Fortress, sanctuary, refuge – these words evoke images of safety and protection, as they should. With Christmas in our recent memories, we recall Joseph and Mary, exhausted, cold, and far from home, looking for a safe place for the Christ Child to be born and think fondly of the humble stable that was chosen for this miracle.
In stark contrast, California’s Governor Gavin Newsom employed the word sanctuary in an entirely different and odd manner. He recently declared that California would be a “sanctuary state,” but his use of this word is striking considering what he is offering.
Life is beautiful. It is a free gift from our Creator, and it is full of infinite possibilities. We can all rejoice at this gift. Anyone who has witnessed a birth can attest to the overwhelming emotions that are present at this moment. Gratitude and awe are mixed with joy and tears, hope and love.
From conception, babies grow safely within the womb and receive all they need from their mothers.
The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, located on Florida’s beautiful panhandle, works to protect sea turtles
While many of us were distracted with summer plans, world and national events, and a barrage of unsettling news, something strikingly momentous occurred in Texas