The following is from an email blast sent by sidewalk servant coordinator Deborah Molina. She recapped a very successful Newbie Saturday that took place outside of Planned Parenthood in Center City Philadelphia.
“It was Newbie Saturday this week and 6 new brave Sidewalk Servants ventured to 12th and Locust to pray together for the end of abortion!
As we stood there together, between the prayers, I instructed them on why we were there… That it is a spiritual warfare more than a warfare between “us” and “them”. We are not there to hate anyone. We are there as instruments of love to show love and compassion to the moms, the dads, the friends, the abortion escorts, the workers and the abortion provider. We are to speak the truth in LOVE. Sharing that there are other options, there is another way and we want to help them and walk with them.
I let them know that although what we are doing is right and just, some may be offended and disgusted by it. They may say unkind and cruel things; but our role is to pray for them. Hatred and anger only comes from a place of hurt, guilt and sadness. Pray for their healing and that their eyes may be opened to the truth.
While we were there we said multiple rosaries; at one point we began to go around the circle and share intentions with every Hail Mary prayer. I was standing next to the Planned Parenthood escort. When my turn was done we all turned to the escort… “It’s your turn escort… how can we pray for you? She stumbled saying “…um…. aaah…”, and then our leader said – “Ok we will pray for your family and your friends. “ and we did.
Again we went around the circle three more times. Each time we came to her we offered her the chance to pray, and then we prayed for her; for peace, for love, for strength, that she may be close to the Lord, for her deepest desires, for those she loves. It was the most beautiful way I have ever prayed for the escorts; I highly recommend it. It was including her in the prayer, and I believe the part of her, the light created by God, her goodness and kindness, was being touched and flourishing in that moment of prayer.