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Friday, October 25th., I received a call from the hospital from Christine & she told me that her precious daughter was born. Praise God! She is the girl, two years ago, that Martha & I befriended & she threw us a curve. She said that she will bring her baby in, in two weeks, to visit us & to get some things for her. That sound's good to me :)
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Focus
A very busy day today! We had Paul & Linda & one of our clients to help Martha put things away. I was in the office for most of the day. Two young girls came into my office, later in the day, one of the girls said "Mary, remember me"? I said "I see so many girls I'm sorry" & then she reminded me of where we first met. She said that I spoke to her coming out of Planned Parenthood a couple of years ago & I said to you "it's to late". I then asked her now what she met. She said that she had already had the abortion. I looked sick at heart her & started talking to her about post abortion problems. Then I saw that the girl, who was with her, looked a little funny & I asked her if she had had an abortion & she said "yes, they were twins". I looked sicker at heart at her now. Then the one girl asked me to show them some abortion pictures & I brought them into the Rose Room to show them. I heard them scream. Then the one girl said that she wanted to see her baby but Planned Parenthood said "no" & they continued the procedure of killing her precious baby. How horrible. Lord have Mercy!!
'Mystery of Forgiveness' When we forgive, we have to let go of our own feelings, our own ego, our own offended identity, and find our identity at a completely different level—the divine level. I even wonder if it is possible to know God at all—outside of the mystery of forgiveness.
Unfortunately, the landlord took out our Summer Storage boxes, from the little bathroom that we had & said that it was his & not our room to use anymore. We have to pay him to use our room. I, the Executive Director, told him "no, you can't use that room because we have summer storage boxes in there. But he went & found Martha & asked her & she said "yes", unfortunately, and he took it over. We took out our stuff & he put in his stuff. A couple days later Martha put in some storage boxes & he didn't like to share & he vehemently pronounced that room was 'his', again! Martha & I are both upset because she said that he tricked her, for she didn't have anytime to think, when he boldly went into the room where she was working in, a few weeks ago, to ask her. What he should have done professionally was to say, " Martha & I disagree & for us to discuss it & then get back to him", but he didn't do that & it has caused us not to trust him anymore. We lost a space that we need & we are paying him to use it. Go figure!!! I told Martha that I was giving him to the Lord to deal with, not me. I will pray for him more & so will Martha. Landlords :(
Wednesday November 6, 2013
New Bishop named in Rochester, NY
On Nov. 6, Pope Francis announced that Bishop Salvatore R. Matano of Burlington, Vt., will be the ninth Bishop of Rochester. The Catholic Courier will continue its coverage of Bishop Matano as his Jan. 3, 2014, installation draws near.
Great News!! Praise God!!! Thank you Lord :)
'Recognizing Humility'Truly holy people are always humble. If you are not humble, you have not experienced the Holy One. If you don't see humility and patience in religion, you know it's not on the right course.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 at Focus & the Front Lines
The phone rang at 9:45am & I answered it to find out it was Sheila, the sidewalk counselor who is out on the front lines from 10:30am to 1pm every Thursday. She told me that she was suffering with Shingles & was in a lot of pain & couldn't come out today. She is scheduled to leave for Israel this Monday, for a week, & I hope that she will be able to go. After we talked for a few minutes I said "good bye" & hung up the phone. I started getting ready to go to the sidewalk when the phone rang & it was Tom, who stays with Sheila on the sidewalk. He said that a young girl wanted a pregnancy test. I was getting ready & I wasn't ready yet so I said to him to inform her that I'll be there in 30 minutes, that was cutting it close. He spoke with her & came back to the phone saying that was fine. As I continued to get ready the phone rang again & it was Tom again. He said that the girl had to go & she will come to Focus tomorrow for a pregnancy test instead & for me not to rush. I said "okay & thanks" & hung up. I continued to get ready & then I left. As I was passing the Sign Shop I stopped to order the A-Frame for the sidewalk ministry. My friend Anne & her husband sent me a large check to purchase one. Wonderful people!
I was now on the sidewalk with the graphic sign & the literature box in front of Planned Parenthood, with Tom. I started to counsel the people going in & coming out of this Death Mill. This place makes my stomach turn. All of a sudden I looked ahead to see two girls walking arm in arm out of Planned Parenthood. The one girl was saying something to me as she was holding onto a girl who was walking funny. I then went on to tell them both to repent for the murder of a precious baby today. I went on & on, until they walked down the side street next, to the new condos. My heart sank & it still hurts.
