Like Mother Life Daughter
I can remember as a young girl taking part in pro-life events. My mother taught me very early the importance of human life from conception to natural death. At that time abortion was just a word to me. Something I knew to be wrong, but also very foreign.
As I grew older and went to college and beyond it became more real. Not only have I heard the first hand stories of women who have suffered one, I also have heard the stories of those who have been saved. In fact, I live with 3 people, my oldest children, whose mothers could have chosen abortion, but instead chose life. They have brought new clarity to my life, day in and day out, of what is thrown away everyday. Life!
This past Sunday, our family was taking part in Life Chain. This is a peaceful, prayerful way for people to make a statement in public that they believe abortion to be wrong. Cities across the nation participate each year in this event and have for many many years. Participants hold signs along public roads and pray quietly for an hour. You can imagine this display brings sounds of encouragement, as well as disagreement. As I snapped a picture of Cecelia holding the sign “Adoption the Loving Option,” my mind was brought back to a picture her birth mother, Beth, had shown me years before. A picture of her holding the same sign over 20 years ago. Like mother, like daughter.
Beth did not know as she stood in Life Chain those many years ago that the word adoption would take on new and powerful meaning in her life. But the seeds planted by that event and others like it, opened her heart to the idea of adoption being a loving choice for her daughter. Now, all these years later, her daughter is holding the same sign. Cecelia’s life is a living witness to the gift of adoption.
People can be afraid to talk about abortion with their children, but this is a mistake in my opinion. Our children must be formed to know right and wrong. They do not need to know the gory details, but they can understand the concept that the baby in the womb has a life, and that life has dignity. Sowing these seeds of understanding may in time serve them in a time of unplanned pregnancy, or in that of a friend whom they can help and serve.
Beth’s parents and grandparents laid the groundwork that helped lead up to her being able to chose adoption for her daughter. For that, I will be forever grateful. I will strive to imitate their example and instill the same values in my own children that may one day save the life of my grandchild, great grandchild, or great great grandchild.
Life is precious. God grant us the courage to defend the smallest among us. JMJ
The Rosary is such a beautiful prayer but misunderstood by so many. Let’s start with what the Rosary is not.
The Rosary is not a way Catholics worship Mary.
The Rosary is not a mindless repetitive prayer.
The Rosary is not a prayer just for the old women in Church.
Now, what the Rosary is.
The Rosary is a way to meditate on the life of Christ.
The Rosary is a tool to grow in your relationship with Christ.
The Rosary is a prayer for each and every one of us.
A Rosary consists of praying 5 decades. Each decade starts with an Our Father, followed by 10 Hail Mary’s, followed by a Glory Be. Each decade has a mystery associated with it that you meditate on as you pray.
Each and every day, I am able to meditate on the life of Christ with this prayer. Over the course of the week, I follow the life of Christ from His Incarnation to His Resurrection and Ascension into heaven. What a gift!
I mediate on his life in the womb, his birth, and his life as a child in the Joyful Mysteries. In the Luminous Mysteries, I reflect on his life as an adult and his public ministry. In the Sorrowful Mysteries, I reflect upon His Passion and death. In the Glorious Mysteries, I am able to relive the glory of his Resurrection and Ascension.
The common denominator through his entire life and death on earth is His mother, Mary. By praying the Rosary, I find myself walking beside my Lord and His Blessed Mother during his earthly life, death and resurrection. Yes, this is something worthy of contemplation each and every day.
Praying the Rosary reminds me that Christ became man to save me from my sins. He shows me how to suffer with love. He died to save me and those I love so dearly.
It can be intimidating to think about praying the Rosary, but I would encourage you with my whole heart to do just that. The Rosary is a balm for the soul and draws us ever closer to the life of Christ. Make that time to pray it as a family. Lay the groundwork for your children to have a prayer life that will sustain them through the good times and the bad. If, when my children leave home, they continue to pray and meditate on the life of Christ, I will have done my job well. Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for us!