Love is the True Test for Parents

pregnant-214522_960_720I happened to catch on NPR the other day an interesting program about measuring the impact of prenatal genetic testing.

They discussed whether there could be too much information for a mother and father.  Apparently, the knowledge dump given to parents can create an information overload. This in turn provokes fear-based decisions, which seeks to eliminate risk at all cost. This fear is particularly intense for parents who are dealing with the issue of having a baby with Down syndrome.

During the program, the couple being interviewed talked about being distraught when they learned they were to give birth to child with Downs …so they sought counsel with their priest. Toward the end of an emotional meeting, the priest asked them to rethink what happiness meant to them. Could they be happy if their baby Philip were happy? That was a game changer and now their child is 5 years old and they don’t know how they could live without him.

Information is useful, but it must be subordinate to love. It is critical not to look at another person as a means to fulfill oneself because people are not a means, but an end. Therefore I must serve others because they are made in God’s image and likeness, especially the most vulnerable. How relationships and marriages would be energized when both are seeking to serve and love the other.

Jesus summarizes it perfectly: “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give my life as a ransom for many.” (Mk 10:45)

About Fr Scott Reilly LC

Fr Scott is from Kankakee, IL. He has two sisters and one brother who is a priest as well in the Legionaries of Christ. In 1983 he joined Immaculate Conception Apostolic School of the Legionaries of Christ located in Center Harbor, NH.  He has studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain for 2 years and in Rome, Italy where he earned a Bachelors in Philosophy from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas and Theology with the Legionaries Christ. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 24, 1997 and served the Regnum Christi Movement and local Church in Atlanta, GA from 1997-2010, Houston, TX from 2010-2015 and presently is serving in Philadelphia, PA. He enjoys sports, reading and pastoral ministry.
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One Response to Love is the True Test for Parents

  1. Suzanne Hogan says:

    Great article, Father Scott! Love always triumphs over fear.

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