Makes waves on Facebook

The following posting came from May 10 on Live Action News. It is accompanied by a touching seven-minute video.

I was looking at Facebook today, and one item caught my eye and touched my heart. It was called “The Right Choice-Inspirational Video,” and it had garnered over 90,000 views. When a member of the Respect for Life club on campus posted it to our group page, I knew I really had to take the time and watch it. 

Yes, it’s almost seven and a half minutes long. But once the video starts up, the duration doesn’t matter. Rather, you find yourself engrossed in this message of a young mother who kept her son even though doctors predicted that he would be born severely disabled.

Christian, the baby whom the video is about, was born with a disorder that only 1 in 50 people in the world have, and unfortunately, his case was much worse than his parents and doctors thought he would be.

Most shocking of all his disabilities was that his eyes did not actually form, and so Christian is blind.
People would stare at Christian whenever he and his young mother went out and public. They would even whisper aloud, wondering what was wrong with that baby. One girl even expressed outrage that Christian wasn’t aborted in utero.

As difficult as it was to raise a disabled baby and deal with people talking about her son, this young mother took pride in her baby, and eventually others did as well.

My brief overview doesn’t nearly do this video the justice it deserves. I encourage everyone to watch it. No matter who you are, this is an inspirational video just the same. It certainly brought tears to my eyes. I cried at first because of what this mother had to endure from others, but also because she had the hope and strength to see her son as beautiful despite what anyone else saw.

If you need a pick-me-up to your day, watch this video as a reminder that all life is sacred, special, and deserving of love. Just as Christian is.

To see video via Live Action, Click here.



Posted Monday, May 14, 2012 12:15 AM By fred
yes – everyone should watch it – it’s a great video – a great example of love and life

Posted Monday, May 14, 2012 4:06 AM By RR
This video was posted on one of my friend’s facebook page yesterday. I had tears just continuously pouring down my face. I posted it to my facebook page yesterday. It is truly awesome and God bless this couple and their beautiful baby. This baby is a true blessing!

Posted Monday, May 14, 2012 5:20 AM By Sandra
All life is indeed sacred and this lovely young mother puts many others to shame because she is so “selfless”. May God bless her and her darling boy Christian abundantly.

Posted Monday, May 14, 2012 6:26 AM By Anne Marie
Beautiful story-the eyes of those who see should not stand in the way of our love for others!

Posted Monday, May 14, 2012 6:34 AM By JMJ
Thank God that Christian was born to a mother that accepted him and not to a family such as the Kennedy Clan that would have tried to hide him from the world. We have such a distorted view of beauty as we have seen from such horrible magazines such as ‘people’ that turns bad into good and good into bad. I am wondering what happened to the father, he seems to be out of the picture. I hope that he didn’t abandoned his family as the road ahead could be very rocky for them with so many cruel and ignorant people in the world. I wish this mother a very happy and belated Mother’s Day and that she will have the peace of Jesus and Mary and St. Joseph in her heart. Is there a way of donating to help her son with corrective surgery in the near future? +JMJ+

Posted Monday, May 14, 2012 6:51 AM By MacDonald
How sad that a “girl” would express outrage at Mom that this little baby was not aborted. Hitler had the very same approach to life, forcing anyone with disabilities into the gas chambers. Each of us has SOME disability (e.g., some can’t hear, some lack compassion, some can’t walk, some won’t listen), but we all have a right to life.

Posted Monday, May 14, 2012 8:34 AM By MD
Wow!!! I watched the video. As simple as the video is, this girl truly revealed her soul and is a wonderful witness to life. This is a very touching story.

Posted Monday, May 14, 2012 8:52 AM By Truthy
Please do take seven minutes to see this video, as a real life example that every human being “is sacred, special, and deserving of love.” — A small clarification: the disorder which Christian has is not found in 1 in 50 (2%) of the people in the world. The article meant to say that Christian is one of only 50 people in the world with this disorder. That is about 1 in 120 million people in the world. — We all have disorders large and small, common and rare. After you watch this inspiring video, about Christian and his loving mother, read St. Paul’s words in Romans, Chapter 8, — how “creation itself also will be delivered from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the sons of God.” But we must love God by keeping his commandments as — “we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.”

Posted Monday, May 14, 2012 8:59 AM By JOHN
Email this video to Governor Jerry Brown and President Obama.

Posted Monday, May 14, 2012 11:08 AM By Abeca Christian
This story is right, it is a beautiful story and I cried so much because I was filled with Joy and praise our Lord that there are many decent and faith filled young people! The Obama administration did not indoctrinate them all! Praise GOD!

