Day 35…Thanks to Memorial Park Church, St. Matthew Parish, Dedicated Team Members & Volunteers!

A Time for Miracles…and a GOD of Miracles!

Sometimes a verse of scripture seems harsh and without the mercy of a loving Father God, as we know Him. But still, all scripture is worthy of reflection and study. However severe a verse, law or command may seem…the love of God is there, because it is His intention to protect us from losing our soul!

You shall not thus pollute the land in which you live; for blood pollutes the land, and no expiation can be made for the land, for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of him who shed it. You shall not defile the land in which you live, in the midst of which I dwell; for I the Lord dwell in the midst of the sons of Israel.

Numbers 35:33-34

To allow deliberate murder to go unpunished would be to drive the Lord out of the land because he cannot dwell alongside sin. We are to love God, walk in his ways, observe the commands, cling to him, and serve him without reserve.  We are being called to live out the commandments and beatitudes and not to offend God or our neighbor. Our work on the sidewalk is to live according to the divine plan by practicing corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

We worship a loving God who is always watching over us. He calls us to salvation by asking us to follow His commands and statutes. This is what we try to live out in our campaign for life. The mercy and sacrifice that we offer are an act of expiation for the sin of abortion in our land. 

Expiation: Atonement for some wrong-doing. It implies an attempt to undo the wrong that one has done, by suffering a penalty, by performing some penance, or by making reparation or redress. 

Still, at every turn of the page in scripture our Lord gives us a great hope of salvation in troubled times; a refuge or sanctuary.

Sanc·tu·ar·y: A place of refuge or safety.

Each will be like a hiding place from the wind, a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of a great rock in a weary land.

Isaiah 32:2

The Lord called you out of darkness and settled you in his peace.

Keep reading to find out what happened at the vigil today…

Most of the time, it’s just us at 7:30-9AM on Tuesdays. What a lovely surprise to have a group join Jackie and Bill! Kathy, Sonja, Sally, Peggy and Terri, from Memorial Park Church braved the freezing temps this morning. Thank you for bringing your warm hearts to the sidewalk!

It was business as usual at PP – the same ol’ comings and going’s.

Tracy
Thanks to Memorial Park Church for braving the frigid weather today!

Greetings from the Liberty Avenue wind tunnel,  cold outside, colder inside, with the exception of our wonderful prayer helpers and a few nice comments. 

Busy day at pp with some sort of construction going on. A working guy stopped to thank us and would we please pray for his daughter six months into a difficult pregnancy. In a culture that forgets God, people seem grateful if you offer to pray to Him for them and loved ones.

Few people out on the street so mostly quiet,  quiet enough for God to hear our prayers

Beth

It was an uneventful shift but,  sadly,  a lot of traffic, including multiple couples, entered the clinic. It seems that Tuesdays are usually quite busy when they’re closed on Saturdays.  

Sheila

It was a chilly, breezy day on the sidewalk. The Feast Day of St. Joseph gave me extra hope that babies would be saved. I prayed for his intercession during the night,at Mass and as I drove to Planned Parenthood. My hope is that all of our prayers inspire women to love their babies and not come to PP. 

I was told that many women entered PP before our shift began. Mike and Kim were our prayer warriors, praying all three mysteries of the rosary. Sandy and I held our post on either side of the yellow curve, prayer as we looked for opportunities to provide support. We handed out literature to those entering the clinic and those passing by. We engaged several people in conversations. I spoke with a woman passing by who was from Columbia. She now lives in Moon Township and works for a ministry called Maya. Here is its website:  https://www.mayaorganization.org/#/. The organization is in Pittsburgh and supports women by providing prenatal classes. If a woman completes 8 classes, she will be given a doula to support her during delivery. This is for women who are alone and do not have the support of the baby’s father during delivery. We saw several women coming out of PP and offered them resources. They seemed in a daze as they exited. One friend of a woman getting an abortion brought flowers into the clinic for her. Eventually the friend took a flyer from Sandy for post-abortive healing. 

Barb K
Kim, Sandy, Mike and Barb faithfully prayed in the bitter cold today!

Today we had three couples leave with brown bags. Pray for them. Steve held the statue of Our Lady. He said one time he didn’t hold it and a person came screaming and knocking over stuff. He said never again. I talked to a homeless man. It was nice to hear his story. We prayed the Rosary and Stations of the Cross. Someone told me if no one shows up to pray to end abortion at these clinics, people will think it is ok. We are all a witness saying it is not ok. Hopefully we have all changed some people’s heart. May God bless you and keep you close to His Sacred Heart and Her Immaculate Heart.

John

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