There was much in the news last week on the pro-life front that greatly disturbed my spirit. Specifically, the news out of New York legalizing abortion at any stage of pregnancy made me physically sick to my stomach.Â With all the noise and debate over whether an unborn baby is a life who has rights and value, I go back to Scripture and cling to a passage from Luke’s first chapter. We know the story well when the angel Gabriel comes to Zechariah and declares John the Baptist will be filled with the Holy Spirit in his motherâ€™s womb. But it wasn’t until I participated in The Wild Goose study when those words were truly illuminated for me. Think about this: the first person in the New Testament from the Gospel of Luke to be consumed by and filled with the Holy Spirit is an unborn child. What does that mean for us?
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, â€œLawmaker says crying baby is reason for abortion!â€ Or, â€œDemocrat Legislator: A Colic, Crying Baby is a Good Reason for an Abortion.â€ 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.
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.
Food for thought today: Itâ€™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.
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.
We recently asked for input given Joel and I are working on developing a new miscarriage/stillbirth/perinatal loss support group for ourÂ 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),Â and feel passionate … [Read more…]