I wanted to share some exciting news in my Sunday snippets this week. On New Years Eve our family talked about ways that we could try and model the example of the Holy Family. Each of us came up with a few ideas; we talked about saying the rosary as a family on a weekly basis or reading a short verse from scripture on Sunday evenings, or doing works of service within our community among other things. Honestly if we were more patient with each other (myself included), more loving and sharing of our time we would be on a good path. Many of you know that we have five children. We have been blessed with two girls, then our son and another two girls. We left our NYE dinner without a plan. Several years ago, while attending our Sunday service I noticed my son was rumbling under his breath and had tears in his eyes. I leaned over and asked “what is wrong” and he replied “I come here every week and keep asking this God why can’t I have a brother.” I wrapped my arms around him and said “I ask God the same question.” So this week we had Father Dan shared with us his ministry, called UnBound (previously the Christian Foundation for Children). UnBound is a dedicated to tackling poverty in new and innovative ways. They connect people across cultural, religious and economic divides to live in daily solidarity and work toward a greater good. They bring confidence, opportunity and encouragement to children and families living on the margins of society in 21 countries. Throughout the entire church (altar, pews, and at the entrance) they had yellow pamphlets with photos of children of various ages and some adults from countries all around the world. So after mass we let our son look at all the children and find a boy who was close in his age that we could adopt.
Here is our son, looking at our new adopted child – Cesar who is an 8 year-old boy from Honduras, born on October 27, 2005. His father passed away a few years ago and he is living with his mother and few relatives. Cesar has a respiratory condition and yet he loves helping his mother around the house and playing with friends. Cesar is active, smart and math is his favorite subject. Cesar’s mother does housekeeping and the family income is less than $200 a month. Our small donation of $30.00 a month will provide Cesar with some very basic needs that come so easily for us in Downers Grove, IL. We will be writing Cesar letters and they shared that he will be writing back a few times each year. Cesar will help us keep focused on making different decision each month, as we can surely offer $1.00 a day to be put toward Cesar. Giving our prayers to Cesar for his health, education and well-being is another small way that we can incorporate Cesar into our family.