I went back into the center & I saw Martha in the hallway. I was surprised because, I had called her over her ex husband's house, to ask her if she could go to the front lines this morning. She told me that her mother-in-law had died early in this morning. I said that I was sorry & hung up. I really didn't expect to see her today but hear she was. We talked for a few minutes & she went outside to be with Becky, our new volunteer, on the front lines. I then spoke with Kathryn, our Thursday volunteer, when the doorbell rang. She went to let our clients into the center. Paul wasn't with us again :(
It was 2pm & Lynda came to Focus. I thought that she was going to the front lines but I was wrong. I didn't know, that the cold effects her blood flow & causes her a lot of pain, in her joints. Now I know. We went into the office & started to work on a monetary Grant application from Walmart. It was going good then I came to page 6 & had to discontinue the application. We don't have a Spread Sheet to answer those kind of questions. Oh well! We were both disappointed :(
Kathryn said "good bye" & left. It was now 4:10pm & Martha & Becky came into the center with the signs & literature box. We were in the Green Room talking when the doorbell rang. Lynda went to answer it. I heard a man say that his wife called earlier about these donations. I went to the door to see a man in his 30's with a white bag. I said that I took the call from his wife & we went on talking. I don't remember how it came it this but he mentioned that he was Catholic. I asked him what parish he attended & he said "St. Mary's downtown". Then he said "I go to my church one week & then to my wife's church the other week, she Anglican". I looked surprise at him & said "no you can't do that you're Catholic so you have to go to the Catholic Church every week". Then I said "aren't you afraid of Hell"? He said with a smile on his face :I'm not afraid of Hell for I've been to Baltimore". Lynda said that Fr. Canton is at St. Mary's. I then said to him "go to Confession & then go to Mass every week". We talked for a few more minutes & then he said that he had to go to pick up his daughter from school & he said "good bye" & left. I hope & pray that he will understand that Hell is worse than Baltimore & for him to 'start over'. God works in strange & mysterious ways.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at Focus
When I got to the pregnancy center's office I saw that on my desk was a note. I read it quickly & found out that Ney's cell phone was stolen by the client that she did a pregnancy test on yesterday. After the test the young girl asked to use her phone & then she left with it. Ney tried to call her several times but she didn't answer. I was so upset with this news! I told Martha who was standing now in the office & I asked if she'd call the girls for I was livid. She did & the girl didn't answer the phone so Martha left a message on the voice mail to call Focus & she gave my cell number. I then tried to call Ney & she didn't answer so I left a voice message on her phone to call me ASAP. It was several hours later that Ney called me back. We talked for awhile. She said that she got another phone & all was okay now. I said if this ever happens again, which I hope it doesn't, you MUST call the police to make out a report. She was hesitant to do that she said but I insisted that you must to protect yourself & Focus. She said that she has forgiven the girl but hopes not to see her again. I feel badly for what happened to Ney & also the girl for she was pregnant & we could help her. How sad was this situation. I do not tolerate stealing & if caught I will prosecute!!!
Our newest volunteer Tanya came to help us out today. What a blessing she is in our work at Focus. Later on, Linda came to help us out too, for last week she was in bed sick. Glad to see that she feels better now. We get so many donation & some of them take time to call to see if there is a Recall & then to wash the big items & then to call the client for pick up....it takes so much time. Martha & Paul usually do the bigger items & I do the office work. It was about 3:15 pm when Lisa came in today. I asked her to call our clients to see how they were doing & she said that all the clients have been called that she could reach. I was happy to hear that. Then I asked her if she'd work on a letter that we could send out to some of the parishes, for Focus fund-raising. She did a beautiful letter that we will sent out in January 2014. Thank you Lisa!
We saw many clients today & we tried to assist them with their needs. Praise God!! Later on this evening Tanya said that she lost her cell phone ….oh no! This is phone day :) Martha & I prayed to St. Anthony the Patron Saint for lost items & a little while later she found it...yeah! Thanks St. Anthony for your intercession to the Lord.
When I got home tonight I received a call from Pat, our Grandmother & Great Grandmother, saying that she was just interviewed by Channel 8 TV News for her being out on the street in a tent. She said that someone destroyed her first tent & Carol C. bought her another. She was there for her family. I said that I would watch it at 10 PM & again at 11 pm tonight. I saw her on TV & she was marvelous so I called her back & spoke with her. I said it was about drugs in your neighborhood for I thought that it would be about abortion too. She was furious to hear that, for she said that she spoke with the reporter for 20 minutes saying, that this was dedicated to the saving of her five great grandchildren's lives, that were almost aborted. She was livid & said that she would call Channel 8 tomorrow morning to complain. "Calm down Pat & relax", I said, "all will be okay". I also said that she was doing a great job & I was so proud of her :) Check her interview now at: http://www.rochesterhomepage.net/story/great-grandmother-spends-9-days-fasting-and-praying/d/story/t-NySuaMK0mb6otETXO6XQ