Day 39: United We Kneel

I was blessed to spend part of Lent a few years back in Milan, Italy where I saw this panel on the Duomo doors. I was moved by the detail in the people portrayed in the scene, especially the man hiding (Peter? Me?) and the wear marks left by thousands of faithful kisses as they reverenced our Lord. I was moved even more by the red roses someone had carefully placed upon the scene, but I shouldn’t be surprised. The red rose is a such a powerful symbol of LOVE, and this panel depicts the greatest love story EVER. He so loved the world that He sent His only Son …. This week we remember the rest of that love story. That is why a red rose is a perfect symbol for the Pro-life Movement. LOVE – true, pure unselfish LOVE Conquers All. LOVE WINS!


Today’s message from Shawn Carney:


Reports from our shift managers:

7-9 Shift Manager Tim Reports:
Today I joined my prayers to end abortion and for protection of the unborn with those around world starting with the recitation of the rosary from Lourdes, France, where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared a little over 100 years ago, and the holy Mass, both aired on TV.  My wife joined me and she remarked what peace it brings to the soul in these difficult times! All members of the 40 Days for Life Family are in my prayers. God bless you and bring you peace.  Tim

11-1 Shift Manager Dean Reports:

Good afternoon. As we prepare to enter God’s Holy Week, I was reflecting on a message about Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf.
Jesus, who was One with God the Father and Creator of all, allowed His creation, sinful men, to end His life. This is a mystery that we will never be able to fully understand. However, we can be thankful that Jesus’ selfless act has restored our relationship with God. Thank you Jesus.
I also thought about what it meant to be a shift manager during the 40DFL campaign. I tried to balance my time in prayer with a heightened sense of vigilance for the safety and welfare of those faithful people who came to pray against abortion.
Although this campaign concludes tomorrow, I know that all of you will be continuing in prayer for Planned Parenthood’s closure. I close with this verse from 1 Cor. 15:58, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” Thank you for allowing me to be part of this group.

Shift Manager Melissa Reports:

Today I sit and drink my coffee and feel blessed to know that no matter what is going on I can trust in God and his promises. 

I read Exodus 11 and 12 and am reminded that there was a time when God asked his people to go and STAY in their homes. He asked them to put the blood of a lamb on the top of their doors and stay there and trust God as the plague passed over them.  Then when it was over, God called them out of their homes and they experienced freedom from the slavery they had been in. 

God sent them forth to the promised land with health and strength in all of them. This year, Jewish Passover begins on the evening of Wednesday, April 8th and ends on  April 16th and our Christian celebrations of the Passion of Christ and of the Resurrection on Sunday, April 12 occur simultaneously.  Is it a coincidence that all of this is happening around such holy days?

 I believe in those promises of new life.  New beginnings. I wrote a new prayer to share with all of you. I pray that you are safe and well.

Heavenly Father  We thank you for the blessings in this day. Help us to remain strong and focused on you in these uncertain times. We know evil is having its run in this world right now but we are reminded that you are always in control.  Right now you have taken us into your shelter. Cover us in your wings. In your shelter we find protection. We know you have a plan in all of this. We trust in you with all of our heart and do not lean on our own understanding. We stand firm in our faith and turn away from evil and fear only you Lord. We know this is healing to our flesh and refreshment for our bones. We put on God’s armor to defend against the evil one. We wear truth as a belt… Righteousness as a breastplate … Shoes with readiness to proclaim the gospel … Faith as a shield to deflect ALL the flames of the evil one … Salvation as a Helmet …  Sword of the spirit which is the Word of God.  And prayer for ALL the saints. Thank you for these weapons to fight against evil. We come up against the spirit of death and destruction and cancel out all evil attacks of the enemy in Jesus name.  We have been given authority in Luke 10:19 to trample snakes and scorpions and overcome ALL the power of the enemy. To cure diseases and drive out demons in Jesus name. We stand on your promises Lord that when we ask something in Jesus Name, that you hear us and will answer us. We confess we have failed you. We confess we have been silent when we should have spoken out. Forgive us Lord and fill us with a new boldness and courage and faith and strength to speak up and defend the vulnerable.  To use the weapons you have given us especially joining in prayer today to defeat the enemy. We rest in knowing that God is victorious and the enemy is defeated.

Today we stand and renounce ALL evil —- Do you renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God? I renounce them! Do you renounce the powers of this world that rebel against God? I renounce them! Do you renounce the ways of sin that draw you from God? I renounce them!

We stand together and affirm what we believe here using the words of the song “We Believe” from the album Out of the Ordinary from our own PITTSBURGH PROJECT:

We Believe in God the Father. We Believe in Christ the Son. We Believe in the Holy Spirit. We are the church and we stand as ONE. We Believe in the Holy Bible. We Believe in the Virgin Birth. We Believe in the Resurrection; Christ one day will return to Earth.

HOLY HOLY, HOLY is our God ; WORTHY WORTHY, WORTHY is our King! All Glory and Honor are His to Receive- to Jesus the King – – – – because we BELIEVE!

We declare today we are healed, protected and that the abortion industry will be shut down and this virus to be gone from this world.  Thank you God for never leaving us, for always guiding us and loving us. Thank you for choosing us to be your children.  We must defend all your children in Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Shift Manager Billy Reports: Hope you are all surviving the quarantine. I went walking for the 2 hour shift to pray today. Actually, this was such a struggle doing this with God instead of a partner, but I was praying for our protection, for the babies and praying for any way God could help defund planned parenthood. I got really distracted in prayer that I lost track of time. I want to end this by sharing the lyrics of the the worship song I was listening to at the end of my prayer walk: open the blind eyes and open the deaf ears. I think that should be our prayer for our culture and for those at planned parenthood! I miss you guys! Be safe and God bless you, Billy 

Day 32 : Things this Pandemic teaches Us . . .

