Today was a COLD one! And there is more cold to come! Yikes! What are we to do? Well, this is just MY humble opinion, so feel free to take it or leave it, but I think that we should be there. We should take necessary precautions against the cold, but we should be there. After all, it’s 40 Days for Life. And after all… it’s LENT.
“If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
-Luke 9: 23
Today’s Gospel passage (above) tells us that we are to “take up [our] cross and follow [Jesus].” Now those of you who are a little more worried about the temperatures might say, “REALLY?? You think we should endanger our own lives to pray for the lives of others??” My answer to that is NO. However, if we are, as stated above, taking the NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS and NOT putting ourselves in danger… then we can accept a little suffering that might come along with the experience of spending time out in the cold.
Let me put it this way. I was listening to Mass on the radio this morning, and in his homily, the priest mentioned this: although we are not taking up physical crosses and carrying them to our physical death, we can still look for opportunities to die to ourselves. In a way, Lent is ALL ABOUT that. So if we can accept this cold weather—or any of the inconveniences or discomforts of praying at the vigil—then we are doing just that—finding opportunities to die to ourselves. May we continue to seek those opportunities, so that we can die to ourselves, and live for God.
Shift Manager Reports and Photos:
Shift manager Mark took these as he prayed his drive-by rosary! Thank you, Mark!
At 7AM for my first shift of this vigil, the street was peaceful, quiet, cold. The new music was great and gave me calm as I said my first of 3 rosaries. The prayers somehow made it warmer. Marian joined me on her way to work and suggested we turn the babies toward PP since more people walk down the street that way. And it worked…more people stopped and looked. One lady said she looks at them everyday as her two daughters are both pregnant, and she is enjoying watching her unborn grandchildren grow through the models. Peg, Bill, and Peter (all individual warriors) joined me during the shift. We got a few frowns but more smiles, and a lot of people too frozen to look up. BTW…the music started skipping and pens stopped working …and I couldn’t take pictures. Hazards of the job and the weather!
From Lisa K. (me):
I am SO very thankful for my fellow prayer warriors, Regina and Mary Ann who came to pray with me in the bitter cold. What would we do without such amazing, selfless people? I am grateful.
Although the weather outside was frightful, the time we spent (both in silence AND in prayer together) was delightful. I was telling Mary Ann that I was so cold, I couldn’t think very much… so I kept praying silent “Hail Marys” over… and over… and OVER. No rosary, nothing formal. Just a little soul crying out to her heavenly Mother. It was actually beautiful.
One other thought I had: we must not forget that standing at the door of an abortion center is standing at the doors of hell. This is not to condemn ANY of the workers OR the clients… but more to make us remember the horrific EVIL that abortion is. We must not be casual about this. Pastor Guest reminded us of this at our kickoff the other night when he said that we fight this battle not with physical weapons, but with SPIRITUAL ones… because the battle IS A SPIRTUAL BATTLE. Please, let us not forget the reality of evil. And let us PRAY against it, in Jesus’ name!