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Category: Life Culture

A Life Culture of Love

March 28, 2024

I’ve had some personal encounters with life culture the past two months. Nothing says life culture like a new baby, and we welcomed a grandson, conceived by the science of IVF (in vitro fertilization). His parents chose this challenging and sometimes painful path to welcome a child to their family when there was no other option for them. It was expensive and costly–physically and emotionally, as well as financially. Why? Because they placed great value on adding another life to their family and growing their family to three.  

 

As our tenet states, they promoted this life culture while he was in the womb. Diet, schedules, and priorities shifted during the pregnancy in deference to the number one goal of ensuring he had the best chance of surviving and thriving. There were some challenges encountered before he was born. Again they worked together to preserve his health and that of his mother. With loving care, applied science, and a big dose of hope, the little one made it to 35 weeks in the womb. He received a royal welcome and the family shared his first three weeks of life on the “outside” not enjoying his new nursery, but making daily trips to the NICU (newborn intensive care unit). That certainly didn’t stop them from providing a nurturing environment in their home away from home. The love there was so tangible you could almost touch it. Dad willingly partnered with Mom to learn and perform the necessary tasks required to help him grow and develop. It didn’t seem to require any special training or effort, though, to give his wants and needs the top place in their hearts. 

 

When the day finally arrived for him to take up residence in his permanent home, they gratefully welcomed him to a new environment overflowing with the same love that had surrounded him since he started his life in the womb. Anyone watching and listening to his parents knows without question the great love they have for him and that there are no limits placed on ensuring he will continue to be valued and cared for as a cherished child of great worth. 

 

The second encounter was participating virtually with our Big Ocean Women delegation who attended U.N. events in March. There will surely be more detailed and informative reports on these events, but I would like to share how they enlarged my view of the maternal power of women. They are sources of light and life as they bear, nurture, and value children in loving home environments and invite and inspire others to join in creating endless waves of life culture.  

I was impressed as I learned about training and programs aimed at empowering mothers, not only to care for their children, but to learn skills to provide for them, which in turn blesses others in their communities and circles of influence. When mothers were given skills and opportunities to earn an adequate income, the first thing they did was bring their children back home–children they had been forced to leave in the care of others elsewhere. The next thing they did was share their ideas and new skills with other mothers who then followed the same path. 

 

Thus, this seed of the intrinsic and magnificent worth of every life was cultivated and fertilized, promoting a rich harvest of life culture in the womb, the home, and the world. Maternal feminists everywhere, including you and I, can participate in this harvest as we link arms with women of all cultures and religions to strengthen and lift each other, freely sharing our love and knowledge next door and around the globe.