St. Luke 11: 29-32 This generation is a wicked generation: it asketh a sign, and a sign shall not be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.
For as Jonas was a sign to the Ninevites ; so shall the Son of man also be for this generation.
The queen of the south shall rise in the judgement with the men of this generation, and shall condemn them: because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold more than Solomon here.
The men of Ninevah shall rise in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it; because they did penance at the preaching of Jonas; and behold more than Jonas here.
Our world looks elsewhere for signs, for guidance, for direction, for belief, much as the people of Jesus’ time looked past the very Savior of the world standing before them. Looking beyond salvation history, and the proof of The Kingdom, for an answer to life’s struggles and in the process worshipping science, education, politics, relationships, power and every illicit behavior condemned by the commandments of Almighty God. Looking for answers from the spirit of the world and not the Spirit of the living God.
May Our Merciful Savior open the hearts of those who cross the sidewalk and see the signs of life and believe. Much as Our Lord showed signs in miracles, healing and raising the dead to life.
In Romans 13: 11-14 St. Paul writes: And that knowing the season; that it is now the hour for us to rise from sleep. For now our salvation is nearer than when we believed . The night is passed, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day: not in rioting and impurities, not in contention and envy: But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh in its concupiscences.
Our works of mercy should include repairing the damage done to the Sacred Heart for the grievous sin of abortion. The penance that we do should include Adoration of the most Blessed Sacrament.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus said to St. Margaret Mary: “Make reparation for the ingratitude of men. Spend an hour in prayer to appease divine justice, to implore mercy for sinners, to honor Me, to console me for My bitter suffering when abandoned by My Apostles, when they did not WATCH ONE HOUR WITH ME.”
7-9: Tracy & Greg
Surprisingly, we had a rather sizable crowd early this morning. My parish, St. Peter’s of Steubenville, OH joined our little troupe. (Bill, Jackie, Greg, Anthony, and me) Shawn drove in with me, while Laura, with her gang, trekked in separately. It was such a joy to have the youngest children happily skipping around. Two or three different people walked past and accused us of child abuse. Seriously???!! What, in Heaven’s name, is ABORTION?!
A number of young couples went into PP. None were open to help or literature. We interspersed our chat with rosaries. Bill H. dropped by, before his morning errands, to bless the facade of PP. The time passed quickly!
9-11: Beth & Claudia
Sean, Tracy, Claudia, Carmela, and Jenna prayed and handed out life literature this morning.
We were surprised at how slow business was until we weren’t. Around 10:30, clients began leaving from the first shift and those for the next shift came one after another. Lots of sad business went on today.
Beautiful weather made a stark contrast to the ugliness inside 933 Liberty Avenue.
11-1: Sheila & Rose
We had a beautiful shift.
The best part was when a young passerby was offered a brochure and she stopped to learn more about it. She started to cry when Rose showed her the brochure and said she was fairly certain she was pregnant. We offered to help her make arrangements with a pregnancy center in her neighborhood but she wanted to plan this with her boyfriend. It’s encouraging to note that the boyfriend is supportive of her. She has my contact information. Let’s pray that they make use of all the help available.
1-3: Mike, Kim & Sandy
Blessed with a beautiful day. The Holy Spirit was effective through Sandy with a gentleman who was pro-choice to change his thinking. Flowers were handed out to a couple of teenage girls who were thinking of going into PP and changed their minds. We were able to give them resources of options that are available. The security guard from PP was given flowers provided by Nikki that she took into the building. Blessings upon Nikki for bringing those flowers. Thanks to Sandy for being our sidewalk advocate today. Thanks be to God for a peaceful day and no problems.
Janine and I did the 3-5 shift at PP. With school 3:30 (approximate) dismissal and employees leaving work, there are a fair number of people on the sidewalk during this time. In addition, workers from PP start to leave about 3:45, these are individuals with ID “necklaces” who show absolutely no interest in any offers of literature. There were 2 females that left with paper bags, and didn’t respond when offered any information. We prayed the rosary. The security person was close by. And we did receive about 3 nods of approval from persons and an occasional look of disgust from a few, but none interested in a brief chat.
5-7: Larry & Bill
During the 5 to 7 shift, Bill and I prayed the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. It was pretty quiet, until almost the end of our shift, two couples walked past. The first lady shouted “Pro-choice,” the second lady shouted “My body not yours.” They were walking pretty fast, and both seemed pretty angry. Bill and I were talking about how they never stop to talk to us. They just keep going pretty quickly like they’re afraid of something, and they always seem angry. Why is that?