By Ingrid Duran, Director, Department of State Legislation
Editor’s note. This column appears on page 6 of the January digital edition of National Right to Life News. Please share this, along with all the other stories, columns, and commentaries, with your pro-life family and friends.
On the twelfth day of Christmas my first grandson was born. I was there to witness this little miracle being brought into this world, and it was beautiful, emotional, and unbelievably amazing. Prior to his birth I had chosen my Grandmother name to be “Lita” which is short for Abuelita which means Grandmother in Spanish. My first tongue.
The following day I started to think that he will be raised to speak three different languages: Spanish, Portuguese, and English. Then I started to think about how in Spanish, the term “give birth” is “dar a luz” which literally translates to “give a light” or “offer a light.”
I later found out that it is the same translation in Portuguese. How neat is that? This accurately describes what my daughter and her husband did. They brought a light into this world and named him Theo Amadeus. Theo means anything relating to God. Amadeus means love of God.
But this idea of a mother giving birth described as giving/offering a light, sat heavily on my heart. What if we looked at every person as a light? Do we see them as this little votive candle of light that we nurture into a huge candle of light to then a beacon of light? Do we see ourselves and others this way?
Then I was saddened when I thought about the millions of little lights extinguished by abortion. I was dismayed by the number of people that refuse to see these little lights in utero as having a right to continue to exist.
So naturally I thought in the beginning of this new decade for 2020, what if we perfected our vision? If someone does not see every person as a Divine light, let us gently challenge them to change their perspective.
Our birthright is that we carry the light of God inside of us. In Genesis chapter 1 of the Holy Bible we not only learn that we are made in the image of God but also that God tells us ( in Genesis 1:3) “Let there be light” Here God is clearly talking about the luminous type of light but I do not think it’s a coincidence that in some cultures the birth of a baby is referenced as giving a light. Furthermore, light is the first thing we experience when we come out of the womb.
Nor is this understanding found only in the Bible. In the Bhakti tradition, there is a story in their sacred text (the Bhagavatam Purana) where there is a question posed to the sages about the Lord and His creations. The sages compare the Lord to a mine of gold and his cosmic creations are the gold rings, bracelets, etc.
So our Divine birthright of being made in the image of our Creator reminds us our own light and that we should nurture that light within us. Gandhi says, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Gandhi did not say you should but you must. So I am challenging those who do not see the beauty, the sacredness of unborn babies to change the way you look at them, others, and themselves.
As a family, we will all nurture that new light that has been gifted to us the day before Epiphany. We will always remind Theo Amadeus that he is beautifully and wonderfully made and that he has a divine light in him. We will give thanks to God for the opportunity to guide this light from that sacred heart space. We will always stand in amazement to God’s grace as his cosmic creations.
Welcome to the world Grandson. Let the adventures of Theo and Lita begin.