I can’t possibly begin to personally thank all of the men and women who have reached out, shown their support of my InsideCatholic article, and given me a cyber pat on the back. Your emails, blog posts, phone calls, kindness, and prayers have meant a great deal to me. Thank you.
I do want to draw your attention to an InsideCatholic blog post that Steve Skojec wrote directly in response to the comments that were posted on the site beneath my original article.
As I remarked after his post, what is really upsetting to me is that some of the comments were not only anti-nursing in Mass but anti-children as well. When we baptize our children, we are opening a door to the Church and welcoming them to the Body of Christ. When people view children only as bothersome distractions at Mass, it’s as if they’re slamming that door in their face. How can we expect to build the Church if we don’t welcome the very souls who will make up its future?
Steve says it far better than I just did when he writes: ” If we are a pro-life people, we are a pro-family people, and that means we are to welcome children and their parents, breastfeeding or otherwise, especially at Mass.”
I encourage you to read the rest.
Michelle of Rosetta Stone also wrote a thought-provoking post called Humility and Acts of Mercy in response not only to the backlash from the InsideCatholic article but also to some flack I recently received after mentioning the acronym AP (as in attachment parenting) that’s well worth a read. (And, yes, I am a little biased.)
Finally, Cathy Adamkiewicz , author of Broken and Blessed, reduced me to tears when she wrote this: “Not to be maudlin, but I have to say this. You know my little girl died when she was four months old. I only got to nurse her a handful of times. If she were here, oh my goodness, I would nurse her whenever she needed me.
As I read the awful comments you received I kept thinking of a ‘rule’ I’ve developed for determining if something is a sin. If Jesus saw me doing this, would He weep?
If Jesus or His Mother saw me nursing a little one in Mass, would They weep? Maybe, with joy.”
For those of you whom I did not personally mention in this post (including those who chose to charitably disagree with me through email), thank you, thank you, thank you! You’re a beautiful reminder that God is love.