Mother’s Day is a time to honor the mothers in our lives. Often it is a time for mothers to reflect on what motherhood has meant to them and the impact they have had on their children’s lives.
Below is a letter from one of our clients who received help from Catholic Charities Atlanta’s (CCA) Pregnancy Counseling Services Program over twenty years ago. The letter speaks to the heart of the impact of CCA’s services on a client’s life. CCA continues to offer this program as it did twenty years ago when a young, single pregnant woman entered our offices.
“Thank you for the help and encouragement you gave to me twenty years ago. A few years ago, I wrote and told you how the baby you helped had grown and now had siblings. Well, the little boy is now 19, graduated high school and is now at college. I wanted you to know how well the child you helped has done. My Joshua was salutatorian of his class. He took honors classes and was involved in three sports for most of his high school career. He earned his Eagle Scout award as well as many other awards, honors and scholarships. He was offered a full ride to college and is now studying chemical engineering.
Throughout Joshua’s graduation, I kept recalling his beginnings. I thought of how alone and upset I felt when I found out I was pregnant. How I wondered what was going to happen. I called your office and was assigned a counselor. Your staff treated me with dignity and held that my precious unborn child had dignity all his own. I did end up raising Joshua and marrying his father. As we listened to Joshua’s graduation speech, with about 3,000 other people, he told his teachers and coaches thank you. And looking directly towards his father and me, he thanked us. Tears flowed down my face as I watched him stand under the cross in his gymnasium and thought, ‘God, you keep all your promised.’ Only God knew what this child was going to accomplish and what he has ahead of him. God knew this child and because of this child standing in front of all these people, my whole life changed. He made me learn about myself and who God was. This child made me really look at what I thought was important and realize how unimportant so many things really were. He helped me to see my views about abortion were totally wrong. God has a purpose for Joshua as he does for everyone.
Twenty years ago, someone told me, ‘the child you’re carrying will accomplish many things, and turn out be a fine young man.’ Being pregnant and alone is a scary, difficult place, filled with everyone’s opinions. Your office was a safe, loving retreat for me. Thank you. I felt cared about and supported not only emotionally, but financially. Because of what you did for me, I have been able to go on and support other young, single pregnant women. I have a group that meets at my home and they talk about their lives. I often share what a help Catholic Charities Crisis Pregnancy Counseling was for me. I can never repay you for the gift you gave me.
You give babies a chance to become what God has called them to be. What great work all of you do. Please don’t become discouraged, but be encouraged. You make huge differences in people’s lives. Your work is some of the most important on this Earth. My thanks to you is so small, but know you were a part of that child addressing all those people at his graduation. You are a part of his world and both our lives and every life you help. What holy work you all do. May you be blessed.”
In great love and gratitude,
About Catholic Charities Atlanta’s Pregnancy Counseling Services
We provide free, professional counseling to assist you and your family with decision making, problem solving, and goal setting. Our services are aimed at helping families make positive plans that include parenting, adoption, or kinship care for your unborn child.
If you are a pregnant woman who is in crisis about your pregnancy or undecided about which plan is best for you and your baby, our trained and caring staff offers encouragement, support, and guidance as you take the steps to carry your baby to term.
For more information about this program, please visit our website.
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