Day 31: Byzantine Catholics of Pgh; St. Bonaventure; SS Peter & Paul

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” -Philippians 2:5-11

This passage is known as the “double kenosis,” or “double emptying” of Christ.  It speaks to Jesus’ emptying Himself, first by becoming a human, and secondly by becoming a servant to the point of death.  The result of that double emptying is that Jesus was exalted to a place above all else, with a name above all names.  This is to prove the Lordship of Jesus and to glorify the Father in heaven.

As we go through this life, we shouldn’t try to avoid periods of “emptying,” in which we are brought low.  Rather, we should accept them.  Whether they are times of persecution by the government, persecution by our peers, or persecution from corporations like Planned Parenthood, we are to take on the role of servants and serve all whom we meet, even our oppressors–even to the point of death.  Scripture tells us that if we die with Christ, then we shall be raised with Him.  If we suffer with Him, then we will be glorified with Him, and all this is to prove the Lordship of Jesus and to glorify our heavenly Father.

Don’t be discouraged by the hardships and trials of this life.  Don’t be discouraged by living as a servant.  Instead, enjoy the opportunity to serve God and suffer with Christ so that we can share in His glory and glorify our great God in heaven.

Scroll down to read the stories from the sidewalk today.

In Christ,

Adam Stump Signature

Pastor Adam

Sally writes:

It was an interesting morning. A woman abortionist, whom Al had never
seen, went in at the usual time. We each saw a few couples and singles
go in. One older couple spoke with one of the Byzantine women, telling
her that they have 3 children, she is pregnant, and has cancer. They
said they did not want to have the abortion but “had no choice”
because a doctor has told her that she would die if she carried the
child to birth. The woman seemed especially anxious to go in and get
it over with. We prayed for them to make a decision for life and trust
in God, but we did not see them come out.

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The Byzantine Liturgy, which the group chanted between 10 and 10:30,
is very beautiful. But the man from the bookstore came out and told
Father that we were “too loud” and were bothering some people in the
store who were “working on a project”.  Father told him that we could
not be quiet, but that we would be finished in 15 or 20 minutes.  He
went back in the shop and did not come out again.
Before I went across the street to my bus stop a large group began
arriving from St. Bonaventure, including parents with small children
and their pastor, Father Sweeney.  I was able to ask him how his
parishioner, Joe Hughes, is.  Joe is a WWll veteran and was a faithful
picket at PP every Tuesday morning for many years.  He now has a lot
of serious health problems, probably will never be seen at PP again,
and could use some prayers. Thank you.

Sally

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Regina writes:

Dear pro Life Family,

My heart was greatly encouraged by the ‘force’ of Pro Life warriors and their fearless leaders; Pastor, Fr. John Sweeney, and Parochial Vicar, Fr. Jeremy Mohler from St. Bonaventure in The North Side. The Pro-Life culture lived at this large Parish of over 3,000 families brought powerful, prayerful witness to the sidewalk today!  A spirit of family joined by common purpose was felt by all present including: St. Bonaventure Parishioners, Dave and His beautiful family, Charlene (fellow Shift manager), Theresa, Chuck, Sandy, Dawn, and husband and wife teams: Claire and Jim, MaryAnn and Frank, and Mario and Judy. George from Holy Sepulcher, joined Lisa Mears from St. Bernadette, and Pastor Bryan as they offered their Friday faith witness, thus adding to the significant numbers already present for Life! A special thanks to all who joined our Campaign for Life in witness or in prayer from home this day!
God bless each and everyone of you! Your presence and prayers touched many hearts today including mine!
Regina

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Pat writes:

I started my shift with two Lisas.  And while I got a good picture of them – along with Lisa C’s two daughters – the picture somehow didn’t get from my phone to my computer.  Urrrhhh!

The most significant part of the night occurred while David, Rosanne and I were praying together.  A young woman who seemed to be in need, asked us if we had two dollars we could spare.  Her name is “F”.  David ended up talking to her and ministering to her for about ½ hr.  She told him her story, and she really seems to be in a difficult situation.  After a while, as David continued to talk with her, Rosanne and I continued to pray.  After she left David gave us the details, and that he had given her some tools to help her in her prayers and to fight the addiction he suspected she was fighting.  He even gave her the small bible he brings with him to the vigil.  Please pray for “F”.  She clearly has a great need for them. 

Pat, 5-7

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2 thoughts on “Day 31: Byzantine Catholics of Pgh; St. Bonaventure; SS Peter & Paul

  • October 24, 2015 at 9:54 am
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    Perhaps it would help our cause if everyone at the vigils stops in the bookstore and buys a book. We might also apologize for possibly deterring his business. Keeping a bookstore open today is difficult enough without added obstacles. I did buy a book myself several months ago, and he has a varied selection at reasonable prices.

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    • October 24, 2015 at 2:21 pm
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      I think that is a great idea Marianne! I will try to remember to do that this Wednesday! I hope we can “make amends” with this nice young man, who “used” to like us, but now is a little embittered towards us. There will be the same large group on the sidewalk this Wednesday as last Wednesday, so hopefully we can respect his wishes and stay away from his door. Thank you for the great suggestion!!!

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