Help and hope were in abundance on Saturday morning, August 1, during the Students for Life National Pro-Life Generation Sidewalk Day. Students across the country gathered outside abortion facilities to sidewalk counsel, offering women help and hope before they walk through those doors. Their goal was to be a life-changing spark of hope for another in need. And that they were!
It was so refreshing to see the younger generation in action interacting along with the “more seasoned” pro-life warriors of 40 Days for Life, Sidewalk Advocates, and the newly formed Prayer Partners for Life. Their kindness and compassion brought true joy to my heart and filled me with confidence knowing that our mission to end abortion will be continued by the next generation.
The Mary’s Place residents made blessing bags to give out to women going in as well as to those passing on the sidewalk. It was heartwarming to see the young people giving them out.
I’m sure Heaven heard our prayers and God smiled today.
The signs of spring are all around us. We will come out of these trying times and things will be better. We must have hope. We must also have faith and of course demonstrate love. I hope and pray for God’s mercy for my family, for all of you and the world. I know HIS mercy is is limitless and will be showered upon us in HIS time.
I also hope that we all come out closer to God. I hope our faith will be strengthened. I hope we will all have the courage to love those around us especially the unborn. As I hope you know, God can turn any bad thing into something good. Sure we will have tribulation in the world but remember He has conquered the world.
“We just need to do the best we can, where we are with what we got.” God will do the rest. HE has this under control. He’s got this. Have Hope.
Jesus I Trust in You. Jesus I Trust in You. Jesus I trust in You. Tim
Today’s message from Shawn Carney:
Here’s from Sue 7-9 am today:
My shift buddy Amy and I were united in prayer from our homes for the 7am-9am shift. Amy emailed me on Sunday to say she planned to pray Rosaries and Divine Mercy Chaplets. I did the same from my own home. It’s like a Monday where we were covering each side of the yellow circle at PP. Blessings and peace, Sue and Amy
From Donna 11-1:
My shift was interrupted a little today as I had to go to my Mom’s so she could do a telemedicine phone call with her Dr. I was close to town so for the last hour of my shift I parked near PP and sat in my car and prayed. I did sing along with some praise music, “Raise a Hallelujah”. Praise God no one went in and only one person came out and may have been a worker. May God stop PP and shut them down immediately since they are not an essential life sustaining business and should not even be open during this pandemic. Blessings For Life, Donna
From Beth 1-3
Rose and I prayed for our shift. St. Albert’s has glass doors and Father Steve has set up an altar right inside those glass doors with tabernacle, candles, and statues. People stop while circling the parking lot saying their prayers. Some just sit in their cars facing the altar. We’re going to do what we can and prayers work. Beth
At the 40 DFL kick off Father Joe Freedy retold a story of his football days and the coach coming to him on the bench and telling him “you’re in.” He went on to tell us that some of us in the same way are being called off the bench by God to get into the game. HE is saying “it’s your time, you’re in.” It’s in the game of life. Pro Life.
Well it’s half time of the big Spring game. We are lucky here in Pittsburgh as we have a great team. We just need to execute HIS plan. We need to show up for 40 Days and witness to life. We need to pray and fast. Sure it requires a little sacrifice but it is worth it. We have a tough adversary but we have the secret weapon that assures we will win. We have God on our side.
This isn’t a watch on TV thing, this is a get in the trenches and get muddy game. Get over your fear. As Father Joe said, have courage and it will overtake your fear. And then savor the joy of winning.
He doesn’t call everybody. But if HE is calling you and saying “you’re in,” then pick up your helmet and get in the game. Come down to the vigil for your first time during this Spring event or an extra time. Bring a friend, as we’re holding tryouts (no worries, all will make the team as we have a no-cut policy) .
Thanks also to Father Joe for the truly inspirational homily. Peace and joy, Tim
Here are the stories from today at the vigil starting with Sue 7-9 am:
There was more traffic coming into town today than I expected. Amy and I took up each side of the circle to pray. I wore the https://abortionworker.com/ sign because Mondays are mostly workers entering Planned Parenthood. Unfortunately, about an hour into our shift, women started entering PP for abortions. I believe at least 15 women entered while I was still there. I was grateful Katie and Priscilla came to offer women help and Amy was reaching out as well. A man whose name I do not know also stood peacefully with us holding a hand-made sign saying “Choose Life.” We did our best to let the women and their companions know that they are not alone and there is free help available. I do believe everyone was approached regarding alternatives to abortion, but sadly it did not appear anyone was changing their mind. I do believe God hears our prayers and trust that God knows what he is about…Thanks, Sue
From Ginny 9-11:Today was the worst day I have experienced in years. So many women went into Planned Parenthood. Mondays are never abortion days, but today was. I suppose they trying to get as many as possible. Several woman came out towards the end of my shift with tears in their eyes. So I spent my shift crying and praying. May God comfort us.
