My first paid piece has appeared on page 42 of "Faith and Family" magazine!
I received three advance copies in the mail upon my return home, and I was thrilled not only to see "A Special Mother is Born" in print in my favorite magazine, but the story of my friend Lissette Yellico as well. A few months ago, the magazine's editor, Danielle Bean, requested stories for the article on Adverse Prenatal Diagnosis from her blog readers, and I posted it on my homeschool yahoo group on Long Island. Soon, dozens of stories flooded in, and I contacted Lissette for her story about her youngest child, Grace Marie. She was interviewed by Lori Hadacek Chapin, the author of the article, but had no idea that her story was selected for the magazine. Now, our stories are printed back to back in the article! How great is that!
This has led me to another idea, to write a book with all these inspiring stories of courageous Catholic mothers who had their babies despite hostile reactions from their doctors. Of how their faith in the Magesterium, their devotion to our Eucharistic Lord, and His Blessed Mother, their understanding of the redemptive value of suffering, and their dependence on the intercessory prayers of the Communion of Saints gave them extraordinary grace. If you have a story to be included in a book like this, please comment, and I will contact you. Coordinating with me in this worthy project is Monica from Be Not Afraid a mom of four children from Chicago, whose own experience of a difficult prenatal diagnosis has inspired her to form this much needed outreach.
In times like these, we need to exalt our pro-life heroines, who, like Gianna Beretta Molla, value their children's lives more than their own. If you aren't fortunate enough to have received this magazine in your mailbox today, click here for your free copy! And don't forget to enter their essay contest!