Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Human Life Is Precious--Please Help If You Can

"Providing clothing, blankets, diapers, bottles...and a little bit of love to very special babies."

Last week my family decided to donate to a local program called Wee Care, which is an outreach program of Right to Life-LIFESPAN here in the Detroit area. We've done this many times and are always pleased to help new mothers in need who have decided to choose life for their unborn babies. We dropped off some baby clothes and a box of diapers we had purchased at Costco and did not really think about it again until we received the most beautiful thank-you letter from Karen Patrosso, the director of Wee Care. It moved me so much that I wanted to share a few exerpts with you, to show how very thankful she was. Most of the time when people donate items to charity, they never get an actual idea of who received the items and their reaction. That is fine, of course; we give because we want to help, certainly not for accolades or thanks. But to hear actual stories of families who were so very grateful really moved me, and it made me want to do so much more.

"As you can imagine," she wrote, "we never have enough diapers, so they were much appreciated. I gave the entire carton to a mom with twins and she was thrilled!"

She went on to write that the outfits we had purchased went to two mothers, one who had a preemie in the hospital for a month, who was thrilled to have her new son wear it home from the hospital. The other outfit went to a mom who is really struggling. Both she and her husband have lost their jobs and have no money for clothes for their infant son.

"The situations are all different," she wrote, "all desperate. But the babies are all the same: so very precious. Thank you for caring about them."

I was so touched by this letter. Such little things to us are such big things to those who are struggling and need help. I made the decision that I was going to tell everyone I know about Wee Care and the wonderful work they do for babies and their families. Wee Care exists solely due to the generosity of those who can help. They are in constant need of new and clean, gently used baby items, as well as volunteers to help sort and launder the clothing or work in the Wee Care center in Livonia.

Wee Care is a place where families can turn to in an emergency situation when their needs cannot be met by other organizations or public agencies. Their baby layettes are lovingly filled with both new and gently used clothing, warm blankets, diapers, and other necessities. Babies are referred to Wee Care by churches, crisis pregnancy centers, hospitals, visiting nurses, social agencies, and others.

Think you might be able to help? Here is a list of items Wee Care needs:

Clothing, size 0-3 months to 6-9 months
Dresses or outfits
Receiving blankets
Crib blankets/sheets
Baby bath towels
Diapers size 1 to 5
Baby wipes
Baby powder, shampoo, and lotion
Baby bathtubs
New small stuffed animals
Large paper bags with handles

There are so many more families who need our help. They chose life, the only choice, and if we are blessed enough financially to be able to help, we should. Human life is so precious. Every baby is loved by God. Please help these babies if you can. You will be so glad you did. As Wee care says, "The hope for future generations rests in our hands. May we keep that in our hearts."

Help is available by calling Wee Care at 248-478-8884. Hours vary, so distribution of baby items is by appointment only.

If you would like to make a donation to help Wee Care in its lifesaving work, it would be much appreciated! Please make your check payable to:

Right to Life-LIFESPAN Educational Fund
29200 Vassar St., Suite 545
Livonia, MI 48152-2193

LIFESPAN is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. As a result, the government does allow you to deduct this gift as a charitable contribution. Above information from Wee Care.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Eucharistic Adoration

Photo copyright Joseph Karl Publishing, 2010

Jesus loves it when you come to visit Him.

Saturday, August 14, 2010


Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church Midland, MI

My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden, For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with His arm: He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree. He has filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He has sent empty away. He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy; As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to His posterity forever. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Scripture text: Revised Standard Version - Catholic Edition

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

"You Suck" Necklaces: Every Mom's Dream!

Dear Claire’s:

You used to be such a cute little store. Earrings, scarves, keychains, fun pens, glittery journals. I used to like you, really I did. I even bought a charm at your store for my cell phone. It’s a super-cute, pink Eiffel Tower, in honor of my love of all things French, like St. Therese of Lisieux. She’s…well…after my visit to your store today, I don’t think you know who she is.

When people ask me where I got the phone charm, I’d say “Claire’s” with a smile. I guess I wanted to help you out. Not that you need my help, or even want it, but I wasn’t ashamed to tell people I bought something at your store.

Now I am.

See the picture above? It’s from your “vampire” display. Yeah, super cute.

But what’s even cuter? “You Suck” necklaces. Wow. I mean, it’s a mother’s dream come true, to have her little darling wearing that around her neck. Because it’s really classy to tell people you meet that they suck. And it’s especially classy coming from a ten-year-old girl. It would be perfect to wear to church or Grandma's birthday party. Or school, you know, if you didn't like your teacher. And for class photos! A mantel masterpiece. Niiiiiice.

I suppose you think it’s hip, you know, sort of exerting that “I’m female, I’m tough, you can’t tell me what to do” attitude. Oh please. It’s pathetic.

A twelve-year-old kid I know saw the necklace and said, “That’s just stupid. I mean, what is it supposed to mean? It’s not even funny.”

Claire’s, that’s your target audience right there. Take note. Nobody’s buying into your “I’m a tough girl and ain’t nobody gonna mess with me” mantra. You’ve failed miserably with the “You Suck” necklaces.

You see, I write books for pre-teens, books that encourage kids to grow up with morals and modesty, a wholesome childhood. Stores like you are trying to take that away from them. Many of my readers are girls who shop at your store. And I’m pretty darned protective of them. So you can see why I get a little angry about stores that want to sell them trash like this. You can see that, right?

Oh, and Claire’s?

One more thing.

You su—oh, forget it.

I’m not going to stoop to your level. That's your word, not mine.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Coming this fall: Olivia's Gift!

Olivia Thomas was the new girl in school when she felt St. Therese of Lisieux enter her life in a powerful way. Now, two years later, her relationship with the Little Flower has blossomed into a beautiful friendship as she prepares to follow the Little Way into the seventh grade.

School is out for the year and it is time for a fun beach adventure with family and friends. However, Olivia's summer vacation turns out to be anything but ordinary! She discovers that sometimes it can be difficult to be a good Catholic when you're in middle school—and she finds that she needs God and St. Therese now more than ever. In this beautiful novel that celebrates modesty and the precious gift of life, Olivia learns that it takes blind faith every day—and that God is never far away, even on vacation.

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