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By Angela-394784


The first Lent after I became single again, money was as scarce as hope for the future. The Lenten tradition is to give up something, but there wasn’t anything else I could give – all had been taken from me anyway, or so it seemed.

I decided to contribute instead, somehow multiplying a small donation.

As a child I learned to crochet. It always brought me joy to make things. I knew our local anti-abortion clinic gives away baby booties to expecting moms, so, with a burst of Lenten inspiration, I bought some yarn and started crocheting.

The first few were simple but later became more creative with blue ribbons and pink roses. I made one pair each evening. It was relaxing, lifting my mind off my problems. That Lent I donated 40 pairs of booties. What a great feeling!

As single Catholics, sometimes we need to be more proactive in seeking sources of meaning and purpose. In this Lenten gig, I had found one.

I have continued crocheting, donating by now more than 800 pairs.

Three years ago, while paused at an intersection, I noticed a car alongside mine: a woman driving two boys who were laughing and playing. From the rearview mirror hung a pair of baby booties – a pair I had made!

A surge of adrenaline rushed from my toes to my ears, wanting to jump out, run to ask if the booties were her sons’ or another child she was pregnant with.

Instead I just sat motionless, overcome with emotion.

As the light turned green, we went on our ways, never meeting again.

That day God gave me a gift, saying, “Keep doing what you’re doing; it does make a difference.”

I never met any of the children whose lives were spared because a scared pregnant woman was given a pair of baby booties, a dainty symbol of the beautiful life inside her. But God knows who they are, and that’s all that matters.


Reflection question: What difference do you imagine you’re making?



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6 Comments

  1. Carolaine-631526 April 6, 2011

    Oh my goodness, what a beautiful and awe-inspiring message…
    Thank you for sharing with us and blessings to you…

    • Angela-394784 April 7, 2011

      Thank you Carolaine for your kind words, may you have a blessed day today! ~~Angela

  2. Reg-509083 April 7, 2011

    Wow, this deeply touches my heart, its so inspiring and a good challenge what difference do i imagine am doing?
    For sure am going to do something! my God help me.
    Thank you so much
    Reggie

    • Angela-394784 April 7, 2011

      Thank you Reggie for your kind comment.. “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”— Mother Teresa… May you be blessed today! ~~Angela

      • Frances-26250 April 9, 2011

        Totally inspiring and moving. Its amazing what a little bit of effort can do. You have motivated me to think more creatively about how to “help”. My little way might just be what God needs.

        • Angela-394784 April 10, 2011

          Thank you Frances for your kind comment. Yes, do what you can, with what you have, wherever you are, and God will take your offering, and multiply it beyond your imagination to bless His world with it. Much success and God’s blessings to you! ~~Angela :)

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