Why the 40 Days for Life campaign puts us all to shame

Why the 40 Days for Life campaign puts us all to shame

Last week’s prayer vigil kicking off our local 40 Days for Life campaign was a wonderful, prayerful experience. Fr. Eric led us in the pro-life rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, & a prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe; heck, we even sang a couple of hymns – all in downtown Beaverton, OR! Practically speaking, I was worried our kids wouldn’t hold out for the whole deal, but they were real champs – not a meltdown among them. My middle daughter was practically shouting the “Hail Mary,” but at least she was shouting the right words.

All told, I think there were nearly 90 souls in attendance. Not bad, considering it was a work/school night and I’m sure there were plenty of other activities people had to choose from. And yet, after the candles were blown out and my little souls were tucked snugly in their beds, I was a bit disheartened. “Why are we only doing this for 40 days?” I lamented. “Babies are dying EVERY day! Shouldn’t we be doing this EVERY SINGLE DAY?” Why wasn’t I standing outside the abortion clinic every day?

I felt embarassed and ashamed.  Maybe the way I felt that night was something like the way Jesus’ apostles felt when they fell asleep at the wheel that night in the Garden of Gesthemane. Jesus found them all conked out, and said to Peter,

So you could not keep watch with me for one hour? Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matt. 26:40-41).

Upon further reflection, however, I am reminded that the Body of Christ has many parts. We cannot all be the hand, or the eye (or, in my case, the spleen) – see 1 Corinthians 12. In the Church, there are many different gifts and callings. Not all men are called to the ordained priesthood. Some are dads, some are living the single life, and quite a few aren’t sure what they’re supposed to be doing. In turn, not all priests are called to monastic life, while some are better pastors than administrators, and vice versa. Many women are wives and mothers, and some are busy chasing those guys who don’t know what they’re doing yet. Other women become religious, some of whom teach, or work caring for the infirmed, and some are hidden from the world, praying for souls and serving Christ in one another.

I could then get into the sub-callings within each vocation. My point is, because of our stations and seasons in life, we can’t all devote endless hours to prayerful vigil outside abortion mills any more than we can spend countless hours in front of the Blessed Sacrament in the Adoration Chapel. Our children (and husbands) need us to be home every once in a while!

I’m not going to give up hope that some day I can devote more time to the pro-life activities beyond the confines of my home, but as long as I have these little souls who are entrusted to me, I am doing everything I can to raise future pro-lifers, including showing them that, even if only for 40 days, it’s important to pray for life in front of an abortion mill on a school night.

 

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She’s got a “faith” for radio

She’s got a “faith” for radio

It was really weird. You see, I listen to K-Blessed-Virgin-Mary radio station pretty much every day. I never thought what it would be like to be the one people were listening to.

My biggest fear – honestly – was that I would scandalize my family. Or say too much. Or the wrong thing. Or not anything that would be inspirational or helpful to anyone. Okay, so I had gotten a little worked up about the whole thing. I listen to the radio – I’m not on the radio! Yet, there I was, Monday morning, ready to go – gulp – live.

Just a bit of a rewind to set the stage: originally, I was scheduled to speak on KBVM’s In Person show to publicize the Women’s Tea for Life fundraiser I was planning in our Archdiocese for mid-October; however, the event got bumped to next Spring due to scheduling issues. Dina Marie Hale, the program host, said I should still come, that we could talk about married life, motherhood, Teams of Our Lady, stuff. I sing in front of about 400+ people every Sunday, I thought. I can handle a radio show. What’s the big deal?

Well, if one believes statistics, people are afraid of death, then public speaking. In that order. And, I am assuming, most people who speak in public can have notes. This was going to be live, off-the-cuff, ain’t no knowin’ what’s comin’ next. No notes would really help. That was a bit daunting to me, especially since the most impromptu experience I have is based on the entertainment needs of a 15-month-old, a 4 1/2 year -old, and a 6-year-old, and they’re a pretty forgiving audience.

Anyway, I must say that prayer is a wonderful thing, because I was able to pray with the host before we went on (this was not a hostile situation by any stretch), and she did a fantastic job of making me feel comfortable throughout the show. I also know that family and friends were praying for me. One friend called to say she remembered me to Christ during the Consecration at Holy Mass that morning. Also, I remembered to bring my 1st Holy Communion rosary and my Confirmation Bible as well as my Catholic Women’s Bible with me (hey, why take chances?).

Anyway, I apologize, but I can’t really give you too many specifics about what we discussed. I know I talked about adoption, not being Filipino, 40 Days for Life, St. Monica, Teams of Our Lady, St. Therese and her parents, Fr. Donald Calloway (I think) – just a bunch of stuff; honestly, though, it was pretty surreal. It was almost like it wasn’t me who was talking, and yet, I was. I ended up not using the closing prayer I brought to pray because it didn’t seem appropriate given the rest of the conversation, so I just winged it. Yup, me. Well, me and the Holy Spirit. We winged it.

It was pretty clear less than 5 minutes after we wrapped things up that our recording studio had been thick with the Holy Spirit. I just pray that God is glorified in everything I do, radio gigs involving extensive impromptu speaking included.

The feedback from friends and family has been really positive, thanks be to God! If anyone is interested, I will be posting the interview to our website as soon as I can. God’s blessings upon you and your families!

Vivat Jesus!

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What are you doing tonight?

What are you doing tonight?

It’s Wednesday night – do you have any big plans? If so, can you change them? It’s time to battle evil, and you’re being called to the front lines. 

Scripture says that there are some demons that can only be defeated through prayer and fasting (Mark 9:29). The next 40 days offers Christians a palpable way to combat the evil of abortion in our time. Check out the 40 Days for Life website to see if there are any activities in your area you can participate in to stand up for the Culture of Life. If there aren’t any nearby, or if you can’t make it, please offer up a prayer or small sacrifice for the protection of those who will be standing up for life during these next 40 days and beyond.

My family and I will be at the Kick-off event  tonight in Beaverton, OR. I pray you’ll join us!

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us.

St. Padre Pio, pray for us. 

St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for us.

St. Gianna Molla, pray for us.

Blessed Theresa of Calcutta, pray for us.

Pope John Paul II, pray for us.

All you holy men and women, pray for us.

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