Day 21: St. Robert Bellarmine (E McKeesport), Clarks Mills United Methodist Church, St. Catherine of Sweden (Allison Park), Catholic Daughters of America

DREAM SMALL

Let us be little people, dreaming small and trusting in God to make it BIG!

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  Sometimes we worry about accomplishing something BIG and we are busy “dreaming big” but then we miss out on all the very important “small stuff” that God places in front of us.

Carolyn relayed a story to me… about simply telling a lady going into church that she liked her scarf…the woman was overwhelmed by the small loving comment and told Carolyn that she just lost her husband. It was her first time in church without him! The seemingly small comment made a BIG difference in the woman’s day!

Barbara says in a blog post…I offered her our quite small, two sided, 2 x 3 ½ inch black and yellow card. I believe Barbara’s small gesture of handing out our small yellow cards can lead someone to seek Pro-Life help and have a BIG impact in someone’s life!

And I ad-libbed an observation Nikki made yesterday…Many people look at the fetal models. I really think the small babies make a BIG impact and plant many seeds, especially in young people. I think we are sowing small seeds that will reap a BIG harvest someday, bigger than we can know!

I pray that as we continue our 40 Days journey, that we can see and take advantage of all the “small stuff” that God has planned for us and rejoice in those accomplishments… Hearts are being changed and lives are being saved even when we don’t know it.  We have many interactions every day with our family, friends, neighbors, coworkers… so I pray we all take time to “dream small” and make a difference in their lives as well…

God can use small people with faith like a mustard seed to move mountains. We are willing to put aside our fears and feelings of inadequacy in order to step up to the platform (sidewalk) God has placed in front of us and let Him speak through us.

We are Little People, Dreaming Small and TRUSTING in God to make it BIG!

Beth  9am-11am

Busy day at Planned Parenthood, lots of single women and couples.  But 40 Days was right there, praying and witnessing and perhaps, giving Planned Parenthood a little well-deserved grief.  (memo to Planned Parenthood employees who read our blog:  our grief to you comes in the form of a reminder to your conscience;  you know abortion is wrong, and you know it’s time to stop, we’re praying that you have the guts to do so.)

Suzanne, our wonderful Tuesday regular was with the crowd from St. Robert:  Father Brennan, Carolyn, Mary S., Mary R., and Helen. Suzanne asked me if I noticed that the same woman had escorted three different young girls into PP and then after the last one, she walked back to the 9th street garage.  So can we now assume that Planned Parenthood has an escort, middle aged, black woman, medium, height with hair slicked back on each side, working on Tuesdays if our guess is right?  So much for offering woman the opportunity to hear of another “choice” the one for life.


Cecilia 11am-1pm

Wow….what a shift!  It took “a village” to get through our shift today.  God put us all where we needed to be.  Bernie came by with her beautiful painting of the pre-born Jesus which helped to sustain us.  Here they are:1

Pastor Adam Stump from Clarks Mills UMC led us off in a beautiful prayer.  While we were in the middle of praying, “K” came by with her PP sign and waited to argue and distract us.  Thankfully Pastor Adam was able to address her in such a calm and peaceful manner.  Some of us chimed in here and there but we did still manage to keep the prayers going and reach out to those passing by.  She first wanted to know how we could work together to decrease the number of abortions.  But she didn’t like most of our answers (abstinence, NFP…).  We explained some of the problems with contraception and the false sense of “protection” they give.  We did agree that offering support services to mothers and their babies afterwards is a good thing.  (That’s where our $ should be going, to support life, not to end life!)  We got on to many other subjects.  She commented that the size of the baby models were wrong.  I asked if it really mattered to her whether they were a week off.  Would she still think it was OK to abort at any stage, and she said ‘yes’.  There were many other subjects discussed that I did not catch.  But I thank God for Pastor Adam for his words of wisdom to her and to us!  Please pray for “K” that she finds the peace and truth that she seeks and comes to embrace life. 2

