At the 40 DFL kick off Father Joe Freedy retold a story of his football days and the coach coming to him on the bench and telling him “you’re in.” He went on to tell us that some of us in the same way are being called off the bench by God to get into the game. HE is saying “it’s your time, you’re in.” It’s in the game of life. Pro Life.
Well it’s half time of the big Spring game. We are lucky here in Pittsburgh as we have a great team. We just need to execute HIS plan. We need to show up for 40 Days and witness to life. We need to pray and fast. Sure it requires a little sacrifice but it is worth it. We have a tough adversary but we have the secret weapon that assures we will win. We have God on our side.
This isn’t a watch on TV thing, this is a get in the trenches and get muddy game. Get over your fear. As Father Joe said, have courage and it will overtake your fear. And then savor the joy of winning.
He doesn’t call everybody. But if HE is calling you and saying “you’re in,” then pick up your helmet and get in the game. Come down to the vigil for your first time during this Spring event or an extra time. Bring a friend, as we’re holding tryouts (no worries, all will make the team as we have a no-cut policy) .
Thanks also to Father Joe for the truly inspirational homily. Peace and joy, Tim
Here are the stories from today at the vigil starting with Sue 7-9 am:
There was more traffic coming into town today than I expected. Amy and I took up each side of the circle to pray. I wore the https://abortionworker.com/ sign because Mondays are mostly workers entering Planned Parenthood. Unfortunately, about an hour into our shift, women started entering PP for abortions. I believe at least 15 women entered while I was still there. I was grateful Katie and Priscilla came to offer women help and Amy was reaching out as well. A man whose name I do not know also stood peacefully with us holding a hand-made sign saying “Choose Life.” We did our best to let the women and their companions know that they are not alone and there is free help available. I do believe everyone was approached regarding alternatives to abortion, but sadly it did not appear anyone was changing their mind. I do believe God hears our prayers and trust that God knows what he is about…Thanks, Sue
From Ginny 9-11: Today was the worst day I have experienced in years. So many women went into Planned Parenthood. Mondays are never abortion days, but today was. I suppose they trying to get as many as possible. Several woman came out towards the end of my shift with tears in their eyes. So I spent my shift crying and praying. May God comfort us.
From Donna and Glen 11-1: It was a busy and sad day today at PP for a Monday. Everything may be shutting down around us and PP is still doing abortions and on a Monday!!
From Beth 1-3: Surprise today was an abortion day so
twice as many thanks to the faithful prayerful family of 40 days
Dianne, Janet, Rita, Marie and Sandy from St. Teresa of Avila
They kept the prayers coming on this gray cold day at PP. So many clients
Our first experience was seeing a Mom and her daughter leave and it was clear by the look in the daughter’s eyes that she was hurting, physically and emotionally. They refused any information. So sad to see so many going in to PP today.
Katie had been there since 8 or so and was trying so hard to reach people and hand out pamphlets. She was determined! Thank God for that determination because praise God one of the couples she spoke with today, they are going to Birthright tonight for help. Please keep praying for this couple who has 3 kids and things are really tight for them. Kathy was there too and brought us some Unplanned DVD’s to hand out and share and Wolves In Sheeps Clothing DVD from EWTN. Thank you Kathy! Katie no sooner had the DVD’s and was sharing them with the book store owner. He told her he had been wanting to see Unplanned and appreciated her sharing them with him.
We were joined by faithful prayer warriors Patty & Bill. Then 3 ladies from St. Sebastian’s came early: Dot, Rita & Mary Lou. Thank you all for joining us today to pray to end abortion where we live.
We tried to reach out to so many but they refused. We thank God for the couple that Katie reached today.
3 to 5 was quiet at clinic and on the sidewalk. We had a great prayer group. Dave and John from St. Boniventure, Gloria from St. Mary of the Assumption and Pete the shift buddy. -John