Five children under 7 in the front room, Mother and Dad in the middle room, and Grandmother and disabled Papa in the back bedroom; three generations shared the two story house in Morningside. JESUS BLESSING adorned the wall where the stairs led from the first floor to the second.
As a first grader, I walked with my Dad to St. Raphael Church for Lent Mass, a cold foggy lovely walk.
We pray and fast. THANK YOU, all you who cherished the integrity of the Old Testament since the beginning!
Wisdom is bright, and does not grow dim.
Of her the most sure beginning is the desire for discipline,
care for discipline means loving her,
loving her means keeping her laws,
obeying her laws guarantees incorruptibility,
incorruptibility brings near to God….
In each generation she passes into holy souls,
she makes them friends of God and prophets….
She deploys her strength from one end of the earth to the other,
ordering all things for good.
…friends of God and prophets. God visits with Job, listens to him and invites him to share ideas. Eventually Job realizes that God creates. Job is created. It happens to be true. It is what it is. The Bible tells the story powerfully, succinctly, lovingly.
Then Yahweh turned to Job, and he said:
Is Shaddai’s opponent willing to give in?
Has God’s critic thought up an answer?
This was the answer Job gave to Yahweh:
I know that you are all-powerful:
what you conceive, you can perform.
I am the man who obscured your designs
with my empty-headed words.
I have been holding forth on matters I cannot understand,
on marvels beyond me and my knowledge.
THANK YOU, all who protected the integrity of the New Testament since the beginning!
Jesus asked Simon to put out a short distance from the shore.
Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.
Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing,
but at your command I will lower the nets. When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing.
Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.
Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.
They left everything and followed him.
We avoid discipline. It hurts. With effort, pleasing God becomes our goal. Things fall into place. We dare to leave everything else and follow him.
John the Baptist is not a reed trembling in the wind
but a palm stronger than every storm….
He has fixed his root in heaven, where not a breath of any gale blows, from where, free from fear, he can laugh at the threats …
and all the world’s adversities.
Blessed Guerric of Igny (1157)
MAGNIFICAT February 2019
We witness at Planned Parenthood, a huge government and culturally endorsed industry; a face of organized evil in America. People who support abortion are not the evil. They are its prey, its captives.
We ask desperate parents to trust us. We ask desperate people to change their mind. We bring God. He knows their heart. He loves them. In Him, we can help.
I saw this video recently. Talking Heads – Life During Wartime – Stop Making Sense 1984. It reminded me of the joy of camaraderie I feel as a witness for life with our 40 Days Team. Enjoy the video. Enjoy the vibe. Ignore the lyrics.
Fuel is a substance that is used to provide power. Religious women and men are powerful prayer warriors. Thanks be to God.
School Sisters of St. Francis
S. Frances Marie
The School Sisters of St. Francis will offer prayers and sacrifices during the 40 days of Lent to end abortion and to support those working to put an end to abortion.
Thanks for all you do to promote life!
The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Loretto, PA
Monastery of St. Therese of Lisieux
Praised be Jesus Christ!
Thank you for contacting us and requesting that with our prayers, sacrifices and fasting, we join your mission to close the Pittsburgh abortuary. We are so happy to do this and will include this special intention in our daily prayers during the Holy Season of Lent!
Wishing you all every Angelic protection in this worthy effort and every grace from the Holy Mother of God.
Sisters of Charity, Seton Hill
Sister Barbara Einloth gathered commitments from individual Sisters in the Community to work and pray for our Team and to end abortion (and close 933).
Daily prayer for this intention sometime between 7am and 7pm
19 Sisters committed to doing this.
Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament for a specific day of the week
11 Sisters made the commitment to do this.
Fasting for this intention at a meal, or on a specific day of the week, or from a favorite food this Lent, or fast of their choice.
11 Sisters made the commitment for this.
Sister Anne Kull, SCN
Coordinator, St. Louise Convent
Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, North Hills
Our local Community here at St. Louise will offer up our daily Rosary for the success of your Team of 40 Day for Life to close the abortion mill on Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh. Some of the Sisters who can will also fast for this intention.
We can only hope and pray that one day this scourge of abortion will be obliterated from our world and that every child conceived will be welcomed into a loving family.
God bless you, your Team and your efforts.
8200 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh PA 15237, 412-364-3000 x235
Carmelite Monastery, Erie, PA
Your devoted Carmelite Nuns
Praised be Jesus Christ!!
Saints Francisco and Jacinta of Fatima
In today’s Mass readings we heard that Noah send out a raven after 40 days of the flood…but it wasn’t until three weeks later that a dove came bearing an olive branch signifying peace.
Your 40 Days of Prayer come after the horrendous standing ovation in NYC for infanticide. But is not abortion the greatest child abuse, infanticide in the womb? What life will be sacred if we fail to protect the most vulnerable? How apt then that this 40 Days coincides with Church’s season of Lent! It is a time of extra prayer and penance which we willingly embrace for the cause of life and respect for the human person that is in the womb.
