Monday, October 2, 2006

Greater Love
By Guestblogger Alan Capasso

On this past Respect for Life Sunday, I participated in our local Life Chain beginning outside the crisis pregnancy center and stretched six blocks down our main drag. I was struck by several things; the first was the chain was 25% bigger than last year; this increase was made up of high school students and young adults — a good sign. Secondly, we were not subjected to as many negative outcries as last year, (I only got “the finger” twice). And overall the mood was far less somber than years past the overall feeling was that the tide is turning.

When my family and I got home this was in my inbox:

Modern witness to self-sacrificing love brings life in Arizona

Yuma, AZ, Sep. 28, 2006 (CNA) - A Yuma family is welcoming a new baby girl this week after a two month journey that included a battle with cancer and the death of the child’s mother. Veronica Destiny Celis was born September 24th after her mother chose to forgo chemotherapy and offer her own life for that of the child.

[Please see the whole article here.]
I know those who flipped me off today will probably never hear of this story of heroism in the spiritual warfare in which we are engaged, but if they did they would probably call her an idiot. The saints and martyrs are always called idiots by those blinded to the truth.

Chesterton describes the great gift of motherhood: “It is not difficult to see why the female became the emblem of the universal… A woman’s function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute.”

John 15:13: "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends."