How long, O Lord …?
Part of the first reading today at Mass was from the book of Habakkuk. I thought it related to how I feel so often as I stand praying in the bleak shadows of 933 Liberty Avenue.
Habakkuk cries out to the Lord:
How long, O Lord, must I cry for help
and you do not listen?
Or cry out to you “Violence!”
and you do not intervene?
Why do you let me see iniquity?
why do you simply gaze at evil?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife and discord.
Although this next part wasn’t included in the Mass reading, I checked out the whole book of Habakkuk when I returned home from church. In the book, Habakkuk is complaining to the Lord about injustices in Judean society. But what I found applicable to our battle against abortion is that the Lord begins His answer to Habakkuk with:
Look over the nations and see!
Be utterly amazed!
For a work is being done in your days
that you would not believe, were it told.
Habakkuk was assured by the Lord of His victoriousness over the strife he is experiencing in the days of the Old Testament. Christians are doubly assured of the Lord’s victory by Jesus’ Resurrection, His conquering of death itself. Our Lord IS working. He WILL bring the victory!!! Our job right now is to witness, pray, believe, and be patient. He WILL close Planned Parenthood in Pittsburgh, and all abortion clinics in the world, in His perfect time!!! And we will “look over the nations and see” and “be utterly amazed” !!! All praise and glory to You, Lord!!!!
Jen shared the following from her 7-9a shift:
Here we are again … back on the sidewalk. In spite of myself, the question creeps into my mind: what am I doing here? Thankfully, the Holy Spirit answers quickly. We want the monstrous evil of abortion to end. The only One who can accomplish this seemingly impossible task is God. So we’re here to implore His mercy and grace, to beg Him to open all hearts and minds to His truth. Standing on the sidewalk in the rain, getting a little uncomfortable, also gives me a small chance to show how sorry I am for all the opportunities I’ve wasted, times I have conveniently tucked the problem away in the back of my mind as I turned my attention to a thousand less important things. And finally, by praying and doing penance right there on the sidewalk, we make ourselves — and Christ — available to everyone passing by. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for reminding me why we do this. And thank you to Shift Manager Pat Malley for coming back to pray again this morning to make sure I wouldn’t have to stand alone!
I (Sue M.) covered the 9-11a shift. The rain had stopped, and the sun actually came out for a little while. Nadine came to keep me company, and then after a little while, Dave showed up on his bicycle to pray with us. Pat also stopped by (although she declined to be photographed)! We had a very prayerful shift. Lots of folks passed by, many in Steelers garb. There were no negative comments.
Trish was the 1-3 shift manager, and she writes:
The 1-3 shift had a lot of foot traffic. Damien, who calls himself Satan, was hanging around for a few hours — he showed up during Roseann and Rich’s shift and stayed for most of mine. Sue F. and I ignored him as best we could, and he took the hint and stayed away. Sue did a wonderful job engaging people about why we are there. I could tell she has experience. I am not comfortable engaging people — if they ask questions, I am happy to talk to them. Adam showed up about 2. We got a Rosary and other prayers said during the time when people weren’t engaging us. A lot of people were in their Steelers gear.
Blessings Trish M.
Jeff covered the 5-7 shift, and he writes:
Rained off and on for my 5 to 7 shift …my first shift of this vigil. Two people, George and Father Deacon Myron from Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church, were with me for one hour each. This is Father Jason’s parish, and he couldn’t be with us today. I was thinking and praying for his daughter Martha, as we all have this past summer. His faith and prayer will be with me on the sidewalk this fall as a reminder of the faith needed to pray for the possible.
I’ve been trying to add two photos for about a half hour now, with no luck! I’ll try again in the morning! Also, if and when I receive any further accounts and/or photos, I’ll update this blog entry.
As a reminder, please, please prayerfully consider signing up and coming down to pray during the following times – if no one responds, our dear shift managers will be ALONE during these times!
Monday, October 3 – 2-7 p.m.
Wednesday, October 5 – 7-8 a.m. and 9-10 a.m.
Thursday, October 6 – 7-9 a.m.
May God bless you all and energize and inspire you in your witness for Life!!!