THIS WONDERFUL REFLECTION is adapted from thoughts from writer Paul Tripp:

This pandemic confronts the delusion of human independence and self-sufficiency.

We like to think, as human beings, that we are so advanced and capable. But look around – all it takes is a single virus to shut down the entire world. Let this time remind you that you were created to be dependent on the Creator.

This pandemic reminds us that there is a greater, darker, and more dangerous pandemic – SIN !!

Not everyone will test positive for the coronavirus, but everyone has been infected by sin, from birth. “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.” (Psalm 51:5)

This pandemic makes God’s sovereign power and amazing grace shine even brighter.

Sin is eternally more destructive than the coronavirus will ever be, but there is a known cure. God looked at his world in awesome mercy and love and decided he would not let us perish from this disease (John 3:16).

This pandemic makes us long for our final destination.

Hope in heaven is not some faint, dreamy wish, for those who are embracing some religious delusion. The final promise of the gospel is this: There will be a day when such things will end forever, and we will be in a place where there will be no more sickness and no more suffering (Revelation 21:4).


Today’s message from Shawn Carney:


Musings from today’s prayer warriors:

Shift Manager Tim Reports:

The downtown streets were quiet today yet sadly PP was open. However, there was a prayer warrior on his knees making a powerful witness to life.  Surely God heard his prayers. I was not on the streets this morning.  I was in my home kneeling in prayer on the comfort on my carpet. I watched the Mass on EWTN, the ultimate prayer. I know Heaven heard my prayers to change hearts and minds and end abortion. Jesus I trust in You! Tim

Dean, praying from home today

Shift Manager Dean Reflects:

My daily reading from Our Daily Bread is currently in the Book of Judges. I can’t think of a more appropriate verse for society’s state than Judges 21:25, “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes”.
Please May God bring us back from this mindset to a willingness and dedication to follow His ways.
I spent the first half hour of my shift on my knees, with the aid of a pillow. Frankly, I don’t think that I could have managed that on the sidewalk. I prayed for the Holy Spirit to give everyone a conviction of the sanctity of life. This is God’s precious gift to us.
I prayed for our legislators to make abortion more difficult to get, if not abolish it all together. Abortion thrives in an atmosphere where it is condoned.
I firmly believe that God will use the current pandemic to reach the unsaved. In closing I leave you with one of my favorite passages, Phil. 4: 6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”. Dean

Shift Manager Melissa Writes:

Today as the rain falls I see the sunshine through at times. It’s a reminder to me that no matter how much the darkness tries to cover it cannot cover the Light. The Light of this world is Jesus and His love and sacrifice shines through all of this. I continue to pray the prayer I wrote believing God will answer our prayer to close the abortion industry down. Join me in this prayer if you wish.  Heavenly Father, thank you for opportunity to gather together to pray and share your message with all who are willing to hear. We pray for your guidance and protection in this area where we know evil lurks. We ask you to be with us. Cover us and protect us. In Isaiah 54:17  No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord. We surrender this to you. Knowing fully that you are in control of everything. We find comfort in your Word and rest at Jesus feet listening for guidance and direction.  In 2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and keep you safe from the Evil One. And in Psalm 138:7  Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me. Help us Lord. Give us courage and boldness to reach those within the enemy’s grasp. Give us the words to reach their hearts and open their minds to your Truth.  Sustain us when we feel weak. Knowing fully our strength comes from you.   In Isaiah you remind us of this Isaiah 41:10  Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Bring healing and comfort to this area.  Bind the evil that resides here and send it back to where it belongs. Fill this area with your love and your comfort. Restore your people.  Unveil their eyes so they can see what the enemy has stolen from them and draw them to you Lord to join us in this fight for your children. All your children have value and matter.   Remind us victory is already ours through your son Jesus Christ as in Romans 8:37-39  No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us! For I am certain that nothing can separate us from his love: neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, neither the world above nor the world below—there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord. I pray for the body of Christ to come together to rid this city and county and world of the thought of abortion.  Bring this evil fortress Planned Parenthood and all places who perform abortions down!  Let their doors close forever.   Open the eyes of the hearts of all those that participate in this act of violence against the most innocent precious ones so they may seek repentance.  Guide us. Protect us. Heal us. Comfort us. Praise you for creating us and giving us purpose to do your Will. In Jesus name we Pray, Amen.  God bless you all and may he keep you safe.

And shift manager Katie sent a prayer that she finds inspiring:

Orthodox Prayer for Victims of Abortion O most merciful, all gracious and compassionate Lord Jesus Christ our Savior, Son of God: we entreat Thee, most gracious Master: look with compassion upon Thy children who have been condemned to death by the unjust judgment of men. And as Thou hast promised to bestow the heavenly kingdom on them born of water and the Spirit, and who in blamelessness of life have been translated unto Thee; and Who said, “Suffer the little children to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven”—we humbly pray, according to Thy unfailing promise: Grant the inheritance of Thy kingdom to the multitude of spotless infants who have been cruelly murdered in the abortuaries of this land; for Thou art the resurrection and the life and the repose of all Thy servants and of these innocents, O Christ our God. Turn the hearts of those who seek to destroy Thy little ones. We beseech Thee to pour forth Thy healing grace upon them, that they may be convicted in their hearts and turn from their evil ways. Remember all of them that kill our children as on the altars of Moloch, and render not unto them according to their deeds, but according to Thy great mercy convert them—the unbelieving to true faith and piety, and the believing that they may turn from evil and do good. O Holy Master, Almighty Father and pre-eternal God, Who alone made and directs all things; Who rises up quickly against the evil of the impious ones; Who, by providence, teaches Thy people preservation of justice and the obliteration of evil on earth; Who condescends to raise up warriors for the protection of the people of God: we entreat Thee with compunction, that as Thou didst give David power to defeat Goliath, and as Thou didst condescend through Judas Maccabeus, to seize victory from the arrogant pagans who would not call on Thy Name; so too, grant protection to us, Thy servants against the enemies rising against us as we go forth to do spiritual battle against the evil one and those who do his will rather than Thine. For Thou art a merciful God, and lovest mankind, and unto Thee do we ascribe glory, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Day 25: Thanks to St. Paul of the Cross Parish (Mt. Lebanon/Castle Shannon), Sidewalk Advocates for Life, Living Hope Church, Resurrection Church, and more …

Her first day as a PP volunteer would end up being – – – – – her LAST!

