Please note: Our vigil will end at 3 PM on Saturday 3/17 and resume at 7 AM on Sunday 3/18.
I will hold the Christ-light for you
In the night time of your fear.
I will hold my hand out to you;
Speak the peace you long to hear.
I will weep when you are weeping.
When you laugh, I’ll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow
Till we’ve seen this journey through.
From “The Servant Song”
by Richard Gilliard & David Haas
We know that suffering is a part of this earthly life. We know that we are often powerless to prevent or relieve it. But I think we sometimes forget how much good we do simply by being there with the one who is suffering.
My family is going through a difficult time. No one can instantly solve our troubles except God; and I know that, in His divine wisdom, He may have reason to allow it to continue for a while. In the meantime, it gives me so much comfort and peace to know that we’re being held in prayer by so many people, especially those in our 40 Days for Life family.
When we stand on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood, we hope to reach out and save everyone there from suffering. Sadly, we are not always able to. But we are truly doing so much good just by being there for those in their darkest hour—or in the case of the unborn children, at the hour of their death.
Thank you to all who have stood on that sidewalk offering your presence and prayers for those in trouble. You may not always see the results of your sacrifice, but they are real and they are precious. For those of you who have not been to the vigil yet, we prayerfully ask you to join us in this important ministry!
Here are the pictures and reports from today’s vigil!
Barbara and Richard, 7-9 AM:
As soon as the clock turned to 7am, Manordale Valley Council Knights of Columbus began to arrive. Joining us in prayer were Tim, Dennis, Vito, Bob, Anna Marie, David, Sally and Don.
The weather felt frigid, but the company warmed everything else. Beth arrived and took up her position of honor as sidewalk advocate. Together we did our best to let everyone crossing our path know that abortion is not the choice for a crisis pregnancy. We were ready to help in any circumstance they offered.
Regina, 9-11 AM:
What a happy surprise to be greeted by lovely Shift Manager, Beth who had traded shifts with Kathy, to stand in as our Sidewalk Advocate today! Her sincere and caring offer of help to each of the many women entering Planned Parenthood today warmed and inspired my heart on this bitter cold morning! Beth, you are SO good at this!
A lovely couple finished a rosary with Pam, Shalini and Kay, the beautiful, smiling woman of Saint Ferdinand’s in Cranberry, before hopping in their car to warm up. Shortly thereafter, we continued our 5 decades with Dan and Al from Mother of Sorrows in Murrysville. We noted the blessing participation in The 40 Days Vigil provides, uniting us with brothers and sisters from different parishes, dioceses, and denominations! Love always unifies!
Before leaving, Dan and Al led us in an appropriate Lenten Stations of The Cross reflection and Divine Mercy Chaplet, as we huddled together to pray and block the freezing wind.
The elements didn’t stop Terry from Saint Bonaventure, or David from Holy Sepulcher from showing up! They jumped right in to join us on our final Decade of the shift!
These folks were all such inspiring examples of Holy, selfless generosity and love today! Thank you! We are all truly one in the Lord, and Jesus, whose love is ALWAYS victorious!
Marie, 11 AM-1 PM:
The shift was cold but quiet. Even in the cold members of Holy Sepulcher and Girard Alliance churches faithfully prayed as witnesses to life.
Noreen, 1-3 PM:
It was a good day on the sidewalk. We had some parishioners for Holy Sepulcher in Butler, Bob, Rick, Gretchen and Michael. A couple from Erie prayed with us, Sue and Jeff. And Roseann from St. Thomas More came by on her lunch hour. We had some words of encouragement from a few people which is always uplifting.
Pat, 5-7 PM:
Tonight the streets were crowded. And I think that may have contributed to the slight increase in hostility I felt tonight. There were a few comments and eye rolls, and we had one of our signs knocked over into the street by two young women.
But then there was Aquinas Academy who brought down about half a dozen or more young women – along with three adult chaperones – to pray. [Hey Aquinas, why no guys???] This wonderful scene on the sidewalk more than made up for the increased negativity.
And once again I had my faithful sidekick, Bill from St. Philip’s in Crafton. What a great partner for prayer and good conversation. Although I joked with him that I could simply recycle a picture of him from past weeks for the blog, the picture you see is a fresh one.
Check back later for more!