DAY 19 THANK YOU, People of God Covenant Community; Saint Bernard Parish, Mount Lebanon; CMU Catholic Newman Club; Saint Gregory Roman Catholic Church, Zelienople; Carmelite Nuns of Erie; Carmelite Nuns of Loretto; Passionist Nuns of Pittsburgh; Vincentian Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

Let’s listen to what some great minds have said about the mystery of BEAUTY   

To me, team work is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one.  You become selfless.

Mike Krzyzewski 1947

Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.

John Muir 1838 – 1914

I am among those who think that science has great beauty.

Marie Curie 1867 – 1934

O, thou art fairer than the evening air clad in the beauty of a thousand stars.

Christopher Marlowe 1564-1593

A great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.

Pablo Neruda 1904 – 1973

By plucking her flowers you do not gather the beauty of the flower.

Tagore 1861-1941

Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.

Percy Bysshe Shelley 1794 – 1822


This is the beauty of the soul

  • the splendor of the light of human reason,
  • of divine reason and wisdom,

breaking forth from the soul to give life and beauty to the actions of man.

Walter Farrell, O.P.


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The soul has a double principle of order;

  • the reason of man
  • the reason and wisdom of God

Both of these carry with them the notion of light, of clarity, of splendid illumination.

  • The one is the light in the hands of a wayfarer, guiding each of his steps, sweeping about the dark world around him in a constant revelation of truth, of goodness, of
  • The other is the powerful creative beacon that calls into being the path followed by the pilgrim man, that creates the beauty he sees, and that calls him home to the source of all beauty.

Walter Farrell, O.P.

Sin is the enemy of beauty, for sin is the enemy of virtue.

Walter Farrell, O.P.

We can picture venial sin graphically as the ropes that securely bind the hands and feet of a man; they do no intrinsic injury to man’s ability to act, but certainly they hinder his activities.

There is, then, a grave danger in venial sin, the grave danger of slipping bit by bit into mortal sin and so into the eternity of hell’s punishment.

Walter Farrell, O.P.


These statements are based on the SUMMA THEOLOGICA by Thomas Aquinas, O.P. (1225 – 1274).  They are not easy reading.  Chesterton can explain why this complexity is inevitable.

When once one believes in a creed, one is proud of its complexity, as scientists are proud of the complexity of science.  It shows how rich it is in discoveries.  If it is right at all, it is a compliment to say that it’s elaborately right.  A stick might fit in a hole or a stone a hollow by accident.  But a key and a lock are both complex.  And if a key fits a lock, you know it is the right key.

G. K. Chesterton  ORTHODOXY


One early Friday morning this fall I was witnessing at PP.  I noticed a young woman standing alone nearby, finishing a cigarette.  I removed my prolife sign and walked over.  As we talked, I offered her our little yellow and black card that outlines Pittsburgh area free help for crisis pregnancy.  Although she accepted the card, she walked into PP telling me that she “was just going in for a checkup.”

Was it was outrageous of me to bother this young woman whom I did not know?  But I do know her.  And, what I offered her was just a pin point of light.

I offered her our quite small, two sided, 2 x 3 ½ inch black and yellow card.

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The light of hope offered on this tiny card is available due to the beauty of the love of too-numerous-to-count volunteers who stand ready to help her and her baby in their crisis.

She and I had just begun to talk about beauty.  She deserves that as much as I do.  It is what her Father created her for.

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JEANNIE Shift Manager/ Injured Reserve

A month ago I was cycling and was hit by a car.  Lying on the pavement immediately after the accident I was acutely aware of my surroundings—noises of traffic and pedestrians (a few had stopped to assist me), horns and radios…  I also heard the hysterical voice of the driver who hit me screaming that she had just “killed someone on a bike”…. I tried to do my best to let her know I was alive, but all I could utter was “I’m OK.  I’m OK.”  It was a truly chaotic situation.

As I lay waiting for help, and aware that I was unable to move,  I purposefully envisioned handing God my broken body.  I entrusted Him (again as always), to care for me in that very moment and all that would follow.   I suddenly felt a wave of peace.  I had no idea how hurt I was, or what lay ahead for me.  All that mattered was that God was in charge, and I trusted Him. Everything was going to be OK!

The EMTs soon arrived and the severity of my injuries became clear as I described my pain to them.  Trust in the Lord prevailed and allowed me to calmly explain who I was, what had happened, and who the police should be in contact with.   I’ve always believed I’ve trusted in God, but that evening, as I lay broken on the pavement, trust in Him brought me holy peace in body and soul.

As my fellow shift managers witness for life on the sidewalk, I pray that you can each feel the true peace that comes from turning this effort for LIFE over to God.  Place into God’s hands all those who the devil has conscripted – He alone can bear the burden of this holy battle; TRUST HIM alone!

