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It’s 3:00 AM and you’re wide awake–is God calling you to pray?

January 30, 2012

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Years ago, when Bishop Lee Piche was the pastor at St. Joseph’s in West St. Paul, he gave a homily that I think about often: “When you lie awake at night it could be that God is calling you to pray.”

It's 3:00 AM...Is God calling you to pray?

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Parents always have a lot on their minds when it comes to their children. I picture Mary’s tender heart which was pierced seven times according to Simeon’s prophecy. I’m sure she spent a lot of sleepless nights in prayer. Thankfully, I have not experienced the same sorrows that the Blessed Mother has; not many of us will, but we still have a myriad of concerns for our children.

As a mother of nine, I have said many prayers when the moon is up…and so were our babies. Our youngest are twins, and they will turn three soon. Unfortunately, they don’t know what the word SLEEP means. By eight weeks all of our other babies slept through the night, but since our identical boys were born, they get up anywhere from 1-12 times most nights. I’m praying on overdrive these years! Sometimes I begin with the best intentions, the people closest to my heart, but often I find myself in the middle of the night saying (Er…begging!) “Please God, don’t let the twins wake up screaming…please, please, please!” And mercifully, a few times my prayers were answered, and then each twin was rewarded with a chocolate from an Advent calendar. (Okay, I’ll admit, I resort to bribery some days.)

On the nights when I find myself awake with the coyotes and owls, and I’m not so desperate, I  remember to pray for the needs outside my family and loved ones. Namely, I pray that we all feel called to build a culture of life by using our God-given talents. My New Year’s resolution is to pray more often for this–day and night. And yes…I’m still going to pray that the twins sleep until their night light changes from the moon to the sun.

As people who embrace life, we have a lot for which to pray:

  • For an end to the courge of abortion as we usher in the 40th year of Roe V. Wade
  • That mothers choose life for their unborn and find the help and support they need
  • For those who are at death’s door–that St. Joseph guide them toward a peaceful death
  • That the sick will be comforted, and that those who take care of them will have the help, strength, faith and perseverance needed
  • That traditional marriage will be upheld
  • That our country will be protected, and for the military men and women who defend our freedom
  • For those who wear a badge and risk their lives for our safety
  • That respect for all human life will increase
  • That all children–before and after birth–will be protected and loved
  • That those with disabilities–including the pre-born–will be shown respect
  • That those who work in the medical and legislative fields will be guided by the Holy Spirit

We must also remember our prayers of thanksgiving for:

  • A surge of youth who are  determined to turn the tide
  • Clergy who speak beautifully about building a culture of life
  • Pregnancy help centers which assist mothers and babies in need–sidewalk counselors who save lives–Safe Place for Newborns
  • Hospice caregivers and medical staff who lovingly work with families at the end of life
  • People with disabilities or illnesses, and their families and caretakers, who teach us about the beauty of life by their example
  • Birthmothers who choose life and make a selfless decision to place the child for adoption
  • Adoptive families and the agencies who assist them

Readers: If you think of any other prayers to add to the list, please write them in the comments box. Thank you!

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I’m not a Sports Fan, but I know who Tim Tebow is! (Told in 316 Words)

January 18, 2012

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A few weeks ago my husband and I were enjoying a glass of wine. As he talked football my eyes began to glaze over until I heard him say, “…and there’s this player who is really religious who–“Tim Tebow

I interrupted him excitedly: “I know who you’re talking about!”

“No, you don’t!” He challenged.

“Tebow!” I said, feeling like I made my own Hail Mary Touchdown Pass. “He plays for the Broncos!” (It took me a few seconds to recall his team, I’ll admit)

Hubby was dumbstruck.

I proceeded to tell my spouse–who coaches football and other sports at St. Joseph’s in WSP–about the commercial that Tebow filmed with his mother for last year’s Super Bowl. My husband had heard about the commercial, but wasn’t aware that the hoopla surrounding it was because it carried a pro-life message. I knew, from Catholic news sites, that the Tebows were told to abort him–and I sure wanted to tackle the story:

Celebrating Life

Pam Tebow was very sick with dysentery when she was pregnant with Tim. She and her husband, Bob, were doing missionary work in the Philippines at the time, and Pam had to take very strong medication for her illness. Unfortunately, the placenta never attached correctly and for a short time Pam was even in a coma. Doctors suggested they abort the baby, but they obviously refused.

Bob told Sports Illustrated in July 2009:

“I told Tim, ‘You’re a miracle baby. God’s got a purpose for you, and at some point I think He’s going to call you to preach.’ “

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I hope Tim doesn’t fumble, and that he continues to embrace life. Through all his challenges, may he stay as tough as his mom and dad!

He’s a great preacher in his own special way, and the culture of life needs him!

Check out the book Tim Tebow wrote about his family’s pro-life story called, Through My Eyes.

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