Our Lord Jesus Christ is SO merciful…SO good! All praise and honor and glory belong to Him!
For almost 10 years now, we have been covering the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood in prayer with the most humble, self-sacrificing, loving members of the Body of Christ in our entire Pittsburgh area! For 18 consecutive 40 Days for Life vigil, hundreds of my beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord have sacrificed their time and comfort, to make sure that our witness of love is able to continue in front of those doors of death at 933 Liberty Avenue. And yet, during these same ten years, as we stood by helplessly, 30,000…yes…that is THIRTY-THOUSAND…precious little babies were killed behind that very door. It is hard to even wrap my mind around that number!
Lord, how can we stop this???
We know the answer. He has told us to unite in prayer and fasting, and to remain in loving witness at that terrible site for 40-day time periods. He has made it very clear that he is moving in a powerful way to bring the issue of abortion front and center. He has removed the mask…the attractive veneer that the abortion industry so carefully painted upon the ugly procedure called abortion. He has performed miracles to give us hope, as former abortion workers such as Abby Johnson, Sue Thayer, Dr. Haywood Robinson and many others have joined us on the side of life.
So….why haven’t we seen any miracles in Pittsburgh?
I realize that I shouldn’t say that. We have seen PLENTY of miracles.
The first miracle has been our UNITY. As a team of many members of different churches, we have not let our differences cause division in this important battle to end abortion.
There have been many other miracles as well! We even know some of their names! Let’s see…I remember Jaden, Ralph, Adriel, Rowan, Wyatt, Winnie and Danica…to name just a few. There is another miracle due to be born next month, whose baby shower I will be attending tomorrow…and two more little miracles in their mother’s womb who are due to be born in the spring.
Still, I have to admit that I am disappointed that we have not seen the BIG miracle like 103 OTHER cities have seen…and that is the CLOSING of their abortion facility! When, oh Lord, will 933 Liberty Avenue cease to shed innocent blood? When will it be REDEEMED for YOUR good purpose???
Well, after almost 10 years…I think it is time to get out the “BIG GUNS”. Don’t you? So, what are our “big guns”? Certainly they are not what the world would think of when they think of power. Our weapons are the opposite. In fact, they are what the world deems to be the most foolish.
I shared a Facebook post today that sums up what I am talking about.
Jesus showed us by his life how we are to win this war. By our love, meekness and humility. And, he gave us himself in the Holy Church. He promised that he would never abandon us…that he would remain with us forever. For Catholics, he gives himself daily in the consecration of the Mass. He gives himself as food. And so, on Tuesday, we will be getting out our BIGGEST GUN EVER as Fr. Chris Donley carries the Blessed Sacrament…which is JESUS HIMSELF…as HE leads us on a procession from Epiphany Church to Planned Parenthood! We will process around the block and pray, with our Lord present in his very Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity…right on the sidewalk in front of those doors of despair and hopelessness!
Everyone is welcome to join us for a kick-off Mass at Epiphany Church at 6 pm this Tuesday, and if you are able, to walk for the hour-long procession at 7 pm. Here are some instructions and the route we will take:
40 Days for Life Eucharistic Procession to Planned Parenthood Instructions
- Procession will begin at Epiphany Church at 7 pm on Tuesday, September 24th. We will walk to Planned Parenthood, circle the block and then return to the Church.
- Please process in double-file line to avoid blocking the sidewalks to other pedestrians.
- Please avoid unnecessary conversation during the procession, in order to keep it prayerful and solemn.
- Feel free to pray vocally or silently, as you wish.
- There may be a need to halt for traffic when crossing busy intersections. If the processional line gets broken up, we will all get caught up again at Planned Parenthood.
Please pray, fast and sacrifice as much…no….MORE than you think you can during these 40 days! The roots of evil go very deep under that abortion clinic…and we need to give as much of ourselves as possible to loosen the soil so that God will pull them out!
We have two URGENT needs at the vigil next week! At 4 pm on Friday, shift manager Pat will be ALL ALONE if no one signs up! And on Saturday, September 28th, shift manager Jeff will be alone from 5-7 pm! Please let me know if you can come during those hours! Email Fran at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Finally, I want to let you know about another opportunity to get out your “big guns” in Pittsburgh! There will be a seven-day, 24-hour, round the clock Eucharistic adoration prayer vigil inside of St. Stanislaus Church, in the Strip District, beginning at 8am on Monday, October 7th and ending on October 13th. They need two people per hour, 24 hours a day, for seven days. The rosary and chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed out loud before the Blessed Sacrament EVERY HOUR for these seven consecutive days! Think of the prayer power and the GRACE that God will pour out upon our city!!! I have signed up for my hour already! Go to: http://www.pittsburghrosarycongress.org/ to sign yourself up!