“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.”― St. Augustine of Hippo, Confessions
The enemy of our souls doesn’t want anyone to know what love truly is because God is love, and above all, he doesn’t want anyone to know God. Satan has tricked our secular culture into using the word “love” in place of things like attraction and affection. But too bad for him, because Jesus has revealed true love to the world. True love is not a feeling, it’s an action.
True love is God the Father giving up His only begotten Son in order that we might be saved. True love is Jesus laying down His life so that we can live with Him forever. When you stand on the sidewalk, you imitate our Lord in revealing true love to the world. You give up your own time and comfort to “help others… to hasten to the poor and needy…to see misery and want…to hear the sighs and sorrows.”
Thank you for showing our world what love really looks like! May God grant us the strength to continue walking in His footsteps and to love one another as He has loved us!
Don’t miss an interview with David Daleiden and our own Katie O’Brien about the organ transplant vehicle that she documented in front of Planned Parenthood last week!
7-9 +++ Jeannie, Barbara, and Susan
Praise God for a bloodless Friday morning shift! We did not see any couple or woman enter for the purpose of abortion this morning! We talked to those who were going in and they confirmed that they were going for other purposes. It’s a great Friday morning prayer group and we have enjoyed a lot of interaction on the street. Weather was brisk but the sun came out and strengthened us in the last hour of the shift. And lots of workers came in and we are trying to be as positive as we can with them. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
9-11 +++ Michael, Kathy, and Mark
Michael S. and I started the first hour by reading the 40 Days daily devotional. During the hour four women entered at different times. One accepted literature and during our brief conversation I let her know help is available. I spoke briefly with her mother repeating the offer before the security guard scolded me that the patron said “No!” I replied that I was talking to her mother before he closed the door.
Kim arrived at 10 and the two of us passed out literature to passersby. Michael escorted a homeless man to Catholic Charities for services. We received a few positive comments from passersby. Bill H. stopped by.
11-1 +++ Katie and Elsie
Today it was just Kim, Henry and I, and we had far more positive comments than negative. One man who went in with his girlfriend yelled at Kim, but they didn’t stay long at all, we can only pray that his anger was a sign of a guilty conscience and they decided to let their baby live. We were joined for a long time by John, the homeless man who sleeps in the doorway across the street. He didn’t have a sleeping bag or even a blanket or warm coat for that matter and he was shivering so I ran over to Target real quick but they’re still working on the upstairs so the best I could do for him was a comforter. Michael had given him his gloves earlier and Kathy gave him some hand warmers. But at least we were able to help him out a little bit. Please pray that he and all our other homeless friends will be able to get the hand up that he needs to get off the street before winter!
1-3 +++ Donna and Glenn
Glenn & I were blessed to be on the sidewalk with our friends from St. Matthew’s Parish: Frank, Mary Ann & Teresa. We started with many positive comments, people actually came up to us and thanked us for being there. Some even beeped from their truck. We had a few not so nice. One woman said “Hail, Satan” and said she hopes we all go to hell. We politely said God bless you and prayed for her as she walked down the sidewalk. Another woman came by flailing her arms angry that we were there and I honestly didn’t even hear what she said. We said God bless you and prayed for her too. It’s so sad to see so many people so angry because we are there to protect and defend life. Another woman screamed from her car going by, shot us the finger and said some other expletives. God please send someone across their path and change their hearts as only You can. There was another gentleman that came by while Frank, Mary Ann & Teresa were praying the rosary. He said I don’t believe in abortion. Glenn asked him if he would like to pray with them and he said I’m Muslim. They all thanked him for being pro life. It was a beautiful day to be on the sidewalk and we handed out many pamphlets and cards. One woman in particular came by and I handed her a Good News Tract, Life Before Birth. She looked at it as she walked down the sidewalk and actually came back and asked for another one. God is so good! Several members from St. Joseph the Worker came a few minutes early for the next shift. They livened up the sidewalk with their presence.
3-5 +++ Val and Mike
God blessed us with sunshine along with our dedicated, beautiful, faithful group from Weirton. So thankful to have them on the sidewalk with us today and to hear their beautiful prayers.
5-7 +++ Pat and Charlie