Our 40-day spiritual battle on the sidewalk is difficult. That weight, added to anxieties about our own lives and the world around us, can be crushing. God works in mysterious ways, though…He sometimes allows darkness to descend in order to remind us to turn to Him. He alone is the One we can trust. He alone is the One who sustains and saves us.
When my family was going through a difficult time a few years ago, a faithful and faith-filled member of the 40DFL Pittsburgh team sent me a novena of prayers. Pat described it as simple, comforting, and powerful. He was so right. It helped me to give everything over to Jesus in that dark time and in other stressful periods since then.
Here is the Day 1 prayer for the novena:
Why do you confuse yourselves by worrying?
Leave the care of your affairs to me and everything will be peaceful. I say to you in truth that every act of true, blind, complete surrender to me produces the effect that you desire and resolves all difficult situations.
O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything! (10 times)From THE SURRENDER NOVENA
Given by Jesus to Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo
If you would like to see all nine days of prayers, please go to https://www.fatherdolindoruotolo.com/ I hope it will bring you closer to Our Lord and allow you to feel His loving arms wrapped around you.
FRIDAY’S SIDEWALK REPORTS
7-9 AM +++ Barbara, Richard, and Rose
7am on the sidewalk downtown feels cozy as Diane and Tom arrive, Rose and Lisa appear and Bill joins Richard and me. Never a lonely moment.Barbara
A chilly morning with crowds of noisy empty commuter buses and the Wednesday roses still fresh and lovely.
One of the pix captured the PP door still open as an employee walked in.
Our hearts go out to the people still captured by abortion’s promise to solve a crisis pregnancy.
No clients came. It was a blessing for us to pray and witness together. Peace.
9-11 AM +++ Kathy and Mark
Crystal, pictured above, is a frequent passerby to our vigil. Today she stopped to tell me that she appreciates our presence and that she’s 100% PRO-LIFE! Crystal shared that she is the mother of two successful college students and became a mom at age 15. She bore the responsibility of raising her children alone due to family drug addiction. She knew what she had to do and with God’s help, did it. Crystal believes marriage is God’s truth for raising children. Thanks for stopping, Crystal. God bless you!Kathy
11 AM-1 PM +++ Sheila and Dee
There was only one client who entered PP during this time. Not sure if today was a down day there. There were a lot of hostile remarks and gestures flung at us from passersby, though, and all of them were women. I never saw so many middle fingers thrown my way in the course of two hours! Despite that, we smiled and let these ladies know that God loves them.Sheila
1-3 PM +++ Jeannie and Elaine
What a beautiful afternoon on the sidewalk today. My usual shift buddies Elaine and Marilyn were with me even though I was delayed by an accident in the Fort Pitt Tunnel. What a joy to know that our vigil continues whether or not each and every one of us is able to participate. I was joined by Bob and Gretchen from Holy Sepulcher and Mary from way up in Chippewa at Saint Monica. Later, Dawn came from Saint Kilian’s. We even had a special visit from Lisa and Victoria. This weather is good for vigil business LOL. Since we were all Catholics on the sidewalk we were happy to pray the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary and the Divine Mercy chaplet — we also prayed all the intentions on the back of the baby picture signs.Jeannie
There was a unbalanced young woman who came into the PP circle and sat down and leaned against the building. I approached her to see if she needed any help. Her name is Cat “like kitty cat “she told me. A few minutes later the PP security guard came out and told her she was not permitted to sit against the wall. Cat refused my offer of help. Please keep her in your prayers.
Also to all the participants please remember there is a line of folks waiting to get into the Department of Motor Vehicles most days — pray for them to join us!!!
3-5 PM +++ Pat, Val, and Mike
We all did a better job of praying this week over last week – much time was spent on our knees. It was great to see the familiar faces of the Weirton Catholic Church group once again (organized by our own SM Sheila). They prayed on the far side of the circle while my faithful SBs Val and Mike prayed with me on the other. Henry came once again (second time) and I think he must have spent a full hour on his knees praying. It was great to see Amy and Vince again. They have such a beautiful prayerful spirit about them and it’s so clear by watching them that God must hear their prayers.
It was very quiet this afternoon, with no one going in and only employees coming out. The last one out was Director Kim E. I ask all reading this to say a brief prayer for her conversion.Pat