In case you missed this report from the sidewalk yesterday: A first time PP volunteer came out of the building and …. expressed feeling so saddened as she sat in a room with about ten women… She wasn’t sure how many were there for abortions and how many for other procedures…. She heard one of them complain that she ” had to pay over $400 for her abortion” …  The volunteer said that thoughts of her own four miscarriages came to mind as she sat in that clinic. … She had initially thought that volunteering at PP would be a good idea, but she couldn’t even finish her first shift! ….. She told us she couldn’t stand being at PP any longer and she left. ….

Sometimes I wonder if we are doing any good out there — But this account tells us so much! Whether you are able to join the vigil on the sidewalk or not, wherever you are during these crazy times, know that storming heaven with prayer in the cause for life WORKS. Please, please, please continue to pray in earnest! PRAYER CHANGES THINGS – Jeannie

412 LIFE WATCH SHIFT REPORTS

7-9 Shift Manager Tim Reports:

What a blessed morning as “Vigil Essentials” were put to use and I was joined by St. Paul of the Cross parishioners and Father Tim and the Guardians for Life.  Thank you all for standing up for the most vulnerable during these trying times. The relatively quiet streets allowed our prayers to ring out.  Sadly the clinic was open along with escorts and a few couples went in.  We hoped and prayed the unborn felt our love. Thanks also to Nick for acting as our Guardian Angel on the street during these difficult times.

St. Paul of the Cross folks & Joe keeping Social Distance (except for Married Couples)
When it is Quiet in the City, PRAYER fills the AIR— Thank you Fr. Tim & faith-filled vigilants.
There is an ANGEL on the Sidewalk, too!

9-11 Shift Manager Charlie Reports: Today’s 9 to 11 shift was very quiet but consequently very peaceful. Wonderfully, PP was very slow and not too many were seen going into the clinic.  Amy joined me as my prayer partner.  Please pray for our Sidewalk advocates as both of our Sues were missing today.  


11-1 Shift Manager Dean Reports: Surreal. I have never seen the sidewalks this empty, but I expected that. Except for a very few passersby, the only people on the sidewalk at P.P. were clients and members of 40DFL.

Thanks Lisa for getting the request out for people to stand and pray with me. WHAT A TEAM we have in this city! There was a good response from the young men attending Resurrection Church in Brookline. They used Knee Mail!

Joan and some of Resurrection Church’s finest today on the sidewalk… KNEE MAIL sent!
Happy to have Living Hope Church members out TODAY!
Katie & Billie amid the Rose Petals … to wrap up the day!

Day 18: Thanks to the Knights of Columbus, Volunteers from Washington, PA and VIPs Billy and Katie:

I have been a part of the pro-life movement for (gasp) decades, and I now realize that being ignored (tolerated) probably means we were not taken seriously… As we read today’s Tales from the Sidewalk, I would like to suggest that we are in THIS type of moral struggle:

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. Mahatma Gandhi

Bravo to our brave and peaceful pro-life prayer warriors!

SHIFT MANAGER REPORTS

Shift Report from 7am-9am from Tim: The quiet streets were ideal for the early team of Virginia, Joe and me to pray together. We were joined by Tom and his son Thad of the Bellevue Knights. And, ever- faithful Bill came by to witness.  A little later Jim brought beautiful red roses to give out.  What a beautiful symbol of love.

 9 to 11am Shift and BEYOND report from Charlie: The 9-11 shift went great.  We were joined by knights of Columbus members John and Jim.  We had other Knights join us throughout the day.  We were also joined by sidewalk advocates Katie and Sue along with Steve and Greg. A very special thanks to Billy for being my prayer buddy for 5 hours today he really kept us all upbeat and was a huge help as he and I covered most of the day!

11am -1pm Shift Manager Dean Reports: One of the few things that I look forward to during any of the 40DFL campaigns is the fellowship that I enjoy with familiar faces. There was still some traffic going in and out of PP today but, in general it was pretty quiet.
Amidst the current situation with the COVID-19 virus, let me leave you with this: We don’t know how God will use this. He may be reminding the unsaved about their own mortality and the need for a Savior in their lives.

Shift Buddy Billy, Faithful Bill, and Bellevue Knights of Columbus

1-3 pm Shift Manager Billy Reports: Today I was shift manager from 1 to 3. I was accompanied by Katie who had also been with us all day. Jim and Tom from Washington PA also joined us. We had a few negative comments: A worker coughed on Katie and gave her a gesture — using only one finger. A lady from the bar was agitated, too and asked us not stand near the bar. A third young woman walked into Planned Parenthood and came right out and said we would have more impact if we had educational signs (maybe she can stop and look at the fetal models!!!!) One of Planned Parenthood’s workers instructed us not to talk to her and proceeded to wash out our beautiful pro-life chalk messages. DESPITE the activity of these folks, we had a lot of prayer and we truly had a decent day sharing our mission together on the sidewalk. And to be honest: It was CERTAINLY not as crazy/out of control as a Saturday with a St. Pat’s Parade!!!! God is good and blessed us. 

