Day 19…Thanks to Our Lady of the Lakes Parish, Divine Mercy Parish, Dedicated team members and volunteers!

What I Have Failed To Do

I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, 

that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, 

in what I have done and in what I have failed to do.  

Through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault.  

Therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, 

and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.  

-The Confeitor

It’s harder for me to notice the “sins of omission” on my conscience than the sins I actively commit, even though it’s a shamefully long list.  That fact hit me anew listening to the Gospel story of the rich man ignoring the poor man lying at his door.  The rich man in the parable never hit Lazarus, never stole from him, never even insulted him.  But what he failed to do–failed to share the abundance that he enjoyed, failed to even greet him as a fellow human being–was punishable by the fires of hell.  

Lent is such an appropriate time to take a closer look at our sins and ask the Lord to help us uproot them so we can follow Him more closely.  How often do I focus on myself instead of the needs of those around me?  Am I sharing the resources that He has asked me to be a steward of?  Do I give the gift of time to someone in need of a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on?  

It’s providential that we have 40 Days for Life in the same season, making us more aware of the “poor” people at the door of Planned Parenthood.  They may lack material goods, or emotional support, or the knowledge that every life is precious to God.  Will I walk right past them on my way to enjoying the abundance in my life?  Or will I stop and take notice, pray for them, offer material support, share the gift of hope?

God mercifully grants us many opportunities to change.  Participating in the 40 Days for Life vigil is a great example!  If you would like to take advantage of this particular opportunity, please come to the sidewalk for an hour or two.  You can sign yourself up at https://www.40daysforlife.com/en/Pittsburgh or email Jen at pghsaland365@gmail.com.

Grateful for the warm weather this morning–what a blessing! It was unusually noisy, though, as a crew was working on the exterior of the building opposite PP. Thank you to Vince, Marie, Rich, and George for your prayerful presence; and to Ken and Pat for keeping the vigil rolling at the end of our shift.

Jen

An all around pleasant day on the sidewalk, pleasant weather, pleasant comments and pleasant people to pray with. Walk then as children of the light: for the fruit of the light is in all goodness and justice and truth. (from today’s Epistle). Goodness, justice and truth is what 40 days brings to Liberty Avenue.  Marie, shift partner Pat, Nadine, Amy and Cole joined in prayer on the sidewalk. And we also prayed with the Sunday rosary walkers as they stopped on their walk around town.

Ken
Faithful Sunday rosary walkers are always a blessing!

It was a beautiful day to pray with Our Lady of the Lakes and Nadine. We said the rosary a couple times and the divine mercy. Harry also stopped by to pray for part of our shift. The sidewalk was very busy on this  beautiful day, a great opportunity to be a witness!

Sue D

Joan and Judy from West Deer, prayed on one side of circle while Cathy and Jim prayed on the other. Deacon Joe quietly came, signed in, went straight to prayer then ,Quietly left.

At one point we heard a woman screaming: “I cant find my bus” over and over. She was alone , responded to quiet talk as we helped her to bus stop. Later saw her get on bus.

Kathy

It was a beautiful day. The group did 17 IRUs (International Rosary Units). The idea came to hang signs from cars parked in front of us. If you get a sign with a string, you can catch it in the power window and it is secure all shift. Thank you God for the good ideas!

Andy
Shift Anchor Kathy, with Mary and Joan & Judy from West Deer joined on this sunny afternoon.
Faithful Jim & Cathy

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