On September 4th and 5th we celebrated the Canonization and Feast Day of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, a pillar of compassion, a voice for the poor and a modern-day saint. Her work and endless compassion marks a great drive in my way of loving and strives my love and warmth to many causes.
I want this blogpost to have one mission only and that’s to encourage everyone to take a stand for awareness. September is awareness month for Suicide Prevention. I was contemplating on writing about this but after Mass on Sunday my husband received a text from his coworker with the news that one of their former coworkers had committed suicide. As a sister of a suicidal sibling and family member suicide survivor I took the initiative to learn the signs of suicide and basic principles of how to help save a life so I decided to take a QPR Training and Suicide Prevention Course. Suicide is the second leading cause of death of those ages 15 – 34 but it is also one of the most preventable causes of death, Suicidal thoughts are a lot more common than most people think. So I thought if I could learn the signs I can help prevent. I encourage everyone to take a training course just like I did. The one I took was giving by NAMI of Rome; the couple that gives the training are also survivors of suicide. If you are interested on the course contact your local NAMI. http://www.namiromega.org/
November is also an important awareness month for me, it’s National Adoption Awareness month. There are currently more than 400,000 children in foster care in the United States, and sadly the need of Adoptive/ Foster Parents is a big need! If you have ever had the desire to foster or adopt please reach out to your local DFCS office. Little ones are waiting to go home.
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
Now, I know I will never be able to take in and adopt all the neglected children in this world but I can help be an advocate for them. I knew since I was little and actually my aunt might not know this story but she’s the reason why I grew up wanting to someday adopt. 14 years ago, I was 8 she began sponsoring a little boy from Guatemala. They would send each other letters, drawings, and pictures on monthly bases. I remember getting really excited when she would show me and till this day I remember the love and compassion in her face when she would talk about him. My husband and I have been working on our adoption process since last year! I’m so excited to someday be able to fulfill a child’s opportunity to life and love.
Giving back to my community, serving my people is the most rewarding and is the closest I can feel to God. Doesn’t he teach us to be merciful?
“Be Merciful, just as you Father is Merciful” – Luke 6; 36
Maybe fostering or suicide prevention isn’t for you, but I know there’s a cause that you care about. So take a stand, be a voice!
Take a walk, raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, March of Dimes, Domestic Violence, Mental Health, Global Warming, Breast Cancer, Autism, Volunteer at your local Food Banks, Nursing Homes, Hospitality House, Orphanages, there’s so many ways to live and transmit the message of the Gospel of Mercy.
By her example and through her intercession, may St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta inspire many to give their ‘hearts to love and their hands to serve’, starting with those closest to them. May we all continue to live and deepen our awareness of being in need of mercy and our willingness to extend mercy in our communities, in our families and in our service of the poor. (From MotherTeresa.org)
Below you will find upcoming Awareness walks in Rome, Ga:
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Register here: http://www.namiromega.org/nami-walks-2016.html
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
October 14, 2016.
Hosted by the Hospitality House for Women to raise Domestic Violence Awareness. Register here: http://www.hospitalityhouseforwomen.org/
Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Saturday November 12, 2016
Register here: http://act.alz.org/site/PageServer?pagename=walk_chapter&scid=1734
Jenyfer D. Navichoque – Writer, unparalleled love