ALIVE with LOVE! Prayer on the Pavement Continues during the 1pm-3pm shift

Day 11: Thanks to St. Maria Goretti Parish, Holy Trinity Church, Acts Men, and individual prayer warriors — ALSO possible Baby saved!!!!!!!

Dear Abortion Center Managers: Women Deserve EXCELLENT CARE Everywhere- even in abortion facilities. Please take care of your patients!

Should Abortionists have admitting privileges to hospitals in case an abortion goes wrong?? This is the case before the Supreme Court coming out of Louisiana —- Some history: Back in 2004 over 30 major medical associations—including American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association – all signed a Statement on Patient Safety Principles for Office-Based Surgery declaring, in part: “Core Principle #4 – Physicians performing office-based surgery must have admitting privileges at nearby hospital, a transfer agreement with another physician who has admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, or maintain an emergency transfer agreement with a nearby hospital.” **

BUT today, we find abortion clinics squarely oppose their abortionists admitting a woman in need of emergency care into a nearby hospital …. Please pray that abortion clinics all over America can put aside politics and PROFITS and truly care about women enough to keep them safe! **Radiance Foundation Website

TODAY’S NEWS From the Sidewalk:

7-9 Shift Manager Tim Reports: The morning started off well with Tony and Ken (Father and Son) arriving early to help Diane and Tom unload our signs and information. They also brought a 40 DFL banner that really enhanced our witness along with Virginia and Joe, both Sidewalk Advocates, on the street. It was relatively quiet early and we were all able to pray together.

No Sneaking around with this Sign!

9-11 Shift Manager Sue Reports:

The sidewalk was blessed with so many prayer warriors this morning !  Dan from St. Maria Goretti, high school students Bella from St. Thomas More and Benson from St. Anne, and Toni, director of local Rachel’s Vineyard post-abortion healing retreats, prayed with us as well.  Janine from St. Peter in Slippery Rock and her dad, Joe from St. Patrick in Franklin, PA, made the drive down.   Sean from St. Paul Cathedral brought his two adorable sons, J and P, who sweetly waved at people in the lobby of Planned Parenthood.  Bill H. stopped by.  Faithful Sidewalk Advocates Amy, Chris, Terry, and John came down all the way from Our Lady of the Lake in Edinboro, PA to pray, and regular Saturday-morning Sidewalk Advocates Sue D., Terri, Joan, and Bridget rounded out our morning.  A very nice surprise was when Pittsburgh visitor Dan, a professor at a Christian college in another state whose wife is the leader of their city’s Diocesan Respect Life department, happened upon us and stopped to pray the Rosary with the Edinboro clan on his way to a coffee shop.  Sadly, many young women and couples were entering and exiting PP this morning.  We reached out to and prayed for them all.

Dan, Bella and Benson were ALL IN!

My daughter came home last evening for spring break, and we ended up having the most wonderful conversation about God’s amazing, incomprehensible love, late into the evening.  We were talking about how He loves ALL of us so infinitely that we can’t begin to understand it, and all we do is keep turning our backs on Him, again and again and again and again … and again …   This is SO why we’re on that sidewalk – to try to reflect even a glimmer of that amazing love we receive from God!  May He help us and empower us to reflect that love every minute we’re on that sidewalk!

Toni, Amy, Terry, Chris and John joined the VIGIL today!
Sean with sons, J and P
Terri with Janine and Joe

11-1 Shift Manager Dean Reports:

Mostly it was quiet this afternoon. Not much traffic. A very pleasant and welcome surprise was the pizza that was brought to us toward the end of my shift. Thank you sir!

1-3 Shift Manager Kathy Reports: Beautiful sunshine! Beautiful prayer group from Holy Trinity! HIGHLIGHTS:
1. A Young woman accepted our card and offer of help as she opened the PP door. We prayed: she came out very upset and quickly crossed street. We don’t know why she went in but thanked God she came out.
2. Another Young woman took a card, and said ”you helped me 2 yrs ago , keep helping people.”
3. A homeless mom – J- who is 7 months pregnant was given Mary’s Place number. (She had a phone) She was delighted with the pizza and donuts we shared! Thanks to whoever donated. We prayed for J as a group!

Holy Trinity Parish group brings out the SONSHINE!
Dan offering LOVE!!

One of our prayer Warriors, Dan, had a sign advertising Abby Johnson’s wonderful organization. We had a good time of prayer today. It seemed a young woman turned away from the clinic (and abortion) but we are not sure. She drove by a few times in a Lyft and then finally got out. She walked up and down the street a few times before making a phone call and eventually leaving the area . She was wearing the typical baggy pants we see for abortion- minded moms. Please join us in praying for her just in case.

3-5 Shift manager Katie reports:

We had a really great 3-5 turn out with the Acts Men group, and my mom came out as well. 🙂 There were a few negative cliche comments such as “I think abortion is great!” “I wish you were never born!” But we had a lot of positive comments such as nods of approval, “keep up the good work,” “thank you,” and a man who stopped to show his support and talk to us about how Jesus helped heal his substance abuse issues. It was so nice to see his enthusiasm for Jesus and the preborn! It was wonderful to have such a great group of men standing alongside us on this sunny afternoon.

Late Afternoon Prayer in the SUN! 3-5 Shift.

Day 4: Thanks to Guardians for Life, Christ our Savior Parish, Families and Individual Volunteers

ARE you having a GIRL or a BOY or a clump of cells?

I smile broadly ever time I hear of a gender reveal party … You know the occasions where the pregnant mom and dad gather with friends and family to learn the gender of the little one mom is carrying? These have become fun, creative, well-documented events ….