From Donna and Glen 11-1: It was a busy and sad day today at PP for a Monday. Everything may be shutting down around us and PP is still doing abortions and on a Monday!!
From Beth 1-3: Surprise today was an abortion day so twice as many thanks to the faithful prayerful family of 40 days Dianne, Janet, Rita, Marie and Sandy from St. Teresa of Avila They kept the prayers coming on this gray cold day at PP. So many clients
Our first experience was seeing a Mom and her daughter leave and it was clear by the look in the daughter’s eyes that she was hurting, physically and emotionally. They refused any information. So sad to see so many going in to PP today.
Katie had been there since 8 or so and was trying so hard to reach people and hand out pamphlets. She was determined! Thank God for that determination because praise God one of the couples she spoke with today, they are going to Birthright tonight for help. Please keep praying for this couple who has 3 kids and things are really tight for them. Kathy was there too and brought us some Unplanned DVD’s to hand out and share and Wolves In Sheeps Clothing DVD from EWTN. Thank you Kathy! Katie no sooner had the DVD’s and was sharing them with the book store owner. He told her he had been wanting to see Unplanned and appreciated her sharing them with him.
We were joined by faithful prayer warriors Patty & Bill. Then 3 ladies from St. Sebastian’s came early: Dot, Rita & Mary Lou. Thank you all for joining us today to pray to end abortion where we live.
We tried to reach out to so many but they refused. We thank God for the couple that Katie reached today.
3 to 5 was quiet at clinic and on the sidewalk. We had a great prayer group. Dave and John from St. Boniventure, Gloria from St. Mary of the Assumption and Pete the shift buddy.-John
I was thinking back to the 40 DFL kick off rally for this Spring Campaign, specifically being in front of the clinic in the light rain waiting for the entire group to begin singing and praying and being so overwhelmed with joy at seeing the sheer number of us holding candles and crosses and still watching as more and more marchers just kept coming and coming.
Yet, I was most impressed by the encounter between a a few of the prayer warriors and 3 young men who had come out the bar next to the clinic. Their language was insulting and vulgar yet no one flinched. When asked “What the _ are you doing here?”, one woman politely stated “We are here to pray to end abortion.” The men persisted and asked “Well, how many kids have you adopted?” and a woman answered “I have adopted one.” And then another woman nearby said the same. The men moved to another group in front of the doors and said to one women “You are not allowed to protest here”, she politely and calmly responded “We are not protesting, we are praying.” He responded why don’t you pray at home. She again calmly responded “I do.” He walked away.
Wow. At that moment I realized what kind of people we really are. We are bold in the face of adversity, we are courageous, we are Christians and they will know us by our love. Peace and joy. Tim
Here are the stories from today at the vigil starting with Sue 7-9 am:
It was a beautiful morning and Tom and Diane had everything set up when I got there. Amy and I stood on each side of the circle. Amy handed out a lot of literature but I mostly felt like just praying. In between a Rosary and Divine Mercy I picked up some brochures to hand out, but no one seemed to be accepting them from me today, so I went back to just praying. As always, the men of Reformed Presbyterian were a beautiful witness for Life. Their church group included a father and son duo and the women were coming down a little later. Planned Parenthood was having what appeared to be maintenance work done. Many clinic workers that went in were having trouble opening the door and Charles would ask them to have mercy on the babies. We felt compelled to specifically pray for the conversion of these clinic workers. We got many hard looks from people passing by but also supportive comments as well. I can still picture the face of a young man who said “God bless you” as he quickly passed. Charlene’s comments from last week keep running through my mind that God is asking us to come and pray here for an end to abortion, so here we are…with simple obedience to that call. Sue
From Ginny 9-11: The wonderful large families with all these beautiful children are from the Reformed Presbyterian Church of the North Hills. They sang hymns and the children made hand movements to the words of the songs. It was hard to explain to the very young children not to be in the circle. But, no one came out to complain. What a wonderful gift these children are to the pro-life cause. I felt very blessed to have this group on my shift.
