A Humble Approach to Adoption

A Humble Approach to Adoption

“… although you have hidden these things from the wise and learned you have revealed them to little ones.”

A relatively recent January, Parade Magazine article by Rosemary Zibart, entitled Their Faces Spoke to the Heart, states that there are nearly 130,000 children in the United States waiting to be adopted — most of them are the hardest to place: older children, minorities, and brothers and sisters. Many of these kids have known only abuse and neglect all their lives; they’re angry, they’re afraid, and they’ve suffered every kind of physical, emotional and behavioral problem imaginable.

Ten years ago, a social worker in New Mexico came up with a new adoption strategy. Tired of the same static, expressionless snapshots that she would show prospective parents, she asked some professional photographers to shoot portraits of these children that would capture the spirit and personality of each child. The photographers readily volunteered. Families consid­ering adopting were then invited to a special showing of these stunning photographs at a local gallery. Continue reading

Easter Sunday 2016

Easter Sunday 2016

“Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb.”

The little village of Eyam, located in the lead-mining region of northern England, is remembered for one of the most selfless communal acts in British history.

In 1665, much of London to the south was caught in the grip of a devastating epidemic. The north was largely spared — until a flea-invested bundle of cloth arrived from London for the local tailor in Eyam. Within a week, the tailor was dead and more began dying in his household soon after. That’s when the 350 villagers decided to isolate themselves, in an effort to protect the neighboring settlements from contagion. Rather than flee­ing their infected village, the people of Eyam made the heroic decision to stay, quarantining themselves in order to contain the plague. Their personal sacrifices may well have saved thousands of lives in the north of England. Continue reading

“It is Finished!”

“It is Finished!”

ProLifeCorner-  Justin’s and Chelsea’s joy at the news that they will soon be parents is shattered a few weeks later, when doctors discover that their unborn baby, Melissa, suffers from anencephaly, a fatal congenital defect in which most of the brain is missing or severely underdeveloped. Anencephalic infants die within weeks after birth, and the couple is advised to terminate the pregnancy. Continue reading