Did you know that parents have a choice to know their child’s gender much earlier than ever today? Instead of waiting for a sonogram like in the recent past, with just a small blood test, mom and dad can now know the gender of a baby at only 8 weeks into the pregnancy! The new test uses cells from the baby which are naturally released into the mother’s bloodstream. It’s the latest way to get an accurate view on whether you should expect Touchdowns or Tutus…

SO – instead of talking about aborting a clump of cells, a fetus or even an unborn child, let’s be clear: EVERY abortion takes the life of a little BOY or a little GIRL and deprives a family of LOVE.

SHIFT REPORTS/HIGHLIGHTS FROM TODAY:

7-9 Shift Manager Tim Reports:

We were showered with blessings this morning in so many ways.

Thao came early to pray and joined Virginia and Joe, the regular early Saturday morning Sidewalk Advocates. She inspired us by her kneeling  and praying in the frigid weather for the entire two hours.  Our blessings continued when the Choices Mobile Sonogram came to allow us to offer an immediate alternative, then the whole Guardians for Life team came and filled the sidewalk with prayer and to enhance our witness. Nikki came by and set up her beautiful pro life paintings along with flowers and petals. And just as I was about to leave, a faithful prayer warrior brought us a huge container of really hot and soo good coffee.  I am grateful to all for your powerful witness in the harsh weather (and to Diane and Tom for providing hand warmers).

Guardians for LIFE bring out the SUN

9-11 Shift Report from Charlie mentions: Quiet and cold but full of love and prayer as we were joined by so many brave Angels. The first Saturday morning went well and the hope of changing hearts warmed us all

11-1 Shift Manager Anthony writes: This morning was quite chilly, and although we were sad to see PP was relatively busy throughout our shift, we were warmed both physically and spiritually by a kind man named John who stopped by to pray and delivered coffee, donuts, and an entire pizza to those present! We were so thankful to recieve these gifts, and spend some quality time in prayer for our cause.

1-3 Shift Manager Melissa Reports:
When I arrived someone showed me that someone had brought pizza, donuts and coffee for all of us! I was reminded how God loves us and takes care of us. Barbara was there from Christ Our Savior Parish church. She said there had been a group earlier but she was the last trooper left. It was truly inspiring that she stayed and prayed in this cold cold weather!  Bill later joined us as well. 
We had a a lot of supportive people walk by, giving us thumbs up and encouragement.
A gentleman stopped and told us how he had seen people here praying since he was really young and really admired what we were doing. I asked him if we could pray for him and he accepted. We all stood holding hands while Jason lead us in prayer for this man, his name was Kyle
.

There were a few couples going in and coming out of Planned Parenthood which is always sad and difficult to see. The door was locked and security had to let them in, which in a way can give us a moment to reach them before they enter.   Amongst the wind and cold the SUN came out warming us a bit reflecting the inner joy and warmth of knowing that we are reaching others even if we don’t always see it.

3-5 Report from Shift Manager Katie:

When I arrived for the 3-5 shift, I was greeted by Melissa, Jason, Billy, and Sherri and Zach who were there for the first time! Yay! A few negatives eventually came: There were a lot of strange stares, comments such as “you should be ashamed of yourself,” “F the church,” etc … These silly, misinformed reactions were counteracted by many more positive responses, like “I agree with you, I’m against abortion too,” “When will abortion end?,” “Keep up the good work,” and “I agree with you, it’s a baby. I refuse to buy girl scout cookies at work because they donate to PP.” The last commenter also asked us what she can do to help, which is WONDERFUL.  Despite it being really cold, it was still a nice day on the sidewalk, and I’m so grateful for all of you! 🙂

Oh! We also had a guy stop and tell us he agrees with us and how he never understands how people that advocate for not killing animals are fine with abortion and I was like YESS! 

Day 39 Thanks to St. Maria Goretti Parish, Christ Our Savior Parish, & individual volunteers

FAMILY POTLUCK SUNDAY DINNER- All are Welcome! We will gather at 6 PM in front of Planned Parenthood for closing prayers led by Pastor Joe Stump, Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene. Dinner immediately following at 6:30 PM in Catholic Charities Welcome Center at 9th & Liberty. Food, Fellowship, and Tales from the Pavement. A Perfect end to our Beautiful Vigil.

Bring your Family favorite and JOIN the 40 DAYS FOR LIFE family at TABLE

SHIFT MANAGER REPORTS:

7-9am Shift Manager Tim reports:

Despite Liberty Avenue being closed off along with most of the other roads near pp for the 10 mile race, the year round Saturday morning faithful (Virginia, Joe, Bill and now Thao) still managed to make their way to the clinic as did Diane with all the 40 DFL signs and materials.    With no street traffic it was very quiet and it appeared pp had a delayed start. An older man with what appeared to be his grandchild stopped to thank and encourage us. He then showed the child the fetal models and hopefully planted a seed. We also hope we made a powerful witness and planted some seeds with all the runners who came by along with their supporters. Peace and joy, Tim

Bill and Beth from St. Alphonsus SHOW UP EARLY
LIFE SQUAD: Virginia, Thao, Joe
Bill, Zach, Richard bring LIFE to the sidewalk!

Shift Manager Barbara Reports 11-3: It was a blessing to witness in the name of Christ Our Savior Parish. Richard and I arrived and Jeff and Judy had everything organized and running ship shape. Zach was standing on the far side handing out scriptural cards.   Jeff went home and Judy remained in her role as sidewalk advocate.  She was busy as people by twos and threes went in and out of pp almost continually. Zach is a psych student, back home on vacation from school in Harrisburg.  He graduated from Vincentian Academy and felt that he should not waste time.  He remained for at least 2 hours.

