Wednesday, September 28, 2011

40 Days for Life

When my husband and I found out that I was expecting for the second time we were over joyed with happiness.  God has blessed us with another little miracle.  I have gone to every prenatal appointment with excitement to hear our little one's heart beat.  

When you are pregnant, your OBGYB will usually ask if you like to take a few genetic test.  One of them is to see if the baby has down syndrome.  The first time I was asked by my doctor if I would like to take the genetic test for down syndrome, was during my last pregnancy.  I asked the doctor why I had to take the test.  She explained to me that it was optional.  "Some parents like to know," she said.  I asked why, can something be done?  She said, "well no, but some parents take it so they know if they should terminate the pregnancy or not."  My husband and I were in shocked and immediately told the doctor that there was no need for the test.  The doctor went on to mention that she did not agree with the test because all babies develop at a different rate.  When the genetic test is done and the test results come out positive, it doesn't necessarily mean the baby has down syndrome because every baby develops at a different rate.  At that moment, the only thing I could think of was of all the babies who were aborted because their parents thought they had down syndrome but really did not.  So sad.  

A few months later, a friend of mine told me that she had taken the genetic test for down syndrome while she was pregnant, not to abort, but to be prepared.  She was told her baby had down syndrome.  Her and her husband prepared for the baby.  When their precious baby was born they were shocked because their baby did not have down syndrome. 

Imagine how many babies are aborted due to this genetic test of down syndrome?  At least 80% of these babies are being aborted.  It lets you see what people really think of children with down syndrome.  These babies are not given a chance at life.  Who fights for their rights?  

Today marks the beginning of 40 Days for Life which runs from September 28th-November 6th.  You might be wondering what is 40 Days for Life,  "40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion in America."

Let us stand up for all the babies who were not given a chance at life.  Let us not look back at our generation with shame but with gratitude for standing up for life.  Get involved at 40 Days for Life.


Friday, September 23, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Peas and Carrots

Today my daughter started to cry when I dropped her off at the nursery for bible study.  It was so hard for me to hear her cry.  I wanted to go back.  You see, my daughter and I are like peas and carrots.  We are always together.  As I walked away from the nursery my eyes watered up and I began to pray asking the Lord to calm her little heart.  Praise God she did stop crying, played a little and had her snack.  I was only away for about two hours in the next room.  You must be thinking, really Lisette, you teared up.  I know.  Imagine when she goes to kindergarten.  At least I have a couple of years to prepare myself.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Angelus

I read that The Angelus prayer is THE prayer for all wives and mothers.  If possible pray it at noon.  If you feel ambitious, you can also pray it at 6am and 6pm.

The Angelus 

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. 
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
our death. Amen. 
Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. 
Hail Mary . . . 
And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. 
Hail Mary . . . 

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray: 
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.


"Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you" (Lk 1:28) 

"Blessed are you among women,
 and blessed is the fruit of your womb"
(Lk 1:42). 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Servant and Steward: Homily - 11 September 2011

Servant and Steward: Homily - 11 September 2011: The Twenty-Fourth Sunday of the Year (A) The Tenth Anniversary of the Terrorist Attacks of 9/11 Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, ...