We are in a spiritual battle.
War broke out in heaven;
Michael and his angels battled against the dragon.
The dragon and its angels fought back,
but they did not prevail
and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.
The huge dragon, the ancient serpent,
who is called the Devil and Satan,
who deceived the whole world,
was thrown down to earth,
and its angels were thrown down with it.
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have salvation and power come,
and the Kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Anointed.
For the accuser of our brothers is cast out,
who accuses them before our God day and night.
They conquered him by the Blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
love for life did not deter them from death.
Therefore, rejoice, you heavens,
and you who dwell in them.”
Shift Manager Reports:
It was a pretty quiet, rainy morning at PP today. Marian and Father Rudolf were there and then Bill and Sister Teresa joined us later. A man took a card and said his wife, who is in Ohio, may be pregnant. Father Rudolf was talking to a member of the cleaning crew about the Catholic Church’s teachings about Mary, and they soon came to the agreement that we have a lot more in common than our differences, and he said he’ll join us when the national team is here.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux kept spirits up by singing in the rain today! It was wonderful to have them. I was very grateful for their presence. Today I was blessed to accompany a young mom to Catholic Charities. She was with her 6 year old and was headed into PP for a free pregnancy test. When I told her that they did abortions in there, she didn’t hesitate to go to Catholic Charities. Pray for “S” who also lives in a shelter.
This will be an interesting campaign as it is an election year. We were told today by a passerby that “you should be ashamed of yourselves being women.” I said a short prayer for her. A man who supported his girlfriend’s abortion stopped to speak to some of our prayers. When I went over to give him some post-abortive pamphlets, he put his cigarette out on one of the papers. I was not expecting that! But, he did take the literature and I found out later from a pray-er that he had been looking through the pamphlets. So, who knows, maybe a seed was planted. While I can’t say I was glad to be back on the sidewalk, I am grateful I was there when “S” came by. Praying that we close this facility this campaign!!
Lisa K.’s report:
As soon as I arrived, Shift Managers Marilyn and Beth Ann excitedly told me the story of being able to take a woman to Catholic Charities! She had a young child with her, she was pregnant, and she lives in a women’s shelter…. so Marilyn definitely took her to the right place to get her the help she needs!! Praise God!
Shortly after that, I was praying with the wonderful group from St. Bernard’s (Indiana, PA). While we prayed, a woman hurried past us, saying, “You should be ashamed of ourselves.” I didn’t know WHAT to think of that, but just remained silent, of course. Then Ray from St. Bernard’s leaned over to me and said softly, “…that we’re not doing ENOUGH….” Oh, I do thank GOD for such wonderful people! Thank you, Ray!
Two women looking like medical professionals and holding folders went in to PP. I assumed that they worked somehow with or for PP… didn’t think much of it…. but I DID notice that the one woman’s folder had a large heart on the front of it. I thought that was odd….
Later, they came out, and when they went to get in their vehicle, the other woman said to me, “I just want to give you a folder….” I said okay, and got my “abortion worker” sheet out, ready to do an exchange of information. But then she gave me this:
I couldn’t believe it. It took a second for this information to register in my brain. Then I said, incredulously, “Wait- you gave these to Planned Parenthood?”
“And they took them?”
“Do you do this regularly– or have you ever done this before??”
“No, this was the first time they took some information.”
“WOW!! That’s AWESOME! THANK YOU for doing that!!” And then I gave her a 40 Days flyer, and told her, “And this is who we are and why we’re here…. you’re welcome to join us any time.”
Later, a group of young soldiers passed us, and honestly, my first thought was something like, “I wonder if they know that WE’RE soldiers, too.”
And being a soldier, I was placed into a little battle….
Immediately after the St. Bernard’s crew left (I think they were just pulling away) and I was alone, a young man approached me with INSTANT hostility. Pointing to the “Jesus Forgives and Heals” sign, he asked me in an accusing tone, “Jesus forgives and heals?? So, does that I mean that I should just have an abortion? Because Jesus is going to forgive me, right? Or, is that only if I BELIEVE in Jesus…?” And wow, he just kept rapid-firing for several minutes…. not liking anything I said in reply. I tried to remain calm. He was stating that “his” god was different from my God…. and then was trying to trap me with SILLY arguments… trying to use Scripture… and suddenly, instead of being upset, I just said, “Seriously? You want me to explain that to you? You know better than that…” And it actually kind of slowed him down. It didn’t end well, but I didn’t expect it to. But he was so “jarring,” and came from out of nowhere and with such immediate anger, that I was a bit shaken.
But then…. three lovely ladies approached me. One of them, with the voice of a British angel 😉 asked me if this was the place for St. Joan of Arc to pray. Hooray!!! The Lord sent people to pray with me from St. Joan of Arc parish!! And they were so dear and prayerful. Thank you, ladies- I loved praying with you!
While we were praying the rosary, a beautiful thing happened. A passerby stopped us, apologizing for interrupting us. She said, “I just wanted to tell you this. A long time ago, I almost did it (had an abortion). But when I went in to have an exam, they told me (they had to by law) that there were TWO. And I was a twin myself… I knew I couldn’t do it. And now my kids are 10, and they’re so wonderful, and I’m so glad I have them! My boyfriend at the time (who is now my husband) asked, “What’s the difference, whether there’s one or two?” And I said, “I’m NOT doing this!”
We all smiled and got teary…. and she said, “I just wanted you to hear a GOOD story that happened.” Praise God again!!!
God bless you all….