“Cry for Life,” – Three little words that bring up all kinds of visuals into one’s mind and heart. The above featured image calls forth the sheer happiness of bringing a new life into this world! Certainly it is an occasion of exuding joy, love and celebration of a daughter, a son, sister, brother, grandchild, niece or nephew.
But why the cries and why the tears at birth? I researched the answer for you and found the following:
“Immediately after the baby’s birth, babies are expected to cry within 30 seconds to one minute of their lives. This crying is necessary for the baby to survive because while inside the mother’s uterus, the babies do not take breath from their lungs.
It is the umbilical cord which provides them with fresh oxygen and takes away carbon dioxide from their blood stream. Once, outside their mothers’ womb, the babies need to breathe on their own.
Lungs do the job of breathing and though soon after birth her nose and lungs are suctioned to clear of amniotic fluid and all secretions, babies also try to clear the clutter from their lungs and nose by crying.”
So the Cry for Life from a baby just born is to clear the clutter from their lungs and noses!
“Clutter“ is an interesting word used to describe the fluid and secretions from one’s body that need to be cleared after a birth!
I had to explore the meaning. Merriam Webster dictionary on-line gives the following definition:
“To fill or cover with scattered or disordered things that impede movement or reduce effectiveness.”
Keep that thought for later on. . . especially “impeding movement and reducing effectiveness!”
Yes, this is also a “Cry for Life” image! Covid-19 is similar to the baby’s “cry for life” because with Covid, the lungs, too, are in need of oxygen.
Here are some medical facts from John Hopkins Medicine regarding the lack of oxygen in the human body when attacked with the virus.
What type of damage can coronavirus cause in the lungs?
“COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, can cause lung complications such as pneumonia and, in the most severe cases, acute respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS. Sepsis, another possible complication of COVID-19, can also cause lasting harm to the lungs and other organs.
In pneumonia, the lungs become filled with fluid and inflamed, leading to breathing difficulties. For some people, breathing problems can become severe enough to require treatment at the hospital with oxygen or even a ventilator. The pneumonia that COVID-19 causes tends to take hold in both lungs. Air sacs in the lungs fill with fluid, limiting their ability to take in oxygen and causing shortness of breath, cough and other symptoms.
While most people recover from pneumonia without any lasting lung damage, the pneumonia associated with COVID-19 may be severe. Even after the disease has passed, lung injury may result in breathing difficulties that might take months to improve.”
So again, oxygen is needed by both the babies and the Covid patients. . . “A Cry for Life!”
Yes, we as human beings need oxygen which is a colorless, odorless reactive gas, the chemical element of atomic number 8 and the life-supporting component of the air.
It just seems I am finding that one meaning of a word flows right into the other, so “life supporting” leads us on to another kind of “Cry for Life.”
Yes, the Coronavirus has affected our physical lungs but surely our “spiritual lungs” were deprived of life-giving oxygen. We already were stricken with an “unseen virus” long before Covid-19 arrived on the scene. This virus is deadly. It has a twofold “death.” The death of “human life and dignity” but also the “death and beauty of a soul.”
In March of 1995, Pope John Paul II (now a Saint) wrote Evangelism Vitae that he addressed to the bishops, priests and deacons, men and women religious, lay faithful and all the people of good will on the Value and Inviolability of Human Life.
In this encyclical letter, “The Gospel of Life,” Pope John Paul II sounded an alarm. In the midst of a future that congratulates itself on being enlightened and progressive on matters of human rights, he said, we are very much in danger of giving in to a “culture of death.”
Saint Pope John Paul II goes on to say these chilling words. . .
“Modern debates on abortion and euthanasia are a symptom and leading edge of something more profound and insidious – an entire view of the world that will lead us to forsake our ideals of human dignity and equality and revert to a site of barbarism.”
Those words were spoken 25 years ago! Prophetic aren’t they? Where is the respect and justice given to each human being loved into existence? Abortion clearly and emphatically isn’t a “political issue” or a “platform.”
It’s about Life! Are we not “Life Supporters?”
Are we part of the
“Culture of Death?”
It doesn’t seem like we are “life supporters” when we pass laws that can abort a baby almost at a 9 month term! What is more horrific is that New York lit up historic buildings in “pink” lights to celebrate the passage of this legislature!
The color pink is one of joy and is usually used to celebrate the birth of little girl babies or even celebrate the victory over breast cancer. But to celebrate death???? Something is askew. We live in a total ignorant blackness when we can condone this unlawfulness.
Again I have to say I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone. Why?
We watch daily on television our governor showing graphs and numbers of the rates of Covid-19 slowly going down in New York and we feel a sense of relief that death is leaving us. Yet the numbers continue to rise daily higher and higher from abortion deaths. We don’t have a graph on those do we?
Some of these are “late term” pregnancies aborted at almost 9 months that are now approved due to the January 2020 passage of the pink lighting law that I cited above. Is this not absurd?
