DAY 19: THANK YOU, Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish; Saint Agnes Parish, North Huntingdon; The Passionist Nuns; The Carmelites of Erie, PA; The Carmelites of Latrobe, PA; Shift Buddies Vince P., Andy L., Marie P., Jim and Cathy S.; Volunteers Joe B., Cathy C.; and all of the spirited Witnesses who prayed with us today!

2,366 tiny faces…representing the 2,366 lives ended by abortion HERE in 2013.

The 14 golden squares represent the lives saved during our pro-life witnessing during that same year.

THE INNOCENTS. Nikki Bruni

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You know someone who has had an abortion. You might not know who it is, but unless you are a hermit, you know at least one person, and have likely encountered dozens throughout your life, who have had abortions. Abortion is the poisonous fruit of loneliness and desperation.  No one grows up wanting to violently end the life of her baby.    When in conversation with people who disagree with us on abortion, we must remember that, very likely, an abortion experience is there and we need to treat them with love, respect and mercy.

Hearing a woman who has lain on that table share her experience and her pain, will motivate you to help stop the next one before it occurs.

The healing process is a long and difficult cross to bear.

Shawn D. Carney.  TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

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Now there was a sinful woman in the city who learned that he was at table.  Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment, she stood behind him at his feet weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment. The Pharisee said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.”

”So, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”

He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven. Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”   

LUKE 7: 37-39, 47-48, 50

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SILENT NO MORE

Silent No More Awareness is a Campaign where by Christians make the public aware of the devastation abortion brings to women and men. The campaign seeks to expose and heal the secrecy and silence surrounding the emotional and physical pain of abortion.

PROJECT RACHEL

It’s normal to grieve a pregnancy loss, including the loss of a child by abortion. It can form a hole in one’s heart, a hole so deep that sometimes it seems nothing can fill the emptiness. You are not alone…

FRANCINE’S STORY

It was the two abortions I had that nearly destroyed me. When I became pregnant for the fifth time in seven years, my doctor asked me if I really thought I should “continue the pregnancy.” My husband said, “It’s your decision. Do what you want,” and left for work.  I asked my doctor and he said, “It only takes a few minutes and it’s over.” Naively, I began looking for women who had had abortions. I wanted to know what to expect. But I couldn’t find anyone who would admit to having had one.

I had my first abortion. Before I even got home, I began to cry. It didn’t help. When finally I stopped crying on the outside, I kept crying on the inside. Something deep inside of me froze.  I went to counseling and the psychologist said “Forgive yourself,” and “Let yourself go on.” She didn’t say how.
I wasn’t told that after having an abortion an unbelievable self-hatred would consume me. I wasn’t told that it would become impossible to look at my own eyes in a mirror. I wasn’t told that I would come to hate all those who advised me to have my abortions. I wasn’t told that hearing babies cry would trigger such anger that I wouldn’t be able to be around babies at all.

I wasn’t told that I could become suicidal in the fall of every year, when both of my babies should have been born. I wasn’t told that on the birthdays of my living children, I would remember the two for whom I would never make a birthday cake. On Mother’s Day I would remember the two who would never send me a card. Every Christmas I would remember the two for whom there would be no presents. My abortions were supposed to be a “quick-fix” for my problems, but they didn’t tell me there is no “quick-fix” for regrets.
The nightmares continued. I became a workaholic. Work didn’t help.  I became a compulsive eater. Food didn’t help.  I became an anorexic as a form of self-punishment. That came close to killing me. I had two strokes. I tried alcohol. It only helped temporarily.
Healing does not mean forgetting. I will always regret what I did and always miss my babies until the day I am with them in Heaven. But I know now that God can use every part of our lives, even the worst parts, to help us to help others.

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Do not continue to live in the shame, fear or numbness – call our toll-free national hotlines.
Rachel’s Vineyard: 877 HOPE 4 ME (877-467-3463) – National Hotline for Abortion Recovery: 866-482-LIFE (866-482-5433)

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Through treatment, I was able to get sober and get the depression under control. But there was a dark cloud. That cloud only lifted after I found out about and attended a healing program specifically designed for those victimized by abortion. Do you know what empowerment truly is? Knowing the truth and being Silent No More. Patti S. Florida

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He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain,

for the old order has passed away.”

