Day 21…Thanks to Our Lady of the Lakes Parish, Faithful team members and volunteers!

COURAGE – Bravery; meeting danger without fear

How do we face this struggle every day when what we really desire is comfort and ease, to relax and enjoy life without the hardship associated with the battles on the sidewalk in our 40 days journey? What is the driving force that pushes us forward when so many obstacles and difficulties would have us quit the fight and find peace?

It is because in the struggle we find joy, peace, and sacrificial love. What drives us is the courage formed in the deep love we have for God and for life, especially innocent life in the womb. Our faith calls this courage fortitude, and it is one of the four Cardinal virtues of Prudence, Justice, Temperance, and Fortitude.

Catechism of the Catholic Church: “Fortitude or courage is the moral virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good. It strengthens the resolve to resist temptations and to overcome obstacles in moral life. The virtue of fortitude enables one to conquer fear, even fear of death, and to face trials and persecutions. It disposes one even to renounce and sacrifice his life in defense of a just cause. ‘The Lord is my strength and my song.’ Jesus said, ‘In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world’” (CCC 1808).

  • Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

Triumphant Song of Confidence

A Psalm of David

27 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
    whom shall I fear?
   The Lord is the stronghold[a] of my life;
    of whom shall I be afraid?

When evildoers assail me,
    uttering slanders against me,[b]
   my adversaries and foes,
    they shall stumble and fall.

Though a host encamp against me,
    my heart shall not fear;
   though war arise against me,
    yet I will be confident

For he will hide me in his shelter
    in the day of trouble;
   he will conceal me under the cover of his tent,
    he will set me high upon a rock.

11 Teach me thy way, O Lord;
    and lead me on a level path
    because of my enemies.
12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
    for false witnesses have risen against me,
    and they breathe out violence.

13 I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living!
14 Wait for the Lord;
    be strong, and let your heart take courage;
    yea, wait for the Lord!

It was just us Three Amigos this morning. Our Anthony was having his surgery today, so we kept him in our prayers. Bill was our prayer anchor and Jackie and I took our advocating positions on opposite sides of the deadly doors. Business started picking up near 8:30, which was discouraging, but then slowed down to a normal pace with mostly staff entering.
 I spotted a young couple coming from the direction of the parking garage. They passed by on the opposite side of the street and rounded the corner. I call those types “Line Teasers”. I kept an eye out for their return. Yep! Eventually, they came back our way.
“You going to PP?”
“Be a hero. Take a card”, I said to him, and “You’ll be scrolling on your phone. Here’s some interesting stuff to check out.” to her. “What’s PP?”, he asked. Thus began a nice chat with the two well before they entered the golden arch. They had been very cordial and good willed. I was hopeful! After a time, he reminded her they had an appointment and it was time to go. BUT, they didn’t go in after all. Please, Dear Lord, I hope they reconsidered! Usually, Line Teasers aren’t 100% onboard with abortion and they just need a little time to pause, take a deep breath, and think it through. Holy Spirit, enlighten their hearts!

Tracy

Bill, Beth and Tracy first shift turning it over to second shift, relatively peaceful
A regular who sits in the doorway of the yellow bar, when shown yesterday’s perpetrators said that they are not from around here…..hummm?

Looks like a “Wanted Poster” in Heaven to me!

Man with a little dog stops at the picture and waits for the dog to whiz on the poster. Dog won’t do anything until it moves over to pp and then the dog really waters old PP. Canine sense of justice😆

Beth

It was a fairly busy day on the sidewalk, and lots of passersby from the convention.

Please pray for a woman who is 6 weeks pregnant and has 2 other children, one autistic. She said she has no other family in this country and can’t handle another child. She said she was going for a chemical abortion. I pointed out the dangers of chemical abortion in the brochure but she was very abortion-determined. Hopefully she took time to look at the information and maybe she changed her mind! 

Sheila
Wonderful group from Sts. Martha & Mary Parish came to pray and witness today!

As you all know it was a beautiful day weatherwise today which increased foot traffic in general and the steel convention attendees were quite visible.  For those of us praying in front of PP it was a day with a variety of interesting situations. And this will be quite long, but I hope it fills each reader with hope and encouragement. Barb was able to engage a young woman in conversation who said she was there for a follow-up from last week’s abortion.  She seemed receptive to following up with Rachel’s Vineyard and took the info.  Barb was also bold enough to reach out to two young men who were parked on the street with the window down.  They said they knew someone who works at PP and when she came out they gave her the brochure. (who knows?) She gave out a  lot of the small info cards. While Kim and Mike were praying, a young man approached with his little dog, and after watching them a bit asked them if they would pray for him- which they, of  course, gladly did.  I, Sandy, had an early encounter with an older woman who was looking at the models and when approached asked if I was pro-abortion- I said I was pro-life.  Then she said she wanted to tell me something. I held my breath.  She said that many years ago when she was pregnant she told the doctor she was sure there was something wrong with the baby and he assured her all was fine.  In the end the little girl was born with spina bifida. She went on and on about how hard it was. The daughter was robbed of doing so many things and it meant she, the mom, was totally absorbed with caring for her.  She had no support. I listened and tried to just acknowledge how hard it all was and I’m so sorry she had no support.  Then she shocked me by saying.  She died when she was 37 and I miss her so much.  It’s probably better I didn’t know she would have spina bifida because I would probably have aborted her- but I ended up loving her and we did a lot of fun things together and all the hard years made me strong and helped me realize what love is.  She had me in tears at that point.  I thanked her and encouraged her to share that story with others.   Then if that wasn’t enough, near the end of the shift I saw a young man looking at the models and approached him- and asked if something was on his mind about them.  He shared that it got his attention because he and his wife recently had a miscarriage at about 9 weeks.  I said, so you were already a dad- he said, yeah, I was pumped- even tho’ we already have 2 children.  I just said I know the pain of miscarriage and I hoped God would bless him and his wife as they grieve their loss.  He thanked me and said that helps. Then another woman  came out and  I asked if there was something we could do to help.  I realize we don’t really know why someone has gone in.  She said, I’m pregnant and I’m happy. My son is going to be a brother. After expressing my own joy I asked if she had a regular doctor to follow up with and she assured me she did. There was just no opening with that doc for a while and she wanted to make sure.  I then told her about Little Lamb and she said she would check it out. So it was a busy day with the typical negative, angry comments, but many hopeful signs, even tho’ we know that darkness looms in PP.   Sandy

Sandy
Kim & Mike always make a powerful and prayerful witness!

There was the usual busy foot traffic, including young students, mostly young teenage boys who are  polite and usually exchange greeting of Hi, Hello, Have a good day, etc.

Unfortunately there were approximately 5 couples that exited PP some with visible small brown paper bags, unfortunately no one accepted any literature or cards.

Thee was “new” interest in the baby development dolls, a middle aged couple spent a few minutes looking and a fellow with a cell phone, picked up the larger one and fortunately it is attached to the base.  His intentions were not good ones, as he was his female partner made some unkind looks.

The weather was beautiful, even if the surroundings (PP) are not so pretty.

Bill handed out several pairs of rosaries, we prayed several prayers, always a joy to be with these faithful warriors. Respectfully submitted

Virginia
John, John, Bill and Virginia….the Tuesday afternoon blessing bunch!

2 thoughts on “Day 21…Thanks to Our Lady of the Lakes Parish, Faithful team members and volunteers!”

  1. Carole DiClaudio

    What a WONDERFUL group of the Lord’s joyful soldiers! My heart is overflowing seeing all the great photos of everyone. God bless you all for your love & courage.

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