From Donna 11-1: When we arrived there were so many children there which was wonderful to see! Diane and I were joined by Kathy & Sandy and Lisa & Jim joined us on their lunch hour too. Thanks everyone! It’s always great to meet new people! We had about 4 God bless you’s and thank you’s which is always refreshing especially after someone yells at you from their car or walks by and tells you thanks for donating to PP. I guess the pledge a picketer is what she was referring to. It always amazes me how unfriendly people are or how they are drowning out everyone with their ear buds & headphones. Kathy gave a 6 year old boy one of the baby models which he found interesting. We had several young guys stop and look at the models and talk for a little bit.
How do you like Sandy’s shirt? Binge Jesus! I love it! She told me it was from a series called “The Chosen” which can be streamed online and the app is titled the same and it’s all about Jesus & his disciples. Just had to share that.
How about the beautiful statue of Mary Ark of the Covenant! Kathy’s brother, Doug sculpted that and painted that. He is not an artist but after coming back from Medjugoria he was painting and sculpting. That’s God at work! Kathy will bring that with her every time she comes to pray. Thanks Kathy! There were many “God winks” today. Diane was praying and asked God to breathe life through the circle of death and looked down and there was a leaf shaped like a heart. It blew away faster than we could take a picture. And Lisa had forgotten her rosary and Kathy had one from Medjugoria. Lisa is hearing all about her friend’s trip to Medjugoria tonight too! Thank you Lord for bringing us all together today and for all the ways You are working to right the wrong of abortion. God is on the move!
Blessings For Life,
From Beth 1-3: Just a few people going in and out of PP but a busier sidewalk as the weather became warmer. Rose, Dean, Judy and I prayed. Dean handed out lots of information cards. Bill H came as did Bill D who wants everyone to sign up for the March for life in Harrisburg on Monday May 18. PCUC will have 4 buses chartered. Everyone welcomed. Look for more details to come.
From Pete 3-5: What a glorious day to be outside praying with others who also want to see an end to the scourge of abortion. Shift Manager Marie and myself were joined by Matt, Mayim, Lori, and Kaylee from Round Hill Presbyterian Church. Most passersby were pleasant, probably because of the sun (and/or the Son). There were a couple crude/rude comments but those were easily forgotten when we remembered what and who we’re fighting for. It’s such a blessing to be a part of this campaign because of the encouragement we receive from praying together. God Bless – Pete
Did you ever read the Bible where Jesus asks His apostles to “come followME” and wonder “would I have dropped everything, truly everything and followed Him”? Hum? Luckily I only see the beckoning finger and hear Him asking me to get up early Saturday morning to be at the abortion center to pray and witness to life. Ok I give up some sleep and coffee but the words of the Master echo in my head “Rise, let us be on our way“.
Please note, I’m not that special to be the only one getting the call. As St Paul said to Timothy, “HE … called us with a holy calling, not in virtue of our works, but in virtue of his own purpose and the grace which was granted to us in Christ Jesus before this world existed” (2 Tim. 1:9).
Well I’m guessing if you are reading this you have also been called, answered the call and are Following Him in the vocations He has asked of you. Now as we get this 40 DFL campaign underway it is time to consider sharing the good news of our calling in the same way that Andrew asked his brother Simon Peter to come meet the master. Would you consider asking those around you if they are also are hearing the call to follow Him, yet don’t know how? Is there someone in your family, neighborhood or at work who would want to get involved to save lifes and souls but doesn’t know how?
“Be not afraid” (where have you heard that expression so many times?) and ask them to join you. Tell them about the true peace and joy you feel after going down to pray and witness to life. Sure it requires some sacrifice but the resulting happiness from doing something really important and meaningful is well worth it.
