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Why Foster Care Isn’t The Issue…

The other day I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and saw something that baffled me. It was a prolife post that caused some controversy. One of the prochoice arguments made my head spin:

“Ok but please look up how many new children enter the foster system or homeless shelters daily then think to yourself how much better they’d be if their parents made a better choice.”

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Unborn children aside for a moment, it hurts my heart that anyone would think for even a moment that a person, a human being who has already been born, would be better off if they never took their first breath. No living (born or unborn) person deserves to have their life talked about as if it is worthless.

Do you know how many great people have come out of foster homes? Steve Jobs, John Lennon, Malcolm X, Marilyn Monroe, and James Dean are all product of the foster care system. Can you imagine a world without these people? If Steve Jobs’ mom had aborted him, there would be no Apple products – that’s right, say goodbye to your precious iPhone, iPod, and Mac. The music world would be decades behind its time and the name Beatles would mean nothing to us today had John Lennon never been born. What state would African-American rights be in today without Malcolm X? Marilyn Monroe and James Dean are iconic names who have influenced so many things in today’s society. These are only a few people who the foster care system saved. Who knows, maybe the cure to cancer is hidden in the mind of a child in foster care. So many great things and great people come out of bad situations, and just because foster care isn’t the best home for a child doesn’t mean they would be better off dead.

So yes, there are a lot of children in foster care at the moment (397,122 children in the US alone), but, no matter how hard their lives may be, they have something precious that they wouldn’t have if they’d been aborted: a life. What I am suggesting to everyone is that while the poor conditions of some foster homes is an issue, maybe the solution is putting more of our tax dollars into improving the foster care system instead of funding abortion.

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God didn’t just want half of me. He was getting my attention and saying, “If you want to live for me it’s got to be all or nothing – no in between.” – Anthony Muhs.


This past summer, I went to a Lifeteen camp. One of our speakers was Anthony Muhs – he said many eye opening things, but this one really… well, blew my mind. It was as if he was talking about me. I was in that in between, and am still kind of there – granted, I’m working on it now. But it wasn’t until I heard Anthony put what I was feeling into words that I actually tried to make this change. I found myself constantly claiming to be a person of faith, and I did (do) believe, but I was messing up – constantly, and on purpose.

I learned that there’s a difference between saying you’re a good and faithful person and actually trying to be a good and faithful person.

It is so easy to fall into temptation, it’s in our human nature. God granted us free will, so, naturally, we find ourselves in the face of temptation. It’s how we handle this that makes us who we are. Until recently, I so easily, without a second thought – until after this eye opening moment – would give in to temptation. I find myself actually considering my options, weighing the pros and cons, before falling into temptation now. So I am working on the “in between-ness” in my life. And that’s the point I am trying to get across. In order to get out of that in between state, all you have to do is honestly give it your best effort – and know that when you do fall into temptation’s path you are forgiven.

This year’s theme was ‘Inspire[d]’ – we go to camp to get inspired, and we leave camp to inspire. I hope that someday my story will inspire someone the way Anthony’s inspired me.

Knock, Knock, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

So many times I have heard people wrongly assume that Catholic’s worship Mary (and other saints, but today I’m focusing on Mary). As a Catholic, I am here to say that we do not worship Jesus’ mother.

The other day, my Religion IV teacher explained the Catholic relationship with Mary in a way that I believe sums it up best: when we pray to Mary, we aren’t praying to her as though she is equal to God. We’re recognizing that, because she is the mother of Jesus, it’s probably safe to assume that she has a lot of “pull with the big guy upstairs.” Praying to Mary is our way of knocking on Heaven’s door.

When I pray the rosary while thinking about the children lost to abortion, I’m not saying, “Hey Mary, you have the power to save these poor children’s souls and change the minds of women considering abortion.” I’m simply asking the blessed virgin to pray for them, and to maybe bring up the issue with her son – not that he’s not already aware.

Think about it this way: if your mom comes to you asking for your help for something important, you would bend Heaven and Earth to get her what she needs, right? So we’re simply asking Mary to intercede with her son for us.

Consider the words to the Hail Mary:

Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are 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.

The first verse of the Hail Mary comes from two paraphrased quotes out of the Bible. The first, “Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee,” is from Luke 1:28 when Gabriel comes to Mary. The second, “Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,” is from Luke 1:42 when Elizabeth greets Mary and recognizes that she is with child. The second verse is clearly asking her to pray for us.

