Thank you, Catholic Charities, for sharing your warmth with us during this Spring Campaign!
Our Blog tries to capture the fullness of what people see at 933 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh. Each of us sees at least slightly differently. A lot of us agree that key words flesh out the bare bones of why we show up.
OUR GOD IS A MIGHTY GOD.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Now the earth was a formless void,
there was darkness over the deep, and
God’s spirit hovered over the water.
God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
…God divided light from darkness.
Exodus 1:1-3, 5
The heavens declare the glory of God;
The firmament proclaims the works of his hands.
Whether describing the vastness of the stars or the microscopic intricacies of the human body, large numbers are inevitable. These numbers are so large we cannot comprehend their meaning. But trying, we can see more clearly.
How long does it take to count to a million? Let’s estimate 2 seconds for each number.
We’d have to count day and night without break for 23 days!
How big is a billion? One billion is equal to 1,000 million.
How big is a trillion? One trillion is equal to 1,000,000 million.
What is a light year? It’s how far a beam of light travels in one year – six trillion miles.
The Andromeda Galaxy is bright enough to be seen by the naked eye on dark, moonless nights. It is about 2.5 million light years away and is about 200,000 light-years across. It is thought to contain about 400 billion stars.
There are hundreds of billions of galaxies in the Universe.
What is an atom? Atoms are collections of tiny bits of electricity.
What is a nanometer? Atoms, the smallest pieces of everything, are measured in nanometers (nm), one-billionth of a meter. A meter is about 39 inches long.
How many atoms are in a cell?
Approximately 100 trillion atoms are in a cell.
What is a cell?
A cell is the basic unit of life, the smallest unit capable of independent reproduction.
How many cells are there in a human body?
The estimate is 37.2 trillion cells in the human body.
ABORTION KILLS BABIES
Then the LORD God formed the man out of the dust of the ground
and blew into his nostrils the breath of life,
and the man became a living being. Genesis 2:7
God created mankind in his image;
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27
Lennart Nilsson “Drama of Life Before Birth”
1965 Cover, Life Magazine
ABORTION HURTS WOMEN.
ABORTION HURTS EVERYONE ADVOCATING FOR THE ABORTION.
Dr. Russell Sacco, 1970. “All of a sudden, I saw these tiny feet; these perfectly formed tiny feet, with little toes, little wrinkles and creases and I held them between my fingers and took the picture. I was crying because I felt so bad – it just really got to me,” he said. “I really didn’t think the photo would be anything, but God must have taken the picture because it was perfect, and I knew that this would be one powerful way to send a message to the world, as this unborn baby was only about 10 weeks along.”
More tortuous than all else is the human heart, beyond remedy.
Who can understand it?
So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence,
she has shown great love.
But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”
He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
GOD FORGIVES THE SIN OF ABORTION
Watch out, the devil exists!
The devil exists even in the 21st century.
And we must not be naïve.
We must learn from the Gospel how to battle against him.
His Holiness Pope Francis
Then the LORD asked Cain,
Where is your brother Abel? He answered,
“I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”
WE ARE OUR BROTHER’S KEEPERS
NOTES FROM THE SIDEWALK
The last morning of the vigil was truly beautiful. Sunlight seemed to linger a little longer than usual in that dark corridor of Liberty Avenue. It warmed our faces even as the prayerful fellowship of today’s vigil participants warmed our hearts.
Diane was there even before I pulled up, ready to provide the extensive resources that make a world of difference on the sidewalk (as she and her husband, Tom, have done day in and day out over so many campaigns.)
Emily and Brother Thomas from The Pittsburgh Oratory joined Sunday “regular” Vince for prayer and witness to a steadier-than-usual stream of cars and pedestrians.
Nikki and Joe, despite having done so much for the campaign already, arrived to take the second shift in place of Sue, whose own list of “having done so much for the campaign already” is truly inspiring.
We had the opportunity to offer up a number of beautiful prayers, including a Chaplet of St. Michael which Br. Thomas graciously shared with us. There were a few negative responses from passersby, but more positive ones to encourage us. One man even asked if he could hold a sign and stand with us for a while. He is going through a difficult time in his life—he and his wife have a one-year-old child but nowhere to live. Please keep S. in your prayers.
When I went to Mass after the vigil this morning, our priest asked us to reflect on times where we could identify with various people in the Gospel account of our Lord’s Passion. Can we sometimes relate to Peter, denying that he knew Jesus at all? Can we sometimes relate to Judas, being overcome by despair at having fallen into temptation? In this 40 Days for Life campaign, we may have had the chance to relate to Simon, helping to carry Jesus’ cross, as we offered help to those facing an unplanned pregnancy. We may have had the chance to relate to the faithful women, bravely following Jesus and weeping over him, as we consoled those who have been wounded by abortion. We thank You, Lord, for these opportunities, challenging as they have been; and we ask You for the strength to continue praying and witnessing for life in other ways until we come together again in the fall as the 40 Days for Life family!
Thanks to my wonderful husband Joe for accompanying me as we subbed for the 9 to 11 shift this morning.
And thank you, Lord, for the beautiful sunshine and the intensely blue sky! It was a beautiful morning to witness and pray on the sidewalk! Thanks everyone for participating in this 40 days for life!
The shift started with antagonism. A man with his around 10 year old son told him, “These are the people who use fear and religion to get people to do what they want.” I said, “That is not true!” He continued on his way saying, “If there is a hell those are the ones who will be in it.” I felt so very sad. This boy and so many others like him are being kept in the dark. Evil is presented as good and good as evil.
Then a man in his early 30’s started in on the other prayers. I walked up to hear him say that, “Children of degenerates do not deserve to live. When abortion first began it helped lower the crime rate by 30%.” He also said, “It’s not a baby but just 2 molecules.” My religion teacher just came out and I started to discredit everything he said, but of course he didn’t hear a word I said. It was a continuance in a way of the other conversation.
Lies continue to be propagated and there seems to be more and more people believing them. Jesus is, “the way and the truth and the life.” Let us cleave to him and trust that we are on the sidewalk for a reason and God will use us if we let him. Jesus I trust in you! Jesus, Mary and Joseph save souls!
Certainly helping with sharing the message of God’s love, these pictures show the faithful praying people who come to share God’s message.
What a beautiful day to complete our 40 Days of Life.
The Catholic Men’s Fellowship from St Mary Our Lady of Guadeloupe in Kittanning joined our vigil.
Mary and Jimmy prayed with us.
With the sun shining on us we felt God’s love!
Faith filled 40 Dayers
Extra! Extra! Additional note for Saturday
MARIAN 11 to 1 Saturday
During the busy rush hours of traffic on Liberty Avenue, two prayerful woman went right to work in prayer. From St. Maurice Parish were Mary and Arlene. God, who sees the bigger picture, captured their faces. No photographer can actually capture the beauty of people praying but the women praying quietly were part of God’s plan yesterday. Sidewalk Advocates need the prayers on the battlefield for life. The prayers are the supply source of energy. Make no mistake about that.
Stay tuned for more NOTES from today.
Go out into all the world.
Proclaim the Gospel to everyone.