Simply Divine Mercy

Category: Abortion

turning prayer into cupcakes…

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I am a firm believer in at least these two things: 1. This world can never have too many babies in it. 2. This world can never have too many cupcakes in it. Okay, you can make your arguments that too many people will quickly deplete the world of precious natural resources, forcing us to inhabit Mars and frantically search distant galaxies for a new home.

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dear cecile richards

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Dear Cecile Richards,

I realize that I’m a complete stranger to you.  But I’ve seen you in magazines and on TV, and when I see you, I think to myself, “Wow, she has beautiful eyes.”  When I see you, I think, “You know, she and I actually have a lot in common.”

We are both women.  We are both married.  We both have three children.  We both have expressed that our children are the center of our lives.  We are both driven.  We are both hard working.  We are both stubborn.  We both speak from our hearts.

Furthermore, and perhaps most importantly, I believe that we share common passions.  We both love our families and seek to change the world, particularly for all women and families.  I’ve heard people villainize your efforts, but I’m a Catholic, so I can relate.  I truly believe that we share a common passion of wanting what’s best for women and families. Read the rest of this entry »

true love isn’t silent

True love cannot be silent in the face of social confusion. Too much is at stake.

Acceptance and tolerance are major buzz words in our culture today.  People are crying out for others to accept them and for others to be tolerant of their behavior. 

While acceptance and tolerance are paramount to a healthy society, we must be vigilant and prudent about what actions and concepts we accept and tolerate.

How do we do this?  Certainly the Bible provides us with some good framework for what actions and concepts should be accepted and tolerated.  The Catechism does a beautiful job of laying out specifics on some complex issues that require further clarification. 

Yet many do not place themselves under the authority of the Bible or the teachings of the Church.  Even within the Church, confusion, ignorance, and misunderstanding can complicate things.  So naturally we’ll all come to the table with different ideas about what should be accepted and tolerated… if we come to the table at all. 

Let’s be clear, shall we?  As Christians, we are called first to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, and second to love others. 

For a beautiful description of the importance of loving God first and others second, please see Fr. Winslow’s article, “The Greatest Lie.”

Loving others doesn’t mean we need to be silent all the time when things are controversial.  Rather, when much is at stake, true love compels us to speak up.

Love does not mean we should just tell people everything they’re doing is okay.  Sometimes what people do is really not okay.  Loving someone then means speaking up, even and especially when it is difficult.  True love will shine a flashlight ahead to show someone they are on a wrong path. 

Love does not mean that we always will agree with others.  Sometimes we will disagree, and if we do this respectfully, seeking to understand one another’s viewpoints, we can grow stronger together.  True love will take the time to listen and will have the courage to attempt to explain. 

Love does not mean that we allow others to expose our families and children to coercion or social grooming that will contradict the morals and values we hold at the center of our lives.  True love will be on guard, standing firm in the faith.

Love doesn’t mean we stand idly by and watch as people walk into abortion clinics and discard lives (or whatever other euphemism people may insert) because they believe it’s their choice.  Love doesn’t mean we stand idly by and watch as people melt away from addiction, anorexia, depression, or pornography.  True love will try to hold someone back who is staggering to slaughter. 

True love cannot be silent in the face of social confusion.  Too much is at stake.   And the most beautiful Divine Mercy is waiting for everyone. 

P.S.  God is merciful & He loves you… no matter what.  

a small, light blue, plastic baby shoe

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It was a small, light blue, plastic baby shoe.  Its cash value was likely not more than about 20 cents.

But this woman held it in her hands, looked up at me, and asked, “Would it be okay if I keep this?”

“Absolutely,” I said. “Take any of the decorations home that you’d like.  They’re yours to keep.”

She was so grateful.  She proceeded to tell me that she was going to put this little shoe in a small box that she keeps on her nightstand.

“This will be a reminder for me of an answered prayer!  Oh, I prayed and prayed for this!” she exclaimed, as she held the little shoe tightly in her hands, pressing it against her chest.  She looked like she might burst into tears.

She went on to explain that her small box held many memories and special items.  This plastic shoe would be joining their company.

You see, this woman was the Grandmother at one of our Mary Garden Showers.  And because of the crisis situation going on, she didn’t know if she would ever meet her grandson.

But she did meet her grandson.  And she loves him very much.

For this woman, the baby shower that was held in celebration of her daughter and grandson was a complete answered prayer.  It was the icing on the cake of her daughter’s decision to give birth to the gift of her son.

Many of the women we have showered through Mary Garden Showers have politely asked if they could keep the decorations from their baby showers.

This is about so much more than simply decorations.

I can see it in each Mother’s eyes as she holds a little baby shower banner or asks to take home her pink cups and sweet, decorated napkins.

Yes, this is about so much more than the gifts, the treats, the lemonade, and the decorations.

