Day 14: St. Teresa Avila 9-10:30; Lincoln Place Church Nazarene 11-1; St. Paul Cathedral, Oakland 3-7

Note: for people who are looking for the reports scroll down!  For those seeking information about abortion- click the links! First time visitors- read how the seeds of love are scattered.

 

Psalm 34: 18

“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”

Abortion is a violent choice ,made when one attempts to solve what is perceived as a problem.  God’s messengers have always warned that “violence begets violence.”  The consequences for choosing violent solutions are painful  and always with collateral damage.
                                               Pain Management
What did we do before the internet?  I was “googling” some websites for this blog. The mail blog from 40 Days for Life International also addressed this issue: Mercy.  There is so much information out there regarding the negative impact of abortion; it is hard to believe that abortion would be a choice made by anyone.  Sadly, it is a choice made by many.  Abortion brings pain in the decision-making process; during the abortion (pill or surgical); and after an abortion (physical, emotional and spiritual).   The pain has to be managed one way or another.
When a woman gives live birth (premature or full term delivery), there is pain for the moment.  However, women usually forget the pain from a live birth delivery as the focus turns to the newborn baby!   Because an abortion ends in death for the baby, the mother’s (and father’s) pain can last a lifetime.
Click on these links to read about the after effects of abortion: 
Physical and Psychological Complications of Abortion;
“Healing from the pain caused by abortion is not easy, but oftentimes the first step is the most difficult.”

Abortion is painful (from the perspective of a woman who does not oppose choice)

There is healing and redemption when we turn everything over to God.

2 Corinthians 7:9-10    As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a Godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For Godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.”

Click link for Scripture passages of comfort: Pain Leads to Repentance

Books dealing with the pain and healing process after an abortion: Click links.

Forbidden Grief  a book by Dr. Theresa Burke

Redeeming a Father’s Broken Heart

Where do broken hearts go to heal? Healing and hope after an abortion.

By Jane Abbate

Coping with pain, healing and forgiveness can take many routes.  Famous artists have written about the pain of abortion.   Last week a rapper sang “Happy Birthday” for his aborted child.   This week another singer tells the story of the pain. 

“When I was young I knew everything
And she, a punk who rarely ever took advice
Now I’m guilt-stricken, sobbin’ with my head on the floor
Stopped a baby’s breath and a shoe full of rice, no…”

 

The Freshman

 

Matthew West sings of healing.

Healing has begun

 

Thinking if there is a place called forgiveness you don’t belong
Oh, but freedom can never be found behind those walls
So just let ’em fall, just let ’em fall
Oh, the healing has begun Oh, the healing has begun”
St . Teresa of Avila:   “The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too.”

Today’s reports from the sidewalk…from the street where people pray and take action to help heal the brokenhearted.

Wednesday:  hours which need witnesses are 7 am, 9am, 1 pm and 2 pm.

Click for Calendar for signups

Charlene had the early shift today  7 am to  9 am:

Today was a gift from God! Not only in the weather, where we were warm and dry, but in the sidewalk warriors and the people passing. It may have been cloudy but God’s light was shining brightly. Dick and I were joined by our early bird friends, Rose and Pete. Rose gave out (12) 40Days For Life trifolds with a development of the fetus tucked nicely inside. The street was friendly except for one passer by who said we were misled…hmmm? Walt joined us next stating that he was prepared to do battle…he had a very special Rosary as his weapon and special prayer for ammunition. He states that only PRAYER can defeat the devil. Bill H. and Beth, the Sidewalk Advocate, joined us at the end of the shift…smiles especially from Bill who had a picture of his twin Grandbabies! And he has a right to be proud of those two cuties! Char
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Walt- Prayer and signs and Doritos… messages all!
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Bill… there when you need him!
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Dick, Rose and Peter- Early birds…catch the pedestrians eyes!

Sally reports from the  9 am to 11 am:

We had a nice group this morning. Besides our semi-regulars, Walt,Peter & Bill, we had about 10 prayer warriors from St.Teresa of Avila from Perrysville,who prayed a 20 decade rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.  Also a man named Regis, who works at Gilmary Retreat Center was there for the first time. And a little boy, named John, his  mother, Mary, and her friend, Shannon joined us.
PP was not “busy” but steady. Only a few people took literature or acknowledged us in any way, although one girl did take 3 flyers. The exuberant  toddler we saw last week, was shouting with joy again as his Mom ran down the street pushing his stroller.

