For years, I have wanted to write this blog, to spread the message of love to those suffering families in the cry room at Church, but I never had time when our children were small. As the mother of 10 children, who are not and were not always well-behaved, I want to console and to encourage other mothers going through the same challenges. But, more importantly, I want to encourage the rest of the members of our parishes and congregations to reach out and help!
Instead of glaring at a crying child and his parents, please offer to help hold the baby or at least to offer a smile of love and understanding. I cannot tell you the number of times I have arrived at daily Mass herding in our flock of noisy children dropping, exhausted, into the chair hoping for a moment of respite in the arms of our Lord. While trying to discipline and encourage good behavior in our children, I was not always successful and often left feeling scourged by the wagging tongues and fingers of stern fellow parishioners.
Sadly, at one Mass, we had to sit outside of the cry room as they were holding Mass there, and it was impossible to control the children's behavior in such a large open space. Then I made the unfortunate mistake of having to take a child to the restroom during the Consecration and was reprimanded for that as well.
Please, support the families who are courageously choosing life. This is how we can be pro-life - by supporting those parents who are raising large families. These families are living a counter-cultural lifestyle. Please don't allow the anti-child culture in our world to seep into our churches because it is this attitude that is the dark, damp, breeding ground of the fungus of abortion. We need to be pro-child parishes.
Children are the greatest gift of a marriage - our greatest blessings. These children can be with us forever in eternity in heaven one day like no material object can. Welcome these little ones into our churches and into our families. You will never regret the choice to bring a new life into the world.