You’re probably familiar with the prayer above, composed by St. Francis of Assisi, whose feast day many of us celebrate today. It’s such a perfect fit for what we do on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood.
There is so much need of that peace at 933 Liberty Avenue.
So much hatred: of patient, of partner, of self…
So much injury: physical, mental, and spiritual…
So much error: thinking that abortion is the only way out, that providing it is showing compassion…
So much doubt: about the planned abortion, or about whether forgiveness and love can happen after an abortion…
So much despair: enough to drive a woman to seek the death of her child, or from trying in vain to talk her out of it, or from living with the guilt afterward…
So much darkness: used by the Evil One to hide his treachery against God’s children, to deceive us into thinking that abortion is a necessary part of messy modern life…
So much sadness: over the loss of a child, the loss of self-esteem, the lies and betrayal involved in abortion…
What a blessing to be used as a channel of God’s peace in a place where it is so desperately needed! He longs to pour out His charity, pardon, truth, faith, hope, light, and joy on His wounded children. When we stand vigil at PP, God can use us to grant comfort and relief to our sisters and brothers in anguish.
As we know from the next portion of the prayer, it will require sacrifice on our part. We will have to put the needs of others before our own. But as the final portion reminds us, that’s actually the best way to fulfill our own needs as well!
Won’t you please join us on the sidewalk?
Barbara and Richard, 7-9 AM:
As we crossed the Veterans Bridge toward Pittsburgh I searched and found St. Mary’s Church lighting up the town on Mount Washington. Easier to find were the pink topped buildings in town. There must be an occasion that many Pittsburgh area feel strongly about. The event Richard and I feel strongly about is the 40 Days for Life opportunity we share with hundreds of prolife people in our area.We began with Diane and Tom, arranging supplies on the sidewalk. Every season Diane has improved and more finely tuned the supplies we have at hand to bring more people to take a stand for life. Go Diane!!Barb
Amy arrived almost immediately. She is a sidewalk counselor. Last spring she tried to help a young lady choose life, but the young person went into PP. Amy, Most Precious Blood of Jesus Parish, took the Sidewalk Counselor Course and feels better equipped to help a young abortion vulnerable person when opportunity knocks.
Kraig, Saints John and Paul Parish, also arrived early. He has been coming to witness for about 10 years. Very recently a friend contacted him and tearfully reported that her doctor told her she would be unable to get pregnant. Almost immediately, a young woman told us that she was going for abortion today because her doctor told her having a baby would kill her.
The pleasantly cool weather and many comfortable looking passersby gave no evidence to an uninformed person that babies were scheduled to be killed in that building today.
Priscilla arrived to pray the Rosary. She comes year round. She reported that she feels great reluctance about coming…so much reluctance that for a while she stopped coming. Powerful Woman!!
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Pray for Us.
Kathy and Mary, 9-11 AM:
Thanks to Sidewalk Advocate Kim, newcomer Sonya, shift buddy Mary, and vigiler Kraig. Bill H stopped by too.Kathy
Cooler temp this morning which was pleasant. Many coming to pp today. Some accepted lit and one woman engaged conversation and appreciated the info on low income medical help for future need but still kept today’s appt for wellness exam. It seems that as more negative comments occurred that some passerby thanked us for being there or other kind word.
Sheila and Lori, 11 AM-1 PM:
I had the pleasure of keeping vigil with Lori, Mary (St. Joseph’s church in Weirton) and Nadine. Meghan was there as well but didn’t want included in the picture. The sidewalk was bustling and several couples entered PP during our shift – none of them accepted our resources. At least five passersby stopped during our shift to thank us for being there and offered their prayers.Sheila
Elaine and Bernie, 1-3 PM:
Coming soon! Keep scrolling for more.
Pat, 3-5 PM:
Well, it was a rough crowd tonight. I had more negative comments/yells than I’ve ever had before. People were just plain nasty this afternoon. In fact, while I was on the opposite side and other members of my group had their backs turned, a young woman got so furious at the fetal model display that she tried to tip it over into the street along with the sandwich board…and she was partially successful. I, however, was too slow to react and didn’t even get a picture and she quickly walked past me in a rant. One shining light, however, happened early in my shift. A older and very thin woman (R), who told me she was 76, came up to me and told me that she had had an abortion long ago and regretted it and still suffers because of it. She said, more than once, that while she already had five she could have handled one more, she could have handled six. I happened to have a Rachael’s Vineyard brochure in my back pocket and gave it to her. I also suggested that she may want to come out and join us and pray with us and that that might help the healing. She said she would think about it. Let’s all pray for her today.Pat
Missy and Bill, 5-7 PM:
It was relatively quiet from 5-7 tonight…and cooler! Many negative comments from people walking by…you know, the usual statements like “Women should have a choice!”, “These are not babies!”, and “Why do you have to be so judgemental?”
When we hear comments like this we need to be strengthened in our resolve and KNOW with all of our souls that we are absolutely doing the right thing by standing and praying to end abortion! The prince of darkness is not going to send his fiery darts against those who do his will, right? So stand… and pray knowing you are doing the will of Our Father in Heaven! Give thanks for the opportunity to serve Him!!! Oh…almost forgot…two teen girls walked by and were commenting on the model. We gave them the tiny baby models and information to show their friends. They both were Pro Life and wanted information to counter their teacher that was telling them they should be Pro Choice!!! God is good…ALL the time! God Bless!