By receiving others as Elizabeth does, we can be drawn closer toward God. Just as Mary draws Elizabeth’s hand toward Jesus in the image, so too will she draw us toward Him when we recognize the dignity of others and receive them with love.
Life can be hard, and there are real struggles and suffering that will be faced. However, the gift of life far outweighs any difficulty that we may ever have. No one ever said life will be easy, but it is always worth it.
It is time for the “maybe” generation to say “yes” and mean it. It is what Christ asked of His earliest disciples and it should not shock us that He is asking us the same thing now.
This time of year we find ourselves full of hope: we just experienced the birth of our Savior and celebrated joyfully with our families with rich food, generous gifts and special time. It’s “the most wonderful time of the year” and we try to remember that as we run around searching for the best gift or making that treat someone loves. It truly is an extraordinary season that seems to fill our spiritual cups for the ups and down of the year that will follow.
This Christmas season, I am so grateful for the gift of counselors, medical staff, and volunteers at pregnancy resource centers who help moms find support and resources to answer their immediate “hows.” My heart is filled with joy at the thought of women being able to put aside significant fears and concerns in order to enjoy their pregnancy because of these centers.
“Even though the baby did not live, lives were saved that day: the lives of the mother and father. They were saved from the spiritual and emotional distress associated with abortion.” Learn more about the care received at Women’s Health Center of Baldwin County, AL.
“There is no power in the world that can stop the forward march of free men and women when they are joined in the solidarity of human brotherhood” -Walter Reuther. This quote not only describes the pregnancy resource centers (PRCs) I was paired with, but also the common theme of the entire pro-life movement.
Christ died for us and for our sins, and Lent provides an essential reminder of how much we need Him. But how many of us cast the first stone, automatically, and judge another for the way they look or live? We are the body of Christ, and the more we set aside judgement and actively search for ways to empower others, the healthier the body will be.
We ride to understand in such a small way what these women are facing, to let them know there is hope in a seemingly hopeless situation, and to make sure they know they aren’t alone. This is why we take our journey; how will you join us?
I hope the March for Life fueled you for a fight to change the culture this year. Because legislation changes are necessary, and abortion clinics shutting down are gifts. But nothing will truly change if hearts aren’t changed.Help me, brothers and sisters, to change the heart of our world. Souls are at stake, including our own.