This is about Christ’s mercy.  This is about bringing people back to Him where they belong.  This is about extending Christ’s mercy to absolutely everyone simply because they have dignity and worth as a human being.

And that mercy sometimes is represented to these Mothers in the smallest ways:  a smile from a stranger, the warmth of a friendship, fresh baked goods, a sense of community, sweet lemonade…

Christ’s mercy can even be represented in a small, light blue, plastic baby shoe.

P.S.  God is merciful and He loves you!  Pass it on…

Abortion Ended Today

Because these deeply rooted “choices” of abortion and assisted suicide and so many others – they’re not going to end all of a sudden once and for all. They’re going to end one day at a time, one family at a time, one man at a time, one woman at a time, and one child at a time. Laws cannot erase desire for abortions. Laws cannot erase desire for suicide. Love and charity? Then can. And they will.

For years it has been said that “a woman does not want an abortion like she wants an ice cream cone, a new dress, or a Porsche; she wants an abortion like an animal caught in a trap wants to gnaw off its own leg to escape.” I would venture to say that people want suicide in a similar manner.

Our society says we should all have a right to gnaw off our own leg to escape.

I’ve heard this “animal caught in a trap” analogy so many times, and I just want to shout this with joy from a rooftop: Read the rest of this entry »

12 Awesome Organizations Working Outside the Box

Here are a dozen great organizations with some action plans that can help us think outside the box a little on some big world issues. Click on the links, learn more, and get involved!

Here are a dozen great organizations with some action plans that can help us think outside the box a little on some big world issues.  Some of these are new favorites of mine, and I wanted to share them here this morning.  Click on the links, learn more, and get involved! Read the rest of this entry »

On Society & The Dangerous “No Pain is Gain” Philosophy

The Dangerous _No Pain is Gain_ Philosophy

Fr. Patrick Winslow recently wrote an excellent, timely article titled The Greatest Lie.  In it, he explains that “the greatest lies always possess an aspect of truth.”

He goes on to define the greatest lie as “the new social doctrine that the greatest commandment is to love thy neighbor.”  In actuality, the greatest commandment is to first and foremost love the Lord God with all your mind, heart, and soul.  Fr. Winslow explains this beautifully and you can read the full article here.

The lie that we are to put love for our neighbor before love for God can mean ignoring or blocking out God and His divine plans.

I’d like to expand on this concept for a moment.  But first, we need to be aware of how this lie has crept into our culture, and how it has permeated so many minds and hearts. Read the rest of this entry »

Help Post-Abortive Women & Men Find Healing with “Beyond Regret”

At times I was almost in tears watching this video. The magnitude of Christ’s love and mercy is extremely apparent in the stories of these individuals! When we come to Christ and repent, he is so loving and quick to forgive. And he lovingly provided solace for these women & men in beautiful and surprising ways.

 

*This is a sponsored post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I have not personally experienced an abortion, although I know women who have suffered greatly from their abortions.  My heart goes out to them, and my prayer is that they will find healing and comfort through Christ’s mercy.

Since I am passionate about helping women in crisis, it is with great eagerness that I recommend the “Beyond Regret” DVD. Read the rest of this entry »

6 Simple Steps – How a Party Can Save a Life

Mary Garden Showers is a ministry providing loving support to Mothers in crisis pregnancies in the form of baby showers. And did you know that these parties can actually save lives by bringing more babies into the world??

 

Mary Garden Showers is a ministry providing loving support to Mothers in crisis pregnancies in the form of baby showers.

And did you know that these parties can actually help save lives by encouraging Mothers to bring their babies into the world??

We thought about the possibility of this before we started this ministry.  We figured that by choosing to love the pregnant woman, we might be able to encourage her to choose life.  We figured that some women opt for abortion because they’re scared and don’t have needed material items for baby’s arrival.  We figured that offering baby showers to women in these vulnerable situations could potentially give them hope – perhaps just enough hope to help them choose to bring a child into the world.

But now, thanks be to God, we are excited to share with you that this is actually happening!

What?  How?  Well, it can be very simple, really.  Here’s how a party can help save a life: Read the rest of this entry »

If Fighting for Abortion Access is Really About Women’s Rights…

Where are the laws protecting and creating supportive, stable environments for pregnant women that would enable them to see hope in carrying their child to term?

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If fighting for abortion access is really about women’s rights, what about women who want their babies but are pressured into abortions? Where are the laws preventing coerced abortions?

If fighting for abortion access is really about women’s rights, isn’t this discounting a man’s role in the conception of a child? If there’s mutual consent from a man and a woman to partake in intimacy that leads to conception of a child, why does the man have no legal say in what happens next? What about the opinions of these male partners, boyfriends, or husbands who may want the baby? Where are the laws protecting their right to meet their child?

If fighting for abortion access is really about women’s rights, what about Read the rest of this entry »