What “I Know My Limits” Really Means

Lisa at Lucy's Baptism

My social media feeds blew up several days ago with friends near and far sharing their disgust over words an Iowa lawmaker spoke on the floor of the Iowa House. The lawmaker at the center of the kerfuffle is Representative Beth Wessel-Kroeschell who stands in opposition to a bill here in Iowa banning telemed or webcam abortions. In response, many prolife media outlets naturally issued stories with headlines reading, “Lawmaker says crying baby is reason for abortion!” Or, “Democrat Legislator: A Colic, Crying Baby is a Good Reason for an Abortion.” And while I agree they were right to call out Wessel-Kroeschell on the colic comment, it was another word that caught my attention. What was that word? Limits. . . . → Read More: What “I Know My Limits” Really Means

20 Ways (and counting!) At-Home Moms Can Volunteer for the Pro-Life Movement

Pregnant Woman

I recently received an email from a young at-home mom with limited access to transportation requesting advice on how she can get involved in the pro-life movement given her current stage of life and vocation. With the help of my Facebook friends, here are 20 ways busy, at-home moms can be engaged in the pro-life movement. . . . → Read More: 20 Ways (and counting!) At-Home Moms Can Volunteer for the Pro-Life Movement

Biking for Babies on EWTN — TONIGHT!

biking-for-babies-photo

Food for thought today: It’s been said that our generation will be remembered for what we did or did not do to combat abortion. What will your grandchildren say about your efforts? Passing along a note from our friend Jimmy, who’s doing something worth remembering. And he now has an international platform to share his message. Jimmy and his Biking For Babies cofounder Mike Schaefer will be guests on EWTN’s Life on the Rock tonight to talk about Biking For Babies, their prolife ministry. . . . → Read More: Biking for Babies on EWTN — TONIGHT!

Wordless Wednesday: Life

Midwest March for Life 3

The photo itself says so much that it doesn’t need any description. . . . → Read More: Wordless Wednesday: Life

President Obama’s Prolife Principles

Photo courtesy of Glyn Photoworks, used under creative commons license.

The president used the occasion of his second inaugural address to lecture America on equality and dignity of all persons. Here are 18 quotes from it that in isolation might fool one into thinking he regards the unborn with the same inherent dignity as everyone else. . . . → Read More: President Obama’s Prolife Principles

We Belong Neither to Darkness Nor to Night

Mourning the Loss of a Child

Walk into any darkened room, and all it takes is one small lit match to overpower its darkness and illuminate it. One. Small. Light. As The Christophers say, it’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness. Today go be that light in this world that has been darkened and devastated by abortion. . . . → Read More: We Belong Neither to Darkness Nor to Night

What It Means to be Prolife: A Teenage Perspective

Katherine, a March for Life essay winner

Katherine Bourne, a high school sophomore, shares thoughts on being a Catholic prolife teen. This entry was selected as a 2013 March for Life essay winner. . . . → Read More: What It Means to be Prolife: A Teenage Perspective

A Vanity Pro-Life License Plate?

Pro Life License Plates - Iowa

“Choose Life” license plates available to purchase. How could we ‘vanitize’ one? . . . → Read More: A Vanity Pro-Life License Plate?

Follow-Up: Resources for Miscarriage, Stillbirth & Perinatal Loss

Perinatal Casket

We recently asked for input given Joel and I are working on developing a new miscarriage/stillbirth/perinatal loss support group for our diocese. Wow, ask and you shall receive! I shouldn’t be surprised. 25% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. Many of us have been emotionally jolted by the loss of a child (or grandchild/niece/nephew, etc), and feel passionate about helping others who find themselves in the throes of it, too. Joel and I are grateful for the heartfelt and emotional comments and suggestions provided. (You can still provide input here.)

There are two particularly powerful resources that were brought to my attention.

1. The Diocese of Saskatoon Miscarriage Awareness Webpage 

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Have you Experienced Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Perinatal Loss?

Healing from Perinatal Loss

We are seeking your input in order to help others

My husband Joel and I are collaborating with others to form a diocesan-wide support program for families experiencing the loss of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth, or other type of perinatal loss (more info here).

Joel is currently in deacon formation, and this work is an extension of his diaconal studies. We have felt called to develop such a ministry given our personal experience with miscarriage and the lack of support we received — medical, physical, and spiritual.

Question: If you have experienced a loss, what type of helpful support did you receive? (If you didn’t receive much support, . . . → Read More: Have you Experienced Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Perinatal Loss?