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Rick and Karen Santorum’s inspiring tale of lifestyles with Bella, their special-needs youngest child
Four days after Rick and Karen Santorum welcomed their 8th child into the realm they got the devastating information that their little lady, Bella, was once going to die. the entire tale of existence with Bella hasn't ever been instructed in the past. This inspiring kin memoir explores what it ability to embody and rejoice the lifetime of all people, and locate desire, even in the course of painful challenges.
Bella’s Gift is the tale of ways the full relations got here jointly to like and deal with Bella and the way God bolstered them in the course of the storms and blessed their kinfolk with grace, peace, and joy.
Searchingly sincere, religion crammed, and unusually pleased, Bella’s reward is a loving, lived-out testimony to the fact that everybody counts, even “the least of these.”
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Even anticlerical, non-Christian newshounds defined the sunlight as packed with fantastic shades and trembling, whirling, and dancing within the sky, defying “cosmic legislation. ”1 at the sixty-fourth anniversary of the apparitions, may possibly thirteen, 1981, a Turkish gunman shot Pope John Paul II. The pope had a deep devotion to the Virgin Mary and used to be an image of her whilst the militant shot him. prior within the day, the pope had met with Dr. Jerome Lejeune, the geneticist who chanced on Trisomy 21. Dr. Lejeune was once an outstanding suggest for individuals with Trisomy 21. It was once additionally on that very same day that Pope John Paul II begun the institute for the research of marriage and the kinfolk, and the Communist Party’s pro-abortion march used to be canceled. After being shot, Pope John Paul suffered immensely. He skilled critical discomfort and different clinical matters as a result of the damage. via all of it, he taught the realm approximately anguish. sixty seven 00-01_BellasGift. indd sixty seven 11/14/14 10:37 AM B E L L A' S G I F T He taught us that affliction brings us in the direction of Christ. John 16:33 says, “In the realm you have got tribulation. yet take center; i've got triumph over the area. ” I don’t declare to appreciate the importance of Bella’s beginning date, yet i know that God does; He selected it. Bella’s complete identify is Isabella Maria. Isabella ability “consecrated to God,” and Maria refers back to the Blessed Virgin Mary, who teaches us the enjoyment of claiming definite to God’s invitation of affection. Mary, the mum of the Lord Jesus Christ. Mary’s convinced, in what will surely were known as a problem being pregnant in our day, speaks loudly to an age during which the great thing about each existence is all yet forgotten. and prefer Mary, our little woman is full of grace. She is a gift—a treasure from heaven—and her lifestyles is instructing us the which means of love’s invitation. Bella’s lifestyles has affirmed the messages of Fátima, and during prayer and sacrifice we have now drawn toward Christ and felt His bountiful love. sixty eight 00-01_BellasGift. indd sixty eight 11/14/14 10:37 AM 6 Lov e Is according to sist en t • Karen Santorum • loss of life and lifestyles are within the strength of the tongue. —Proverbs 18:21 I n the summer season of 2008, our relations all started a brand new trip jointly as we realized find out how to love and take care of Bella. The medical professionals had despatched Bella domestic from the NICU on hospice. take care of the loss of life for our child baby—a painful paradox. The hospice nurse who visited Bella as soon as every week used to be variety and knowing, but there has been a somber darkness surrounding her coming, easily it is because hospice doesn’t make investments sixty nine 00-01_BellasGift. indd sixty nine 11/14/14 10:37 AM B E L L A' S G I F T in existence; it prepares for loss of life. notwithstanding she used to be sort, I dreaded her visits. She introduced pamphlets approximately coffins, funerals, and grave websites. “It’s continually most sensible to be prepared,” she’d say as she confirmed me the different sorts of marble for a tombstone. Tombstone. The note bludgeoned my center. Hospice provided no pediatric provides. The few goods we did obtain for Bella’s daily care have been the inaccurate measurement— made for adults and never for a preemie child. I keep in mind establishing a field, grateful for a brand new cargo of nasogastric tubes, simply as Bella was once working out.