LET US PRAY TODAY FOR OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO WERE VICTIMS OF THE SHOOTING AT THE TREE OF LIFE SYNAGOGUE.
LET US PRAY FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND LOVED ONES.
MAY THOSE RECOVERING RETURN QUICKLY TO HEALTH.
Set me as a seal upon your heart,
as a seal upon your arm;
For Love is strong as Death,
longing is fierce as Sheol.
Its arrows are arrows of fire,
flames of the divine.
Deep waters cannot quench love,
nor rivers sweep it away.
Were one to offer all the wealth of his house for love,
he would be utterly despised.
SONG OF SONGS 8:6-7
40 Days for Life people are accustomed to praying together. Shawn Carney came to Pittsburgh and prayed with Nikki and many of us this Monday in front of PP in downtown Pittsburgh. In their generosity, Catholic Charities let us use their resources for our reception.
In 2004, with 3 other prolife witnesses, Shawn Carney launched what became the worldwide 40 DAYS FOR LIFE. Today he is the President/CEO of 40 Days for Life.
Shawn had parents just like the rest of us. When you are with him you notice that he looks, walks and talks just like us. You also notice that he talks about God.
Behind and before
you beseige me,
your hand ever laid upon me.
Too wonderful for me, this knowledge,
too high, beyond my reach.
Shawn is a walking talking example of what people are like when they let God in.
My topic today is sainthood.
What makes us holy?
Christianity from the earliest days was described
not as a religion,
not as a doctrinal program.
It was described as a way,
The walking of three basic paths;
finding the center,
knowing that you are a sinner, and
realizing that your life is not about you.
Bishop Robert Barron
Bishop Barron gave a keynote address at the Adoremus Eucharistic Congress, 2018, in Liverpool, reflecting on sainthood, sanctity and what makes us holy.
Check out this clip from BLUES BROTHERS 2000. Hollywood imagines how a person who lets God in might react to His presence. Those assembled in God’s name in this Revival tent certainly achieve the joy factor.
The choir is singing “John the Revelator.” This is a traditional blues song that more or less originated with Blind Willie Johnson in 1930 and is based on the Bible. Check here for the lyrics.
The Book of Revelation describes seven seals.
Now and then he actually succeeds,
in blasting a soul into the air,
and far and wide
the windows rattle and the foundations of houses quake.
Father Hans Urs von Balthasar
MAGNIFICAT October 2018
NOTES FROM THE SIDEWALK
For as quiet as the Sunday morning vigil hours have been to this point in the campaign, today was anything but. Diane and Tom were providing for all the day’s needs at 7 AM when we were stopped by a man who was upset over the horror that took place in Squirrel Hill yesterday and a number of other things.
Before they had even finished setting up, a second man from Texas shared several stories with us, including his past involvement in the pro-life cause. Many other people in pain and in need stopped to ask for prayers and money throughout the morning.
Faithful Bill passed by to say a prayer.
My “shift buddy,” Vince, and I managed to keep praying between all the distractions. I’m very grateful to him for his continued presence and strong spiritual leadership.
The vigil rolled on in a powerful way at 9:00 as Shift Manager Sue and Shift Buddy Ken were joined by a wonderful group from the People of God Covenant Community.
How wonderful it was this morning to be greeted by the spirit-filled members of the People of God Covenant Community! They always bring such sincere and heartfelt prayer and song to the sidewalk, and today was no exception. My faithful shift buddy, Ken, rounded out our group.
Our prayer included prayers for the Tree of Life synagogue victims and their families.
A quiet, friendly man who introduced himself as “J,” who had been walking along the sidewalk, joined us silently for much of the first hour.
I believe it was the undeniable presence of the Holy Spirit that drew him in! He said he can see both sides of the abortion argument but leans toward being pro-life. He said he knows that the life-of-the-mother argument, due to modern medical advancements, has lost ground over the years. I told him that I had just been talking about that subject yesterday at the vigil with Mary Pat, a nurse, who actually had brought it up. She said that in her work she has never seen it necessary – contrarily, she said, in fact, she has personally seen babies taken very young from their mothers’ wombs for reasons concerning the health of the mother, and both the babies and the mothers survive and do well. We encouraged J in his faith and beliefs regarding life, and Julie even invited him to the afternoon People of God prayer meeting.
I left the vigil for a few minutes in the care of Ken as I walked “D,” a homeless lady, down the street to get a coffee. When I returned, I found out that the man who regularly walks by on Sundays pushing his clattering cart had been by. He had told Ken that before the vigil, he had been on the fence regarding abortion but that the vigil’s presence and participants had won him over to the pro-life side. Praise God!!
Rosanne and Rich arrived early, as always, for their shift.
Nikki, bearing flowers and a little stuffed baby doll, showed up shortly thereafter to kneel and pray.
Just after those three arrived, a young girl in a car that was stopped at the traffic light opened her sunroof and stood up. She stated loudly that she had had an abortion and was just fine and that we had better stop standing in judgment and teaching our children that it’s wrong. We could see she was hurting and angry. We told her we would pray for her, and we did, then and there. May she allow our Loving and Merciful God to heal her.
ROSEANN AND RICH 11-1
What a great group of people witnessed and prayed with us today. Sundays are usually quiet and peaceful for the most part but today it would not be so.
Earlier the drive-by who yelled to us from the car would show up on the sidewalk to confront us. Without getting into all the details of the conversation, we quickly learned that no matter what we said about our pro-life views would change her mind. All she wanted to do was justify her own abortion and to have everyone else agree with her even though she professed to be open minded.
So we began to pray and refuse to engage any longer. She is in desperate need of our prayers.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you. Save souls.
Kathy K. 1-3
Many prayer warriors lined both sides of the circle when I arrived.
Joy and Rachel had a confrontation before I arrived. The aftermath provided good conversation . They followed by a Rosary on one side.
Jim and I prayed on other side.
Homeless woman, Gabby, shared her abortion story with Jim and me. She was forced to have abortion in the early 70s by her mom. She forgives her mom.
Welcomed more prayer warriors for next shift.
Stay tuned for more Notes
Praised be Jesus Christ! May Jesus be in your soul and make you very holy.
And may He reward you for all the beautiful work you do for the Pro Life movement, saving the lives of the innocent unborn babies.
Know that we are praying very much for you and this intention, confiding everything to our Blessed Mother’s love.
In the hearts of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,
Your Carmelite nuns
And God saw that it was good.