No where in this prayer do we recognize Mary as God, but instead as the Mother of God. The basis of every Christian religion is that God was sent down to Earth fully human and fully divine, born of the virgin Mary, crucified, buried, and on the third day He rose again. Catholics are recognizing how important Mary’s role is in all of that, and we’re giving her the recognition she deserves by asking her to pray for us.

It’s just like when you ask a friend to pray for you because you’re going through a rough time, and that’s not considered worship.

Remembering the True Meaning of Christmas

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It’s really easy to forget what this holiday we’re so busily preparing for is truly about. We get so caught up in figuring out the perfect gifts for our loved ones, decorating the house with beautiful lights and silly trees, and hoping for the gifts we want that what we’re actually celebrating slips our mind.

Christmas isn’t about mistletoe and holly, big green trees sitting inside homes, shiny presents, stockings filled with goodies… it’s not even about a big ‘ole jolly man making his way down our chimney in the dead of night. Christmas is about the birth of Jesus. This tiny, little baby that would someday save us from our sins. This tiny, little baby that loved you so wholly before He even knew how to walk and before you were even born.

Take a moment this year to give thanks to that tiny, little baby while you’re out shopping for decorations and presents.

Moving Toward Heaven Together

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A little over a year ago, I decided that being a Catholic means more than just going to church every Sunday. There are even people I know who rarely go to church who are better Christians than some people who go to church every week. Being a Christian means participating, whether it be through the church or simply through acts of kindness.

As I went through the process of Confirmation, I realized that I really and truly wanted to make a difference. I knew that I wasn’t being confirmed simply because my parents wanted me to, but because it was the right thing for me. A lot of this has to do with the friends I made at my new school, and the way they lived their life. When I realized that my friends were shaping who I was as a Catholic, as I mentioned in my last blog, I came to the conclusion that being a Christian is partially about helping those you care for to stay on the path intended for them in order to get to Heaven.

Last year was the first year I ever attended a Catholic Youth camp, such as DYC. I went to two during the school year and one during the summer, and these camps helped me to realize one of my life goals: I want to help children. At DYC, one of the speakers we had was a man named Sean Forrest, who has an orphanage in Haiti. He spoke to us about the children, and hearing that made me realize just how compassionate I am towards children. As I thought about it more and more, it became evident that as I grow up I would like to travel to Haiti (or another third world country) to help children, and when I told some of my friends this they not only accepted it, but encouraged me.

I believe that encouraging your friends to do the right things and helping them not stray from the path made for them is a huge part of being a Christian, which is why it is so important that we help each other in these things so that we may move toward Heaven together.

Pro Life

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Since the Pro Life march in D.C. was on January 22 and is a recent event, I figured this was a very appropriate topic.

As a Catholic, I believe life begins at the moment of conception.

Keep in mind that I am a teenager, therefore, I can understand the fears that may come with an unplanned pregnancy. My first thought would obviously be, “I’m seventeen, how would I provide for a child when I’m still a child myself?” Which brings me to my first point:

1) Adoption is the option

I think that for anyone going through a pregnancy that was unplanned, and sometimes unwanted, it’s important to remember that the child growing inside of you has a life also – even if it is completely dependent on you at the moment. If you were to find yourself in a situation where you were unable to care for the child, or simply didn’t want to be a parent, adoption is the option.

Keep in mind that just because you don’t want that baby, doesn’t mean someone else won’t. There are people out there who would love to adopt that baby, and there are people out there unable to have children of there own. Instead of ending the child’s life before it truly begins, give it up for adoption. Children shouldn’t be about convenience, which brings me to my last point:

2) The Convenience Factor

The word “fetus” is used when the unborn child is not wanted or is in a state of limbo, if you will. This word is essential to afford the convenience factor. Fetus is used to offset an inconvenient truth. It’s a viable tissue mass. Fetus is a word widely used to lessen any blame for ending the life of another human being. If conception was used as the guide line that would null and void the convenience, than it’s the conscience factor.

Because I’m seventeen and my generation has grown up with abortion being legal, a lot of my peers seem to be Pro Choice instead of Pro Life. It can be really difficult when your beliefs are different from those you associate yourself with. Since I started going to a Catholic high school last year I haven’t dealt with this issue much in the past year, but when I attended a public high school I noticed it more often than not. Keeping your beliefs and morals in these types of situations is essential!