When my family and I got home this was in my inbox:
Modern witness to self-sacrificing love brings life in Arizona
Yuma, AZ, Sep. 28, 2006 (CNA) - A Yuma family is welcoming a new baby girl this week after a two month journey that included a battle with cancer and the death of the child’s mother. Veronica Destiny Celis was born September 24th after her mother chose to forgo chemotherapy and offer her own life for that of the child. (Please see the whole article here).
I know those who flipped me off today will probably never hear of this story of heroism in the spiritual warfare in which we are engaged but if they did they would probably call her an idiot. The Saints and Martyrs are always called idiots by those blinded to the truth.
Chesterton describes the great gift of motherhood: “It is not difficult to see why the female became the emblem of the universal… A woman’s function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute.”
Please pray for Veronica and her family. And maybe we should also pray for the kind of courage and faith exibited by her mother.