“When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” They divided his garments by casting lots. Luke 23:33-34
“Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32 _______________________________________________
Be not afraid. God offers his infinite ocean of great mercy and goodness to every person. Take heart from these excerpts from the autobiography of Dr. Bernard Nathanson, The Hand of God.
“I am one of those who helped usher in this barbaric age. I worked hard to make abortion legal, affordable, and available on demand. In 1968, I was one of the three founders of the National Abortion Rights League. I ran the largest abortion clinic in the United States, and as its director I oversaw tens of thousands abortions. I have performed thousands myself. How could this have happened? How could I have done this?”
“By 1984, however, I had begun to ask myself more questions about abortion: What actually goes on in an abortion? I had done many, but abortion is a blind procedure. The doctor does not see what he is doing.”
“I wanted to know what happened, so in 1984 I said to a friend of mine, who was doing fifteen, or maybe twenty abortions in a day, ‘Look, do me a favor, Jay. Next Saturday, when you are doing all these abortions, put an ultrasound device on the mother and tape it for me.’
He did, and when he looked at the tapes with me in an editing studio, he was so affected that he never did another abortion. I, though I had not done an abortion in five years, was shaken to the very roots of my soul by what I saw.’”
“Some of the tapes weren’t of very good quality, but I selected one that was of better quality than the others and began to show it at pro-life gatherings around the country.”
“The SILENT SCREAM depicted a twelve-week-old fetus being torn to pieces in utero by the combination of suction and crushing instrumentation by the abortionist.”
“But my pro-life views were scientifically based, and I made this clear to all audiences…. At the prayers and invocations at pro-life rallies, I would unbend enough to recite the Pledge of Allegiance…but the prayers found me with my eyes fixed rigidly in front of me, lips unmoving.”
“Then I attended an action by Operation Rescue against Planned Parenthood in New York City in 1989.”
“Now, I had not been immune to the religious fervor of the pro-life movement. I had been aware in the early and mid-eighties that a great many of the Catholics and Protestants in the ranks had prayed for me, were praying for me, and I was not unmoved as time wore on. But it was not until I saw the spirit put to the test on those bitterly cold demonstration mornings, with the pro-choicers hurling the most fulsome epithets at them, the police surrounding them, the media openly unsympathetic to their cause, the federal judiciary fining and jailing them, and municipal officials threatening them – all through it they sat smiling, quietly praying, singing, confident and righteous of their cause and ineradicably persuaded of their ultimate triumph – that I began seriously to question what indescribable Force generated them to this activity. Why, too, was I there? What had led me to this time and place? Was it the same Force that allowed them to sit serene and unafraid at the epicenter of legal, physical, ethical, and moral chaos?
And for the first time in my entire adult life, I began to entertain seriously the notion of God – A god who problematically had led me through the proverbial circles of hell, only to show me the way to redemption and mercy through His grace.”
Bernard Nathanson was Baptized and received into the Catholic Church in 1996. He died in 2011.
WE HAVE SOME EMPTY HOURS IN OUR PRAYER VIGIL. Please sign up or just come by to pray with our Shift Managers. Sunday: Full
Monday: 7-9 and 3-7
SIDEWALK NOTES FROM OUR SATURDAY SHIFT MANAGERS
Despite the darkness and rain the prayer warriors from St Joseph (Verona) showed up early to begin the vigil. They were led in prayer by parishioner and 40 DFL Director Nikki Bruni. Our prayers were rewarded as it appeared that planned parenthood was closed. There were no escorts nor any clients going in. Praise God as many babies were spared today. There was a joyful spirit among all.
As a Sidewalk Advocate, I am used to the sidewalk in front of PP being busy. Street traffic, pedestrians, clients and the Saturday morning presence of the PP escorts keeps my attention. As I walked along Smithfield St. toward Liberty Ave., I did not see any pink vested people. No escorts on Saturday morning…. Hmmmm!
The sidewalk was still busy with friendly faces. Tim and Bill always greet with a recognition of name. Joe K. and David were present in their roles as Sidewalk Advocates. PP closed for the day for whatever reason is always good news. In addition, St. Joseph parishioners were praying and stayed until 11 am.
