This is the message from National 40 Days for Life from today:
We are not entitled to results. God calls us to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, and results are up to Him, not us. When we focus on being faithful and not successful, God will show us the fruit of our labor.
JC in Yuba City, California waited an entire year before she learned that a mom chose life thanks to her presence at the fall 2019 40 Days for Life vigil. Find out how JC learned of the baby she saved last year in this new, raw video:
To watch, follow the link: youtube.com/watch?v=iC-Zzn_z42Y
It is a good thing to remind myself to take a step back and “offer up” the results of our presence on the sidewalk to God. I like to re-orient myself by simply saying to God, I give you these 2 hours of my life…if You choose to save a mother and a baby, touch a person passing by or just accept my prayers, that’s great…I give it to You to use and You don’t even have to tell me about it! It gives me peace because things are then ordered correctly! I trust that we will know the results of our presence someday, if not in this life, then in the next! God Bless you for being there!
Our Sidewalk Counselors, Greg and Steve, along with Monica (St. James parishioner, soon to be a SC) arrived and our St. Peter’s group: Beth, Kathy, Sandi, Charles and I, joined them in reciting the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary using the Rachel’s Vineyard meditations.
Today’s activity at PP was more typical of an early Tuesday morning. There weren’t tons of people coming in and going out. Quite a few clients did accept the info offered to them.(Thank you, Lord!)
With less drama, there was more time for praying and touching base with pleasant kindred souls. It’s such a gift to be associated with so many joyful and generous people!
A million thanks to so many of the Tuesday morning regulars who make the journey from Steubenville. Seasoned veterans, everyone offers prayers and help for each client. Unfortunately there were many today. If anyone knows the magic words that can get a scared, determined woman to stop and listen, send it to us asap. Guess this is where faith walks in and whispers to keep going. Mary Ann, Claudia, Charles, Beth, Tracy, Sandy, honor to spend time with you. Stop by anytime. Cooler than it seemed, we were glad to see the next shift arriving early. Michael, Denise and Denise, Helen, Kimberly, Carol and Gina with shift manager, Elsie. Wonderful people helping to help women and their babies.
Filling in today for Shift Manager Fran, I greatly missed her sweet, quiet, prayerful presence. But it was indeed a privilege to share the sidewalk with a lovely lady (with a touch of an Irish brogue?) named Helen; Carolina, a beautiful, bilingual prayer warrior; and Mike, Kim, and their prayerful, MELODIOUS group from St. Matthias in Greene County. I was tempted to sing along with their sweetly haunting hymns but knew that my voice would destroy the effect!
Johanna arrived towards the end of my shift and was soon praying the Rosary. I escaped from the Saddest Place in Pittsburgh and indulged myself in a trip to the infants’ department at Burlington — to shop for a “WELCOME” gift for the precious little girl who was saved during last spring’s 40Days and was born today 😊. Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow!!!
1-3: Johanna, Mike & Kim
Kim and I were joined by 4 other parishioners from our parish today. We prayed from 11am to 3pm. Many of our parishioners who could not make it pledged to pray rosaries while we were there. We saw a number of women coming out of planned parenthood. We will continue to keep them in our prayers. We also took a moment to pray for our new Supreme Court Justice Amy Barrett. May God bless her and all our political leaders to work towards ending abortion.
Thanks to Larry and Walt with the ancient order of Hibernians for being my sidewalk partners today! It seemed extra noisy and chaotic for some reason. There seems to be more desperation on the streets, more homeless, more drugs, more people who are desperate. We prayed over the noise and it seemed more peaceful when we were praying. We prayed for all the babies who died today and for their moms. It is a sad time to be there, in the late afternoon. I will be happy when I don’t have to come here at this time of the day after the 40 days is over. We saw a lot of people leaving. Kim told us that it was a very busy abortion day today. This was my last Tuesday afternoon shift with Larry, it was wonderful having such a faithful prayer partner throughout these 40 days! May God continue to bless and protect us through day 40! PS, Kim the shift buddy before me came back looking for her drivers license and credit card, which she lost during her 1 to 3 shift. If anybody finds it, please let me know.