Linda and John arrived and prayed quietly and we shared an “Our Father.”  They left soon to return to Grove City with their friends in Life Advocates.  Three others had been across the street witnessing at 11. Jeremiah, Rebecca and Landon arrived from Washington PA, coming for the first time.  They responded to a call for help on our website.  Jeremiah has a positive warmth for life and was ready to share when asked. They are expecting their second child in April.  Their son Landon says he is ready to be a big brother.

Chad arrived alone, glad to find us there.  He stayed to share the Good Book.  He and Jeremiah spoke with a young woman who had serious pro abortion opinions.  The three had a worthy conversation.  None was won to the other side.  They separated peacefully. Chad said he is interested in joining the regular early Saturday morning team  year round.  He has another friend who might join him.  The friend had helped him change over from atheism.  Kathy shift manager and Anthony shift buddy arrived at 1.  Adam arrived to pray.  He is not related with a church at this time.  He is interested in a bus to Washington for the March for Life. Patricia and Paul arrived from Butler.  They signed in and it was time for us to leave.  It was a terrible day.  So many people coming and going … keeping the pp door busy.  It was a wonderful day.  So many people came to witness for life. Barbara

Paul and Patricia from Butler

3-5 Shift Manager Billy Reports: Today I was accompanied with Katie and her parents. We were praying with Adam, Paul, and Lisa who came to do the Jericho walk. 

It was a pretty quiet afternoon when we arrived at Planned Parenthood. A few people walked into Planned Parenthood, and a few workers left. Around 4:15, it was Katie, Katie’s family, Lisa and myself for the rest of the shift. Then Diane came to take the supplies for the night. 

Katie praying with Mom and Dad- A Family Affair!

Day 32: Thanks to Oakmont/Plum/Verona Catholic Parishes, St. Ferdinand , Jeans & a T-Shirt, Harvest Baptist Church

SUPERMAN ! ??

I like the part of HALLOWEEN when the neighborhood kids come up to the door with their costumes, trying hard to take on the traits of the superheros they are dressed to be. You can always see a little “breech” in the costume — their own tennis shoes, or a shock of blond hair poking out the side of a dark wig – – – the eyeglasses without lenses, or a drooping crown or slipping pair of fairy wings. At this very moment I believe we get a little glimpse of how GOD sees each one of us.

I was downtown for the President’s visit and I saw a lot of folks taking on images of protest— there was some vulgarity and some unusually dramatic dress, and lots of eagerness to communicate in lots of ways…. One young man had a full length cape on adorned with white lettering. The language on the garment was quite colorful. He seemed agitated by our presence but said he was too busy to stop and straighten us out. I didn’t want to annoy or threaten him by taking his picture. This is how I think God saw him:

GOD knows us at our purest best. He sees beyond the vagaries of the world. He LOVES each and every one of us as a mom loves a baby. He loves that guy in the nasty black cloak!

I HOPE that during these next several months of turmoil in the movement for life, we will all be able to look beyond the Escort Vests, Pink PP T-Shirts, Surgical Scrubs of the Abortionists and Nurses, and see the beautiful, unique, lovable persons God has created for this world.

Shift Manager Tim Reports 7-9 am

It was a very quiet morning downtown so the prayers of the Oakmont/Plum/Verona churches rang out on the streets. We prayed aloud the prayers on the back on the “baby” signs for moms, families, politicians and abortion workers.  Great prayers.
We had a nice group on both sides of the arc and made a nice witness with our praying and holding our signs. Tim

Shift Manager Dean Reports 9-11am

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Shift Manager Reports 11am-1pm

Shift Manager Anthony Reports 1-3 This afternoon we had some rain but nothing more than a drizzle and a light breeze at times. We had 6 great men from the Jeans & A T-Shirt group come and pray with us as well as pass out information cards and brochures. This Saturday seemed busier than usual, with a lot of individuals and couples going in and out of Planned Parenthood. Although this isn’t what we like to see, it gave us more opportunity to talk to those who may be in need and just show by our presence that there are resources and people out there who care and can provide support in order to avoid abortion. Overall we had a good shift with nothing too negative to support. Also, a kind man dropped off a tray of cookies which we were able to hand out to a lot of children and some adults(who we made sure took a pamphlet or card as well.)

Men from Jeans & A
T-Shirt!

Shift Manager Billy Reports 3-5pm Joe B and I covered the 3 to 5 pm shift today and Joe took pictures. We were with volunteers of Harvest Baptist church of Natrona Heights. We had a couple of individual volunteers and ended with St. Patrick’s church. One of the more impactful parts of my shift was a young woman came and looked at the baby models and one of the women from Harvest Baptist church named Sabrina went over and talked to the woman. The woman confirmed she had an abortion and said he did have a child afterwords. It was really touching to see the love of God through one of our volunteering church members who came to our vigil. We also welcomed Jim who comes frequently around the later shift on Saturdays because he lives close. We also encountered by two people who asked what we were doing. We ended with rosary prayers. 

Damp but Happy 3-5 Prayer Warriors

Shift Manager Reports 5-7pm

Day 25: Thanks to Washington Churches,Holy Trinity Church, Robinson, Holy Family Church, Steubenville, and others!

STRONG HER: adjective:/strôNG/ɡər what a woman becomes when she becomes a mother!

I recently had the opportunity to attend a multi-day family wedding. Actually it was the most FAMILY wedding I have ever attended. Children of all ages were welcomed and accommodated — there were 27 kids meals at the reception !!

One of my borrowed cherubs: Veronica

With all these babies, I happily took the opportunity throughout the days to “borrow” as many little ones as I could to hold and cuddle. In so many pictures, my arms are filled with chubby legs and cherubic faces. I was thrilled to once again hold each one close to me as my “little one” was now the groom!