Posted Monday, May 14, 2012 11:15 AM By Abeca Christian
JOHN the liberal mind will only see that this young mum made a bad choice and would still feel sorry to the baby. I have met several liberal minded folks who do get angered that this mum made the choice to not abort. It is sickening that they would think that, but who cares what they think!! We must always make the right choice honoring God! Also on the bright side, over a year ago, when my sister was pregnant, they advised her to abort because her baby would be born with many problems, and as we all lifted them with prayers and encouragement to choose life, she did and my baby nephew came out very healthy! Praise Be Jesus Christ! My husband and I baptized him, we feel blessed to have been part of that miracle. My sister got to see that doctors can be wrong and if they are not, that a child always deserves to live!

Posted Monday, May 14, 2012 4:18 PM By Kenneth M. Fisher
There is a great Saint by the name of Margaret, I can’t remember the full name, who could be a great patron for this young couple, she was badly disfigured at birth, and even rejected by her parents; but she loved so much, she is now A Saint ON The Altar. God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher

Posted Monday, May 14, 2012 6:45 PM By MacDonald
@ Kenneth 4:18 PM — I think perhaps you are referring to Blessed Margaret of Castello. “Little Margaret is the true story of Margaret’s short life (1287–1320). She was born disfigured, blind, lame, and a dwarf. You will cheer for her as she first overcomes imprisonment and then abandonment by her family. She learned about God’s love for her from the castle priest. God used a girl others labeled as ‘crippled’ to become as an angel to the sick, imprisoned, and dying.” (Thanks to Google, I found this book.)

Posted Monday, May 14, 2012 9:36 PM By Angelo
Kenneth M. Fisher, I think the Saint you are refering to is St. Margaret of Costello. Born badly deformed, her parents took her on a pilgramage in the hopes of a miraculous cure. Which did’nt happen. Her parents kept her hidden from others and she was ordered to keep out of sight, as they were ashamed of her. Then she was left to fend for herself. This deformed child grew up to be one of the Church’s most illustrious Saints. A Saint who from Heaven has obtained many graces for others. I agree this Saint would be a great Patron for this young couple as well for all couples who have children. For all couples who have children, because many times parents do not know that their child has some kind of problem until the child is in their teens or are young adults. This couple has been blessed with this child and the child blessed to have such parents. St Margaret of Costello pray, protect and guide them and us!

Posted Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:19 AM By Kenneth M. Fisher
Thank you MacDonald and Angelo, You made up for what my 73 year old memory was missing, you are correct, it was St. Margaret of Costello. Someone should tell this good mother about this great Saint. God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher

Posted Tuesday, May 15, 2012 6:43 AM By MacDonald
Kenneth, your reference to Blessed Margaret of Castello reminds me of the youngest son of King George V and Queen Mary, Prince John, who lived with epileptic seizures and apparent autism; he died at the age of 13 in 1919. His parents, the monarchs of England, were ashamed of him and kept him hidden from the public, a very sad story chronicled in the PBS film “The Lost Prince.” By contrast, I am heartened today to see people with challenges in public, working in stores, being with their families at events, attending Mass, and not being discarded or set aside. The American Bishops even wrote a pastoral letter about our obligation to welcome people with disabilities in our churches, rather than to see them as “inconvenient.”

Posted Tuesday, May 15, 2012 6:45 AM By MacDonald
One quote from the U.S. Bishops’ document on people with disabilities: “Our defense of life and rejection of the culture of death requires that we acknowledge the dignity and positive contributions of our brothers and sisters with disabilities. We unequivocally oppose negative attitudes toward disability which often lead to abortion, medical rationing, and euthanasia.”

Posted Tuesday, May 15, 2012 5:10 PM By Kenneth M. Fisher
At Our Lady Help of Christians, Garden Grove, CA, we have a Downs Syndrome Altar Boy(Acolyte), and he does a great job. God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher

Posted Wednesday, May 16, 2012 10:21 PM By k
Jesus, continue to bless Christian and his parents. Thank you for bringing him to the world. Thank you for the strenth and love of his mother. If it be your will, bless them with more children to love and be loved by.

Posted Thursday, May 17, 2012 10:35 PM By JLS
Tomorrow I get to visit a bunch of severely handicapped teenagers. I’m allowed to interact with them to some extent, while various caring servants attend to their particular needs, such as feeding, calming down their rants, helping them be happy, simply visiting them. Couple months ago, an acquaintance and his wife lost their twenty-something year old boy who had long been institutionalized due to extremely severe special needs … It was all but heartbreaking for them.

Posted Friday, May 18, 2012 10:54 AM By MacDonald
After reading these posts, I am reminded of that fine family TV series, “Life Goes On” (1989-1993), the first to ever have an actor (Chris Burke) living with Down Syndrome. It was very educational for those of us who had never known someone in such a situation. Sometimes songs, TV shows, etc., can help educate us and reduce our prejudice more than books or even sermons…