The time is now. “No more later” as a dear friend of mine now says. “Come Follow Me” and bring a friend. Peace and joy, Tim
Here are the stories from today at the vigil starting with Sue 7-9 am:
Praise God, it was so nice to have warm weather today, I couldn’t believe my thermostat read 46 degrees! It was good to see Tom and Diane again and to meet my new shift buddy Amy! We each took a side of the circle and prayed and also reached out to people passing by. I was engaged by a young pro-choice advocate who was well versed in the typical abortion talking points. I was grateful to have the fetal models to show human development, but she walked away when I mentioned the heartbeat starts at 18 days. The new sign saying “Do not take a Life” for Help, call 1-800-712 HELP” got a lot of second looks…it is very direct and to the point! A little while into our shift, Katie showed up. Pictured are Katie and Amy waiting to offer resources. It was a blessing to be with them, Sue
From Donna 11-1: It was windy and cold today at PP. We didn’t expect it because everywhere else it was warmer. We started our shift off by playing a few songs. First, “Raise A Hallelujah” and then “Way Maker”. The lyrics were perfect I raise a hallelujah in the presence of my enemies, I raise a hallelujah louder than the unbelief, I raise a hallelujah our weapon is a melody, I raise a hallelujah heaven comes to fight for me, I’m gonna sing in the middle of the storm, louder and louder you’re gonna hear my praises roar, up from the ashes hope will arise, death is defeated the King is alive!
And “Way Maker”
You are here moving in our midst, I worship You I worship You
You are here working in this place, I worship You I worship You
You are Way Maker, Miracle, Worker, Promise Keeper, Light in the Darkness
My God that is who You are!
There were many passersby today, some “God bless you’s & thank you’s”, and a thumbs up. A couple walked by with kind words to say and we all said “God will right this wrong”! Katie did her beautiful sidewalk sign “Love is stronger than fear” & wrote optionline.org too. Many people read it and were afraid to walk on it. Katie was talking to a lot of people and handing out cards. Diane was reading prayers from “In The Palm of His Hand” by Priests For Life. Patty joined us as well and prayed the prayers from the kick off at Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene. Fr. Nathanial & Lisa both joined us and prayed the Rosary. Cathy, Patty’s sister joined us and then Judy & Debbie came right before Beth & Rose and Bill showed up too. We were amazed that there were four sets of sisters together. We called ourselves the“Sidewalk Sisters”. What a blessing to be with everyone today. Thank you all for your faithful witness to pray to end abortion where we live and bringing life to the sidewalk. Blessings For Life, Donna
From Beth 1-3 pm : Beginning our shift, a young gentleman came over to us and thanked us for doing 40 Days and said he was against abortion. Ending our shift, another young gentleman said he couldn’t understand why anyone would even do business of any kind with PP. So prayers for “K”, this gentleman’s wife, who is due to deliver beautiful baby “E” by the end of March. The day was a true gloom-fest weather-wise but such warm thoughts and prayers kept us going. Thanks to Judy and sister, Debbie, and my sister, Rose, for withstanding the chilly temperatures. Makes one wonder if the coldness towards human life inside PP contributes to the coldness outside. And double thanks to Diane and Tom for putting the big weights on the signs because the wind blew them over, but couldn’t blow them away.
Did you ever hear the expression “keep it simple” or the K-I-S-S version? I really think it applies to us and our efforts outside the abortion center. We need to keep it simple starting with “just show up”. Get downtown to 933 Liberty Ave. Sounds easy, but as we all know, it’s not always easy for either internal reasons or external ones. Next “just stay awhile”. It doesn’t have to be long but long enough for you open your heart to God in prayer so HE knows why you are there and what you want.
Sounds a little like the Crucifixion. There weren’t many followers who showed up for whatever their reasons.
And lastly, let God’s love shine through you. Smile. There is still time this week to come to vigil if you haven’t been able to make it so far. If you can’t come this week, know there are year-round sidewalk advocates and prayer warriors outside the clinic every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings. So uncomplicate your life. Do something really meaningful. It’s SIMPLE come back to 933 Liberty Ave to pray and demonstrate the gospel of life… maybe save a life and a soul and, oh yeah, find Joy.
Here are reports from today at the vigil starting with Sue 7-9 am:
It was an interesting morning. There were a lot of emergency vehicles heading down towards the convention center. We learned from passersby that a bus had fell front-end first into a sink hole. Everyone was talking about the emergency and we did hear that no one was hurt….Rose remarked that the bus/sink hole is a one time tragedy while all the lives being lost at planned parenthood (over 3000 per year) is an on-going tragedy. We hope to make the people passing by aware of this tragedy…We also had a young man with his son tell us that he supports us, he is for life! It was a pleasure to stand with Peggy who volunteers at Women’s Choice Network and Family Links. She was telling me about the WCN banquet theme, ” father factor” and how when a woman has a supportive man in her life, the chances of her choosing life go way up!! Thank you! – Sue
From Ginny 9-11 am:
There was a lot of excitement up the street with the bus in the sinkhole , very quiet in front of Planned Parenthood. Except when charter school had their fire drill on our sidewalk walk. The kids were interested in looking at the fetal models.
