Day 31: Thanks to St. Thomas More & St. John Capistran Parishes, Elk County Catholic High School, and all who came to pray!

Each week, I ask God what the topic of this reflection should be, and He never fails to provide one.  This week, He’s been persistently guiding my attention to PERSISTENCE

“Then he told them a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.”  Luke 18:1

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingly power:  proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching.  2 Tim 4:1-2

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Suppose one of you has a friend
to whom he goes at midnight and says,
‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,
for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey
and I have nothing to offer him,’
and he says in reply from within,
‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked
and my children and I are already in bed.
I cannot get up to give you anything.’
I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves
because of their friendship,
he will get up to give him whatever he needs
because of his persistence.
  Luke 11:5-8

Those are just a few examples from recent Scripture readings for Mass, though “persistence” kept coming up in other ways, too (like the last line of Pat’s reflection yesterday!)  And when I did an internet search for “persistence in Scripture,” there were pages and pages of results!  God has made it pretty obvious that I’m supposed to be persistent in prayer. 

I have to admit that, here on Day 31, I wish it were already Day 41…I’m tired.  But God is allowing me the privilege of participating in an incredibly important mission, and I need to lean on Him for the strength to see it through.  Let’s hold one another in prayer, asking God for the grace to be PERSISTENT!



7-9 AM, Barbara & Richard:

Early morning light bathed the street in a quiet glow. Rose and Amy joined Diane, Tom, Richard and me and we had the supplies set up to “ransom the captives” in no time! I do not mean to be glib with the Bible quote. Captives is what abortion vulnerable people are.
Rose is helping Amy practice as a Sidewalk Advocate. Amy had several conversations with passersby and shared her warmth, information and handouts. Rose prayed, standing and kneeling. Our Beloved Bill came by and shared his wisdom and gracious presence.
There were at least 10 people who stopped to talk this morning…good talks. And, plenty of smiles and favorable high signs.
A young couple passed into PP after the young man said, “You don’t have to worry about us!” Our standing downtown early on a Friday morning rather than lounging on the couch with hot coffee in pajamas… what does that tell you? “Please tell us what you need us to do to help you walk away from PP. Read our little card chock full of  better choices! Please!!!”
Kathy came early and we headed home, so glad to witness this morning in the strength of our Father.


9-11 AM, Kathy & Mary

Thank you to all who came today.  
Several people stopped to thank us for being there.  One young African American man, approx 20 years old, hugged me and with tears welling up in his eyes said how his mother didn’t want him and considered aborting him.  He also stated how young women don’t realize the evil of abortion and the destructive agenda Planned Parenthood pursues towards African Americans.

A young woman passed by and didn’t accept literature but raised her voice to say that she’s pro choice.  I replied, “may one of those choices be for choosing life.”  The woman stopped and commended me for my passion and advocacy but said the issue is complicated.  We conversed a bit more before she went her way.
I gave the yellow resource cards to a few women before they entered pp, but sadly no turnaways today.  

Prayer Warriors from St. Thomas More
Carolyn, Terry (left side), and Dan (right side) from St. Thomas More Church; students and staff from Elk County Catholic High School (center). 
More students and staff from Elk County Catholic High School. 
Not pictured: Sidewalk Advocate Kim and Barbara H from St. Paul Parish.

11 AM-1 PM, Carolyn & Rose:

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1-3 PM, Elaine & Bernie:

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3-5 PM, Pat:

It was wonderful to arrive and see Debbie holding the 26 week baby model just like a baby.  And she did that all the way until she left at about 4:30.  As we were settling in a man stopped by named Rick and told us that he he was in town from Maine and wanted to pray at the vigil.  He takes an hour shift each week at the 40DFL vigil in Portland, Maine. (Personal note:  I had to tell him that on my only visit to his city I saw my favorite all-time billboard ad which read:  IF YOU’RE NOT HAVING A GOOD TIME IN PORTLAND…YOU MUST BE IN OREGON.”)  Then ever-faithful Val and Mike came and we started praying a scriptural rosary from the ring of prayers Diane created for us (Thanks, Diane!)  I found it so much easier to concentrate on mysteries by praying this way.  I have to remember that.  
Later in the shift – which was blessedly uneventful – Kevin from the Latin Mass community, and our most faithful prayer of this campaign, Thao, arrived and we prayed a Divine Mercy chaplet together.  I should mention that Kevin, Debbie, and I had about a 10 minute conversation with a man who stopped by and asked some honest and intelligent questions of us.  Hopefully our responses represented 40DFL well. 


5-7 PM, Missy & Bill:

Isaiah 40:11 “He will tend His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs in His arms; He will carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.”

Super quiet evening for the most part. The usual looks and comments we experience… Thank you Jesus for all who come to pray to end abortion. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.


One thought on “Day 31: Thanks to St. Thomas More & St. John Capistran Parishes, Elk County Catholic High School, and all who came to pray!

  • October 25, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Hi greater Pittsburgh Pro-Life community! I live an hour north of Pittsburgh. I have not been able to make it back after attending the 40 DfL vigil Mass and procession which were powerful and beautiful. Praise be to God! Myself and two friends fasted today in solidarity with you all. We have been so INSPIRED by your prayerful, loving witness. You are my heroes! May God save many souls and lives through your service. Hope to join you all in person someday again soon! God bless the group from Elk County! That is a long one-day trip.


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