With gratitude for the prayers of my brothers and sisters in Christ, I unite my daily prayers to yours as we labor to build the Kingdom of God on the sidewalk at Planned Parenthood.  Trust brings Peace!

In Life


DEE sends us GOOD NEWS.

The Carmelite Nuns of Erie PA

Praised be Jesus Christ!!

We are remembering the 40 days of Prayer in our prayers this month, grateful for all the prayers, efforts and sacrifices made by the participants on behalf of God’s little ones under attack in what should be the safest place for them — their mother’s womb.

Yes, our battle is not with earthly powers, but with the principalities of darkness, the kind that Jesus said could only be cast out by prayer and fasting.  God grant success to your work of love and may Our Lord ever be your strength and Our Lady your comfort in this struggle for life. The fast of our Order is September 14, until Easter, so we are with you.!!!”

Sincerely in Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

Your devoted Carmelite Nuns

Carmelite Nuns of Loretto PA 

40 Days for Life is being remembered in the prayers and sacrifices of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of the monastery of St. Therese of Lisieux.

Be assured of our prayerful support during Pittsburgh’s 40 “Days for Life Campaign September 27 – November 5.  May St. Therese obtain choice graces to assist mothers, save babies and end abortion!

God bless you!

Mother John of the Cross, OCD, and Community

Passionist Nuns of Pittsburgh

We join with 40 Days for Life in praying that pregnant mothers will love and cherish these babies ande there will be an end to abortion.

May God bless your work and save many babies and keep all of you safe during your vigils.

While we pray for this intention throughout the day, we pray especially during Holy Mass at 8:00 and from 5 – 6:30 PM during exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every day.

Sincerely in Christ,

Sister Mary Ann, C. P.

Vincentian Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

We will be praying the daily Rosary in community for your intentions. The Sisters will do penance privately.


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After learning several days ago that the People of God Covenant Community had adopted this morning’s vigil hours, I found myself really looking forward to my shift on the sidewalk.  It’s so uplifting to spend time with men and women who truly love the Lord and strive to live in a way that pleases Him.  Thank you to Pat, Ben, Bill, Patty, and Tom for the prayers, songs, witness, and fellowship.  And thank you to Sunday regulars Vince and Dan who have become like family…it’s always wonderful to share the vigil with you.  Lots of passers-by were happy to accept the yellow resource cards, the dear woman who always asks about Sally stopped to chat, and Bill came by to pray on his way to church.




Thanks to the wonderful people from St. Bernard’s who came today.

Marilyn and Thomas
Marilyn and Thomas
Phil and Rich
Phil and Rich



I arrived to the sight of the large, very faithful “P” family who hail both from my home parish and from People of God Covenant Community. I’ve been blessed to share vigil hours with this family and Community in the past, so I knew they have a very effective way of bringing the Holy Spirit to the vigil. This time was no exception! More members of the Community joined us as the shift went on, and we sang and prayed the whole time. The light breeze blowing this morning was not the only wind blowing at the vigil today – the Holy Spirit made His presence known!

About halfway through our shift, a very nice couple respectfully approached us and asked if I could please move my van, which I had parked on Liberty in front of PP on the west side. The Acro Cats bus was back in town! I moved the van, and the couple pulled the bus up and parked it, leaving its motor running for the rest of the shift. As it did recently during the vigil, the phrase on the bus “foster and rescue” (meaning cats) struck one of our participants as ironic. We prayed that it might strike passersby the same way – specifically, how much more important fostering and adopting humans is than doing the same for cats.

A woman came by asking for literature regarding rape and domestic violence. She noted the card I gave her that listed contact info for women’s shelters and said she would try calling them, and I assured her they would have the information she needs. I did not get her name. Please pray for her.

People of God Covenant Community Faithful Prayer Warriors
People of God Covenant Community Faithful
Prayer Warriors



These three prayer warriors prayed the rosary with great fervency. It was like a shower of grace that people walked through as they went to the cat circus. The cat bus was pouring out some fumes but, luckily there was a nice breeze.

Saint Gregory Parish
Gary, David, Barb, St. Gregory Parish



Regulars Jim and Cathy from St. Gregory’s in Zelienople joined me for my shift. Beautiful people, beautiful souls, pleasant shift. How delightful to witness for our Jesus.

All glory and praise is his.


And God saw that it was good.





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  • October 15, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Oh Jeannie! Your testimony brought me to tears! None of us knows how we will behave in a situation like the one you experienced, but I hear our Father saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” He is completely trustworthy. You are in all our prayers for deliverance from pain and complete healing.


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