Friday, October 15, 2010

40 Day Notes - Part 3: Speak Out For Those Who Cannot Speak

And that's what we do - in spite of a handful of protesters that tried to counter our pro-life prayer vigil:
Wednesday, September 29th - Day 8.
Thus says the lord who made you, who formed you in the womb...
(Isaiah 44:3)
The morning starts off damp and cool but quickly warms up, accompanied by strong gusts of wind. Peter, Susan and Chuck from Fredericton join us at prayer site. Rosaries in private and in unisson are recited through the day as well as quiet reading and a little chatter on and off. With the continuous traffic sound, one has to really work hard at concentrating on prayer.

A car pulls up slowly by our site and a lady says in french "why don't you let people live in peace?" We say a special prayer just for her. Another lady driving by quickly on the other side of the street calls out "why don't you mind your own business?" So consciences are being stirred, but maybe a lot of hurt also. Many many things to pray for.

Friday, October 1st - Day 10.
Feast of St. Theresa of the little flower

The Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful.
(Psalm 5:6)
A gentleman from the Fisheries building just by our prayer site is busy already at 8am scrubbing some graffitti off their sign; probably aimed at us. Army, Estelle and Glenda arrive from Fredericton to reinforce our prayer army, in the rain and all. The traffic on the wet pavement makes for extra noise and therefore harder to concentrate on prayer.

By 5pm a young lady in a yellow raincape and carrying a huge handmade white cardboard sign appears on the opposite sidewalk. It reads "my mind my body my choice" in large red lettering. Twelve of us in togethrness pray for her. She stays for the remaining two hrs. By herself. The rain stops in the last hour and We go home dry. God is good and he looks after his own.
"My mind, my body" - what about the baby's body? Babies want to live; they don't "choose" abortion.
Saturday, October 2nd - Day 11.
Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of those who mutilate the flesh!
(Philippians 3:2)
Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima and of the Guardian Angels. How appropriate as we pray for all the little victims of abortion.

By noon rain has stoppedand a cool wind follows, but it doesn't discourage the faithful. Then 7 young ladies arrive to take their post opposite us with their "pro choice" signs. Nancy, Diane, Brenda, Mario, Cathy, Tony, Norma, Cecil and myself are praying in unisson for enlightment and understanding is dis for they know not what they do. Margot and Karl and grandaughter visit and pray with us for a short time.

3:30pm and the sun peeks out for two minutes - "a kiss from god" says Cathy. A couple of beleivers, Bernie and Don arrive from St. John to spend 2 hrs. Praying. A woman coming by on her bike makes a point of stopping and questions what we really are doing. And then says that she is 5 months pregnant and is keeping her baby. In her next sentence she tells us of her friend who had an abortion at this hospital last year and remained quite "traumatized" but is pregnant again and will be keeping this baby. We talk with her of the help that is available to help her girlfriend heal from the trauma of the abortion.

Sunday, October 3rd - Day 12.
Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
(Proverbs 31:8-9)
A sunny but very windy cool day. Rev. Buckingham stops by to give us his blessing. University girls come by wanting to take pictures for one of their projects. Prayer warriors come and go in good numbers all day.

4:30pm. Someone looks up directly above us and mixed in with blue skies and clouds is this lone piece of rainbow which many of us see. It is gone after 5 minutes - and we wonder about the significance?

R. Leblanc comes by to pray and later produces a stump of wood {which he has had for 10 years} an amazing sight,where the chainsaw made the cut, a very visible form of the fetus in utero is outlined. Jeannette shares with me that, when at home, she's sort of lonely and anxious to return to the 40day prayer site. So as you see god is working on us as well during this precious time praying for the unborn and all involved.

Monday, October 4th - Day 13.
Parents shall not be put to death for their children, nor shall children be put to death for their parents.
(Deuteronomy 24:16)
The day starts off sunny, windy and a bit cool. Prayer warriors show up in numbers. The fisheries building behind us does their lawn for the second time in 12 days, so we move all our possesions back and forth, and impossible to pray for a short time. A lady walks by three of us praying approx. 11 am and makes sure we hear her saying "you guys are bullies". We pray for her. At noon time, a staff person from the hospital speaks to Mae "what have you against the French? Why not demonstrate in front of the English hospital? They do more abortions than us." Pierre walks by again and chats - still trying to figure us out and wants to talk politics.

By 4:30 pm, as we are reciting the rosary, a young lady running in spandex outfit, stops and in a high pitch perfect French tells us we have no buisiness being here like this and "excuse me but you are all old and it's us women who have the babies". When someone tries to say something to her.she promptly continues her run.

5:30 pm and cold wind is in our back. While we are praying a rosary together, a grey van slows down near us, opens his window, extends his right hand's "negative third finger" and makes sure that we all see him. We pray for him also surprisingly we do get a lot of prayers said through all these interuptions. We are eight and closing time sending our prayers heavenward.
(Sent by Rosalie)
On Sunday, October 3rd we also had the life chain. But the 40 Days for Life vigil continued uninterrupted.

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