A day after I returned, I noticed that my arms were aching and sore, as though I had pulled muscles in them doing some strenuous work. It then occurred to me that I was not used to MOM ARMS! Holding those adorable little ones takes strength — muscles that I do not use regularly. You have to secure their body weight and ensure their comfort. A baby is not a sack of potatoes or grocery tote you can simply set down if you get fatigued!

We start with a little bundle to hold…

We get those tiny newborns as we begin the journey of active parenting. And as the babies grow, so especially do the arm and back muscles of their parents—-Moms in particular!

As our children grow, so does our STRENGTH to be there for them – it is a beautiful perfect plan!

I think the physical strengthening of mothers is a wonderful reminder of what is happening within that woman who has accepted the call to become a mom.

I have been blessed to be a part of watching 2 unprepared women learn they would be mothers. These 2 grew in ways I could never have imagined as their babies developed and as they made plans for the future. In both cases, for the first time, these young ladies had to consider someone besides themselves; they had to step up for someone else!

SO when we call for the natural process of motherhood to be respected and supported even when a mom is in crisis, we have a twofold gain: A precious innocent life can continue to be a part of our world, and a woman who likely never imagined that motherhood would change her becomes STRONG. STRONG HER !

TODAY ON THE SIDEWALK

Fr. Tim and the Guardians for Life

7-9am Shift Manager Tim Reports

The brisk weather did not prevent the faithful from the Washington Churches grouping and Fr. Tim and the Guardians for Life from coming and making  a powerful witness on the street.  We were also blessed to have the mobile sonogram unit from Choices Pregnancy Services offering free alternative services. Several people stopped and said encouraging words and even prayed aloud for God to encourage, defend and support us. Peace and joy. Tim

Washington STRONG!

9-11 Shift Manager Sue Reports:

A chilly, first-frost (at least in my area), winter-coat morning!  But no wind or rain, so it was very bearable.  I arrived to find the faithful Guardians for Life praying.  Charlie and Amy, my loyal shift buddies, were also there, along with Patty M., Sidewalk Advocates Sue and Terri, and the amazingly ever-present Thao.  Pauline from Pennsylvanians for Human Life Allegheny County chapter joined us too, with Dotty from New Life Fellowship.  Thank you to all of you!

Choice Mobile Ultrasound ready for MOMs

It seemed there were more escorts than usual on duty this morning.  More people than usual entering PP, too.  The Choices mobile unit was there, parked across the street, but unfortunately no one chose to use their services despite our recommendations.  At one point a steady stream of folks were going into PP and it seemed like perhaps there was a meeting going on there.   Judy offered a PP-bound couple information and was able to talk to them for several minutes; they walked away and it looked to us like they’d completely left, but several minutes later they returned and entered PP.  We prayed for every single person entering and exiting.

At one point mid-shift, a feather fell from above onto the sidewalk, reminding me of the blog comment earlier this week about a falling feather being a sign from Sally.  I like to think it is.  Today is “Sweetest Day” — admittedly, a holiday probably made up by Hallmark — but it fits that Sweet Sally would send us that today.  I know she is praying for the babies and for us.

‘s Feather from Sally?

11-1 Shift Manager Dean:

Hi there. Thanks first of all to the folks from Holy Trinity in Robinson who came to pray at P.P.
Many of the women and couples who were exiting P.P.  refused the yellow cards and support information that was offered.
We talked with a young man who was unaware that this location was a Planned Parenthood center and that abortion regularly happens there. His grandfather who is still alive at 96, was a survivor of a  Nazi forced labor camp during World War Two.

Holy Trinity STRONG
St. Peters Steubenville Family Effort on the Sidewalk Saturday!
Elisabeth Sharon and Mary from Holy Trinity
Jenny & Tom with Esther and Elijah

1-3pm Shift Manager Sharon Reports: Some wonderful prayer warriors were present during the 1:00–3:00 shift. Maggie from St. Peter’s stayed for awhile after being at the previous shift.  Mary and Renee from Holy Trinity in Robinson led 2 hours of constant prayer.  Chuck and Carol from Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene came to do a Jericho Walk around Planned Parenthood and gave us all encouragement.  Volunteers Tom and Jenny came with their lovely children Elijah and Esther..  A very nice young man named Frank stopped on his bicycle and prayed for several minutes.  Laura, from Holy Family in Steubenville, joined us the last half hour.  I didn’t think to get her picture because a few others from her church were supposed to come for the next shift.  She brought “Recovery Care” packages that she had put together for post abortive women.We thank God for the good weather today and for the opportunity for conversations and to pass out printed information.  The work of 40 Days is so very important.  In addition to babies and mothers being saved from abortion, people are being educated one person at a time. 

Carol and Chuck did a Jericho March
Thank you for your prayers and witness!

3-5pm Shift Manager Katie B reports: When I arrived, I met Tom and Laura, and Laura had “free hugs” on her sweatshirt which I loved! Tom was passing out materials and a surprising number of men were receptive to taking them. Lisa then came, and me and Laura spent some time finding pro-life prayers on our phones. We had ranging comments from “God bless you” to “Hail Satan” and “Jesus isn’t real.” We were joined by a group of other wonderful individuals and Billy came down early to join us! We had a man stop to look at the fetal models, asked if he could take a picture, and then proceeded to tell us that his baby was due in December and that “if you lie down with someone, you need to take responsibility for your child” (YES!). Other than those few negative comments, it was a fairly pleasant day on the sidewalk! 

5-7pm Shift Manager Joe reports: Beautiful weather coupled with prayerful, kind Christians, life doesn’t get any better than that.

Joe, Jim, and Billy
Fran and friend

Day 11: Thanks to Bellvue Knights of Columbus, Ascension Holy Name Society (Jeanette), Guardians for Life, St. Paul of the Cross Parish, Assumption, Our Lady of Grace and Our Lady of the Lake

WHO BROKE THE DOORKNOB? WHO SAVED THE BABY?