Here’s from Donna 11-1:
“It was an interesting Monday to say the least; a bus in a sinkhole, the sidewalks full of Steeler & Dolphin fans, lots of foot traffic. Thanks to Marti & Ron, from our church, St. Thomas Anglican in Gibsonia, joining Diane and I today. Bill stopped by briefly as he told us he was on jury duty. Praise God there were many more positive comments than negative today. So many God bless you’s and thank you’s. Someone came up to me and said “May the Lord bless you and keep you” and then he walked over to Marti and said the same thing. Another man walked by and then came back and handed me a donation for 40 Days For Life. I thanked him and said God bless you. We did have one person early on say “Roe v Wade forever” as he walked by. I said “God bless you” and then he said “go to he..”. We prayed for all who walked by that Jesus would touch their hearts in some way and open their eyes to His truth. Jesus said we would be persecuted for our faith. In a small way we are with the jeers, eye rolls, laughter, mean comments and angry stares. Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Blessings For Life, Donna
From Beth 1-3: A big “thumbs up” to God for the best weather of this 40 days Lots of people walking by this afternoon and most of the comments were positive
Thanks to Marie my shift relief for always coming early so we could leave before rush hour. Steeler fans, Dolphin fans, and people just wanting to see a bus stuck in the sink hole made for a crowded Liberty Avenue. Here’s from Marie 3-5:
“Lots of traffic on the street. Some very positive responses. Two different men had very positive comments. Pete and I were accompanied by Beth from North Park Church, Mary Jane from St Thomas More, Theo from Catholic Charities and Bill”. -Marie Here’s from Peter also with Marie 3-5 pm: “It’s hard to believe this was our 5th and final Monday of this campaign. We have been blessed with wonderful weather on our shifts and today was no different. There were many more pedestrians than normal because foot traffic (mostly for the Steeler game) had to be redirected our way due to the sinkhole that swallowed the bus. Even though there wasn’t much conversation with those who walked by, we hope our presence and prayers gave them pause. God Bless. -Peter”
Did you ever wonder what is going on just beneath the surface of all the people around the vigil site?
Oh BTW, the picture is a “thermal feature” at Yellowstone National Park. The water in this pictures is lethal hot since this is an outlet for the heated water just beneath the surface caused by an underlying volcano.
Speaking of beneath the surface: What is beneath the surface of the people passing by the vigil? What are they thinking and feeling when they see us praying, holding signs and offering help? Some are oblivious to us, some see us and are ambivalent, some are feeling anger and resentment and some see our evangelization and share our joy and hope. ·
What are we and the vigil prayer warriors feeling beneath our surface: Hope, love, frustration and an eagerness to share our compassion and real help.
What are the women going to pp feeling: fear, confusion, pressure, hopelessness, no options, extreme stress? But, do they also feel our love and compassion?
I believe most people when they see us with the eyes of their hearts see our love and compassion… whether they admit it or not. We are life preservers, we offer hope and options, we are the last chance for those who really don’t want to go into the clinic.