Therefore, on the 9 am -11 am 40 Days for Life shift, I had the pleasure of seeing familiar faces and some new faces to the sidewalk. Tim and Sue took pictures of the groups.
Rick, Mary, Jonathan, Alex, Madi, Sam, Ruth, Angela, Maverick, Ian and Owen represented Grove City College pro-life community. These dedicated pro-life students came to witness on a rainy Saturday morning.
Monica F. from Virginia came with Tammy, Ashley and Ancon- two daughters and son-in-law. Monica knows David B and Margaret B, 40 Days for Life national team CEO. Alexandria, VA is their common ground. While standing there, a friend of Monica’s from VA walked by and stayed to talk and witness. Only the Holy Spirit knew about that meeting ahead of time!
Sister Jolentz Srendinski came to pray on her birthday. She came also to honor the memory of her brother, Father Joe Srendinski, who was active in the pro-life movement.
Judy, Amy, and four other Sidewalk Advocates (three of whom are still in high school) came for their shifts on the sidewalk. Judy helps all and helped a man today in dire need of help. Please pray for him.
Rose W. came by as well and prayed with her own sign. Rose walks to the vigil with her sign showing. She has two sons who are studying to be priests and has been a witness on the sidewalk for many years.
Quenisha, an enthusiastic advocate for life, stopped to talk to us. She told us about Embrace Grace, a national advocacy group (baby showers) helping pregnant women. Their local presence is on Craig Street in Oakland. Sidewalk Advocates Judy and Sue took all information.
I subbed for the 11-1 shift today. As I’m sure you’ve already read, PP was CLOSED today!!! No one seemed to know why. Joe K. told me he’d only seen two people going in, whom he thought were employees.
The first hour of my shift was occupied with an interview by a Pitt senior for a class. The young lady had stopped by last week and had begun to interview Marian and me, but she returned this week with her credentials and a very professional-looking recording set and microphone. Thanks to our well-spoken Marian for sticking around after her shift to join me in the interview! It was a positive and professional exchange.
Patty, Shannon, and Barb, from Unity Community Church, arrived at 11 and held the fort down while Marian and I were being interviewed. Thank you, ladies — God bless you! One lady came by and was fascinated by the fetal models. She asked if that was their actual size at the stages of development noted on the display box, and we responded yes, absolutely. She said she was happy we were there. A young couple stopped and were also looking at the models. They also were very supportive and said they didn’t understand how anyone could procure an abortion as every child is made by God and He has a purpose for their lives. They said they have four children and proudly showed me a photo of their infant daughter. It was a positive shift.
Great news! PP was not open for business today. That made things fairly quiet this afternoon. (but that’s a good thing)
2 women came by toward the end of my shift, claiming that we turn more people away from Jesus than we attract to Him. I tried explaining that we’re not judgmental but, their minds were closed. They wanted to argue just for the sport of it. However, they left with some of our handouts. Maybe they’ll come to a different opinion.
Bender Family St. Ferdinand Respect Life Group
Editor’s addition: Pat M., is sharing the blog with Barbara this campaign but Barbara can not post tonight. We all donate time and talent to this work. Pat forwarded this email that Joe W. sent in. It is late Joe!! But Pat told me not to be too hard on you about it because you just got married. Note to Joe and his new bride…. CONGRATULATIONS~~~!! This is service above and beyond the call of duty…. Pat’s note
Joe and his new bride stood from 3 pm to 7 pm:
It is incredible to me the amount of sacrifice in time, talent and treasure the 40 Days for Life family shows for the unborn. Behind the scenes life is supported. Anthony, pictured above, relieves me after my hour of Adoration at the Pittsburgh Oratory. I left on Saturday morning for my shift and Sidewalk Advocate time. At the bus stop, Anthony was getting off the bus as I was waiting for mine to return home. We talked for the first time. People are truly amazing. Anthony went to the vigil. I am not sure if it was part of his original plan… but meeting on the sidewalk was the work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was certainly arranging some sidewalk encounters on Saturday!! Marian
God looked at everything He made and found it very good.