Send Me a Rose...
Back in September, I distinctly remember asking St. Therese to pray for me and ask that we would be blessed with another child. St. Therese had promised before her death to let roses fall from heaven with all her intercessions for those of us still walking the earth. I asked, “Therese, please send me a rose.” At that moment, I felt certain that my prayer had been answered.
A little over two weeks later, we found out that we were expecting. Thinking the baby was a girl, I asked my husband if we could name her Therese Rose. Now, I have been dead wrong on previous pregnancies about the sex of the baby - so my husband was dubious to say the least.
Yesterday we found out that the baby is indeed a little girl. St. Therese has let another rose fall from heaven, and we have named our little girl Therese Rose.
As I watched her tiny perfection on the screen, I was just as amazed as the first pregnancy at the miracle of life. I could see her little hands moving around, her sweet face, the curve of her spine, her legs all curled up, and those precious feet. There was my daughter, growing within the warmth and safety of my womb. I will enjoy these months leading up to her grand arrival into my arms. (As a side note, all the kids are excited for a new sister too even though some were rooting boy!)
The March for Life took place this past Friday in D.C despite the the blizzard. Many were not able to come, but many still did remembering the sad day of Roe v. Wade, and standing up for their belief in the dignity of women and all life. Having just seen my little Therese, I cannot believe that it is legal to abort these children from the womb. The argument that these children are simply “a clump of cells” has been categorically disproven.
The events of this past year and the undercover videos of Planned Parenthood employees casually talking about the selling of baby parts was disturbing to say the least. As horrible as these were to hear, the stories that everyone also needs to hear are those of the women who are wounded by abortion.
Recently, Sara Fernanda Giromini, the young woman who started Femen Brazil an ultra- liberal feminist group in Brazil, came to a conversion after the birth of her second child. Her first child was a victim of abortion, as was she. She writes, “I have repented of having had an abortion and today I ask for forgiveness. Yesterday marked one month after the birth of my baby and my life has taken on a new meaning. I’m writing this while he sleeps serenely on my lap. It is the greatest sensation in the world. Please, women who are desperate to abort, think carefully about it. I was very sorry I did it. I don’t want the same for you,” she added.
This is a not uncommon story. So many women regret this choice that is presented to them a as a solution to all their problems. Instead they find themselves grieving and too ashamed to seek help. Abortion is not the cherished “right” of women as it is advertised to the public. Abortion is an intrinsic evil that makes a mother the killing field of her child. No, this is not what women are made to be. We are made to embrace life. As we read in our First Reading this Sunday from Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you.”
Do women find themselves is challenging situations? Without a doubt! But the answer is never the slaughter of their child. Just because a child faces an uncertain future, does not mean it is simpler to never let that child see the light of day. In reality, the future is uncertain for us all. We must work to help these women in hard situations. We must be willing to give of our time, talent and treasure to help them bring their child into the world. We are called to help after the birth of these children too. We can’t think this is the work of the “saints” of the world. We are God’s hand and feet. We must bring him to the vulnerable among us, including women and unborn babies.
Did you know that Celine Dion’s mother almost aborted her? Thanks to the advice of a priest, her mother chose life. Jack Nicholson’s mother also considered abortion. That is why he is very pro-life today. How many others have narrowly escaped? How many have not?
Matt Birk, former center of the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens, said it perfectly in a short speech he made at the March. “I'm a football player,” he said. “I'll keep it simple.”
“We march, because I've never heard a woman give birth to a baby and say, 'I wish I had an abortion.' That is why we march,” he said. “I've never heard of a worker at a life clinic who decided to go work at an abortion clinic. That is why we march,” he said.
I am not naive enough to think that every child entering the world has the blessings of our little Therese Rose. However, I can say with absolute conviction that each child is loved by God and has the right to life. Each child is made in the image and likeness of God. Every child is made to love and be loved. So what is love and what does it mean to love? We find the answer in our Second Reading from St. Paul to the Corinthians:
Love is patient, love is kind.
It is not jealous, it is not pompous,
It is not inflated, it is not rude,
it does not seek its own interests,
it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,
it does not rejoice over wrongdoing
but rejoices with the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.
We live in a world that is filled with injustices and can seem very dark. We must not allow ourselves to be overcome by the darkness and succumb to the lies. We are called to be the light. We are called to love despite the challenges. We are called to stand up for truth. God, give us the courage to stand up for the smallest and weakest among us.
Life is a gift. Life is precious. Thank you Lord, for the gift of our little Therese Rose. JMJ
What Can I Do?
Ever wondered what you can do to help stand up for life? Here are just a few suggestions:
Volunteer at a crisis pregnancy center. You could just help organize baby supplies or you could be trained to be a counselor.
Participate in the 40 Days for Life Campaigns. This is starting up around the nation on Ash Wednesday, February 10. They seek to have someone peacefully praying outside of abortion clinics throughout the forty days. It is a wonderful thing to do as a family. If you are Guardian Angels parishioner, you can find a signup sheet outside of Church for the days our parish signed up for, Feb. 10th and March 7th.
Participate in area pro-life events in your area.
Financially support crisis pregnancy centers in your area and other pro-life organizations.
Educate your children on the sacredness of life. They naturally understand it!
Be willing to say what you believe no matter when or where it comes up.
Finally, pray, pray, pray for an end to abortion.