40 Days for Life
We are CHOSEN by Our Heavenly Father!
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ
with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,
as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world,
to be holy and without blemish before him.
St. Paul tells us in the above passage that Our Father has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens. He loves us and cares for us, as a human father does- only our God does it perfectly. May we strive to trust Him as Our Father.
He has CHOSEN us to be alive.
He has CHOSEN us to exist in this moment in time.
He has CHOSEN us to be in a particular family.
He has CHOSEN us to be holy and without blemish before Him. May we strive for that.
Reports from the Sidewalk:
It was good to be with my faithful buddy Peggy this morning! We prayed for just about all of our two hour shift, and were blessed to be joined by three men from the Manordale Knights of Columbus in Murrysville, Vito, Dennis and Dave. There was no business happening at Planned Parenthood; only a couple workers went in and no clients. As we were praying in the stillness, I sensed that we were praying beside a sleeping beast. A beast who has gluttonized for the past two days on the bodies of precious babies and gotten drunk on innocent blood and now lays sleeping quietly. We prayed beside that beast this morning. It was inspiring to be greeted by a large group of young men from the seminary who were there to pray as I left! May God bless them and all who come to pray today!
Five students from St. Paul Seminary joined us this morning for prayer. Then we were joined by two more at 10 am. They were a blessing to us with a powerful prayer presence.
Bus driver gave us the thumbs up. Many people were cordial and responded to our greetings and blessings.
Two young girls stopped to talk, and said they were going in for other services. They listened to information about free women’s services and took a card. They listened to all the information I told them about PP but went in anyway.
Mom and daughter went in for condoms and were standing inside and facing the door. Pastor Joe kept beckoning them to come out. They did come out and looked at all the material and they were very interested and took information with them.
A couple came by for prayer for addictions and spent some time talking to us. The lady had seven children. They are coming by next week to get Bibles to help them in their spiritual journey.
Some potentially important things to share today. First, thank you to my wonderful prayer partners, Shift Buddy Beth Ann, Tony, Bob, Judy, and Fr. James and Deacon Paul. God bless you all!
The shift was generally peaceful for the first hour and a half. Then as we were toward the end, an unusual occurrence took place. A man and woman came around the corner from the alley, the woman dressed in black clothes and long silver gloves (photos of the couple are below). She began to pose in front of various spots around the vigil, opening up a folding hand fan that had the bold obscenity “C _ _ _” on it. The man took photos of her in each place– in front of the signs, in front of the baby models, etc. My prayer partners and I just watched and stood silent… until… they began to approach the images of the Blessed Mother. I instinctively went over and told them they couldn’t do that THERE. (I know that they can LEGALLY, but I meant, not in front of the holy images.) The woman angrily said, “Yes we can! This is a public sidewalk!” I calmly but firmly responded, “I’m just trying to defend the Blessed Mother.” She yelled back, “And I’M just trying to defend my right to choose!” I knew that this would go nowhere, so all I could do was try to cover the holy images of Our Lord and Our Lady. Of course, that meant that I’d be IN their photos, but so be it. They seemed to get a sort of sick thrill from seeing me try to protect the dignity of what is holy. As they left, Beth Ann heard the woman say, “It’s too bad we didn’t bring the guys with dresses…. but we’ll be back.”
I’m sure you all understand that all of this is perfectly legal. But none of it is appropriate. I told Nikki what we might be expecting next, and she asked that I make this publicly known on the blog- not to dissuade anyone from coming, but just to make you aware that the “sleeping beast” Nikki mentioned above seemed to be stirring a bit today. Just be on your guard, stay calm, and PRAY.
Pleasant weather and the company of faithful prayer warriors Glenn (The Most Precious Blood of Jesus), and Mike and Larry (AOH). We prayed the rosary circuit (all mysteries) during the shift, and distributed literature. Foot traffic was light, and there were few individuals entering and leaving PP. We had some positive comments and some negative as well. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (Rom 12:12)
Today (October 15) is also a day to remember St. Teresa of Avila, a Carmelite reformer from the 16th century. She lived at a time when those in her Carmelite order were needing help to get back to what they should be about: their true Faith.
We Christians today find ourselves in a similar situation, don’t we? Let us always remember what it is to be a follower of Christ, and to live accordingly. One way to remember this is with the help of the prayer below, known as “St. Teresa’s Bookmark.” May it bring you peace as it did her.
He has CHOSEN YOU. He has CHOSEN me. May we live in the knowledge of His great love for us in CHOOSING us to be HIS.