Just. Too. Early. Isn’t it?! Hey, we thought the Fall vigil was supposed to be the WARM one!!! So what in the world’s going on?!?!!
As I sit writing this, I am feeling so frustrated. I’ve been having so much trouble recently with the technicalities of writing this blog. It seems like the whole process is taking me so much longer than it did last year, and things keep getting messed up. I can’t figure out why it was going so smoothly and now it isn’t. I’m ready to hit this computer with a baseball bat! And I can see that some of today’s vigil participants were frustrated, too, with the cold, as well as with the fact that there were so few people in attendance at times. The evil one sure wants us to get frustrated, doesn’t he?! He wants us to get SO FRUSTRATED that we just quit! Why put up with it, he poses to us. Why go through it? It’s so much more comfortable to just sit and relax, crank up the furnace, crack a bag of snacks, and just watch TV. After all, we deserve to relax! We work hard all week, don’t we?!! Why sweat it?!
And, I feel like we must be at “that point” in the vigil. That point at which we naturally get fidgety. Like a long car trip when the drone of the engine and the unchanging scenery of the interstate highway are wearing on us — “aren’t we there yet?” I’m thinking now of how hungry Jesus must have been at this point during his own 40 days in the desert. And we’re told in the Bible that satan did strongly tempt him during that time. We know, too, that His sufferings and temptations, due to the fact that He is the Son of God, were way worse than ours are.
But just look below — look now at the writings and the photos of our wonderful vigil participants and shift managers who didn’t give in to frustration. They didn’t — they never do! — give in …….. and look how the Lord blessed them! He finds a way to do that — to bless us — every time we are down there, doesn’t He?!
Jen managed the 7-9 shift and wrote:
It was a cold and quiet morning in front of Planned Parenthood. Many thanks to Patty from Unity Church who offered prayerful witness for the whole two hours of my shift! One interesting thing happened–a young man stopped to marvel at the models of unborn children at different ages in the womb, then snapped a pic that he said he would add to his Facebook timeline. Pray that many of his friends will see it and be as amazed as he was. Social media is a powerful way to spread respect for life in the womb and change attitudes toward abortion. May God use his post for great things!
Nikki covered the 9-11a shift. She writes:
I was blessed to see shift manager Jen with our own 40 Days team member, Patty, on the sidewalk when I arrived for my 9-11 shift this morning (accompanied by my dear husband, Joe). Their sweet (although somewhat shivering) smiles lit up the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood! Patty was there to represent her church, Unity Community Church in Plum. Unfortunately there wasn’t anyone from her church who was able to join her. That seemed to be the theme for today … because at 9am, Joan and her husband John arrived for the 9am-1pm shift for their parish, Ave Maria in Bentleyville. They, also, had no one else sign up from their parish, so they committed to do the entire shift themselves. I thought of Pat’s email and blog post from yesterday, which he titled “Indifference.” How powerful his reflection was! Thank God that He has called US to this battle and has opened OUR eyes! Let’s continue to pray for the conversion of many and that hearts and minds would be set on FIRE for love of God and his precious children (born and unborn!).
For most of my shift, the four of us prayed and sang, and chatted also. The sidewalks are quiet on Sunday mornings. It is a good time to be there to pray.
I had a very vivid dream last night … I told my husband about it when I woke up. I dreamed that I worked at PP. In my dream, I can see it so clearly … I walked into my co-worker’s office. There were fetal remains in trays on the shelf next to her desk. I looked at her and said, “How can we keep doing this? I cannot do this anymore…I quit!” She got up and walked over to the trays and began to sift through the baby parts . also sad about what our job was. She made some comments about the baby parts … and then I walked to the front desk to sign out … for the last time. I looked at the clock and it was 4:45pm. I was leaving 15 minutes early, but that was okay, because I would never work there again.
That was my dream. Let’s keep praying for one minute each day, as Pat suggested in his email last week … for the conversion of Kim Everett.
God bless you my dear 40 Days for Life family! Keep strong in your faith! God is good and He loves us!
Rich and Roseann covered 11a-1p, and they write:
For us this was the first real “bundle up” day of this 40 Days campaign, brrrr!!!!, but we had the warm company of John and Joan from Ave Maria and Pat, Sue, and their five great kids to pray and witness with us. Bill H. stopped by. For the most part it was a peaceful day.
Roseann and Rich
Marshall, the afternoon shift manager, writes:
It began a cold and rainy afternoon at PP on Sunday afternoon. After the previous shift manager couple departed, I was alone. I texted a Forty days friend, “Here alone at PP…with the Father, Son and Spirit, Our Lady and a few angels and saints.” It began so cold, I borrowed a warm jacket from the black box which helped against the cold. It would have been fine to have a solidary time at PP, but the Lord had other plans. Soon after the text, the Shelly family came from St. Bernadette and Aquinas Academy, and we warmed our hearts with the Glorious mysteries. Then came Cindy and Rev. Eric from Lutherans for Life and the Lutheran Student Fellowship. Danielle came in from Assumption Church while Paul stopped by from St. John XXIII from a bit. Then a van came with several ( between seven and ten…I lost count to be honest of students from the Aquinas Academy in Gibsonia, PA. What a joyful group of young people serving the Lord and the Church along with three of the young ladies’ father, Joe. Lastly, Paulette stopped in and one other couple. Wow, what a great witness that shift gave a the culture of life. Weather-wise, it was a taste of the chill of winter, yet the Rosaries, prayers and fellowship kept us all warm. God bless all involved for a wonderful shift!
Jeff B. covered 5-7p, and he writes:
Thanks to Round Hill Presbyterian and Park Baptist for joining me today. Matt and Mayim came at 4, and Pastor Rudy, Rachel, children Avalin and Lee, Bill, and Bill, came at 3, and all stayed with me till 7. Mary Jane joined us for the last hour. I took them down to see the faded “Jesus is Lord” sign painted on the 2nd – 3rd story wall of Mike and Tony’s Gyros on Garrison Place, the alley. It is my contention that the sign was once painted over, and His Name shines through despite attempts to remove him from our sight. Abortion is whitewashed by our society in the same way, but the Truth and Light can only be be covered up for so long. Thanks to everyone who witnesses to the Truth and the Light on that sidewalk.
This coming week we have some needs for prayer warriors — specifically, Monday, October 19 from 5-7p …….. Wednesday, October 21 from 9-11a AND 1-5p ……. and Friday, October 23 from 3-4p and 6-7p. Please, please fight that frustration and temptation and sign up to come down and pray — go to
log yourself in, and sign up. May God bless every one of us and give us fortitude and strength for the rest of our 40 Days journey!