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Hope

By Dustin | Spirituality

“How many of you remember spiritually adopting a baby last October?”

Our Mass had ended, it was hot and our kids were crabby, so I wasn’t exactly looking forward to another talk after a long evening in church.

However, when the director of our parish Life Teen program asked this question of the small group of teenagers gathered in the front pews, it got my attention.

And it really impressed me to see so many enthusiastic hands go up from a group that would usually be stereotyped as completely apathetic.

This was a story worth tuning in for, and I think you’ll agree that it’s a God-given thing of absolute beauty.  So, I’m sharing it with you with the hopes that it will touch you the way it has impacted me.

The Story of Hope

In October of last year, the teenagers in the Life Teen program at our church decided to spiritually adopt a baby.  In effect, they would pray faithfully that a young woman who was recently or about to become pregnant would choose life for her baby.

Naturally, they had no way of knowing if there would be any fruit from their prayers and discussions.  And so the “adoption” continued on faith alone through the winter.

In February, the Life Teen group decided to spend an afternoon outside of a local abortion clinic.  This clinic is (grossly) called the Hope Clinic, and according to their website they’ve proudly performed over 100,000 abortions since opening their doors in 1974.

On this afternoon, the Life Teen director had a talk with a young woman who was planning to enter the clinic.  She encouraged her to simply keep her mind and heart open, and the young lady agreed to have an ultrasound to “see” the baby she was carrying in her womb.

As an active member of the Knights of Columbus, I’m proud to say that our local council helps to fund the portable ultrasound machine that is made available as often as possible outside of the Hope Clinic.  The ultrasound van was there that day, and after viewing the image of her baby and hearing the heart beating, the young lady decided to postpone her decision for another day.

The Life Teen group remained in contact with her as her pregnancy progressed and offered their assistance and their continued prayers.

Only a few days before our Mass, and approximately 9 1/2 months after their spiritual adoption, a baby girl was born by the name of Legacie Hope.  The Life Teen director held up her photo for all to see, and our congregation cheered.

It was truly remarkable to see the power of prayer, getting involved and standing up for life in a culture where it is all too often dismissed.  It touched my heart to see a small group of teenagers who had literally changed the world through their faith in action and made Hope a name to be proud of once again in our community.

God is good, and He works best when we are willing to give our assistance.  Can you save a life?

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Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.

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Beautiful. Just amazing. This post brought me to tears. As a youth minister myself, I really hope to do something like this soon.
Thank you so much for posting this!

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    Dustin

    Thanks, Caitlin! And God bless you for the work you’re doing as a youth minister.

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Heather

Thank you for posting this Dustin! Such an amazing witness! There will probably be more than one life saved as a result – this experience will leave a lasting impression, a reminder, of just how powerful prayer can be. Also, the importance of each and every individual who takes the time to do or pray for someone else. Too often we think that as just one person, or just a teenager in this case, that we will have no impact or effect. Yet we do when we add our voice or hand to that of God. Brought tears of joy to my eyes…

Have you heard of the Catholicism Project? I did a mini review of it as my most recent post. Check it out, if you have a moment.

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    Dustin

    Thanks so much Heather, I really appreciate it! And thank you so much for sharing the Catholicism Project as it was something I had not heard of before. It looks really cool!

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Thanks for sharing Dustin! The youth in the Church today continue to amaze me on a daily basis!

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    Dustin

    For sure, Mike! They get a bad rap sometimes, but our youth are often the best examples of faith in action.

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Annalyn

I just wanted to say that I was a pregnant teen once, and I NEVER considered abortion. I wasn’t planning on getting pregnant or even on having sex, but it happened. I was pushed and pushed and pushed to have an abortion, but I knew it wasn’t right. I couldn’t kill a living and completely innocent baby. I decided to keep my son, and now he is 2 1/2 years old, I’m not a teenager anymore, and I can honestly say that out of all of my life decisions, keeping my son was the BEST decision I ever made. He is an amazing little boy, intelligent, sweet, very spiritual (although I’m a different religion than you) and even says prayers. He is an incredible child and I just can’t imagine not bringing him into existence, even if it wasn’t in the exactly right circumstances. You can’t make a sin right by sinning again. This article just touched me because I just think of all the times I easily COULD have had an abortion. Even though I never considered it, I could have. It would have been all too easy. And it IS too easy for thousands of people. They don’t have any idea what they gave up!

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Susan

I am sorry this blog is becoming the Catholic blog. I liked it when it was about engaged marriage. I don’t anymore.

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    Dustin

    I’m sorry you feel that way, Susan. I have to ask – do you think a post about someone deciding not to have an abortion and to become a family instead is a “Catholic” thing?

    There are 232 posts here at Engaged Marriage, and less than 10% even deal with spirituality directly…and most of those never mention Catholicism. In fact, of the last 10 posts, one was this one, one discussed Natural Family Planning, and the other 8 had nothing to do with spirituality at all and dealt with common marriage issues.

    I am Catholic, and I’ve shared the experiences in my marriage and family through my lens of faith since the first post here nearly two years ago. However, I’d have to say that this is far from “the Catholic blog.”

    I wish you all the best,

    Dustin

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That’s a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing it.

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