Day 28…Thanks to Weirton Catholic Churches, St. Matthew Parish, St. Raphael Parish, Dedicated Team Members & Faithful Volunteers!

While they fled before Israel along the descent of Beth-horon, the LORD hurled great stones from the heavens* above them all the way to Azekah, killing many.d More died from these hailstones than the Israelites killed with the sword.

Joshua 10:11 

On the side altar at our parish there is an image of the Holy Face from Saint Veronica’s veil. It is an image that represents the great suffering of Our Lord for the salvation of the world. I have found prayers for devotion to the Holy Face that include the Litany of the Holy Face and the chaplet of reparation. These are prayed for the conversion of sinners, especially atheists, and to offer the Holy Face of Our Lord to the Eternal Father to appease His Justice and draw down mercy’ in particular for the sins of blasphemy and the profanation of Sundays. This devotion has been part of my prayer life for some time and I hope that it will spread like wildfire and envelop the whole church and the world.

In the Old Testament there are many battles fought by God’s people that ended in victory by the hand of God. His justice poured out on Godless nations who oppose Him and His people.

 Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

As I reflect on the plight of the fallen world and those who oppose the commandments of God, especially towards the unborn, do I seek His justice or His Mercy for others? Especially when the most compassionate legislation like the born alive act or the heartbeat bill fails, and lawmakers have been seen giving high fives in the chambers for defeating legislation, for basic protections for the most helpless. I confess that it is not pity or mercy for them in my heart but divine retribution from the Almighty. 

But when I was so far from God, and living a life with more vice than virtue, did He show me His right arm of justice? No, He showed me His Holy Face filled with blood, spittle, slaps, scourges, and thorns for Mercy and redemption for all. May God have mercy on politicians and abortion workers who promote the destruction of innocent life. And also for the lukewarm who ignore the destruction of the innocent. And may my prayer for them forever be, Father forgive them, and look on the Holy Face of Jesus, for they know not what they do.

Ken

It was a chilly, fairly uneventful morning.
While taking up our positions at the arch, we started out with a Chaplet of Mercy for our shift buddy, Anthony, recovering from his surgery. He’s usually our dominant prayer anchor with plenty of volume. It wasn’t as easy to hear each other as it is when he leads us. Business at PP was slower. Only a few couples and a young lady or two went in. There wasn’t much interest in our literature.
Bill dropped by on his way to the food bank.
There was no street parking allowed today. Are they going to be filming again?

Tracy
Bill, Tracy and Jackie began the witness and outreach this morning

Business as usual at pp today. Few people on the street, it was still winter at 933 Liberty Avenue. 

Thanks to Bill, Stacey and Jackie for having everything set up when we arrived.

Beth

There wasn’t too much traffic into the clinic, but then it picked up after 12:30pm. Few women had any interest in hearing about alternatives. One young woman was very emphatic about her upcoming abortion; she paused and then blurted out, “So, what are you going to do, adopt my baby?” We responded with an emphatic, “Yes,” to which she slammed the door. The young man with her had his head down the whole time and did not engage with us. 

A woman in her thirties passed by with a toddler in a stroller and two older daughters.  As I reached out to offer a brochure, she cursed me out, then told me in obscenity-laced language that because of our signs, she had to explain to her daughters what an abortion is!  And that she should have aborted her daughters!  If you’d have seen the look in the eyes of those little girls! Poor children. I advised them to ignore the evil things their mother was saying, that surely it wasn’t true.  I hope they heard me over their mother’s wicked ranting!

Sheila
Shift Anchor Rose, with Mary and Paulette from St. Joseph the Worker parish in Weirton

Tuesday 1 to 3 shift was attended men from St. Raphael parish in Carnegie. Sandy and Barb were the sidewalk advocates. Prayers make a difference with the men: Fran, Bob, Al, Walter, Jim and Bill praying rosaries and wearing signs to end the needless killing that goes on on the other side of those doors. “God will give us the words”, as stated by Sandy during our shift just before she approaches another passer by. Kim and I pray that some day soon we won’t have to drive up to Pittsburgh and lives will never be in jeopardy. Peace to all.

Mike & Kim

We had a big contingent from Saint Raphael parish in Green Tree. We prayed the Rosary, Chaplet and Stations of the Cross together. Not many women coming out. Sadly a very young girl came out. We had a lot of positive comments and a woman threw milk at the signs and me from behind. She ran off with a sign and tried to stuff it in a garbage can. One of the women from Saint Raphael got it back. Bill got a picture of her. You can check your video camera. It is sad to see so many people stoned and drunk on the street. May God bless you and keep you close to His Sacred Heart and Her Immaculate Heart.

John

2 thoughts on “Day 28…Thanks to Weirton Catholic Churches, St. Matthew Parish, St. Raphael Parish, Dedicated Team Members & Faithful Volunteers!”

  1. Shelia, So sorry to hear about the woman and her girls. A demon must have gotten hold of her for that moment. I pray when she goes home, she tells her girls she didn’t mean anything she said and that she loves them. Oh Mary, our Mother soften the heart of this woman. St Michael thrust that demon from her and protect her dear children.

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