We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song! We are not looking for a shallow joy but rather a joy that comes from faith, that grows through unselfish love. We realize that joy is demanding; it demands unselfishness; it demands a readiness to say with Mary: “Be it done unto me according to thy word.” Saint John Paul II, Angelus, 11/30/86
Evil is a liar and the father of lies. He was a murderer from the beginning. (John 8:44)
A friend once posed an intriguing hypothetical to Pope John Paul II. Suppose the entire Bible were destroyed. What one sentence or phrase would you want preserved for humanity’s future? He didn’t hesitate: “. . . the truth will make you free” (John 8:32).
The same conviction about the liberating power of seeing things as they are—and describing them honestly—inspired Václav Havel and other human-rights activists to promote “living in the truth” as a powerful antidote to the communist culture of lies during the Cold War. It also animated the myriad samizdat (the clandestine copying and distribution of literature banned by the state, especially formerly in the communist countries of eastern Europe) publications produced at great risk in the old Soviet Union. One of the most extraordinary of those underground publishing efforts was the Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania, whose first issue was published 50 years ago, on March 19, 1972.George Weigel, https://eppc.org/publication/tyrants-like-putin-cant-tolerate-truth/
Ordinary people insist that abortion is sometimes necessary. The abortion industry shouts loudly and clearly and constantly, “Abortion is necessary. It is the solution to your unwelcome pregnancy.” Abortion promises to make you unpregnant! No! That’s a lie. Abortion makes her the mother of a dead child. Project Rachel knows the agony of post abortion mothers. “It is normal to grieve the loss of a child by abortion. It can form a hole in one’s heart, a hole so deep that sometimes it seems nothing can fill the emptiness.” What is it that they think is sometimes necessary? What is abortion?
WHAT IS ABORTION?
WHAT IS ABORTION?
Roe v Wade made abortion, the scheduled killing of an unborn baby, legal in all nine months of pregnancy in all 50 states for any reason. Depending on how big the baby is, the cash-only-cost can range from $500 to $10,000+. If the child’s body can be sold, that cash also goes to the abortionist. Some of the bodies of aborted Pittsburgh children are sold to Pittsburgh laboratories.
WHAT IS ABORTION?
In a video, Anthony Levatino, MD, JD, a former abortionist, explains four different abortion procedures. These videos uncover the violent reality and the truth about abortion. The video is true. It is graphic. Abortion Procedures, Illinois Right to Life. Google it.
WHAT IS ABORTION?
God our Father eagerly waits for the mother who has suffered an abortion. No matter how recently or how long ago she had the abortion, or how many abortions she had, he is waiting for her. He misses her. He loves her. Watch this video. See the beauty of the person who knows she is at home when she is with God. “The Deer’s Cry,” or St. Patrick’s Breastplate, sung by Angelina, (EWTN)
DEE GATHERS OUR FUEL
Dear Dolores and the 40 Days for Life Team,
Thank you for your letter about your efforts for the 40 Days for life. While we stand with you in prayer, we are unable to physically stand with you downtown. Our mission necessitates our presence at our Home to care for our elderly Residents. I have enclosed a special Novena, which has been so helpful to me lately. I’d like to share it with your group, as you are certainly accomplishing much through your dedicated work! Please know that all of you will remain in our prayers during these 40 days. We pray that you all remain healthy and receive many blessings for your efforts!
Sister Mary Vincent, Lsp.
SHIFT MANAGERS’ NOTES AND PIX
JEN McD 7-9
We spent the final few hours of winter praying for spring to arrive in people’s hearts, allowing the Son to shine in and respect for His precious gift of Life to grow. Thanks to Tom and Diane for providing everything we need on the sidewalk, and thanks to Vince, Marie, Bill, Anna, David, George, Rich, Ken, and Pat for wonderful witness this morning!
Early birds at 7am. Jen, Vince, Marie, Diane
KEN B. 9-11
The first day of spring arrived today and brought with it the early rains. Quite a contrast from last week’s frigid winter temperatures. Many thanks to Pat S., my shift buddy and faithful prayer partner. Also each week Rich, George and Dave from the Knights of Columbus pray with Jen and Vince from the previous shift and always remain with us for our first hour. A great day of Hope with so many who answered the call to witness for life. Most Precious Blood of Jesus, the Traditional Latin Mass parish, responds in a big way when asked to sign up for a 40 Days campaign. Once again we also had a few minutes to pray with the faithful Sunday downtown rosary walkers. I am confident that their prayers for peace, conversion and an end to abortion, will pour down much grace and blessings on our nation. An appropriate verse from today’s TLM Epistle that applies to those who responded, from Eph :5 …For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk, then, as children of light, for the fruit of the light is in all goodness and justice and truth.
RICH AND ROSEANN K. 11-1
We arrived at our shift and were greeted by shift managers Ken and Pat. A couple of parishioners stayed on to recite the rosary with us. More parishioners from Most Precious Blood of Jesus showed up and we had quite a few of prayer warriors today. It was a good prayerful day despite the rain and chilly air. We offered it up and prayed on. The good people from St. Agnes started to arrive for the next shift.
Roseann and Rich
PRAYER WARRIORS, MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS
Most Precious Blood of Jesus Parishioners. These hearts are true!
Precious Blood of Jesus Parishioners come and stay to pray today!
Saint Agnes Parishioners bring prayer and good cheer to a chilly sidewalk.
Kevin G. 1-3
It was a cold day in downtown Pittsburgh, but our spirits were warm. Sunday foot traffic was higher than normal, due to the NCAA Basketball Tournament being played in Pittsburgh. Numerous people read our signs and looked at the building we were praying in front of. Our presence really helped raise awareness. At one point, a person did give me the finger from their car, while yelling an obscenity at me. However, I just kept praying quietly, since his opinion was of little consequence.
Saint Agnes Parish witnesses with strength and gusto!
JOE W. 3-5
Peaceful shift with the beautiful souls from the Most Precious Blood of Jesus parish. They were changing hearts with prayer and love for their neighbors. Very uplifting to be around such authentic Christians doing battle for our magnificent Lord.
Peace of the Lord be to all
Most Precious Blood of Jesus parishioners. Still strong.
Prayer Power continues from Precious Blood of Jesus Parish.
ANDY L. 5-7
And God saw that it was good.