Day 6: Thanks to the Parishes of St. Bonaventure, All Saints, St. Aloysius, and Holy Spirit

“Come follow ME”

Did you ever read the Bible where Jesus asks His apostles to “come follow ME” and wonder “would I have dropped everything,  truly everything and followed Him”? Hum?
Luckily I only see the beckoning finger and hear Him asking me to get up early Saturday morning to be at the abortion center to pray and witness to life. Ok I give up some sleep and coffee but the words of the Master echo in my head “Rise, let us be on our way“.

Please note, I’m not that special to be the only one getting the call. As St Paul said to Timothy, “HE … called us with a holy calling, not in virtue of our works, but in virtue of his own purpose and the grace which was granted to us in Christ Jesus before this world existed” (2 Tim. 1:9).  

Well I’m guessing if you are reading this you have also been called, answered the call and are Following Him in the vocations He has asked of you.  Now as we get this 40 DFL campaign underway it is time to consider sharing the good news of our calling in the same way that Andrew asked his brother Simon Peter to come meet the master.  Would you consider asking those around you if they are also are hearing the call to follow Him, yet don’t know how?  Is there someone in your family, neighborhood or at work who would want to get involved to save lifes and souls but doesn’t know how?

Be not afraid” (where have you heard that expression so many times?) and ask them to join you.  Tell them about the true peace and joy you feel after going down to pray and witness to life.  Sure it requires some sacrifice but the resulting happiness from doing something really important and meaningful is well worth it.

The time is now.  “No more later” as a dear friend of mine now says.  “Come Follow Me” and bring a friend. Peace and joy, Tim

Here are the stories from today at the vigil starting with Sue 7-9 am:

Praise God, it was so nice to have warm weather today, I couldn’t believe my thermostat read 46 degrees! It was good to see Tom and Diane again and to meet my new shift buddy Amy! We each took a side of the circle and prayed and also reached out to people passing by. I was engaged by a young pro-choice advocate who was well versed in the typical abortion talking points. I was grateful to have the fetal models to show human development, but she walked away when I mentioned the heartbeat starts at 18 days. The new sign saying “Do not take a Life” for Help, call 1-800-712 HELP” got a lot of second looks…it is very direct and to the point! A little while into our shift, Katie showed up. Pictured are Katie and Amy waiting to offer resources. It was a blessing to be with them, Sue

From Donna 11-1: It was windy and cold today at PP. We didn’t expect it because everywhere else it was warmer. We started our shift off by playing a few songs.
First, “Raise A Hallelujah” and then “Way Maker”. The lyrics were perfect
I raise a hallelujah in the presence of my enemies,
I raise a hallelujah louder than the unbelief,
I raise a hallelujah our weapon is a melody,
I raise a hallelujah heaven comes to fight for me,
I’m gonna sing in the middle of the storm,
louder and louder you’re gonna hear my praises roar,
up from the ashes hope will arise,
death is defeated the King is alive!

And “Way Maker”
You are here moving in our midst, I worship You I worship You
You are here working in this place, I worship You I worship You
You are Way Maker, Miracle, Worker, Promise Keeper, Light in the Darkness
My God that is who You are!

There were many passersby today, some “God bless you’s & thank you’s”, and a thumbs up. A couple walked by with kind words to say and we all said “God will right this wrong”! Katie did her beautiful sidewalk sign “Love is stronger than fear” & wrote too. Many people read it and were afraid to walk on it. Katie was talking to a lot of people and handing out cards. Diane was reading prayers from “In The Palm of His Hand” by Priests For Life. Patty joined us as well and prayed the prayers from the kick off at Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene. Fr. Nathanial & Lisa both joined us and prayed the Rosary. Cathy, Patty’s sister joined us and then Judy & Debbie came right before Beth & Rose and Bill showed up too. We were amazed that there were four sets of sisters together. We called ourselves the“Sidewalk Sisters”. What a blessing to be with everyone today. Thank you all for your faithful witness to pray to end abortion where we live and bringing life to the sidewalk. Blessings For Life, Donna

From Beth 1-3 pm : Beginning our shift, a young gentleman came over to us and thanked us for doing 40 Days and said he was against abortion.  Ending our shift, another  young gentleman said he couldn’t understand why anyone would even do business of any kind with PP.  So prayers for “K”, this gentleman’s wife, who is due to deliver beautiful baby “E” by the end of March.  The  day was a true gloom-fest weather-wise but such warm thoughts and prayers kept us going.  Thanks to Judy and sister, Debbie, and my sister, Rose, for withstanding the chilly temperatures.  Makes one wonder if the coldness towards human life inside PP contributes to the coldness outside. And double thanks to Diane and Tom for putting the big weights on the signs because the wind blew them over, but couldn’t blow them away.

Parishioners of St. Bonaventure covered the vigil from 3-7 PM!

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