What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers,
nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8: 35, 37-39
This reading from today struck me as very relevant to those who suffer while considering abortion, as well as those who suffer after their abortions. The fact that NOTHING can separate us from God’s love means… not even abortion can separate us. If you or someone you know has fallen into darkness or despair because abortion has entered your life, please know that the Lord is NEAR… He has never moved away from you. All you need to do is turn, with trust, back to Him. And you, too, can “conquer overwhelmingly through Him who loves us.”
If we turn to Him in prayer…
He can heal and restore our hearts.
Shift Manager Reports:
I did not stand alone!
Answering the call for witnesses for this morning (in response to blog and email) were John, (first up at bat) from St. Anne’s in Castle Shannon; then David arrived after working and driving in from Weirton; Sue D. also came- with a Celebrate Life Ministries magazine. Her decision to unlock her door and go back in and get it for me was affirmed during our conversation. Charles came in from the North Hills, representing the Reformed Presbyterian Church of the North Hills, as well his wife, Phoebe, who was home with the little ones. Michelle from St. Paul’s was stuck on the exit ramp into town for awhile but she made it down to the vigil by 8:00!
The eyes of passing pedestrians looked at signs (Stand for Life held by David; Life Counts held by John; Charles chose Save our babies- End abortion; and Michelle held Face it- Abortion kills children; Sue held the 40 Days for Life- “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.”). Most eyes looked at the baby models. Most people were friendly. John’s sign with the baby and Life Counts received a few negative gestures. The reason is beyond us.
PP did not open until 8:00 and then only employees went in- trying to ignore our presence. Ken, a deacon who works in Pittsburgh sometimes, walked by today. It was the first time I saw him this campaign. He was impressed that I remembered his name. He told me that he and his wife have four children. The fourth child was adopted. The biological parents were drug addicts so he is aware that his fourth child could have been aborted due to the circumstances. Fortunately, the mother chose life.
The street was very busy. When Diane and I arrived, vintage cars were still parked on the street from last night’s movie work. Today, the filming was being done right at the restaurant at the alley (Mike and Tony’s). 925 Liberty was used to look like an art gallery. The name of the movie is “American Pastoral.”
I mentioned to the one engineer to remember to pray for the babies who are aborted at PP. He answered the prayers we were offering for a very stubborn young woman who almost caused an accident at Liberty and Smithfield. He helped her get her car restarted after she had trouble with the battery. The car started, he told us the prayers were answered. (All the men standing vigil wanted to help but she refused help from all. Eventually, she had to humble herself to get assistance by asking.)
We all have to humble ourselves at times. Pride often stands in the way when help is offered. When help is offered and accepted, it can save a life!
(Thank to the fine women and men who answered the email for help today. My mom and dad are glad you stood with me! Though deceased, their names were mentioned in conversation today!)
Two students were staying with their aunt. They were from Franciscan University, and they were on fall break, so they came up to Planned Parenthood to pray at 40 days for Life. There was also a man there since 7 o’clock this morning. What a brave soul, praying all the time!
From Lisa K. (that’s me):
I was so thankful to have my friend and fellow parishioner, Sue, join me today for the whole two hours. And she was a first-timer! What a blessing!
We also were blessed to be joined by Pastors John and Linda (a married couple- both pastors- at the same church!), who came all the way from the Somerset area! Thank you!
We were finally joined by Brian, a Byzantine seminarian, who was a joy! Thank you for coming as well! (By the way, today I learned from Brian about the prayer known to Byzantine Catholics as the “Angelic Salutation.” Guess what that is? The “Hail Mary!” I love this “new” name, and will use it frequently!)
Many passers-by were friendly and positive with comments, and as always, a few negatives, but mostly, it was a day of good prayer! Even in that crazy wind!
One woman came by who was post-abortive, and looked at the fetal models a long time. She looked at me and said, “They tell you that the baby’s not formed at 10-12 weeks. But that’s not true- look at that… they lied to me.” We had a short (far too short) conversation, and I was not able to get post-abortive material into her hands before she left. But let us pray for her. Thank you all.
A quick message from Shift Manager Tim:
Some members of the 40 Days for Life team recently recorded the praying of the rosary. This rosary (including intentions for 40 Days for Life) will be broadcast tomorrow (Friday, 10/30) at 11 am and 11 pm on WAOB radio, 106.7 FM. Hope you can tune in!
A final message from Nikki about the upcoming Kermit Gosnell film:
Consider spreading the word about this important film – 3801Lancaster: American Tragedy.
It tells the story of Kermit Gosnell’s case and trial – including interviews with his patients, jurors, former PP nurses (to address the question of whether Gosnell was just an outlier), and even Gosnell himself from prison. It lays out the deliberate failings and conscious choice by the state of Pennsylvania to ignore the horrors that went on for decades allowing more women and babies to be harmed and killed.
It’s a powerful film from an award-winning team that has great reviews from people like Eric Metaxas. You can find out more about the film at 3801lancaster.com
Each screening has a threshold to meet for reserved tickets for the showing to happen, and we still need to sell about 70 tickets for it to be shown in Pittsburgh.
It would be greatly appreciated it if you would consider purchasing tickets and spreading the word. Just as jurors and reporters who attended the trial had their mind changed on abortion, this film (documentary style, and journalistically done) can change hearts as well. We aren’t financially benefiting from the ticket sales.
I’ve also attached a few graphics in case you would like to use them on Facebook.
Facebook event (feel free to invite your contacts):https://www.facebook.com/events/1209758992383925/