So as we go forward let’s not be shy in sharing what we have under our surface with those most in need of those virtues. You are a life preserver. All we need to is just show up. And share our love. See you on the streets. Peace and joy. Tim
Here are reports from today at the vigil starting with Sue 7-9 am:
Rose and I were joined by faithful, cheerful Thao who prayed on the opposite side of the circle for the first hour so that both sides were covered. It was great to see Charles again who I know from many previous campaigns! We were talking about how he took someone to Women’s Choice Network last spring and how beautiful their facility is and how much time they spent with her! We said many prayers, Rose handed out lots of pamphlets and Charles engaged everyone who entered PP. The fog was lifting by the end of our shift. Hoping and praying that abortion will follow suit! Thanks, Sue
From Ginny 9-11 am: We had a very busy morning. Charles and Christopher from North Hills Reformed Presbyterian Church were there at 9. Then Charles wife Phoebe and their 3 kids arrived. They all sang the most beautiful inspiring hymns in the most angelic voices. Later their were 2 different women who were not sure but thought they might be pregnant. Both of them accepted information for help from Phoebe. Please pray for them to make the right decision. Another lady was there from St Paul’s quietly praying the rosary the entire time
Here’s from Donna 11-1 pm: It was an interesting day today. I thank God for providing wonderful prayer warriors today to join Diane & I. Ken, from St. Germaine, Arlene from St. Maurice, Steve from St. Thomas More and Joan joined us on her lunch hour. We had an interesting day. Two gentlemen wanted Ken’s rosary and he offered them one from the box and they refused. They spoke to Diane and said we should be handing out condoms. Don’t think so. Then someone came by and told me we weren’t helping anyone just judging them and that abortion is not in the Bible. It may not be said in the Bible but one of the commandments is “Thou shall not kill”. That pretty much covers it. We had another gentleman thank us and had a thumbs up. A man by the name of Chris came by and thanked us and said a beautiful prayer. Another gentleman pulled up in a car and thanked us and said “God bless you” and gave a donation for 40 Days For Life. As Joan said to me that was the Holy Spirit sending them to us to reaffirm why we do this. God is working hard behind the scenes to right the wrongs of abortion and He will not be mocked! Thank you to whoever put the 26 week old baby model at the vigil. 40 Days For Life is truly the depiction of what the body of Christ should look like. Blessings For Life, Donna
Here’s from Beth 1-3 pm: It could have been a lonely place but instead I had wonderful prayer partners on the sidewalk today Joan and Joe were there when I arrived. Katie and Arleen also showed up to hand out literature and pray. And as Joan returned to work Roseann stopped to pray just on her lunchtime.
Not many entering pp but lots of people passing and the fetal models really caught some attention Finally near the end of my shift, Linda,Ann and Desiree from St. Joseph and St. Michael’s church in Lucinda and Freyboug Pa appearedAnn explained that they just picked the time at random not knowing that they were here just when they were really needed. The ladies from Clarion County ask for prayers for miracles for Karen and Donna their friends. God hears our prayers so we will ask. Beth
Did you ever have the dreaded D’s? Doubt, Disappointment and Discouragement.
Recently the Choices pregnancy services mobile unit came downtown and one of regular sidewalk advocates mentioned his disappointment that no one had allowed us to escort them to mobile unit nor gone in for some time vs going into pp.
Don’t we all wonder if we are making a difference? Do people see us? Does God hear our prayers?
Well the advocate’s disappointment didn’t last long as a couple stopped to talk and the went into the mobile unit. Then later a woman walking towards pp with the intention to go in stopped to talk with the same sidewalk advocate. She wanted real help. After talking with her and telling her about all the help and support available she agreed to go into the mobile unit. Along the way she told the advocate that God has sent them to be there for her when she was so in need.
Later we chuckled as we have had several experiences over the years when doubt, disappointment and discouragement had crept in. And then God steps in to show us HE is there for us. And while not being disrespectful, we joking look up and say “show off”. And one of us is always quick to say “Oh ye of little faith”.
Have faith. TRUST is greater than the 3 D’s. We get noticed. We make a difference. We with God’s help save lives and souls. Peace and joy. Tim
Here are reports from today at the vigil starting with Sue 7-9 am:
“It was freeeeezing! I didn’t think I would need my parka, so I just wore a light jacket and brought a hat….but decided to leave the hat in the car cause I thought I was over-doing it a little. ‘couda used the hat!!! oh yeah, I cracked open a package of hand warmers too! The first picture is shift Buddy Rose and I with our hoods up because the wind tunnel was active! Second picture is Sandy, Thao and Dean with Rose in the distant background on the other side of the circle! It was a chilly morning for sure, but first shift that it has not rained! Diane and Tom met us with all the materials, can’t wait to see what Diane has thought up for the next time it rains…she said it inspired by an idea Rose mentioned last week!! Rose and I stood on one side of the circle and Thao on the other. We prayed and Rose handed out many 40 DFL brochures. Shout out to Dean and Sandy who responded to the request for additional help…it was fairly quiet with the usual foot traffic and workers entering planned parenthood. As Fr. Chris said at the kickoff mass, I remembered to offer my time and prayers for the soul that has been entrusted to me for these 40 days. Thank you, Sue ”
From Rose S. also 7-9:
I just came from the morning and read the quote that Sally had
said last year when she was pushed over, “I felt like a feather falling…”
During our prayer this morning I saw a small feather fall right into the
circle and thought of Sally…what a Sign !
