Life is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful

Ella Fitz

Written in honor of May the 6th both this and every year, past and present …

Today I celebrate and thank God again for the miracle of life. Today I am glad that I did not become a statistic. You see, today, more than any other, I am grateful for a young woman’s supernaturally courageous “yes,” – her fiat – to choose life in the face of adversity.

Having now experienced the joys and struggles of five pregnancies, I cannot begin to imagine the agony, the pain, and the sacrificial courage it took to give a baby away – to never snuggle her neck, never kiss her toes, never breathe in her baby smell – all because this young woman knew she could not be the best steward of the gift of life God had given her. Make no mistake – at any time, she could have said, “This is too hard. I can’t do it,” “This is my body, and I want it back,” “This is just a blob of tissue,” or, “I feel alone and unloved,” … but she didn’t. I believe she was able to persevere because she wasn’t alone in her courage. She had others – people who encouraged her, who supported her materially and spiritually, who prayed with and for her – so that she could, slowly but surely, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, month by month – CHOOSE LIFE for the baby growing inside her.

That growing baby, if you haven’t guessed yet, was me. My birth mother could have aborted me at any time. My time in the womb was post-1973, after Roe v. Wade, after thousands – if not millions – of babies had already died.

I honestly don’t spend a whole lot of time dwelling on “what ifs;” that’s too much energy that needs to be expended elsewhere (did I mention that I have five children??). Yet, on this day, I still like to reflect on my circumstances and encourage others to consider their own lives.

Do you know that YOUR LIFE is a gift, a miracle? It is!! Do you thank God for *your* life and the lives of those around you? Take time today to do so!! Do you – really and truly – foster a culture of life in your words *and* deeds? Please pray about this. Your affirming comment – your loving touch – could make all the difference in the world to someone today. So go forth today, dear friends, being salt and light to those you meet, and CHOOSE LIFE!!

And … enjoy my birthday. Because of a courageous young woman’s “fiat,” I know I will.

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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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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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