Published on: April 15th, 2013 — 11:19 AM / OBS: North America
GREELEY, CO, USA — Her world was turned upside down. She was single. Alone. Afraid. Her 21st birthday party led to trying moments, in the middle of college. Abusing alcohol led to decisions, choices, defining life moments, and eventually a little life inside of her; a little baby girl moving, breathing, and learning the love of this world through the womb of her mother. A place, the womb of a mother, which was once considered the safest place on earth for babies. (more below)
music by: David Thies, The Album Leaf, As Colorful as Ever / filmed by: Jon Ervin, Seth James DeMoor / edited by: Jon Ervin
However, since the 1970s, the proliferation of abortion in America has denied that safety net of love and life to millions of babies still inside the womb. An abortion was scheduled by Raquel, the mother. Where would she turn? What would be her decision? Whom would reach out to her with mercy after a confirmed pregnancy at a moment in life that was filled with uncertainty?
The unconditional love of God came to Raquel’s life through the grace of a homily and readings at Mass. For the first time, Raquel knew that God loved her as much as the little life growing inside of her. God’s infinite mercy allowed Raquel to accept the reality of a baby living and growing up inside of her. Raquel chose life after that trying moment of a 21st birthday party! The joy of little Ava has since brought true joy to Raquel’s life. And she sums it up best with these words, ‘God really can make something beautiful out of broken pieces.’
Now, Raquel is passing her hope and love to other women who are scared and alone with a pregnancy. In Greeley, Colorado, at a crisis pregnancy center, Raquel is sharing her story with other women who are alone and afraid, impacting their lives forever through Christ’s call to see God’s face in every face that walks through those doors.
Perhaps you know someone who could benefit from hearing Raquel’s story? If so, pass this video along to them and watch God’s mercy penetrate the walls of their heart.
Learn more about Raquel’s journey by clicking on her blog logo above, ‘Story of a Rose’. She is working on a book as well, stay tuned on her blog for more updates.
OneBillionStories.com Contributor – Seth James DeMoor
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READINGS FOR APRIL 15TH 2013
First: Acts 6:8-1
Psalm: Psalm 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30
Gospel: John 6:22-29
ROSARY: JOYFUL MYSTERIES
5. Finding Jesus in the Temple