My dear friend Barb, who drove us down, felt called to stand vigil across the street.  She went over there with Joyce.  As the Lord would have it, a girl standing for the bus walked up to them to get more info about why they were there.  Joyce called me over to interact with them and we come to find out that she is a refugee from Ethiopia.  She has been here a year.  She cannot return to work until she heals from a surgery so she is living with a “nice guy”.  But she is now about 1 month pregnant.  Her boyfriend says he cannot afford a child since he sends money to support his family in Africa? so he suggested abortion.  She was shocked to learn that it is legal in the US.  She is scared but does not want an abortion and will consider adoption.  We first took her to Catholic Charities to learn about resources that they had to help her.  But ended up at Duquesne University to meet up with Joyce’s Uncle Father Vince who use to be a missionary in Ethiopia.  He spoke 2 of the dialects very well and provided food for us while we made calls and shared more info with her.  Please keep her in prayer.  Pray that her boyfriend is supportive.  If not, pray that she finds housing and is safe.  Pray that she is strong and stays with her decision to keep the child.  Pray that she can make the best choice for the future of her baby.  We will stay in touch with her.  Thank you Fr Vince for driving her back home and a BIG thanks to my friends Joyce, Provie, Patti and Barb who were flexible with their day and willing to travel all over town to help this special girl in need.

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I also want to acknowledge Beth and Bob who came down to stand vigil during my shift!  It is nice to have the faithful come back time and time again!

Nancy 1pm-3pm

This time was significant since we had 5 new pray-ers from St. Catherine of Sienna. They got busy praying, and were taking in the new experience that was relatively quiet and peaceful. Many people thanked them for being there. Then we had a couple of women who decided to tell us off and scream their disagreements with us. For me it was just confirmation that our prayers and presence are working. PP is not happy about us being there. But we can be confident our prayers and presence matter. Nancy

Image.png (480x640)Great group from St. Catherine of Sweden Church making a BIG impact!

Michael 3pm-5pm

Today the weather was beautiful as it has been for this entire campaign thus far. I was pleasantly surprised to find Nikki here at PP to be with me during my shift.  We were blest to have others stopping by to be with us throughout the shift. God bless you special persons.

Image.pngA passionate and vibrant friend of PP named Karen was present during the 1-3 shift and for most of my 3 – 5 shift. She has been with us at other times as well. Karen was respectful of our campaign and eager to present a defense for the importance of PP. We agreed to disagree and Nikki did a great job of dialoguing with Karen in a respectful, assertive and professional manner.  Karen held a small sign over her head which said “Honk 4 Planned Parenthood.”  Karen was relentless and indicated we had the power to close this PP facility. I suppose she was right, however if a closing is to occur, it would be the result of our 40 DFL campaigns and the Lord’s divine intervention. We are merely vessels for Him and any power we may be perceived to have comes from the Lord. When Karen left, she wished us well and we did the same. It appears the other side may be feeling intimidated by our presence and may be doing their homework and know that over 90 abortion clinics have closed since 40 DFL began its first campaign in Texas a dozen years ago.

Lisa 5pm-7pm

A peaceful shift. Thank you to Jeff and Jim who stayed over from the previous shift to be with us for a while. Thank you to my Catholic Daughters who came to the call to stand with me for the 5 to 7 shift. Pictured, Johanna, Lisa and Donna.

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2 thoughts on “Day 21: St. Robert Bellarmine (E McKeesport), Clarks Mills United Methodist Church, St. Catherine of Sweden (Allison Park), Catholic Daughters of America

  • October 18, 2017 at 4:36 am
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    Beautiful reflection Sue! Encourages us to continue to practice ‘The Little Way’ of Saintt Therese. God grows that tiny mustard seed into a big tree with many branches where the birds of air come to rest! Thanks for the reminder to keep doing those little seeds!

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  • October 18, 2017 at 4:38 am
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    ‘Sowing’ those little seeds. (Auto incorrect.)

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