The one who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” 

REVELATION 21:4-5

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For me, this video hints at some of the types of beauty a newly God forgiven woman could enjoy. All the bells and whistles delight her. Listen to the music! Look around at the beautifully refinished Cathedral. Watch the two cellists give her a thumbs up near the end of her performance. Her conductor could not look more thrilled. And how she glows!!!

EXSULTATE JUBILATE, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Rejoice, be glad, O you blessed soul. Rejoice. Be glad, singing sweet songs. In response to your singing, let the heavens sing forth with me. The friendly day shines forth. Both clouds and storms have fled now. For the righteous, there has arisen an unexpected calm. Dark night reigned everywhere [before]. You who feared till now, and joyful for this lucky dawn, give garlands and lilies with full right hand. You, O crown of virgins, grant us peace.  Console our feelings, from which our hearts sigh. Alleluia!

Regula Muhlemann sings and Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts the Staatskapelle Dresden at the Frauenkirche Dresden.

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DEE

The prayers of the religious are like FUEL in our tank.  They give us the spiritual power that we need! 

FUEL #2  The Passionist Nuns 

As usual I am late in writing to you, but you can always be assured that we are with the 40 Days for Life. Our fast days are Wednesday, Friday, Saturday of every week. We have 6 hours of prayer every day during which we pray for an end to abortion and respect for life at every age, an end to the pandemic and for our country.

Devotedly in Christ,

Sister Mary Ann, CP for the Passionist Nuns

FUEL #3  The Carmelites of Erie, PA

The letter was rather long. Will give you the last paragraph.

In October we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and Her revealing Herself as such at the close of the Fatima apparitions with the miracle of the sun on October 13th. In each of the six apparitions she asked us to pray Her Rosary and though to some, its prayers may sound repetitive, who tires of hearing, “I love you”?

We pray a Rosary in community daily besides extra Rosaries during the day, carrying you and your intentions to Our Blessed Mother, begging Her powerful intercession with Her Son in your regard. Grateful for your kindness to us, we ask Her to console you with the words She said to Lucia, the oldest of the three Fatima children, repeating deep in your heart: “My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.”

Sincerely in Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

Your devoted Carmelite Nuns

FUEL #4  Carmelites of Latrobe, PA

We are with you all during 40 Days for Life. We are praying and fasting for an end to abortion with all of you who are able to protest publicly at Planned Parenthood, Liberty Avenue.  God keep you safe and healthy as you peacefully pray and inspire others to pray and fast. God Bless you all, 100 fold.

Your most grateful,

Carmelite Nuns

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NOTES FROM THE SIDEWALK

JEN M. 7-9 SHIFT MANAGER

A large group gathered for the first shift of today’s vigil.  Gentle weather and a quiet morning on the sidewalk allowed us to focus on prayer. Thank you all for joining with us as we ask God to end the violence and sorrow of abortion!

Joe, Pat, Jason, Beth, Amy, Bill, George, Rich (standing), Andy and Vince (kneeling) gathered in prayer.


RICH AND ROSEANN K. 11-1 SHIFT MANAGERS

Praying and witnessing. It was quiet and peaceful today.

October Sunday weather treats Mary, Shift Managers Roseann and Rich, this beautiful family and Joe and Cathy to a beautiful day to Witness for Life!!!

LINDSAY M. SHIFT MANAGER 1-3

Today was very peaceful and quiet … Just one colorful drive-by insult. We didn’t even flinch or lose focus on our Rosary, which was prayed evenly spaced around the half circle of doom,  looking inward at that hideous filthy building where souls, bodies and emotions are damaged, and innocent lives are lost. I can’t speak for anyone else, but insults there make me smile inside. This means our presence is a thorn in Pittsburgh’s side. Like Jesus’ crown of thorns, our thorns WILL – by God’s grace – bring about massive goodness through our tiny sufferings. 

Mary, Kathy, Kimberly … Lindsay’s Angels

Kathy and Kimberly focusing their prayer over 933 Liberty Avenue

JOE W. 3-5 SHIFT MANAGER

St. Agnes Church showed up in force, with spirit filled attitudes ready to pray, and pray they did with confidence and humility.

Thanks folks. It was a real blessing following along with you and my shift buddies this afternoon.

Peace of the Lord be with you all.

Pro life witnesses from Saint Agnes Parish, North Huntingdon

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And God saw that it was good.

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