We had a good example of how Jesus takes care of us. A lady went into one of the new restaurants up the street to buy coffee. The clerk told her that, since it was the 7th cup that she had purchased over the last week or so, she would get a free breakfast sandwich. She was not hungry and refused the sandwich, but had to take it. The clerk insisted. So she gave the sandwich to Beth to “give to someone who looks needy”. It didn’t take long to find that person. A homeless lady in a wheelchair came by and was only too glad to receive what  was for her a still warm “breakfast”. We just know that God had that all arranged.     Sally

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Mary, Shannon and John!  Thank you!

Rose reports:

I was there and was able to distribute 12 fliers to passerby’s. Several others said a “Thanks for being here”. A few were not hesitant to say “I agree with abortion” as they hastily walked by. This week was beautiful weather compared to last Tuesday when the sidewalks were ice covered and some folks falling.

Peace,  Rose

Cil managed the 11 am to 1 pm shift and reports:

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Provie and Joyce, my St Joe’s friends, accompanied me to Pittsburgh and we were greeted by SA Vicky (and Al & Sally not pictured).
Chuck & Judy from LP Church of the Nazarene were there my whole shift.  What a blessing! They prayed and handed out flyers on the other side.  Walt was STILL there when I arrived!
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Chuck, Judy and Walt witness for life…

 

Also joining us for a brief or not so brief time were George from Gilmary, regular Bob, SA Pat who is always so helpful and supportive, and a mystery rosary prayer who got right to work praying intensely.  What a witness!  I didn’t want to interrupt to say hi but he was gone before I knew it. Pat says he’s a regular who works in the area.  It is so nice to have the people who work in the city take time to acknowledge the tragedy right outside their doors!  Lord forgive them… forgive us…
PP had many going in and out.  A few coming out took resources.  A medical supply truck stopped and the man went in.  But I didn’t see him take anything in or out.
It was a beautiful day to be out on the street surrounded by many beautiful people for an ugly but important cause.  Cil
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Natalie from St Pauls stopped on her lunch break and prayed a rosary with Joyce. She caught Dean and I doing a shift change.
Dean reports for the 1pm to 3pm shift:  (Very positive post!)

Thanks Joan for standing with me during my first hour. Also thanks to Carda, Arlene and John for being with me during my second hour. I had the opportunity to escort Laura and Brandon to Catholic Charities. She had run out of food stamps and had mistakenly entered P.P. seeking assistance. The guard told her not to come back. I guess the Women’s Health Services they offer don’t include dealing with hunger. I gave her one of our Subway cards. We also had a mother and daughter take some of our info upon exiting P.P. They said that they weren’t made aware of  the pregnancy support groups which we provide.   Dean

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Joan stood with Dean for the first hour. Her choice of signs tells the truth!
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John, Carda, and Arlene with the “SONshine” blessing stood with me during the second hour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peggy managed the shift from 3 pm to 5 pm: (Peggy is a Sidewalk Advocate and first year shift manager)

The weather was pleasantly beautiful.  When I got there Carda from Oakmont and Marlene from St. Maurice were there on their own.  Soon people from St. Paul’s Cathedral showed up including our wonderful Diane (with her good Christian music) and Father Mark and Gerry and Michelle and Francesca. 

A  little later Marian joined her Cathedral friends.  During the shift 2 or 3 post abortion people came out.  One was a taxi driver who dropped a woman off and was back to pick her up.  I gave him the “Healing the Hurt” booklet about Rachel’s Vineyard while he was waiting.  He finally went in to get her and I gave the booklet to her as well. She looked like she was in a lot of pain.   Two other mother-daughter pairs came out.  I wasn’t sure if post-abortion or birth control but they did not accept anything.  Father and Diane spoke to a few passers-by too.  Several people took flyers from us.  Carda was particularly good at spreading the word. 

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Father Mark, Carda and Marlene
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Marian, Father Mark and Gerry!

Lisa came for the 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm shift:  

Thanks for bringing the donuts!!

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St. Paul Cathedral faithful life warriors and friends! Marian, Mark, Diane, Lisa (shift manager) Jerry, Father Mark and Michelle. Faithful friend in front!
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Francesca joins in prayer.
Praying a night... for darkness to be lifted.
Praying at night…. for the darkness to be lifted.
St. Paul Cathedral- the younger generation for life comes out in full force!
St Paul Cathedral- powerful witness from the younger generation. Thank you!

Wow! The witness on the sidewalk in front of the abortion clinic was powerful. Thank you to all who contributed to this blog!

Marian

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