“To March into Hell for a Heavenly Cause”
I just listened to Andy Williams sing “Impossible Dream” from the Broadway show “Man of La Mancha” (OK I’m showing my age) and the lyrics “To march into hell for a heavenly cause” sent a chill down my spine. I couldn’t help thinking how much it reminds me of our efforts to fight the evils of abortion. But I take inspiration from the song to fight on despite what seems hopeless at times and I take comfort in knowing God is on our side. We will not lose this fight. We will prevail sooner or later. But we must do our part. We must fight on. As Father Frank Pavone said and I’m paraphrasing “there is no Easter Sunday without Good Friday”. Maybe we have to sacrifice a little. Sure it might be rainy or a little chilly or dark in the morning. Oh well. Nobody said marching into hell would be easy.
So get your armor of God on. The fight is underway. We must march into hell for a heavenly cause. Come or come back to the vigil. Sign up or just show up. We need you and want you. There is still time. If you have fallen away or haven’t been to pp to pray and witness no worries. No need for excuses. You are always welcome. We’ll be there. Like the army general who values more the soldier who in battle once retreated but returned to fight valiantly more so than the one who fights but without intensity. We value your return. Join us in the fight.
Below are stories and pictures from today’s vigil. Click SCHEDULE above to sign up.
Today at the vigil we were blessed with the groups from St Peter and Paul (Steubenville) and St Paul’s Seminary. However there is no one signed up for later today between 5 and 7 pm nor tomorrow from 7-10 or 3-7. Come if you can and join the fight.
From Kathy 7-9 am:
“I finally arrived before 7 a.m. and was greeted by faithful Diane and Marian. Diane left after setup and Marian stayed until Tracy and Beth from St. Peter’s arrived. Each woman took a sign and their post, one on each side of the building. Marian and I conversed about our sidewalk time on Saturday, closed in prayer and Marian went off to work. While Beth, Tracy, and I were reading from the scripted prayers, a man who was passing by came close to our faces and “roared” at us. We were a bit startled but kept reading the prayers.
Overall, the atmosphere was peaceful. Many workers entered PP. Beth greeted some of them. One woman accepted the yellow business card before going inside. I noticed some passersby glancing at the fetal models and my homemade sign. I passed out a few more cards but mostly spent the time praying.”
From Ginny 9-11 am:
“The ladies from St. Peter’s Church in Steubenville Ohio witnessed and prayed today during my shift
Some young children from CAPA school were doing a fire drill they noticed the baby models and wanted to touch them I said I’ll give them one from the bin they loved it and then all the kids wanted one the teachers came over and told him they’re not allowed to have them they had to give them back they tried to take them off of them I did not see any of them give them to the teachers
Hopefully the little babies wIll spark a light of sanctity of human life”
From Beth S. 1-3 pm:
“It was an honor to be with the gentlemen from St. Paul’s Seminary , Rev. Bill and later, brother John from the Cathedral, as we prayed our way through a peaceful afternoon outside of Planned Parenthood. It was as chilly outside as it is inside that facility with the wind ripping through Liberty Avenue. Adam T., David S., Merv K., Gabriel S., and Jacob G. launched songs on that wind and sent prayers heavenward while few clients or workers went inside. May every day have as few customers as today, in fact, may everyday have no customers at PP.”
From Audrey 5-7 pm:
“The Monday 5 to 7 shift was blessed with many inspiring people today. The seminarians from St. Paul’s were just finishing up their shift and it is always awe-inspiring to be with them. Rosalee and her husband John stayed for a short time with us, too.
A beautiful young woman, Kristin, shared the evening with me. We talked about life and the pro-life movement and Students for Life that her sister works for. Bill stopped by again to share prayers, stories and ideas.
The wind just started to pick up as we were loading all of our 40 Days for Life materials in Diane’s car.
God bless us all and the many babies who have been lost at 933 Liberty Avenue.”