This weekend’s lovely weather has really been like an eye in a hurricane, hasn’t it?! I think God sends us these happy “breaks” in our lives because He knows we need them. I can tell you I sure needed this sunshine. In the wintertime I tend to get that condition they call “SAD” (seasonal affective disorder), and the sunshine and relative warmth this weekend has really boosted my spirits. Spiritually, we should also always remember that this long wintertime of legalized abortion in our country that we’ve been living in since 1973 WILL end, and a new springtime for the Culture of Life WILL begin and flourish. The Lord WINS. We know that! Thank You, Lord!!!
Jen was the early morning shift manager from 7-9am this morning. She writes:
What a beautiful morning to be at the vigil…the weather was mild and the company was wonderful! Diane and Tom arrived bright and early to supply us with everything we could possibly need on the sidewalk. They have put so much care into planning, organizing, and faithfully delivering this amazing array–what a blessing to our effort! Patty and Vince offered their warm fellowship throughout the shift, the ever-inspiring Bill made his daily visit, and we enjoyed some time with Shift-Manager Sue when she arrived to relieve me. Thank you all for sacrificing your time and comfort to come and pray for the conversion of hearts and an end to abortion!
I (Sue) covered the 9-11 shift, taking the baton from a very gracious Jen who stayed with us for another hour to pray. In addition to the balmy springlike weather, it was very peaceful on the sidewalk this morning. We had quite a few passersby, and although no one stopped to talk, all comments and acknowledgements were positive. What a wonderful group of pray-ers I was blessed to stand with this morning: Jen, Vince, Anna Marie, Pat, and then Rich and Roseann for a few minutes. We were able to concentrate on a lot of good praying this morning!
Rich and Roseann covered the 11-1 shift, and Roseann writes:
It was an all-around pleasant day today (weather, company, passers-by). Thanks to Anna Marie who prayed with us the first hour of our shift and thanks to the Rocco family whose children led us in praying the rosary. Please Lord, hear our prayers and answer us. Thank You, Amen.
Roseann and Rich
An amazingly dedicated group adopted the 11-3pm shift, and traveled all the way from Ohio to witness this afternoon! Led by their coordinator, Suzanne, Heart of Mary Homeschoolers (Steubenville)- St. John Fisher (Richmond OH) & St. Joseph (Amsterdam OH), these folks brought Jesus to the sidewalk today! Here are some photos from the 1-3 shift, taken by shift manager Trish:
Regular vigil participant, Sue R., passes along this wonderfully encouraging account!:
I wanted to let you about our experience today.
Pat and Gianni were looking in the bookstore window periodically while we were at the vigil this morning. A little later, the manager came out, asked Pat’s permission then gave Gianni a sweet little book about a mouse celebrating his birthday.
I just wanted to pass it along because I know there aren’t always good relations between the bookstore and the vigil participants and I was really touched by such a random act of kindness.
Thanks to God for this beautiful day!
Jeff B., late-day shift manager, shared a lovely photo of Deacon Myron and his wife Barbara from Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Carnegie at the 6-7 shift.
I took over from Cathy and Jim at 5 and settled into my sidewalk routine of holding my over-sized PRAY TO END ABORTION sign for all to see. People, made in the image and likeness of God, passed by with varying responses to those four simple words. Some responses were such that no one could ascertain them as coming from God, so from whence did these diatribes emanate? I am left to imagine some thing that doesn’t like the word PRAY, or the two words END ABORTION, paraded in front of an institution dedicated to killing children. Something that markets murder under the innocuous term of women’s healthcare, and has tricked today’s modern man and woman into thinking that God is infringing on our personal freedom by denying us abortion’s forbidden fruit (oh, you remember a similar story, do ya?).
Fortunately for you, dear reader, my reverie was interrupted by a fellow shift manager – Lisa – who stopped for a drive-by-decade-of-the-rosary on her way out to dinner with her family. Alone until then, Deacon Myron and his wife Barbara from Holy Trinity Ukrainian in Carnegie appeared after Lisa left and stood with me from 6-7. Thanks to them, I was not left alone with the demons.
I will be standing from 5-7 the next three Sundays, come join me as we battle all the demons of Liberty on that cursed sidewalk. I will thank you, the babies will remember you to God, and He will remember His mercy to us all.
This week, we are in need of prayer warriors to stand with our shift managers for these following shifts!
Monday 2/22: 7-8a, 10-11a, and 3pm hour and the -6pm hour
Tuesday 2/23: 2pm
Wednesday 2/24: 7-8a, 9-10a, and 1-3p
Thursday 2/25: 9:30 – 11am
If you can help, please go to https://40daysforlife.com/login/
Log in, and sign yourself up on the calendar.
Wishing everyone a blessed week!