Going with the flow…
Do you ever feel like your life is out of control? If you are like me, you like to keep to a predictable schedule. I like to be prepared, to be stocked up…to do things in advance, so I don’t get caught off guard. I like to have a planned prayer time each day, daily Mass if possible, and have everything scheduled on my calendar.
But when things get too busy, and it seems like I am living in a whirlwind…I have to just let it go and go with the flow. That is my game plan lately. There has been a word from scripture that has been resounding in my mind, and it is St. Paul’s words, “I am being poured out like a drink offering.” Not that I am comparing my little tiny sacrifice of busy-ness to St. Paul’s sacrifice of his life…but still, the idea of pouring out seems like what we do during the 40 days. As the sinful woman broke the alabaster jar and poured out the expensive perfume to anoint Jesus’ feet…so do we pour out our time, energy, resources and comfort…and yes…even our carefully organized schedules...to pray in front of Planned Parenthood. If I am allowing God to pour me out, I cannot put limits, or measure how much He chooses to pour out. I just have to “go with the flow.”
There are many good and holy movements happening in Pittsburgh right now, and we can see that God is moving and preparing us for whatever hardships may be coming. He will get us through it. In addition to the 40-day prayer vigil in front of Planned Parenthood, there is a 7-day rosary congress happening right now in St. Anthony’s Chapel in Troy Hill. All through the day and night, for seven days, there are at least two people praying before Jesus in Adoration. If you would like to sign up, there are still some hours during the night (tonight and tomorrow night) that need filled. Go to https://www.pittsburghrosarycongress.org/ to see which hours still need filled and to sign up.
Also, in keeping with the theme of “going with the flow“…today, on this Feast of the Most Holy Rosary, Bishop William Waltersheid will be consecrating the Three Rivers (at the Point) to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Most Chaste Heart of St. Joseph! This will happen at around 1:15-1:30pm.
The spiritual graces abound! Things are happening fast, and if we try to stop, we may just get knocked over by the current...so let’s just keep our feet moving in the direction that God is pointing us and allow him to pour us out however He chooses!
Peggy, Charlene and Beth started us off from 7-9
It was a very quiet morning. No one entered, with the exception of one couple. She went in and he left, but she was not in there long. She refused the info that we offered to her, but was very gracious. She blessed us.Peggy
Terri and Priscilla were in charge from 9-11
I was again joined by Priscilla who prayed constantly. A trio of ladies from Allegheny Valley remained from this morning and stayed with us until 11:00. They come every year. There were more people going into Planned Parenthood today. All were told of resources available to them and some did take the yellow cards. Steve soon came and knelt to pray the rosary. Later Priscilla, Steve and I recited a Rachel Rosary. It is a beautiful rosary of intercessory prayers for victims of Post-Abortion Syndrome. We received some positive comments and no negative comments. I often think that some of the women walking past with hardened faces may need healing from a past abortion. May they know that God is waiting with open arms to forgive and heal them.Terri
Barbara and Richard prayed from 11-1
Terri, 9-11 shift manager remained with us for our shift. Father Jeremy, Saint Joseph the Worker Parish, came at the beginning and remained when we left. He prayed, advocated with women going in to PP and marched across the street and back praying. A passerby requested some money, but he gratefully accepted Father Jeremy’s offer of a meal. They walked off together and Father returned about ½ hour later. The wonderful Father Tim and the Guardians for Life lit up the neighborhood with their prayers and singing. It was wonderful seeing Father Tim feeling better. His team brings warmth and spirit, no surprise there! Included in the Guardians group was a hearty, hardy group of Knights of Columbus, Council 1275, Assembly 926. Sue and Darlene brought a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers as they arrived for the next shift. As far as I know, this was the first Fall 2020 bouquet/sidewalk remembrance of the babies whose lives this Planned Parenthood takes. I am sorry I have misplaced the names of the wonderful Knights surrounding the sign, except for Father Tim. God have mercy on us and all the people who participate in abortion. Peace.Barbara
Chris and Elsie kept the witness going from 1-3
Several shift managers have commented in the blog that you meet the nicest people praying in front of PP. That was confirmed again this afternoon. Another beautiful-weather day with hard-praying Christians raising their voices to God in support of Life. I was joined by Darlene, Sue, John, Walt, Al, Bob, and Vince at the outset, all from the Carnegie-Greentree parish grouping. Later, Joe from the Knights of Columbus and Pat from St. Ferdinand joined us in praying multiple Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. And it was very special, given that today is the Feast Day of the Holy Rosary. Elsie and Gerard were vigilant, as always, handing out flyers in support of the unborn and their parents. Please pray for a young woman who is facing a difficult pregnancy due to health reasons.Chris
Joe and Virginia finished the day from 3-5
Greeted warmly by Chris and Elsie whom we were replacing, but the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Margaret of Scotland & St. Simon and Jude crew stayed and added a few additional faces as the shift went on. Started the shift with Virgina leading us in the Divine Mercy Chaplet. One passerby stopped to talk with us for about 10-minutes about how he can’t believe that there’s not a law against abortion. Relatively quiet other than the usual drive-by’s which were overridden by the supportive comments. A lot of traffic of young folks exiting 933 with papers in hand, some with bags. One sad situation had a young lady exit 933 who looked to be unsteady and was gingerly helped into a nearby car… … …A bit of sharing between us with the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Margaret of Scotland & St. Simon and Jude crew. The evening faded as did the setup into Faithful Diane’s car – ready for another day of prayer and witnessing!!!Joe K