From Ginny 9-11: Fr. John and Saint Bonaventure parish was praying together today. It was very quiet and no problems. It was the best weather for this shift this campaign. We said a rosary and a Divine Mercy Chaplet
From Donna 11-1: It was a chilly day today. We thought it would be quiet because of Columbus Day but there were a lot of people out and about. Some prayer warriors prayed the rosary and others prayed quietly and handed out pamphlets and cards and greeted those who walked by. Some positive and negative comments. The usual head shaking and eye rolls, sad but a lot of people seem so angry. We had some thumbs up too and others share that they are pro life too. Lord we pray that you would bind the enemy and remove the stronghold he has on our city. We boldly pray that this modern day holocaust of abortion will end in our city our country and our world. Empower and fill us with your Spirit and give us Your strength to persevere. In Jesus name I pray. Amen Blessings For Life, Donna
Here is from Peter 3-5 pm: Steve from St Thomas More joined Marie and myself for our first hour on this beautiful day. We prayed the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet. Jim, a regular, also stopped down. Katie and her son Nick joined us for most of the 2nd hour as they created a colorful sidewalk statement. It’s a true blessing each of us is gifted in different ways to communicate with others. Overall the shift was fairly peaceful with some positive comments and smiles, especially for the artwork. -Pete
… that one could find true joy by witnessing outside the abortion center? Did you ever recognize that deep feeling in your heart as you were leaving and probably driving over one of our bridges? Knowing you did God’s will by praying and witnessing to those going by and those going in?
We are like the disciples when they returned to Jesus from their mission with great joy. Sure it requires dealing with the inconvenience of going downtown and being uncomfortable holding a sign and praying in public. However, if we do our part to end abortion through our prayer, fasting and witnessing, God will hear our prayers and through His power will end abortion in HIS time and way.
Don’t be stingy with the joy. Feel free to share it and ask your family and friends to join you. Peace and joy to you. Tim Here are today’s stories from the vigil starting with Sue 7-9 am:
Rose and I were joined by regular pray-er Thao and a new guy, John …this was John’s second time standing at the vigil. We chatted a little and John told us his beautiful story of conversion. You do meet the most wonderful people during 40 days for Life! It was a steady downpour during our time, but we had many positive comments, a high five and a woman who stopped to tell us about her daughter who chose life and adoption about 12 years ago for her grandchild! Many employees entered PP and we offered our time and prayers to God for the end to abortion at PP. Thank you! Sue
From Ginny 9-11 am: It was very quiet on the sidewalk. One lady came by and asked us how late in a pregnancy Planned Parenthood does abortions. When she heard 22 weeks, she was surprised She said she had trouble in one of her pregnancy at 24 weeks and needed a lot medical attention. She was blessed to carry her baby to term. She asked us for a set of rosary beads, to pray for the babies and mothers. Which we gladly gave her.
Beverly prayed with Maryannne, my shift buddy, and me today.
Here’s from Rachel 11-1:
We had 5 of us. Ed, Joe, and me were St Raymonds. Andrea and Janie Our Lady of Grace. Almost all positive, thumbs up, God Bless you, and only two people rolled their eyes.
From Beth S. 1-3 pm:
Needless to say, this was not a day to work on keeping your tan at 933 Liberty Avenue. All the forecasters that said the rain would clear out by noon should sharpen their pencils and try again. Someone asked me how many times I would use the word “wet” in my report. Yes, it rained and rained which is a whole lot better than “it snowed and snowed.” And I was honored to be with the 40 Days for Life version of “pro-pro-lifers.”First, everyone came prepared with umbrellas, some boots, some rain hats and ponchos. Congrats to Diane and Co. for having the umbrellas already there in the set-up, an insurance policy. Second, the choir of angels from St. Teresa of Avila Church, Diane, Mary Lou, Marge, Ken, Ruth, Sandy, Ed, Bobby, Libby, and Maggie, kept beautiful prayers floating upward while angel Margie from Christian Bible Fellowship and I manned the other side of the infamous circle. Everyone knew the rules, keeping the sidewalk open and maintaining a prayerful demeanor. And as one of the gentlemen remarked, it was just a wonderful group of wonderful, wet people.Perfect timing, as they were leaving, Vicky and Kevin came to meet Marie as the next shift began. PP didn’t have many clients, mostly staff going in and out. We pray for each staff member and those that pass us whether they are with us or against us. There is no place where God’s grace cannot go, in every heart and storefront on Liberty Avenue.
