It’s late on Thanksgiving Eve, and we’re preparing for tomorrow’s dinner. A lull in the action and a few moments of quiet contemplation. Coming Home turns one year old on December 13, and has received over 120,000 visits in that time. I honestly never imagined that the scientific data would have been so very much in demand by the pro-life community.
But Jill Stanek saw what I could not, and moved me firmly and lovingly beyond my trepidations, and into the pro-life blogosphere. The Holy Spirit has guided the rest of the way, and I am finally home, back to where I started in 1983 when I began working with homeless teen mothers at Covenant House.
So very many people have stopped by and offered me invaluable insight, references, guidance, support, and healthy criticism. It’s been quite a year.
In being able to say thank you to all who have helped launch my work in the pro-life movement, I am for once at a loss for words. This work is so very necessary, and you all do so very much in your respective ministries and lives. The sharing of information, the encouragement and support that people lend each other so freely is awe-inspiring.
I am grateful to God for my wife, my children, my family and friends, this work to which He has called me and you, and for all of the gentle denizens of Coming Home. I am also grateful that our worst fears (cancer) in my recent health issues have proven to be unfounded.
At Mass in the morning, when I offer my praise and thanksgiving for all of my blessings this past year, you will all be in my heart and mind as I ask that God’s riches be poured abundantly in your lives. And for our Coming Home family members who are studying in Rome, for L. in Japan, Kate and her special children in England, Dhear B. and Alice T. in the Philippines, Mary Catherine and the Canadian family north of the border, Astrid in South Africa, Delia in Gibraltar, you are here with us in spirit!
A blessed and beautiful day to you all, and remember:
Moderation in all things, especially moderation! 😉