Lucky me just got back from a weekend trip that took me to the sunny and swampy city of New Orleans. It was a quick trip away from my normal schedule and a chance to visit friends. Something I will never pass up. The best part of the trip was the fact that I was going to visit my darling little Goddaughter. This little girl is a miracle child having been born almost four months early and weighing less than 2 pounds. What joy for all of us to be celebrating her 1st birthday!
The ironic part thoug,h is that she is the second to youngest of 10 children. No, you understood correctly, her younger sister will be arriving any day now. I had the perfect opportunity all weekend to reflect on what it really means to be prolife. Their family ranges in age from 14 years- to any day now. Is this unusual –yes, Is this awesome? Totally so! How many people are prolife to a point? Prolife until they have to face extreme criticism? It is a daily, if not hourly decision to keep choosing life. How many of us say we are prolife, but how hardcore are we? If I had 3 children under the age of two, could I say yes? Would I be willing to keep choosing life and staying true to the teaching of the Catholic Church if I was in their position? It is a good question to ask yourself…
I grew up in a large Catholic family. For as long as I can remember we were on the sidewalks of abortion clinics, and participating in prolife events. My parents didn’t have to do those things though. A simple trip to the grocery store was a witness to life, and if you think people mind their own business – think again! Any family over the size of two kids could write an encyclopedia set worth of comments about them.
To my surprise, as I am now a young adult looking back and on it all, some of my parent’s biggest critics are now the same people who are admittedly jealous of them. While they deal with an empty nest and no one to talk to, they see my parents surrounded by love, and craziness that never ends. Though I have never been parent in these situations, I at least get an example of where your choices can lead you. In the difficult moments of really applying your prolife values, will you lose sight of the future?
I hope that my generation can see look to the strong Catholic families out there and have the courage to follow their example. Are we going to be hard-core prolife?