Day 3…Thanks to St. Matthew Parish, faithful team members & Individual Volunteers!

It’s the start of a new 40 Days for Life campaign, a prayerful effort in a record 656 cities around the world to stop the moral scourge of abortion.  A time to stand up for what we believe- that Life is sacred and should be protected from conception to natural death.

Praying and/or counseling on the sidewalk in front of an abortion mill is not easy.  But it’s not meant to be easy.  It takes courage, resolve, and fortitude to be there, praying for the unseen, the unheard, the innocent pre-born children on their way to the abortuary. It takes sacrifice- time out of our busy days, to stand in cold weather, and to be on the receiving end of epithets and obscenities from passersby. 

Whenever it seems it might be too much for me to handle, I ask myself what I’m being asked to endure- only rude, nasty comments and ridicule.

Then I think of Jesus’ Passion, what He had to suffer (knowing beforehand what would be done to Him) and what I might have to experience seems like nothing.  Jesus endured the mocking by the soldiers as they scourged him, the Crown of Thorns, the carrying of the heavy Cross, and the unfathomable pain of having his hands and feet nailed to the Cross.  And He bore the weight of all of our sins in order to save us.

“Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company around Him.  They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him.  And they twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on His head. They put a staff in His right hand and knelt down before Him to mock Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”  Then they spit on Him and took the staff and struck Him on the head repeatedly.” 

Matthew 27:30

When the Cross was raised up it became difficult for Him to breatheEvery breath required an upward push of his legs to take a breath.  Crucifixion victims died of asphyxiation, when they no longer had the strength to push up to breathe.

So, I ask you to please make a small sacrifice during the next six weeks and join us downtown.  Please pray with us for the women and their pre-born children as they enter PP.  Your prayers may be the last ones the little ones will hear before they go to Heaven. 

“For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His footsteps.” 

1 Peter 2:21

“But rejoice that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed at the revelation of His glory.” 

1 Peter 4:13 

                                                                                                                                 -Chris

Larry (foreground with Our Lady of Guadalupe banner), Kim (sidewalk advocate), and Randy (wearing sign) were my companions today.  

Passersby accepted literature and a few pp clients did as well.  I was called “satan” by a young man entering the building as I offered his distraught looking female partner a pregnancy resource brochure. 

After that incident, we received several comments from passersby thanking us for being there and stating they’re against abortion.

Kathy

Thank you Terry and Beverly for coming down with Elsie and I today! Elsie was able to encourage one young woman to go somewhere else for medical care next time; she said she was Catholic and that she was only there for blood work, but she said she’d call her insurance company and find a new doctor. Otherwise not much to report unfortunately.

Jean, Kathleen, Bernadette, Bob & Matt

It was a cold day for our first shift of this campaign. Thanks to all the faithful who came to pray today: shift buddy, Fran, Donna S., Jean, Kathleen, Bernadette, Bob & Matt. Unfortunately those going in didn’t want any information as well as those coming out. We were able to have some good conversations with some passersby and share the Resource Brochure to direct women to all the free help available at the Pregnancy Resource Centers. You can see their faces light up when you tell them there are kids clothes, diapers, wipes and many other things. These are the blessings on the sidewalk. A man by the name of Mark stopped by to talk to us. He’s a member of Holy Trinity and will be on the sidewalk next week. It was a blessing to talk to him and very obvious that God put him on our path today. We pray for the day when abortion will end in our city, state, nation and world. God will right this wrong in His perfect time and His perfect way. To God be the glory!

Shift Anchors Val and Mike, with Olivia and Aaron, students at Duquesne who joined us for the first hour.

Val and Mike and I were happily surprised to have to students from Duquesne – Olivia and Erin – join us for the first hour.  We enjoyed getting to know them and they promised to bring more Duquesne students down with them in the coming weeks.  We were blessed to not be bothered by anyone until the very end of our shift, and even that encounter was fairly mild and brief.

Pat

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