Pro-life Pilgrimage: Day 1
Some of my friends asked for a travelogue, so I’ll get something written while I have credit on the computer - no free wifi here at the hotel.
As I flew across the Pacific Ocean. a thought was preoccupying me - how many really good people are being held back from living out a dream or failing to act on an inspiration out of fear? Because, by rights, I shouldn’t be here. I’m a welfare-dependent single mother; I’m busy at the best of times and strapped for cash most of the time, too. But somehow I made it here. I’m not heading a prolife organisation or heavily involved with a particular group, but somehow, I’m about to meet Fr. Frank Pavone from Priests for Life, and will stay (and pray) with Monsignor Reilly. These events will be high points in my life, but I wouldn’t have been able to experience tham unless I acted on an inspiration and took the prayerful plunge into the deep. I took the first step, then God opened the way and continued to open the way before me to arrange this trip. From finances, to ababysitter, to most of my accomodation being supplied, God has taken care of everything I needed and a little bit more. I couldn’t always see how it would work out, but so far, everything has worked out. But, I had to make the prayerful decision and trust Him to make it happen.
So, my question to you today is: Is there something you have always, or even recently, felt you should be doing, but you’re not? Do you have a brilliant idea, one that would help people, perhaps related to prolife work, or any other useful thing - are you being held back by fear of the unknown, or lack of funds, or anxiety about taking a risk?
If so, then please let me assure you that a plan which originates in God is destined to succeed, but only if you take the first step. We must act, or God can’t act through us. And we must be prepared for things to look very bleak at times: this is when God tests our faith and refines us.
It’s become my custom in recent years to choose a new Scripture verse each year on January 1st, which is always the day I consecrate my family to Jesus through Mary, the Mother of God. Tomorrow, I will be able to do that in Gaudalupe. A year ago, that appeared impossible. Here is my verse for 2015:
“For I know the plans I have for you”, says the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.”