New life inspires hope amidst the fear surrounding the Coronavirus

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

 The group of ladies joked that they should start their own reality show, based upon their attempts to get together through a Facebook Messenger video chat. They had gathered through the miracle of cyberspace for connection, positivity amidst the pandemic, and prayer.

In fact, they have been finding the experience so uplifting that they are video chatting as many as three times a day. You can see the changes in their expressions as they emerge from the isolation of their homes and move into fellowship with their friends thanks to a handy Internet connection.

The camaraderie between the women is so great that they even communicate typed messages to one another between video calls. In one of those exchanges, a member of the group had exciting news to share—her godson had just been born. 

In the face of great fear surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, these women had found hope. They wrote of the tremendous blessing of this baby amid a sea of bad news. They offered their congratulations and well wishes. And they expressed the wonder and gratitude that a new life had given.

This baby joy was infectious. On a tough day of epic proportions, the announcement of that child’s emergence into the world brought unbridled happiness.

Ironically, the young lad’s name is Rocco. His namesake is recognized by the Catholic Church as a patron of those suffering from plagues.

Little Rocco’s friends in the prayer group hope that his birth is a sign that our modern-day plague will soon subside.