Being told your child has a disability is devastating, but discovering that the disability will mean a short life and then being expected to take up the option to abort can be so hard for a couple to handle.  Time and time again we find stories that stop and show us how God gives these parents the strength to stand firm and love their child for as long as they are given.

It is stories like these that encourage us, because hearing all the positives that can be found through suffering and pain shows us that the only decision a couple need to make when they are given a prenatal diagnosis, is to keep loving their unborn child in this world and in the next.

Read Kelli and Jason’s story and keep them in your prayers.


Here’s a great article to mull over as the recent stories involving the de-humanisation of people with Down’s Syndrome increases.  We must keep waving the flag in favour of life for all!  We must keep talking to our friends, neighbours and family about the evil that is present in society’s belief that we can and should screen out disability and allow only the “perfect” babies to be born.  If we don’t speak out or shout it out – who will?

Thank You Lord


** a mother’s prayer after losing a son**

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of my children, those who are living and those who reside in heaven with You. While we can’t know Your ways, we know that You are merciful and loving and that you take care of those who call out Your name. You know the pain of seeing Your Son suffer. Please be with me as I long for my own son and all my children who have gone to be with You. Ease my pain and unite my suffering to Christ’s. Thank you for the gift of holding my children in my dreams; please hold them close to You until they fill my arms once again.


Simon was a simple Galilean, a brother of Jesus, as the ancients called one’s close relatives — aunts, uncles, first cousins; he was one of the Saviour’s four first cousins, with James the Less, Jude and Joseph, all sons of Mary, the wife of Alpheus, or Cleophas, either name being a derivative of the Aramaic Chalphai. The latter was the brother of Saint Joseph, according to tradition. All the sons of this family were raised at Nazareth near the Holy Family. (See the Gospel of Saint Matthew 13:53-58.) Simon, Jude and James were called by Our Lord to be Apostles, pillars of His Church, and Joseph the Just was His loyal disciple.
Saint Simon the Zealot or the Zealous, was the name this Apostle bore among the twelve. He preached in Egypt, Mauritania (Spain), and Lybia, leaving behind him the fertile hills of Galilee, where he had been engaged in the healthful cultivation of the vineyards and olive gardens. He later rejoined his brother, Saint Jude, in Persia, where they labored and died together. At first they were respected by the king, for they had manifested power over two ferocious tigers who had terrorized the land. With the king, sixty thousand Persians became Christians, and churches rose over the ruins of the idolatrous temples.

But the ancient enemy, who never sleeps, rose up, and when the two went elsewhere the pagans commanded them to sacrifice to the sun. Both Apostles, just before that time, had seen Our Lord amid His Angels. Simon said to Jude, “One of the Angels said to me, I will take you out of the temple and bring the building down upon their heads. I answered him,Let it not be so; perhaps some of them will be converted.” They prayed for mercy for the people and offered their lives to God. Saint Simon told the crowd that their gods were only demons, and ordered them to come out of the statues, which they did, revealing themselves under hideous forms. But the idolaters fell on the Apostles and massacred them, while they blessed God and prayed for their murderers.

Saint Jude has left us a short but powerful epistle, written after the death of his brother James, bishop of Jerusalem, and addressed to the new Christians being tempted by false brethren and heretics.

Claretian archbishop and founder. Anthony was born in Salient in Catalonia, Spain, in 1807, the son of a weaver. He took up weaving but then studied for the priesthood, desiring to be a Jesuit. Ill health prevented his entering the Order, and he served as a secular priest. In 1849, he founded the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, known today as the Claretians, and the Apostolic Training Institute of the Immaculate Conception, Claretian nuns. From 1850 to 1857, Anthony served as the archbishop of Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. He returned to the court of Queen Isabella II as confessor, and went into exile with her in 1868. In 1869 and 1870, Anthony participated in the First Vatican Council. He died in the Cistercian monastery of Fontfroide in southernFrance on October 24, 1870. Anthony Mary Claret had the gift of prophecy and performed many miracles. He was opposed by the liberal forces of Spain and Cuba and endured many trials.

Anthony Claret was a truly remarkable, dynamic and holy man who founded the Congregation that today bears his name – the Claretian Missionaries, the Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Although he died over a century ago, yet the impact of his life and his burning concern for the spiritual and physical well-being of all people – especially the poor – make him much more than just an honoured memory.

Intense love for God and people was the force that drove St Anthony Mary Claret through out his life. ‘Fire’ was the word he used to describe the love that launched him on an endless sea of projects, and that gave him the sustaining power to keep them all going. He draws a pen-picture of his ideal: ‘A Son of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a man on fire with love, who … strives by all means possible to set the whole world on fire with God’s love.’

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