One 30-something young man said he had no interest in talking to us. I only said, “Good morning.” The positive responses outnumbered the negative responses- including those from a few young men walking by. A young college man, with a St. Vincent College logo on his shirt, asked us for bus directions. He also said, “God bless you.”
Ken stopped to chat briefly. He is a deacon in Wilmington, DE, at St. Elizabeth’s. Ken stopped to talk a few weeks ago. It was the angel Gabriel who gives us the phrase, “Hail Mary, full of Grace.” We need to let women know that in pregnancy, they are grace-filled.
A 30-something man thanked us. When I asked him if he would take information, he agreed. He said he is a teacher in a school, and knows the issues young children are into. I reminded him that we cannot stop the violence from entering our school buildings until we stop the violence that occurs at abortion clinics. He agreed. As Shift Manager Cil’s article (http://www.crisismagazine.com/2015/time-war) pointed out, PP is opening clinics in the schools. It is all part of their plan.
Those who thank us may not have the courage to stand with us yet. But there is always hope. The sidewalk is not an easy place to be. It took me a long time to get to the street level.
Thank God for the example of the 40 Days for Life Pittsburgh neighborhood family- especially Al, Sally, and Nikki. (Bob too with his signs.) God puts our hearts to the test. He expects us to walk the talk as Christians. He has a sense of humor, too. He has been pouring down rain! (California should be so fortunate.)
Mr.Rogers’ neighborhood deserves better than having a PP on its street named Liberty.
“See you in the neighborhood.”
Today there was a family of 6 children (1 preborn) and mom and dad, Becky & Scott. All the children are homeschooled, and were able to lead or participate in the rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet. I gave each child a baby fetal model and taught them the Spiritual Adoption prayer. The oldest daughter wrote it in her prayer journal. They all named their babies. How wonderful for sending so much inspiration to us.
Thanks to all the folks who came out to pray on this miserable rainy day! You all brought sunshine to the darkness at 933 Liberty Ave. It was so nice to also have two young families. Thank you for bringing your children to witness for life.
From Lisa (me):
Today was beautifully filled with prayer and loving conversation. I am so thankful to all who came from my parish, St. John the Baptist in Plum. It does mean a lot to pray at PP with those from one’s own parish family!
One of the most meaningful experiences that I had this afternoon came while praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary. While meditating on each mystery, I was imagining that each of the events of the mysteries was happening there, today, on Liberty Avenue, in front of Planned Parenthood. So I could “see” in my mind’s eye Our Lord’s “Agony in the Garden” (although instead of in a garden, it was on the red brick sidewalk). I could see His “Scourging at the Pillar” (except instead of a stone pillar, it was the traffic light pole in front of PP). I saw His “Crowning with Thorns” (as He wearily looked at the Pittsburgh city crowd around Him). I envisioned His “Carrying of the Cross” (as the sidewalk of Liberty Avenue became its own ‘Via Dolorosa’). And finally, I could imagine His “Crucifixion and Death,” (not on a cross, but high on that traffic light pole, high enough for all to see). It was very powerful as I pondered in prayer what sort of effect this might have on the passersby. Would they notice? Would they care? Would they come to help Him? I felt, in a way, that we who stand and pray during these 40 Days are doing that for Him… noticing, caring, and helping, because of the violence inside Planned Parenthood, which somehow mirrors the violence done to Our Lord in His Passion. We are like the faithful women and St. John, who stand beneath the cross and keep vigil.
Thanks again to all who came.
From Rick:Everything went well at the 5-7 PM shift today. A special note of thanks to the faithful pro-life witness shown by members of St. John the Baptist Church in Unity Township (Plum) and for all the prayers offered to protect unborn children and assist pregnant mothers in need. Thank you, Jack, for generously offering to lead such beautiful prayers, thank you, Erin, for having the courage to stand up and pray for life in front of Planned Parenthood for the very first time, and thank you, Amber, for coming out to pray in the drizzle with your unborn child. Thanks also to Tim, for stopping to pray with us before catching the bus, and to Nikki, for leading another successful 40 Days for Life campaign. Thanks especially to God for the precious gift of LIFE!-Rick