“But when these things begin to come to pass, look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand.”
Luke 21: 28
This photo of the sky was taken in the wee hours of the morning, following our first-ever all-night vigil in front of Planned Parenthood.As the Body of Christ in Pittsburgh gathered in front of the place that sacrifices over 3,000 pre-born babies on the altar of convenience each year, we begged and pleaded for God to turn the hearts and minds of our nation’s supreme court justices to render a just decision in the Dobbs v. Mississippi case. Could this sign in the sky be a portend of His answer? I hope and pray that it is…but whether or not we get the answer that we hope for…I believe that God has heard our prayers and He is pleased with our efforts. Thanks to everyone who gave up sleep and comfort to come and pray during this 40 hour prayer vigil! Enjoy some photos from the 40-hours:
Barbara was there at PP today (Thursday)…even though our special “40-Hours” campaign is over, abortions continue to happen. Faithful Barbara and her husband Richard come at least once a week, all year round. This week, I think they were there at least three days! Barbara wrote this sad, but beautiful reflection after her shift today:
Richard, Anthony and I witnessed downtown this morning. The morning seemed full of melodies lingering from this week’s extraordinary love event that finished last night at 7pm. The echoes seemed to rush up and down, in and out, even as ordinary downtown traffic roared.
Pittsburgh pro-life gathered downtown in front of pp in extraordinary-witness-prayer-fasting beginning this Tuesday at 7am – continuing through the night – and continuing to Wednesday at 7pm. The US Supreme Court was in session. Oral arguments in the Dobbs Case (Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban) were underway. National Catholic Register reports that, “pro-life leaders and Catholic commentators have been covering this high-profile case on the heels of more than 80 amicus briefs filed in support of Mississippi’s abortion ban.” (12/1/21)
It hurts to witness in front of pp. Sometimes it feels almost unbearable. The weather and the roughness of some people really don’t matter. It feels terrible to watch pregnant mothers and abortion workers enter the building. Seeing “ordinary” people participate in the legal, deliberate, scheduled, ferocious killing of babies is almost unbearable. It feels terrible when they refuse the abundant abortion alternatives that we offer them. They put on a mask, pay about $500 in cash and the guard wands them to be sure they will not be a danger to anyone in the building. Does anybody notice the irony? It breaks my heart to realize that neither the mother, nor the abortion worker will gently prepare the little baby body for burial.
Be safe is a popular saying these days. Safety is rarely my primary goal.
Love returns me to the sidewalk. Saint Augustine says it so beautifully. Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you!
Linda and Dean arrived ready and able. Life is good.
4 thoughts on “Look Up!”
So inspiring to see all these photos of folks around the clock! Thanks be to God for inspiring and strengthening them and keeping them safe.
Amen on the Love! Thanks all.
And I know of others who prayed elsewhere, fasted (myself included) and/or went to Adoration.
Diane Miller and I were happy to go down and pray on Wed. Then we went for Adoration to Assumption Church in Bellvue after! Lunch then too!
Our Motherhouse Sisters remembered the intention along with Bishop Waltersheid at our Masses. So happy to hear the results as EWTN news gave a coverage and so did Jeanne Mancini who stood with thousands on the Supreme Court steps to witness for life. Yes, the sign in the sky was indeed from God. Wed. a m. God is pleased with our efforts. Thank you again for sponsoring this prayer time of prayer and witness for life.
Nikki, thank you for organizing this critically important vigil. God’s blessings to you and your family! Larry