“And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
What father among you would hand his son a snake
when he asks for a fish?
Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit
to those who ask him?”
God gives us WHAT WE NEED. He always gives us what is good. Or at least, those things WILL BRING ABOUT something good. And all we need to do when we are in need- on the sidewalk or anywhere else- is ASK Him. He is a GOOD and PROVIDENT Father who takes care of His children… even when they don’t know it or don’t want it.
Shift Manager Reports
Despite the possibility of being alone this morning, I was far from it. Thanks to those who answered the call. At least one person was with me at all times – Marian, Denise, Maggie, David, Anita. Thanks for coming so we could pray together. Not to forget Pat who checked on me by phone or visit a couple times. We have a wonderful group!
Otherwise it was a quiet couple hours with very few people going into PP. While the “You should be ashamed of yourselves!” lady and another young woman who shouted “It’s all lies!” (about our message) passed by, others gave “thank you’s” and “God bless you’s”. Marian had told me about a woman she had talked to last night at the rally, who was just passing by, but stopped to listen. She told Marian that she had had an abortion. Marian told me that if I saw her – she works down the street – that she might want some post-abortion material. I did see her and she did take it, and seemed appreciative.
This had to be the quietest shift I’ve seen. Only the staff of PP were entering and leaving.
Kathy, who prayed with me, told me that PP’s security guard told her that they were closed today.
Lisa K. shares:
I was SO happy to see that Fr. Carmen D’Amico and Rosemary were there to pray with me! Fr. Carmen is an absolute joy.
We spent our two hours in silent prayer for most of the time… Fr. Carmen and Rosemary on one side of the circle, and I on the other. But it was beautiful. It still felt that we were very united. And as I told Father, I REALLY appreciated having a priest there. It was great to have that spiritual protection!!
At one point, I was expressing how most people who walk by don’t seem to have the issue of abortion “on their radars.” But again, Father was joyful and optimistic. He then told me of a song that he sings to people in difficult situations, often to the elderly. He sang three verses for me, and made my day. I found another version of the song online:
Very uneventful shift. Below is Bob from St Paul’s Cathedral, Jim and Rick.
I would like to thank everyone from St. Paul’s Cathedral in Oakland for their prayers and witness and for standing up for the lives of vulnerable unborn children and for pregnant women in need. It was a great blessing to see so many young adults!Thanks to Robert of St. Paul’s, Jim, and for the ever faithful Marian for their prayers and sincerity of heart. Thanks also to the wonderful young adult group from St. Paul’s Cathedral (Alicia, Michael, Kathleen, Ruby, Nick, Daniel and Diane – who still considers herself a young adult) for their great enthusiasm and for praying the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet for an end to the evil of abortion and a greater respect for life. We really do have great hope for the future of our nation and for the world.May God continue to bless 40 Days for Life and may our country truly be a place of liberty and justice for all, born and unborn.Rick
Some good news!!
Nikki was not a Shift Manager today, but she wanted to share this wonderful news- Kari (a young woman who changed her mind on the sidewalk and decided to give birth to her twins) had her baby boys!!!
Here’s what Nikki shared:
Kari had her babies last night! They are both nice big healthy baby boys! Rowan and Wyatt, both around 7 pounds each! I know a lot of people are wanting an update on her. Thank you!
Yes, all life is a gift. Let us remember, as we saw in the Gospel reading above, that the Lord knows how to give GOOD GIFTS to us.
Children are one of the BEST gifts He can give. Thank You, Lord!!