1. Although we attempt to limit outside influences in our home, we also find it important to keep abreast of what's going on in the world we live. That's why we seek out reputable news reports and read as much as we can to prepare our hearts (and our children) for what will lie ahead. Here are a few note-worthy articles I stumbled across, just from today alone. I invite you to take the time, peruse, and inform yourself as to what is really going on in the world around us.....
2. "The largest association of doctors in Canada, in an attempt to stonewall a looming abortion debate from being unleashed, voted yesterday to support the wording of the country’s Criminal Code which states that a baby becomes a “human being” only after being born."
3. An astonishing story of a woman, visibly pregnant with twins, who was able to have a late-term abortion at 20 weeks. Late-term abortion is allowed until the end of a pregnancy (9 months) as long as it is carried out inside the womb, as partial-birth abortions (abortions performed with babies partially born) are currently illegal.
4. An interesting read...
6. The true story behind the shooting at the FRC.
7. And probably the scariest one of all: the fact that, in Oregon (under Obamacare) boys and girls as young as 15 can choose to be sterilized for life WITHOUT parental consent.
These very articles highlight why the hubs and I parent the way we do - knowing that our now 4, 2, and 5-month-old will have to face a world that is much less tolerant to Christianty - perhaps even to the point of them giving their lives for their faith - we make every effort to to prepare them for this battle now. Perhaps 40, 20, even 10 years ago faith in the Lord and Christianity as a religion were accepted - even if they were viewed solely as a part of one's culture. But now, and in the years to come, this same faith will no longer be tolerated (ironically, in the name of "tolerance") and it could mean giving up the comforts, the very lives with which we are bestowed in order to keep this faith.
At Mass this past Wednesday, for the Feast day of Mary's Assumption into Heaven (aka: the day she was assumed into Heaven without undergoing death of the body) Avila walked into the pew, knelt down, said a Hail Mary, and then turned to me and said,
"Hey, mom, you know what I prayed for? I prayed that Mary has a safe ride to Heaven."
And now I respond to you, baby girl,
I sure hope we all do, too.