Day 7: Thank you Catholic Daughters of America and Individual Volunteers!

VIGIL HOURS for this week THAT NEED VOLUNTEERS:

WED 3/8:   3pm-5pm Barbara and Richard will not be alone, but would appreciate a third person to come and stand for Life!

THURS 3/9:   1pm-3pm Shift manager Lisa will stand alone

                          5pm-6pm Shift manager Rick will stand alone

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Sign up here: https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/pittsburgh/

OR please just show up if you are able to come! You will not be alone! Thank you!

HACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary true story of WWII medic Desmond Doss, played by Andrew Garfield who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, miraculously saved 75 men in a matter of hours without firing or carrying a gun.

He was a pacifist on religious grounds and was unwilling to take a life or even so much as touch a weapon, but said that he would be proud to serve his country as a medic, if they would let him. No matter how much pressure the Army applied, the medic was unwilling to compromise his convictions. The soldiers in his unit came to hate the conscientious objector, going so far as to throw their boots at him while he knelt by his bunk at night to pray. They did not want a soldier beside them in battle who was “unarmed”. He stood by his convictions under tremendous pressure and abuse but insisted that “While others are taking Life, I will be saving Life”

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He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, except for the simple prayer he uttered before single-handedly evacuating the wounded from behind enemy lines, under constant enemy gunfire and artillery bombardment. He saved the lives of 75 men on Hacksaw Ridge, carrying or dragging them over 100 yards, and lowering them to safety.

"Please Lord, Help Me Get One More"
        The Simple Prayer 

Desmond Doss probably never weighed more than 145 pounds and was undersized, but his grit, determination and faith in God made up for any lack in physical size. He was the first conscientious objector (he called himself a “conscientious cooperator”) to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Let us remember his example and fight this spiritual battle for LIFE  with unwavering conviction and courage and pray God will use OUR gentleness  to “Save Life while others are taking Life”.

If you have been wounded by abortion go to: http://www.silentnomoreawareness.org/

TODAY’S UPDATES FROM THE SIDEWALK:

Charlotte 7am-9am

Dear 40 days, the picture below is of 2 of the most holy couples that walk the face of the earth ( ok  Pittsburgh area!)

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Al & Sally —   Rose & Bill     Here they are standing this morning at Liberty ave.

We all know Sally & Al are long time, really long time advocates for the pro-life cause.  So many years of blessings to the Pittsburgh area and to us! How many woman and children have been saved by their presence?? We will never know, but their resilience to do what God has called them to do is an amazing witness for all of us who dread the cold & misery of  standing on the Pgh street named above. Their faith shines out for all to see. Their love for one another, God and mankind is so important in a world of confusion and hopelessness.   As Sally was leaving today, she said lets pray for “a client” who is in there, that hopefully she will reconsider. How many days has she said just that…the thought truly boggles my mind. And what did Jackie call them? “lovebirds”.  Yes, they are lovebirds but not only to the sense of one another, but you see, in “What God intended love to be.”

Bill and Rose you may not know so well, but we at St. Gregory in Zelienople do. They are a couple who will do anything for others!! While so many others may have another answer to questions like ” I am going to 40 Days for Life tomorrow at 7 am, would you like to join me?”- the answer immediately from both of them is “Yes”!! This is always their answer to what God is calling them to do—Over and Over- Yes, Yes Yes!!   From running our St. Vincent DePaul Society to volunteering almost daily at church and our local nursing home.  Their presence again is always together, at morning mass, every morning.  Bill offering his services at the Altar of our Lord at Mass and Rose always saying to me, “Charlotte please tell me how I can help,  whatever it is I can help you with.”  I have Never in my entire life seen anything or anyone like them.  What a blessing they are to our Faithful and our community!

So you may ask me,  what does this have to do with today on Liberty Ave?  Listen everyone out there— and See them!   A perfect example of how to live your lives.  Do not be afraid to join in on God’s undertakings, that encompasses what the 40 Days are, an undertaking of a Big Plan brought to us from Our Lord.   And you know the more we are there,  the more we pray… who exactly knows what is happening in the spiritual realm.  What is happening that we do not see, but is in the scheme of God’s major plan for us and Our people and Our country and Our world!

Beth 9am-11am

What a wonderful group!  Lisa H. kept me company until Fr. John and Connie arrived.  Then Father Jeremy, Ken, and Mike prayed for those entering, few couples and one or two women.  It was rain and grey skies, which always come right before the sun.  So we won’t be discouraged in any way.  Our signs and equipment are getting old and so are we but yes, we’re still at it. 

Rosalina and Francis 11am-1pm

Our  shift was quiet…A girl came out of PP and said she thought that what we were doing was not right, “PP does a lot of good and that they helped her sister that had cancer.”
 A new girl with us walked all the way from Oakland to be there!
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Nancy 1pm-3pm

It poured rain, so we thanked God that it was not cold. Nothing really remarkable happened other than 5 extra people came to pray at PP so that a shift manager would not be alone!! Praise the Lord for this wonderful pro-life group of people.  A new person -Kim- came to pray and said she will be back.  Nancy G

Our Damp, but Happy afternoon group!
Our Damp, but Happy afternoon   group!

Jeannie 3pm-5pm

It was a drizzly “cleansing” afternoon on the sidewalk today.   Even our little model babies got a bath! 

I relieved Nancy and was “blessed among MEN” for the first hour as John, Bill and Ron stood and prayed with me.

 Later came the students– I am still delighted to see the faces of children looking at those models.   One little boy was fully amazed when I told him that he was that size once — he said, “no way- my mom said I was always Big!”…   There was some kind of need for emergency vehicle nearer into the city on Liberty.  I hadn’t heard the wail of sirens for awhile— 2 ambulances, 2 fire trucks—it really echoes off the buildings!   As I prayed for those being helped by these first responders I thought we are a little  like firemen— our commitment to save every life we can, our determination to keep trying, our exposure to danger and anger…..LIFE is so very precious that firefighters and EMTs will risk their own lives to run into a dangerous situation to ensure that everyone who can possible be saved, is.   Keep on my fellow first responders— LIFE is worth it.   Lisa McCann (best Hug-giver in Pittsburgh) and Rick relieved me— and I floated along back to my car.  

 With a joyful, if damp, heart – Jeannie

Lisa 5pm-7pm

 With joy I welcomed hearing this morning that my dear friend Johanna, a sister Catholic Daughter, would not let me stand alone in the 5-7 shift this evening.  I invite everyone that I speak to about our pro-life efforts, to join the 40 Days for Life vigil.  I leave an open invitation to them to meet me where I leave from for my Tuesday evening shifts or let them know that any time they can join in, any day of the week, 7 to 7,  7 days of the week.  You will always find someone there to welcome you to the Vigil.  I was very happy to bring with me this evening a new prayer warrior, Rich.  As it turns out Rich is a life long friend of the Bruni brothers.  Rich took up the far corner in front of 933 Liberty Avenue like an old pro.  His prayerful presence was very welcome to us two ladies. 

The Power of One - standing sentinel - Rich member of Holy Wisdom, St. John XXIII
The Power of One – standing sentinel – Rich member of Holy Wisdom, St. John XXIII

We had a relatively peaceful shift with Rich reporting a few unpleasant encounters.  Johanna and I experienced smiles and thank-you’s.  The weather cooperated, for the most part with only a slight drizzle – that did not dampen our spirits.

One thought on “Day 7: Thank you Catholic Daughters of America and Individual Volunteers!

  • March 8, 2017 at 5:06 pm
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    Great reflection, Susan. I think I need to see that movie.

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