“Many women feel they have no other option than to have an abortion because of the absence of a man or the presence of an adult boy who says nothing but the lame, ‘I’ll support you in whatever you decide.’”
“No one can be a man for us; it is our decision to make today and every day in this struggle to serve, lead, and love as Christ did.”
Shawn D. Carney, To The Heart Of The Matter (Nashville: Cappella Books, 2020), 20.
You stand on the sidewalk at the front of Planned Parenthood, reaching to open the door for your girlfriend. The baby scheduled to be aborted today is yours and hers.
Life brought you to this crossroads. There is no middle ground.
On the LEFT, abortion tells you it’s not your fault. Act as if it never happened. The abortion will make her unpregnant.
On the RIGHT, the Bible tells you God is love. Inconvenience yourself for your baby. In his book Carney says, “We men know the peace that comes when we do this and the pain when we don’t.”
Perhaps, in spite of the prayer and fasting of the pro-life witnesses on the sidewalk beside you and even though everyone in heaven is praying for you – perhaps you leave the decision to your girlfriend – you put up no resistance, and – abortion kills your baby today.
Do not despair. The clock is still ticking. The Prodigal Son is one of the most loved stories in the Bible. Those of us sinners who have lived it, highly recommend that you believe it can happen for you!
“So he got up and went back to his father. While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son.’ But his father ordered his servants, ‘Quickly bring the finest robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Take the fattened calf and slaughter it. Then let us celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost, and has been found.’ Then the celebration began.” (Luke 15:20-24)
“We are an alleluia people,” Saint Pope John Paul II confidently reminds us.
Listen as Walter Berry sings “Mache dich, mein Herze, rein” (Make thyself clean, my heart) from Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion. How beautiful when sinful souls repent and return to their Father.
NOTES FROM THE SIDEWALK
JEN McD SHIFT MANAGER 7-9
I’ve been under the weather for the last few weeks, so I was moving pretty slowly this morning. By the time I arrived at the vigil a few minutes after 7 AM, Diane and Tom had the setup well in hand and Shift Buddy Vince was already welcoming Beth, Mary, and Jim from St. Elizabeth.
Then Nikki arrived to set up the paintings. Everyone has been saying what an impact they make on the sidewalk, but it still really struck me to see them in person.
Bill stopped by to share his daily encouragement and holy water. Then we began praying the Rosary. Thao soon slipped in to join us, and another familiar face slid into our group a little later (I’m sorry I don’t have her name!)
About halfway through, kindly Vince took over as shift manager and sent me home to nurse my cough.
We are so blessed to have such an amazing team, supporting one another and praying fervently for the end of abortion!
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish with Diane, Mary, Beth, Jim, (St. Elizabeth) Vince, Tom
KEN B. SHIFT MANAGER 9-11
I find the Sunday morning shift to be always peaceful. We heard from several who passed and supported our effort.
From today’s readings for the first Sunday of Lent: PS 51…Be Merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned. This is the constant prayer and petition for the participants in our 40 days of prayer and fasting to end the destruction of innocent life. The USCCB prolife Scriptural Rosary that we prayed at our shift this morning is consistent with that theme. Joining in that prayer as we stood surrounding the image ‘The Innocents’ were: Pat, Mary Pat, Amy, shift buddy Bill, Mary Kay, and Joann.
May our efforts blot out this offense and may the Lamb of God cleanse us of this sin.
God Bless us all,
Pat, Mary Pat, Amy, Shift Buddy Bill, Mary Kay and Joann
RICH AND ROSEANN SHIFT MANAGERS 11-1
First day back in this 40 days. We were greeted by Susan from Assembly of God, and then Jim who lives in town came by. Bill stopped by along with Amy and Vince who doesn’t like to have his picture taken. Marge also came and so we had many to witness with us. It was nice to see familiar faces although we are always ready to greet newcomers.
For some reason the alarm at Planned Parenthood was going off and so the police showed up (must have been about 5 or 6 of them). They left and the alarm was still sounding. We never did find out what caused it to activate or what caused it to eventually stop.
Responses today from passersby were very positive which is a good thing, a very good thing.
Marge and Rich
Volunteer Susan, and Jim
ANDY L. SHIFT MANAGER 3-5
A brisk sunny day to pray in front of the baby killing mill. Beautiful artwork for us to appreciate courtesy of Nikki. I especially like the four gold squares for the 14 babies that were saved that year due to the prayers and intercessions of the prayer and participation warriors for life throughout the counties. And we had Jesus and our Lady of Guadalupe to listen to our prayers to shut down the mill.
With a firm faith, we trust that that will happen, in God’s time, maybe tomorrow.
Nikki’s art surrounded by prayer warriors
with Kathy, Shift Buddy on the right
Prayer Warriors accompanied by Andy, Shift Manager
JOE W. SHIFT MANAGER 5-7
Shared a beautiful day with beautiful people in prayer to the holy family for Jesus’s Divine Mercy to shine on us, to save lives and magnify our efforts.
It’s such a blessing to be part of this wonderful ministry.
All Glory and Praise be to God!!!
Kevin from Bridgeville brings God to Downtown
Bridget, Our Lady of Grace Parish brings her beauty for the babies
Jeff B., Shift Manager, Prayer Warrior for this Sunday evening
FUEL is energy. The prayers and sacrifices of the Sisters energize 40 Days for Life prayer warriors as they take the spiritual battle for the lives of the babies to the sidewalk downtown in front of Planned Parenthood.
CARMELITE NUNS, LATROBE, PA
We are truly with you in your Pro Life Lenten Campaign. May God Bless and protect each and every one of you.
We will be fasting, and praying the Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, the Seven Sorrows Devotion to our Mother of Sorrows for great success in the ending of the sin and evil of abortion.
We are so proud of you, Our Pittsburgh 40 Days for Life Team.
Since St. Joseph is the savior of The Savior when Herod wanted to kill the Child Jesus, we are also praying for St. Joseph’s mighty help in saving the lives of the unborn from abortion.
May the Holy Spirit continue to guide and sustain you, our wonderful 40 Days for Life Team.
With Grateful Love and Prayers
And God saw that it was Good.