WHO BROKE THE PARISH CHAPEL DOOR KNOB?

I have the privilege of using a chapel at a neighborhood church for a few hours each week. Last week, as I was leaving the chapel, the doorknob fell off in my hand. I examined the parts and could not see where the problem was — the parts all seemed sound and the screws holding the knob in place were not missing. As I pondered the situation, additional chapel visitors came in. Luckily, one was a skilled craftsman who took a look at the parts I held. After examining the situation, he explained that the door knob was not fixable! He showed me how the steel bar which runs through the door had sheared in two, and suggested that the only solution was a replacement. It turns out that the explanation was an astonishing, yet simple one. Visitors to the chapel WORE THE DOOR KNOB OUT !!!! . None of us did it independently, and no one realized what we were capable of, but day after day, visitor after visitor the quarter turn on the chapel doorknob ultimately broke down the steel of the mechanism. TALK ABOUT THE POWER OF PRAYER! Each turn of that doorknob meant someone was coming to pray with Jesus, someone was taking time out of a busy schedule to be a part of the worship of the Savior of the World. So– in reality although the doorknob finally failed as I was using the chapel, every one of us who have entered the chapel is guilty of breaking the doorknob! Our prayer cut through STEEL.

WHO SAVED THE BABY?

Today on the sidewalk, you will hear the remarkable, fantastic, glorious SAVE of a baby. This miracle was accomplished this morning, as one of our Sidewalk Advocates greeted a woman headed to the PP clinic. This morning, one woman chose LIFE for her child. This morning, the heart of our pro-life effort was full. But, like the doorknob, it was not just our sidewalk advocate Sue who is responsible for this wonderful event. It is the culmination of the prayers, sacrifices, fasting, teamwork, and advocacy of EVERY ONE OF THE Pittsburgh 40 Days for Life Team. This SAVE IS YOUR SAVE——- You DID IT!!! Certainly, Sue was in the right place at the right time. But we know that is not the whole story — prayer warriors were on the sidewalk with her, others were in homes or cars praying, others in convents and rectories. Some people involved had a 40 Days for Life yard sign displayed, or were simply wearing a 40 Days T-Shirt or a PRAY TO END ABORTION button on their jackets. Some responsible people can be found because they have a pro-life bumper sticker on their car! You see, just as every one of the prayer warriors entering my church chapel BROKE the doorknob, IF YOU ARE READING THIS BLOG, you SAVED A BABY TODAY! with love and HOPE- Jeannie

Guardians for Life and St. Anne’s prayer warriors start the day

7-9am Shift Manager Tim Reports: It was a brisk & blessed morning as we had prayer warriors on both sides of the PP entrance. Father Tim and the Guardians for Life and the Bellevue Knights of Columbus led the prayers.

9-11am Sidewalk Advocate Sue Reports:

God saved a precious baby today from abortion!!!!!  PRAISE HIM!!!  And I am so very thankful He allowed me and all praying today to be on the sidewalk today to witness to it!  A lady changed her mind.  A huge THANK YOU to the many prayer warriors from the Guardians for Life, Assumption, Our Lady of Grace, Our Lady of the Lake in Edinboro, PA, Ascension and other Jeannette parishes, St. Paul of the Cross, Sidewalk Advocates for Life, and also including a young family of four with two adorable children.  A steady flow of folks did enter PP today, and we prayed for each one entering and exiting.  I can remember only one negative reaction today from a passerby, who spit on the sidewalk in front of some folks.  But because of the saved baby, joy prevailed among the praying folks.

The witness to the decision today for Life was astounding; I’m finding it difficult to put into words the joy I’m feeling about this.  Please pray for the lady who chose life today and her baby, and for everyone who entered PP today:  clients and workers.  And please NEVER EVER think that your prayer and witness is ever in vain!!

11am-1pm Shift Manager Dean Reports: Not much happened during the time I was down there.  I handed out some cards.  There seemed to be a larger than usual amount of traffic going into PP.  Basically, it was a pretty quiet afternoon.  

1-3pm Shift Manager Kathy Reports: 2 hours went by quickly! Shift buddy Anthony, went behind PP and verified there is a back door. A passerby stopped to talk, “ Its murder pure and simple” he reflected sadly. First timer, Stacy, engaged with Kevin as he stopped , ”The embryonic state is our first encounter with heaven and creation.” 3 girls came out of PP at intervals, & 2 took information. We passed out many cards and Anthony observed: “We will never know how many babies are saved by these because they have resources!”

Anthony, Bill and Knight Ted Join the Vigil
(Not pictured: Stacy from Peters Creek Baptist)

3-5pm Shift Manager Katie Reports: When I first arrived, Kathy stayed with me for a while until Jim from the Knights of Columbus showed up, as well as another individual named Jim who I’m told lives around there and comes down often. We witnessed Kathy be a wonderful advocate for life by explaining fetal development and birth control to two young girls who were curious about the display model. Charlie from the Knights of Columbus then came, as well as Bill, Jeff, and later Billy. We received a few negative comments, such as an individual telling us that abortion is “already a settled law” (as if that makes it moral), and two younger girls telling us that what we were doing is “messed up,” and then walked back the other direction and recorded us. Other than a few negative encounters, the evening was fairly calm without many comments, positive or negative, from anyone. 

5-7 Shift by Jeff and Billy…Billy writes:

I was the last shift with Jeff, today Katie stayed later because I was running a little late. Charlie also was with me this evening. There was a lot of traffic and people passing us by. During the shift we mostly got a lot of looks by passersby, but not a lot of conversations were engaged with us. We all prayed for a short bit and then Tom came to grab the gear!

Katie, Billy and Charlie, along with Jeff closed out the vigil today.