By: Therese Bermpohl
Let the dismal news from last Thursday serve as a wake up call to Virginians. The family is under full attack and our children are the ones who will pay the price. An unelected Virginia judge dealt another blow to marriage in the United States by striking down the state’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman. With this decision, the judge not only contradicts the good citizens of Virginia but the centuries of civilizations that have esteemed marriage between a man and a woman. More importantly, the judge says to the Author of Marriage: “You got it wrong!”
We need to arise from our slumber and ask ourselves, “What am I going to do to help defend marriage; to defend children and the dignity of all people, including those with same sex attraction?”
Prayer, fasting and penance can purify us and our culture! It can avert every kind of disaster! Let us be intentional! How many hours of prayer and sacrifice will you commit to in order to change the world?
I am reminded of a story about our beloved Blessed “Mother” Teresa of Calcutta:
On her way back from Oslo, Mother Teresa made a stop-over in Rome. Several reporters were gathered in the outer courtyard of the Missionaries of Charity’s humble house on the Coelium Hill. Mother Teresa did not try to avoid the reporters, but she received them like children, putting a miraculous medal into the hand of each one of them. The reporters were generous with their photos and questions; one question was a little naughty: «Mother, you are seventy! When you die, the world will be as it was before. What has changed after so much effort?» Mother Teresa could have reacted with a little holy indignation, instead she smiled brightly, as if they had kissed her affectionately. And she added: «Well, I never thought I would be able to change the world! I have only tried to be a drop of clean water in which God’s love could sparkle. Does that seem little?»
The reporters did not know what to answer, while an attentive and emotional silence had fallen around Mother Teresa. She started to speak again and asked the “cheeky” reporter: «Why don’t you try to be a drop of clean water, and then there will be two of us. Are you married?». «Yes, Mother».. «Tell your wife as well and then there will be three of us. Have you any children?». «Three children, Mother». «Tell your children too and then there will be six of us…».
— Read more of this story here.
Let us be a drop of clean water….Let us believe in the power of the Almighty God to use us to change the minds and hearts of every human being.