Day 33…Thanks to People of God Covenant Community, St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Divine Mercy Parish, Dedicated Team Members & Volunteers!

He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat.  So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.  People saw them leaving and many came to know about it. They hastened there on foot from all the towns and arrived at the place before them.  When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

Mark 6:31-34

The Gospel records many instances of Jesus being mobbed by people who wanted His help.  The Gospel records zero instances of Jesus complaining or becoming resentful.  Instead, such situations moved Him with pity for those in need.  No matter how He was feeling inside, He put the needs of others before His own.

Here on Day 33 of our campaign, I have to admit that I’m doing a poor job of imitating Jesus’ selflessness. I’m tired of changing my schedule around to go to the sidewalk, tired of being out in the cold, tired of focusing on something so sad.  

O Lord, please make my heart more like Yours, moved with pity for those in need.  The difficulties they face in choosing life under challenging circumstances are much bigger than the little inconveniences I’m grumbling about.  Please grant all of us strength and compassion to keep serving women and children in crisis. Refresh our hearts and souls so that we can continue this important work to Day 40 and beyond.  

When we got to Liberty Avenue this morning, we saw that the “green-beer crowd” from Saturday evening’s revelry had dumped the trash can out all around the tree where we usually set up.  Happily, we were able to work around it, and the Pittsburgh Clean Team soon came to take care of the mess.  Our Irish eyes were smiling for the rest of the morning as our faithful group gathered to pray all the mysteries of the Scriptural Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.  Near the end of our shift, the People of God group arrived and began to sing joyful hymns.  Both sides of the circle were covered early on a Sunday morning…what a blessing!  Dear St. Patrick, pray for us, that we might follow your example and lead everyone we encounter to Christ! 

Jen

Sunshine??? Yes, I arrived for our shift this morning to smiles, songs and sunshine. The smiles are always there, the songs were courtesy of The People of God Covenant Community, and the sunshine came from the Almighty.  We covered the sidewalk with songs of the battle for heaven, and praise of our God, as well as the holy rosary. Shift buddy Pat and I were joined by Marie from Most Precious Blood of Jesus parish for the entire morning. The people of God community have been faithful to 40 days for many campaigns and it is always a blessing to praise our Lord with them. And as on every Sunday we were joined by the faithful of the Sunday rosary walk in prayer.

Ken

We were joined today by about ten students from Aquinas Academy to pray and advocate for the lives of the preborn outside Planned Parenthood! Praying the rosary with them and singing the Salve Regina was a beautiful outward witness to our faith and the healing power of God’s grace. We had multiple pedestrians and those in cars vocalize their support for the pro-life movement, and one man even returned to donate money to our cause. One man told us to “keep fighting the good fight,” as he drove by, and that stuck with me for the rest of our shift. We are all soldiers in this battle that is ultimately the Lord’s, and showing up each day or week for our shift is entering the front lines and allowing God to use us for His glory. It was a beautiful opportunity to stand for life!

Lauren

Quiet day downtown, but more negative comments than usual. Joined by Parishioners from St Michael the Archangel and faithful Jim and Cathy. Although we’ve almost reached the end of this campaign and anticipate the fast approaching celebration of Easter, unfortunately the injustice at 933 Liberty Ave doesn’t cease with either of these milestones. However, some day it will cease and hopefully we will be able to say we did all we could to hasten such a joyful occurrence. St Patrick pray for us!

Andrew

Very good turnout from Corpus Christi parish from 3-5 today. Many prayers went to Heaven for the evil mill to be shut down. A bit of a wind but but over all a very nice spring day. Much better than the early forecast. 

Andy

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