I’ve been thinking a lot about what may be in store for us on the sidewalk during these coming 40 days (beginning March 1st). With the political climate being so divided right now, I wonder, will we face more hostility than usual? Will more people come to argue with us or to counter-protest us?
Jesus told his disciples that he was sending them out “like lambs among wolves”. Sounds pretty scary, doesn’t it? How can a gentle little lamb defend itself against a ferocious wolf? Why would Jesus do this to us?
As I sat on a bus travelling to Washington DC last week, headed to the March for Life, I was reading from my Magnificat devotional magazine. Near the back of the magazine, there was a quote from St. Francis de Sales. It said, “There is nothing as strong as gentleness. Nothing is as gentle as true strength.” I was so struck by that quote that I read it out loud to my friend who was sitting next to me, and I told her that I think this would be a great theme for our 40 days. You can imagine my surprise, when I got to the March and was listening to Mike Pence’s speech..and near the end of his speech he actually said, “There is nothing as strong as gentleness!” WOW! Was that confirmation, or what?
Yes, I believe that GENTLENESS is EXACTLY what we are called to bring to the anger and division that we may face on the sidewalk. It is our best defense, actually. Nothing diffuses anger as quickly as gentleness. And truthfully, we should feel compassion for those who are spiritually blind, and cannot tell the difference between good and evil. We must be gentle with them and pray for them.
So fear not! Trust that this battle is the LORD’s and that He will protect us. Our 40 Days for Life vigil is less than half full…WE NEED YOUR HELP GETTING IT FILLED! If your church has not selected a time slot yet, go to https://40daysforlifepittsburgh.com/vigil-schedule/ to see which times are empty, and then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get signed up. Or, to sign up as an individual, sign yourself up at https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/pittsburgh/
I also think that it is more important than ever to add FASTING to our prayers! Jesus said that some demons can only be driven out by prayer AND fasting! St. Augustine said that fasting and almsgiving are the two wings that carry our prayers to God! If you haven’t done so yet, be sure to sign up HERE to help us fill our 40 day fast!
Finally, I want to pass along THIS LINK to the Defunding Planned Parenthood Nationwide Webcast and encourage you to listen to it, and to participate in Pittsburgh’s Defund Planned Parenthood Rally and Jericho March THIS SATURDAY, February 11th from 9:00 – 10:00 am. Just show up at Planned Parenthood at 9am. Signs will be provided. Go to http://protestpp.com/#home to find out more about the nationwide event.
Hope to see you soon!
Your sister in Christ,