I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your nature. For just as you presented the parts of your bodies as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness for lawlessness, so now present them as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.
Today’s message from this passage is one of great hope. The Lord does not leave us on our own to bandage up our own wounded souls. He is our HEALER. All men and women- and indeed, all of their family members- who have been wounded by abortion can “present themselves as slaves to righteousness.” They can now place themselves in the loving care of Our Lord and allow Him to sanctify them, to make them whole. Yes, abortion kills. But our God is a God of LIFE and HOPE. As our psalm response from today reminds us, “Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.”
Shift Manager Reports
The first shift of the day was quiet…peaceful…pink clouds and mild temperatures. A few naysayers but mostly support. Michelle, Dick and I were joined by St. John’s parish from Plum. Joe arrived first and joined Michelle and I in prayer. We were soon joined by Deacon Tim and his wife Lisa. Other parishioners arrived as Ginny and I passed the “shift managers tag.”
Great turnout during my shift today. Thank you to everyone who came to pray, all the wonderful folks from St. John the Baptist in Plum, including their fearless leader, Fr. Tom. Always great to have clergy present. Nice to meet a first timer, Jennifer, and to see faithful Bob stop to pray during his lunch. I am grateful to Beth Ann for accompanying me again today. Glad we were able to pass out literature and tell folks about alternatives to PP.
From Lisa (that’s me):
I was so happy to see three of my parishioners- plus my pastor- there today when I arrived. I thank God for such wonderful people at my parish (St. John the Baptist in Plum). I was able to spend time praying with Mary, Jon, Marlane, Frank, and Marian… all beautiful souls. And thank you to all of the other St. John’s folks who came today!
It was a rather “uneventful” shift for me, although even as I say that, I realize that the Holy Spirit was VERY active in many minds and hearts. So our time spent there in prayer is never really “uneventful.”
Our ducky, damp, rainy afternoon shift left much time for prayer and contemplation today. I was blessed to pray a Pro-Life Rosary with Nancy from Plum, and we were doubly blessed with a visit from our very own special Mommy-to-Be, CARITA!She was a Radiant Reminder of what we are hoping to achieve on the sidewalk– in the cold, in the rain, alone and in a crowd. I watched the rain pour down from heaven and prayed that the Lord would wash away the sins of us all, and would renew the hearts of those involved in the abortion business.Peace from the sidewalk,Jeannie
The 5-7 PM shift on Thursday was truly grace-filled. Special thanks to Judy and Chuck of the Church of the Nazarene, Claire from Our Lady of Grace church, and Alice for their prayer and faithful witness in the name of Jesus for unborn children and women in need, and for offering such hope and love to those who passed by the doors of Planned Parenthood.We were also graced to have Andrew and James stop and talk with us, and we pray that God will continue to pour His countless blessings on them.Thanks also to Diane and Tom for their persistent effort in the cause of Life! May the love, grace and peace of the Lord be our constant hope and may we be filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit.Rick
Today is the feast day of Pope St. John Paul II, a holy and Christlike man by any standard. He taught much on the dignity of human life, marriage, sexuality, and many other topics relevant to our world today. Let us remember him in a special way today, and ask for his prayers as he stands forever before the Lord, face to Face.