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God’s Loving Gaze: This is Us


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I don’t know about you, but I’m totally hooked on This Is Us. My sister got me started on it over winter break, and it is so GOOD! If you haven’t seen the show, I totally recommend it!

This week’s episode was pretty intense, but a few scenes in particular caught my attention.

In this episode, teenage Kate is working on submitting a recording of her singing to try to get into college. Like most teenage girls, she doesn’t she her beauty, and doesn’t even believe she is beautiful. While recording herself singing, her father, Jack, starts videoing her singing. She doesn’t notice, but when she does, she is furious. Jack doesn’t understand because he sees her beauty and wants to capture that moment so she can see it as well.


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After Kate cools down a bit, Jack approaches Kate.

He tells her, “It would break my heart if you didn’t want to be on camera because you don’t realize how beautiful you are.”

Then Kate goes on to say, “….But I’m older now, and I just don’t see myself the way you see me. And you know what, no one else sees me like that either, so you saying it all the time just hurts.”

Later on, Kate watches the video that Jack took of her. Reflected on the mirror is her father gazing lovingly upon his daughter. He tries to suppress his smile while watching Kate, but he can’t hold it back. Kate sees this, and she keeps rewinding the video to rewatch that moment.


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After Kate sees the video she goes to apologize to her father and says something that stuck out to me in a profound way.

“Don’t ever stop. Don’t stop trying to make me see myself the way you see me.”

Jack replies back to her and says, “Okay, Katie. I won’t stop.”

Ugghhh! I have watched this section of the show so many times now, and I love it even more each time I watch it! It is so beautiful and so real.

Sometimes for me it is hard to believe that I am beautiful, but God is always looking down at me and telling me that I am beautiful! We don’t see ourselves the way God sees us just how Kate doesn’t see herself the way her father sees her. Despite what we may think of ourselves, God is constant and He always keeps His gaze upon us.

We might want God to back off, or stop trying to make us see ourselves as beautiful, but He won’t stop.


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Also, Kate kept rewinding the video to rewatch the way Jack looked at her. You might be thinking, “What’s so important about Kate rewatching the video?”

The thing is, she is rewatching it because she can’t stop looking at her father’s expression. There’s no pity and no disappointment. He is totally captivated by Kate. That’s what we all want too, right? Our Father in Heaven looking at us with compassion and taking delight in who we are. Well I come bearing good news because all of this is true.

Take a minute right now and think of one thing that you are insecure about, or something about yourself you aren’t confident in. Once you’ve got it in your head, take another minute to imagine how God looks at you. Even at what you think is your worst. Think about how He still gazes upon you lovingly in your darkest moments, in your weakest moments. God is still there.

Sometimes you might want Him to stop, but I challenge you to tell God to never stop trying to make you see yourself the way He sees you.

 

Prayers and Blessings,

Marissa Rose

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I Stand For Life

“America you are beautiful…and blessed…. The ultimate test of your greatness is the way you treat every human being, but especially the weakest and most defenseless. If you want equal justice for all and true freedom and lasting peace, then America, defend life.”

-Pope John Paul II


“I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? … By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And, by abortion, that father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. The father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.”

-Mother Teresa


“It is a poverty that a “child must die”, So that you may live as you wish.”

-Mother Teresa


Abortion was legalized throughout the U.S. in 1973 due to the Roe v. Wade court case. Since then, more than 59,115,995 babies (and counting) have been aborted in the U.S. alone. The March for Life started in 1974, and every year since people have been going to D.C. to stand up for the lives of others. The tradition continues this week as thousands of people from all over the country are joining forces in Washington, D.C. and marching for this most important cause  one very important cause: Life.


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Abortion is an important issue that is not talked about enough. It breaks my heart to see the numbers of lives that have been taken due to abortion. Every life that God has created is precious and deserves to be celebrated. Pope Francis said, “All life has inestimable value.Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.”

 

Although much of the focus on the March for Life tends to lean towards the unborn, the Pro-Life movement isn’t just about stopping abortion. The Pro-Life movement is here to defend all life at every stage.

 

So you might ask, “What can I do to help support life?” Because although it’d be incredibly awesome for all of us to attend the March for Life, not everyone can. In my humble opinion, I think the best thing that we all can do is pray. Pray for the unborn babies, pray for the mothers, and pray for our country.  If you know someone who has had an abortion, show them love. Show them acceptance and comfort them. Additionally, becoming more aware and familiar with how to have conversations about respecting the dignity of life in all stages is a vital part of living out the truths we believe as Catholics.


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The end of abortion won’t happen overnight, but in faith, we know that the battle has already been won.


“All of us must care for life, cherish life, with tenderness, warmth…to give life is to open (our) heart, and to care for life is to (give oneself) in tenderness and warmth for others, to have concern in my heart for others.

Caring for life from the beginning to the end. What a simple thing, what a beautiful thing..So, go forth and don’t be discouraged. Care for life. It’s worth it.” –Pope Francis


Just know, whatever you have done, whatever you have been through you are still loved. No matter what, YOU are a child of God.

 

Prayers and Blessings,

Marissa Rose

 


Lord, thank you for giving me life.

I pray for all of the babies that have been aborted.

Wrap your loving arms around their mothers as they grieve,

And show them that there is always someone there to accept and love them.

Help me to stand up for life, Lord.

May I never be lukewarm in my beliefs,

or waver in standing up for the rights of the unborn.

Mother Mary, pray for us.

Amen.


Learn more about the Pro-Life Movement!

 

Join me in doing the 9 Days for LIfe Novena! Download the app to get a reminder to take a few extra  minutes each day to pray for the protection of each person’s life!

http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/january-roe-events/nine-days-of-prayer-penance-and-pilgrimage.cfm

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Here is a link to a website with an estimate of the number of abortions since 1973. Take a minute or two to see how fast the numbers rise. Say a prayer for all of these innocent lives taken.

http://www.numberofabortions.com

 

This is a moving blog post from the Life Teen website about a person’s journey of learning about abortion. This blog had me close to tears!

https://lifeteen.com/blog/pro-life-stance-now/

 

Watch this video from Chris Stefanick about dying with dignity! The Pro-Life Movement is about supporting life at all stages.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nf_rb2qkbE


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