Please read to the end, to learn about national 40 Days for Life news about Planned Parenthood in Pittsburgh.
40 Days for Life
Here we are… praying from home (or elsewhere) again today!
Thank you all for hanging in there with us as we continue to pray. You are all amazing. God is with us, and He continues to be on the move! A worldwide pandemic cannot stop our God!
The LORD said to Moses,
“Go down at once to your people
whom you brought out of the land of Egypt,
for they have become depraved.
They have soon turned aside from the way I pointed out to them,
making for themselves a molten calf and worshiping it,
sacrificing to it and crying out,
‘This is your God, O Israel,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt!’
The LORD said to Moses,
“I see how stiff-necked this people is.
Let me alone, then,
that my wrath may blaze up against them to consume them.
Then I will make of you a great nation.”
But Moses implored the LORD, his God, saying,
“Why, O LORD, should your wrath blaze up against your own people,
whom you brought out of the land of Egypt
with such great power and with so strong a hand?
Why should the Egyptians say,
‘With evil intent he brought them out,
that he might kill them in the mountains
and exterminate them from the face of the earth’?
Let your blazing wrath die down;
relent in punishing your people.
Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel,
and how you swore to them by your own self, saying,
‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky.’“
So the LORD relented in the punishment
he had threatened to inflict on his people.
Exodus 32:7-13ab, 14
What can we take away from this powerful passage? God sees the sins of His people, and STILL has mercy. God sees our depravity, and STILL gives us another chance. We humans tend to mess things up quite a lot, don’t we? And yet, Our Lord STILL says, “I love you. You are valuable and precious to me. I will help you.”
And so it is with abortion. Our world has permitted abortion for far too long. But our God knows that we are in a battle! It is HIS battle. And He trusts us to be willing to fight this spiritual battle of Life v. Death… with PRAYER.
Our ancient enemy, the devil, may think he can win, because he may assume we are weak and useless. And yet- he also knows the great POWER of prayer. He will ultimately be defeated. The killing of our unborn children cannot continue forever. It WILL be stopped. And PRAYER can help to STOP IT.
Shawn Carney’s message for Day 30:
Shift Manager Reports:
Peggy and I met at the Oratory and prayed for two hours, although we did 8-10 instead of 7-9, since the Oratory does not open until eight. We had a very peaceful, prayerful shift. We didn’t get rained on, we didn’t get the middle finger, and we didn’t get yelled at!
I prayed my first hour as part of the Rosary Congress. I had signed up for the 8 AM hour today. So I prayed all three mysteries of the rosary for an end to the pandemic and for a return and belief in the Eucharist, and an end to abortion. For the second hour, I continued to pray and meditate on Scripture. The epistle reading for today was the story of Elijah raising the widow’s son. In that account, he actually lays his body on the dead boy, with his mouth on the boy’s mouth, and his hands on the boy’s hands. In this time of social distancing, I’ve thought about what a close and intimate encounter that was, that Elijah breathed his own life into that boy and raised him from the dead. I thought about how we all need that intimate encounter with Christ as well, to heal us from the death of sin.
We (Meredith, Chuck, Carol and myself) began with a texting prayer among ourselves at the beginning and at different times during our shift. Meredith, Carol and I prayed at our homes and Chuck prayed in front of Planned Parenthood. Chuck said he only noticed one lady going into PP and she came out a few minutes later. As Meredith was praying this morning, she was reminded of a vision she had had while praying one day. What she saw in the vision was intense light that filled the building housing PP. Those big windows in the front were bright with light and it seemed like all that the building was filled with was light, from the front to the back.
I got really excited when I heard that!!! That is a mighty vision in light of all of our praying and fasting, especially when we think of Jesus as the Light of the World, and to imagine that entire building filled with the Presence and the Light of Jesus. This is symbolic of so many powerful things that are going on in the unseen spiritual world since we truly believe that God answers prayer, such as the spirit of darkness dispelled by Jesus the Light, the spirit of death dispelled by Jesus who is Life, the Spirit of Truth piercing the veil of deception that has blinded so many, and 933 Liberty Avenue being the LIGHTHOUSE that shines brightly into the City of Pittsburgh. It’s all good and all of God! We thank Him for glimpses as we wait on the Lord. He is faithful.
My prayer time consisted of praying the rosary with those who were praying on the radio. And I’m not sure, but I think I recognized the voices of two of our Shift Managers, Marie and Ginny! It made me really feel like I was praying with our team!
Then, I went for a walk around my neighborhood and prayed another rosary. I came home, and for the last half hour or so, I sat outside in the gorgeous weather, and prayed some pro-life prayers I found online. All in all, it was a beautiful time of prayer.
One thing struck me as I was walking and praying. We have all been praying for PP to close its doors for a long time. The dangers and damages done to families in that facility are incalculable. But how deliberate are we in our praying? We try to be- but there are often typical city distractions that can pull us away from our primary purpose. MAYBE- just MAYBE- the Lord is enabling us to become more focused in our prayer time for the end of this campaign. I’m NOT saying that that’s what the pandemic is about. Not at all. Just saying that it might be a convenient side effect for us to be able to pray in a more deliberate and focused way. COME, HOLY SPIRIT, and flood that building with Your PRESENCE!!!
It’s sad not to be at PP tonight, praying with faithful prayer buddy Barb and other 40 Days friends. I so loved reading that Hank and Judy kept their shift yesterday and bravely stood outside PP, praying as usual for the innocent lives that would abruptly and painfully end in that place. It inspired me to stop by PP today to say a few prayers, though I feel much braver with 40 Days friends by my side! Barb emailed me last night with the suggestion of prayer and scripture reading during our shift, so that’s what we did. Barb was struck while reading John 17, where Jesus prays for His apostles, and she feels He is praying with just as much love for the babies in the womb and their mothers. I also believe He has so much love for the abortionists and their staff, and will welcome them with open arms when they are ready to renounce the sin of abortion and turn to Him.
LET. US. PRAY.
Lastly…40 Days for Life National team mentions Pittsburgh’s Planned Parenthood worker who coughed on one of our volunteers during the current pandemic.
Most of you probably saw that Shawn Carney will be on EWTN tonight at 10pm EST. One of the things he will discuss is the circumstance where a Pittsburgh PP worker intentionally coughed on one of our prayer volunteers in the midst of the Coronavirus. Hope you can watch tonight, or if not, he may have a video link on the national blog tomorrow at 40daysforlife.com. The recent blog post that mentions the Pittsburgh incident can be found here:
In addition, Shawn also recently included in his blog a link to an article by Sue Thayer, former abortion worker and current National 40 Days for Life team member. She discusses the situation in Pittsburgh in her article as well. You can read Sue’s article here:
I’m sure the Lord will continue to work through all of this in mysterious ways. God bless you all.