Look to the LORD in his strength; seek to serve him constantly. Recall the wondrous deeds that he has wrought, his portents, and the judgments he has uttered.
Psalm 105: 5-6
As we approach the end of our spring campaign, we really see the signs and wonders that God has done and continues to do. Thanks be to God for His miracles!
We celebrate and recognize St. Patrick today, a man whose love for God compelled him to preach the Lord Jesus Christ to a people who did not know Him. Does this sound familiar? Not that we are “holier than thou”… after all, we need the Lord Jesus as much as anyone else. We are all sinners. But God can use some sinners who lean towards Him… to bring others closer to Him as well. Consider these words of St. Patrick, and think of them in light of our current culture of death:
These are St. Patrick’s words, written in response to a massacre and enslavement of newly baptized Christians, as translated from the Latin by John Skinner in The Confession of St. Patrick. [I have placed ellipses when necessary to indicate a break in his words, or a change I have made in the ordering of the words for editorial purposes.]
I am Patrick, yes a sinner and indeed untaught; yet I am established here in Ireland where I profess myself bishop. I am certain in my heart that “all that I am,” I have received from God. So I live among barbarous tribes, a stranger and exile for the love of God. […] I am driven by the zeal of God; Christ’s truth has aroused me. […] If I have any worth, it is to live my life for God so as to teach these peoples; even though some of them still look down on me.
I am not addressing my own people, […] but those who are now become citizens of demons by reason of their evil works. They have chosen, by their hostile deeds, to live in death; comrades of […] all who behave like apostates, bloody men who have steeped themselves in the blood of innocent Christians.
Because of all this, I am at a loss to know whether to weep more for those they killed [read ‘aborted children’] or those that are captured [read ‘abortion-minded parents’ or ‘post-abortive parents’].
I do not overreach myself, for I too have my part to play with “those whom he has called to himself and predestined” to teach the gospel in the midst of considerable persecutions “as far as the ends of the earth.”
Can it be out of the kindness of my heart that I carry out such a labor of mercy? […] How bitterly they despise me! […] Let anyone laugh and taunt if he so wishes. I am not keeping silent, nor am I hiding the signs and wonders that were shown to me by the Lord many years before they happened, [He] who knew everything, even before the beginning of time.
The Lord took pity on me thousands upon thousands of times, because He saw within me that I was prepared, but that I was ignorant of what to do in view of my situation; because many were trying to prevent this mission. They were talking among themselves behind my back, and saying: ‘Why is this fellow throwing himself into danger among enemies who know not God?’
I grieve for you, how I mourn for you, who are so very dear to me, but again I can rejoice within my heart, not for nothing “have I labored,” neither has my exile been “in vain.” May God inspire these men sometime to come to their senses in regard to God again, so that they may repent, however latter day, of their grave crimes, namely homicide against the brothers of the Lord, and that they free these […] women whom they have taken, so that then they may deserve to live to God and be made whole once more, here, now and for eternity.
Wow. St. Patrick was truly a man of both conviction AND compassion… just the qualities that WE ought to espouse as well, during each and every encounter with someone in need of help and healing from abortion.
Shift Manager Reports
During the 7-9 shift, we had a group from St. John the Baptist church. For the 9-11 shift, we had two lovely prayer warriors from Lutherans for Life. There were people who went by who were very supportive, and then there were others that went by with some choice words for us. We prayed for all.
From Lisa K. (me):
It was a bit of a crazy shift. Marilyn and Beth Ann had warned me that people had been “nastier” than usual today. Thankfully, I don’t know if I found that to be the case, but there were a few angry and nasty souls just waiting for the chance to strike at us with harsh and insulting words. But- it’s part of the package when we come to pray here. I think of what St. Patrick said above… “Why [are we] throwing [ourselves] into danger among enemies who know not God?” Well, the answer is what he says after that… and what Marilyn said above. It’s because we care. We have compassion. And our hearts hurt for those who are hurting… especially when they don’t even realize that they’re hurting. And of course, Our Lord Jesus aches for them in their sorrow and hurt as well…
Interestingly, a friend called me when I got home from my shift, and was looking for resources for her post-abortive friend. I was able to offer her lots of suggestions. I realized then that we don’t do this ONLY for those passing by on Liberty Avenue… we would like to be of help to ANY abortion-minded or post-abortive person that we can. Thank God for those opportunities when someone is open and hungry for information and help.
Thank you to Rosalina who came to the rescue to fill in for Dean, who was sick. God bless you for your generous spirit!!
And thank you to Lulu, Fr. Tony from Weirton, Pastor Matt, Kristen (and baby Angus), Susan, Arlene, Frank, Marian, Francesca, George, and Eileen. What an awesome bunch of people. Thank you!