From Marie 3-5: It was a cool rainy shift with Pete. No activity at Planned Parenthood. Rev. Van Hayger from Buffalo joined us for a rosary and Thao from Catholic Charities came for the last part of the shift.
Did you ever wonder why you get the call inside your heart to protect the unborn from abortion? Why you are drawn to go down to the abortion mill to help save lives through you prayer and presence?
It’s not for everyone. And it’s not easy. As the expression goes “if it were easy God wouldn’t need you”.
We all have our unique talents and calling. I’m guessing that since you are reading this, you were chosen to be a witness for life and to stand up for the unborn. You were called to be an evangelist. This is God’s will for you. And the bonus for you (us) is that when we answer the call and do his will, we find true peace and joy. Real happiness.
As St Paul said “ He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists…”
So if you are being called to be an evangelist, it’s time to do HIS will for you. Come back to the vigil if you haven’t already signed up, consider coming down more than once if you can and perhaps reach out to a friend or family member who might also be hearing the call but doesn’t know how to answer it. Share the joy.
Sign up or just show up and revel in true peace and joy.
Here are reports from today’s Vigil:
From Sue 7-9 am:
7am-9am shift was a downpour. 1st time I have had a shift with pouring down rain, Rose made reference to each rain drop being a baptism! Myself, Rose, Larry and first time vigil participant Brendan said all 4 mysteries of the rosary as well as a Divine Mercy. Thao stood on the other side and prayed. We really didn’t engage any people passing by becuase of the weather. It was nice to kind of draw into my poncho and concentrate on praying without interruption! It slowed down after about an hour as Diane said it would and pretty much stopped when the 9am shift came! Thanks, Sue
Here is from Ginny 9-11 am:
The rush-hour traffic with all the rain slowed me down and I felt bad I was 10 minutes late but Maryanne was there taking care of things thank God
There were over a dozen people from Saint Alexis and Saint Alphonsus Church What a blessing to have so many people praying with us today
Brandon had moved to the Pittsburgh area just a month ago he belongs to Saint Paul Parish and he came over to join our 40 days
Another blessing God has sent us
From Donna 11-1 pm:
Diane and I got there for our first shift this campaign and thankfully the rain had stopped. Thank you to all the prayer warriors that came from St. Sebastian, St. Alexis, St. Alphonsus, St. Anne’s and St. Bernard’s; Vince, Dick, Claudia, Beth Ann, Keith, Bob, Carol & Dave. And I apologize for any names I may have missed and for not taking more pictures! The good comments outweighed the bad today. Thanks be to God! We had a few “thank you’s, thank you for your service, God bless you” and a bus driver stopped, beeped and gave us a thumbs up! We had two homeless veterans stop by and we tried to direct them where they could get help, the VA hospital, Shepherds Heart, Catholic Charities. The one gentlemen was wanting to complain. I told him we would pray for him, so Vince, Diane and I did. Things seemed to quiet down and Ingrid joined us from St. Anne’s in Castle Shannon. She prayed the rosary. Sheila from St Bernard’s came early for her shift and joined Ingrid. There were two women that came out of PP and I offered them a card and they handed me a brochure on Stigma-free affordable Therapy. Interesting! One of our prayers today was, “God help us to be faithful”. It’s not easy to stand, pray and witness but God will use our obedience for His good and His glory. May all who walk by us at Planned Parenthood in Pittsburgh be blessed and may they come to know the love of our Heavenly Father. In Jesus name I pray. Amen. Blessings For Life, Donna
From Beth S. 1-3 pm
Three amigos, Shelia, my sister Rose and I kept the vigil going today amid warm breezes and, for the most part, friendly Steeler fans. PP had people going in and coming out but we didn’t discern many abortion-minded women or couples. Not much in the way of conversations or questioning, just lots of football fans crowding the sidewalk. May all our vigil shifts be as peaceful.
From Marie 3-5 pm:
This was a quiet shift so Pete and had a lot if time to pray. At the end someone from Catholic Charities joined us.