Our Best Moments…
Last summer, while enjoying the music of Randy Koslosky’s family polka band at St. John the Baptist parish festival, I was captivated by the sight of a large, tattooed dad…dancing with his little daughter. This bearded, burly-looking tough guy was merrily bouncing up and down holding his little girl, who looked to be about three. He didn’t seem the dancing type, and I thought to myself, “What else would be able to get a man like this to dance in public…other than the love he obviously has for his daughter?” I was struck by the truth that children make us BETTER people!
For instance, my daughter in law gave birth to twins this past July. My son is young, just 25…and they just got married last August. So, before their first anniversary arrived…they became parents of a son and a daughter! That is a sure way to grow up fast! So, my son…who has always loved his video games…now spends more time cuddling, feeding and changing his little ones. Although he misses his video games…I know he will look back on this time in his life with pride. He won’t be sad about the video games that went un-played. He will be happy for the time he was able to spend bonding with his children. But if he were given the choice right now…I bet he would choose the video games.
I am the same way. If I have the choice…I will choose selfishly. My mom had a knee replacement last week, and so she has needed me lately. Some evenings, as I collapse into bed and I think back upon the day, I am grateful that I had the opportunity to help my mom, and I feel satisfied that I accomplished something worthwhile and meaningful. Realistically though, I know that would have spent my time on other things if I had been given the choice. On Monday, I actually had the opportunity to spend my day as I chose. I ended up being lazy, wasting time and eating too much. When I went to bed that evening, I didn’t have the sense of satisfaction that I had on those days when I did NOT get to choose how I wanted to spend my day. I am realizing more and more that our FAMILIES make us BETTER! Family connections, responsibilities and obligations keep us from focusing on our selfish selves…which, at least speaking for myself…I will do every time if given the chance! (Is it any wonder that the FAMILY is the area that Satan seems to be the most intent on destroying?)
I believe that our best moments are always those in which we have given ourselves away for the good of someone else.
This is what we get to do during the 40 Days for Life. We get to give ourselves away! We get to do something that we really wouldn’t choose to do…if we are honest. But when we lay our heads on our pillows at night, and we think back on our day…we will have the satisfaction that we did something that may have saved a life from abortion. We may have changed a heart from death to life, and a soul may have been saved. We probably won’t find out about it until we get to Heaven…but we know that by our prayers and our presence, we have made a difference. We have accomplished something important!
We need YOUR presence at the 40 Days for Life vigil from September 26th through November 4th! Our vigil is less than half-filled! Go to https://40daysforlifepittsburgh.com/vigil-schedule/ to see what hours need filled, and then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know how you can help.
This is an important time to continue the prayer, fasting and peaceful witness to end abortion! Never have I heard so much about the possibility of the overturning of Roe Vs. Wade as I do now. On one hand, it is exciting because we can see God moving in a powerful way! He is shining his light…exposing the evil that has been permitted to grow in the hidden, dark places. It is encouraging to see this! But on the other hand, it is disturbing to see the fierceness of those who prefer the darkness. They are absolutely LOSING THEIR MINDS!!! We really need to just keep our focus on Jesus and pray like never before! Come to the vigil. Kneel in prayer if you can. And remember to bring a flower in honor of a lost child to leave on the sidewalk.
You will be glad you came.
Your sister in Christ,