We “have your back” in this holy of battles, begging Our Lady in
particular, for Her intercession for all involved: for the grace of strength and perseverance for those on the sidewalk; and conversion of heart for the mothers; and conversion for all of those within the building who seek the death of the child. In honor of her “yes” at the Incarnation (March 25th), may many say “yes” to life, thus sparing the unborn child.
The word “Lent” translates as “springtime,” and as Noah was assured of new springtime for the earth, may our poor world through your efforts experience a new springtime of new life expected and protected after the flood of death.
Proclaim in season and out of season: “Every conception is an invitation to eternal life – please accept it!”
Thank you for accepting on our behalf, Our Lord’s invitation to pray, to suffer and to speak out for life. We are your praying heart and you are our feet, hands and mouth. God bless, and Mary keep and protect you all.
Sincerely, in Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Sisters of Saint Joseph, Baden
Sister Sharon Costello, CSJ, Congregational Moderator
The Sisters of Saint Joseph we will keep you and 40 Days for Life in our prayers.
Deacon, Nathan Adams (Student Representative)
Father Robert, Rector of SS. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary, passed on your invitation to participate in the 40 Days for Life to us seminarians.
While we have often been with you in person these last years, unfortunately we are unable to join you this year.
Please know that we are with you in prayer and in full support of this most essential ministry.
Please continue to invite us to the future opportunities, so that in years to come we might produce a more positive turnout.
NOTES FROM THE SIDEWALK
PAT M. 7-9
“We get to do this!” Nikki’s words from the email she sent to rally us just before we started this campaign kept going through my mind. I think she prefaced those words – which echoed the sentiments of Sean Carney – by reminding us that this not a task to be dreaded, but embraced. When I first read those words last week, I was really struck by them…as in, kind of struck down. I didn’t have Nikki’s attitude about this campaign. I was, while not fully dreading it, certainly not looking forward to it. My mind was focused on the sacrifices I was going to have to make and not much else. But when I read what she wrote, I had to acknowledge, at least in an intellectual sense, that what she said was absolutely true. The problem was, even with this intellectual assent, my heart wasn’t where my head was. That is, until this morning.
First of all, the good God gave this weak soul unseasonably high temperatures, no wind, and none of the rain that was being predicted. That was no small boost to my spirits. But still, I was there this morning because had scheduled my parish for this shift — and I wasn’t so sure anyone from St. Regis would be joining me, especially after realizing that I had scheduled us for a 7 AM start when we had all just lost an hour of sleep. Yet there was my faithful brother Knight of Columbus Albert and his wife Yolanda once again to join me from the beginning. Then, I had the very pleasant surprise of having Lud, another brother Knight, come and pray at PP for the very first time. And perhaps best of all, I once again had SB Vince there to lead us all in prayer, which he does so well. We prayed all four mysteries of the rosary together and then the Divine Mercy chaplet at the end. There were times I honestly had to restrain my joy from leaking out and doing a little dance (which would have been an embarrassing sight for all involved).
St. Regis parishioners begin the Rosary
with shift buddy, Vince, St. Sebastian
Lud, Vince, Yolanda, Albert
Ken, my faithful shift buddy, and I were joined by a lovely family from Bridgeville, James and Kathy and their children. We prayed and had good conversation. We had several positive comments from passersby, and I don’t remember any negative ones. Ken shared a beautiful photo of his new twin grandbabies. It was as good a morning as could be had while being on the sidewalk at a dark place. All praise and thanks to our Lord Jesus, Whose will be the Victory (already is, as we know!)!
ROSEANN AND RICH 11-1
For the first hour of our shift, Rich and I were there alone.
Bill H. stopped by to sprinkle holy water on Planned Parenthood.
Halfway through our shift the R. family came to say a few prayers with us. It is always nice to have their presence on the sidewalk. What a wonderful witness to see these children praying.
A fellow whose name is Jim stopped to witness with us. He lives in town and I believe many shift managers would recognize him because he seems to pop in and out of 40 days.
It was a pleasant day with no negativity during our shift.
Regular 40 Days Prayer Warrior Family
Lindsay was joined by volunteers from Park Baptist Church. She said it was a really great group of people. We thank you for your time spent in prayer for the unborn and their families!
So nice to pray in the sun on a windy Sunday afternoon.
Holy Child, St. Bernards’s, St. Valentine’s, and St. Louise de Marillac were represented and we prayed the USCCB Sorrowful Pro Life Rosary and the pro life Stations of the Cross as the Penguin’s fans made their way to the stadium for tonight’s game against the Flyers.
Holy Child, St. Bernard’s, St. Valentine’s, St. Louise de Marillac
Sunday Witnesses for Life going the extra mile!
What a glorious day!!!Andy hung out after his shift to keep me company. He engaged 2 young ladies in a back and forth, deep and lengthy conversation on life issues. Was impressive to watch him offer himself up to them, and lay another block in the foundation. Well done Andy.
All glory and praise to our Lord Jesus Christ.
And God saw that it was good.