Have you experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death, or ectopic pregnancy?Â Many of our lives, either directly or indirectly, have been touched by miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death, or other such perinatal loss.Â As with any death, the need for healing in these situations is great. However, most people don’t know where to turn, despite the availability … [Read more…]
If you do, great! If you don’t, here you go. In October 2010, the Des Moines, Iowa area hosted the Christ Our Life Conference. One of the esteemed speakers was Francis Cardinal Arinze who spoke about living out the faith well in order to pass it onto our children. In his characteristicÂ rich Nigerian accent, he … [Read more…]
The innocents were slaughtered as infants for Christ; spotless, they follow the lamb and sing forever: Glory to you, O Lord. Today the Church remembers the Holy Innocents, the male children executed because of Herod’s fury to find the Christ child. Herod, fearing for his throne after the Magi told him of the birth of … [Read more…]
Editor’s Note: Maybe you have stumbled upon this post because you’re searching for answers … your baby in womb has been diagnosed with aÂ terminalÂ condition, and now you are faced with either carrying the child to term or terminating the pregnancy. Before making any decisions, please do at least the following: read Molly’s story below and … [Read more…]
Saint Nicholas, lover of the poor andÂ patron of children, is a model of how Christians are meant to live.Â Known for acts of charity, he often left gifts of food or money for the poor in the dark of night so that no one but God saw his good works. As parents of young children, we … [Read more…]
Advent Week 2 Reflection: Occupy the Confessional Weâ€™re going to see Jesus!â€ my then two-year old daughter joyfully proclaimed as we entered the church parking lot on the morning of the first Sunday in Advent. My husband Joel and I, a little surprised yet proud of her recognition, chuckled and agreed, â€œYes, we ARE going … [Read more…]
itâ€™s not all that surprising that a diagnosis of Down syndrome, with its laundry list of potential medical and developmental issues, so often leads to abortion. After all, so many people have not been steeped in the belief that oneâ€™s worth is unconnected to their abilities. If they have no personal experience to offset the â€œscary bad,â€ the inertia must seem irresistible.
So now comes the really hard question: what do we do about it? Here are a few ideas.