Stranger is the fact that across the nation, all Planned Parenthood facilities were open and considered “essential” during this time of the pandemic. More death, as if Covid-19 wasn’t taking enough lives. It just doesn’t make sense!
Oxygen Cut Off
Yes, oxygen has been cut off. . . Our Spiritual Oxygen!
Somehow we have had a disconnect of oxygen in regard to being “Life Supporters!”
Covid-19 brought us to our knees and sent us to our rooms literally!
While the sick from the virus were placed on ventilators and respirators giving them the air to breathe and hopefully survive the horror they were facing, the rest of society was facing another kind of horror.
We were cut off from our Churches and Places of Worship!
We were cut off from receiving the Holy Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Jesus!
We were cut off from the employment of our life sustaining jobs!
Below ground we are buried 6 ft. under but now we were standing 6 feet apart and masked!
We were cut off from being present at the bedsides of our loved ones who died from this horrific virus!
We were cut off from seeing family members and friends; from hugging and just plain loving!
We were cut off from lips that were masked that once brought heartfelt kisses to our children, grandchildren,
spouses, family members and friends.
We were cut off from graduations, weddings, funerals and yes, even barber shops and hair salons.
We were plain down and out cut off!!!!
It seems to so many of us that we all received a “time out,” a “re-set” or “re-calculation.”
I remember reading someone’s words on Instagram weeks ago, “I found that I had no hobbies. . . before the virus all I did was spend money and go out to eat!” That person seemed to use their time well when sent to their room. They figured it out. Do we use our time well?
Have we given God First Place and given Him Honor and Glory? Have we said thank you for the “Gift of Life?” Or have we decided that we are “god of life and death” and make and pass laws to fulfill that “creative action” that comes forth only from a Loving God?
What’s the answer?
The signs all say it “Respect Life.” Every January they spell out the words loud and clear in Washington as “Life Supporters” stand together to witness for “Life!”
For the life of me I just cannot understand how politicians and even some religious can say this is a “political issue” when God gave us the Ten Commandments, didn’t He?
At the top of the list. . . “Thou Shalt Not Kill!“
I would imagine that commandment is not a political stand. It’s a life force, a God given freedom to be born into life.
And nobody has the right to take that life away or snuff it out.
The great Nobel Peace Prize winner St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta who walked the talk by taking care of the poor and dying people in India, gave the antidote in her words of Truth:
“I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is Abortion, because it is a war against the child. A direct killing of the innocent child, “Murder” by the mother herself. And if we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?
How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love. . . and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts.” St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Above I had said to keep a thought. It was the definition on clutter.
“To fill or cover with scattered or disordered things that impede movement or reduce effectiveness.”
We’ve filled our lives with disorder and we have reduced our paths to move forward and be effective by the sheer passing of laws of death.
Yes, we’ve cut off our oxygen supplies to our “spiritual lungs” but we can be “ventilated” once again and brought back to life and truth.
It is a “Cry for Life!” to God for each and every one of us!
Let’s bring God back.
Bring Him back into our Daily Lives. . .
Let’s go back to Worshiping God, no matter what your faith is.
Let’s bring God to our Children and Grandchildren.
Let’s bring God back into our hearts.
The Coronavirus was surely a negative force in our lives but it can bring forth the fruit of a positive. We can change our world and breathe the fresh clean air of the Spirit of God!
That’s the Antidote and then “blessings will abound”
because once again there will be a relationship between the “Creator and the created.”
We need Him and He wants us, as you can see in the following prayer “birthed”
from the Center of Life Religious Store in Bellmore, New York:
“Cry for Life”
I Am Jesus . . . The one who wants to give you all you need.
I Am Jesus . . . The one who knows all your deeds.
I Am Jesus – Who will keep you in His heart.
I Am Jesus – Who will never leave you in the dark.
I Am Jesus – Who loves you so pure.
I Am Jesus – I am the cure.
I Am Jesus – For whom your heart sings.
I Am Jesus – Who saved you from eternal death.
I Am Jesus – Who will be holding you at your last breath.
I Am Jesus – Who on all darkness will shine my light.
I am Jesus – I Am!
Image of “Cry for Life” Statue
Garden of Cure of Ars Church – Merrick, New York
Let Us All Respect Life. . . From the Womb to the Tomb
Thou Shalt Not Kill
It’s God’s Law, Not Ours to Change
©2020 Anita Guariglia
Photo Credits for Featured Image and Teddy Bear/Pexels
Pro Life Pictures/Internet
World Trade Center Lit Pink/American Catholic.com
Cry for Life Prayer – www.CryforLife.org
Cry for Life Prayer Card – Center of Life/516-409-6201
Quotes from Vatican on “Gospel of Life” Saint Pope John Paul II
Merriam-Webster Dictionary online