Little Flower Maternity Home a place of hope for moms and babies in need

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After a long journey of searching, learning, praying, working and volunteering in pregnancy centers led to an encounter with God, Sara Moran knew that the Lord had chosen her for a special mission in pro-life ministry. 

Since 2003, Moran has spent much time working and volunteering in pregnancy centers and maternity homes in different states. However, in 2012, she founded The Little Flower Maternity Home in her home state of Colorado. In this tiny little house with two bedrooms, Moran has been able to provide housing for nine pregnant mothers who, for one reason or another, were alone and seeking the love of God.  

The Little Flower Maternity Home is not a government funded shelter, but rather a home and a community for pregnant women to prepare to be new mothers, located in Louisville, Colorado. Besides providing free housing to homeless pregnant mothers, along with all of their basic needs, Little Flower’s most important mission is to evangelize these mothers. 

“They don’t have anybody, they’re just thrown to the curb. This is not a shelter, this is a home,” Moran said. “We’re like a family. Our goal is not self-sufficiency because God takes care of that. Our goal is really that they bond with their baby, that they have an encounter with Christ, that they are well, physically, mentally, and spiritually. This is a place to come in to rest from the world.”  

The mission of Little Flower is rooted in the Church’s teachings and provides a space for mothers to experience the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith. 

This is not a shelter, this is a home. We’re like a family. Our goal is not self-sufficiency because God takes care of that. Our goal is really that they bond with their baby, that they have an encounter with Christ, that they are well, physically, mentally, and spiritually. This is a place to come in to rest from the world.”  

Sara Moran, founder of Little Flower Maternity Home

“We are a home of evangelization and a home of Christ in the light of Christ,” Moran added. “The mothers go to Mass with us. They don’t have to be Catholic, but there are many conversions that are happening. We teach theology of the body in our home, abstinence, healthy sexuality, and gender issues.”  

The home is staffed by interns who commit to spend at least three months living in community and serving these moms 24/7, something that may also allow them to have the opportunity of an encounter with Christ.  

Not only does Little Flower Maternity Home help pregnant women through the process of having a baby, it also supports them after giving birth. They ask that mothers take a six-month maternity leave to bond with their babies and live in community with other moms who are going through the same circumstances.  

One mom recalls finding hope at Little Flower in what felt like a hopeless situation: “I was 17 weeks pregnant and about to be homeless. I had no friends or family to rely on. I called on a whim after finding The Little Flower online. Being there gave me the chance to rest from the chaos of my life. I loved the community of mothers with similar circumstances and needs. I felt like I wasn’t going through this alone. The Little Flower changed my life!”  

A resident generally stays at Little Flower Maternity Home beginning at any time during her pregnancy until about six months after her baby is born, when they feel financially stable and find a safe place to go. There is no cost to live at the maternity home; they rely on the generosity of volunteers to keep the house functioning and all their funds come from the generosity of donors and the grace of God. 

The Little Flower Maternity is a quaint little house in Louisville that serves as a place of respite and renewal for pregnant mothers in need. Using the joy of the Gospel and the Church’s teachings as a foundation, Little Flower offers new moms a chance to bond with their babies and help get them on their feet. (Photo provided)

“It’s all provided by the grace of God, by divine providence, because we’re not government funded… God provides for this,” Moran said. “Miracles happen every day here. When a mom needs diapers, we pray about it and then someone shows up with a bag of dippers. It’s all divine providence.”  

Little Flower Maternity Home has new openings for pregnant mothers in need as well as for interns interested in an opportunity to experience the love, forgiveness, and mercy of God. Candidates must apply online and make a commitment of at least three months of living in community at the maternity home in Louisville.  

“Innocent precious babies’ lives have been saved because their mothers had the support and housing they needed to make a life-giving choice,” Moran concluded. “When they come here, we just praise God that they’re giving life to their child and you coach them through the birth of their baby. It’s just amazing.” 

For pregnant mothers interested in being a part of this community, they must call Little Flower Maternity Home at 720-609-2934. The intake process takes 5-7 days and includes an initial telephone screening, an off-site interview, a house tour, background check, and final acceptance. For more information visit littleflowermaternity.org .

COMING UP: Five tips for reading the Word of God

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Sunday, Jan. 24 marks “The Sunday of the Word of God,” instituted by Pope Francis last year and to be held every year on the third Sunday of Ordinary Time. This may strike us as odd, as we might think to ourselves, “but isn’t the Bible read at every Sunday Mass?” Certainly so. Not only that, but every daily celebration of the Mass proclaims the Word of God.

What’s different about “The Sunday of the Word of God,” however, is that it’s not just about hearing the Bible read on Sundays. As the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith notes, it “reminds us, pastors and faithful alike, of the importance and value of Sacred Scripture for the Christian life, as well as the relationship between the word of God and the liturgy: ‘As Christians, we are one people, making our pilgrim way through history, sustained by the Lord, present in our midst, who speaks to us and nourishes us. A day devoted to the Bible should not be seen as a yearly event but rather a year-long event, for we urgently need to grow in our knowledge and love of the Scriptures and of the Risen Lord, who continues to speak his word and to break bread in the community of believers. For this reason, we need to develop a closer relationship with Sacred Scripture; otherwise, our hearts will remain cold and our eyes shut, inflicted as we are by so many forms of blindness.’” This gives us a wonderful opportunity to pause and reflect on the Sacred Scriptures. 

There are two means by which God Divinely reveals truths to us: Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. As such, the Bible is not merely a human document, nor simply a collection of amazing stories that call us to do heroic things, or a collection of wise sayings. Rather, the Scriptures are “inspired.” St. Paul has a beautiful teaching about this in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 – “All scripture, inspired of God, is profitable to teach, to reprove, to correct, to instruct in justice, That the man of God may be perfect, furnished to every good work.” By “inspired” we mean that God is the principle author of the Bible.

Certainly there were different men who physically wrote the words on the papyrus. Yet these men were influenced by the grace of inspiration to write, not just their own words, but God’s. And so the Scriptures are a mysterious congruence of Divine and human authorship – the human writers capably made full use of language, literary forms, creativity, and writing style to communicate their message, yet they did so under the grace of Divine inspiration. This means that while they wrote in such a way that they had full freedom to write as they wanted, what they wrote was also, “to a tee,” exactly as God wanted written. God is the principle author of the Bible, the human author its secondary writer. Such inspiration is how, despite the various human authors, events, and historical and cultural contexts behind the 73 Biblical texts, we’re still left with only one story since they all have the same one primary author. 

Given that the Bible is the written word of God, I’d like to offer a few “tips” for reading the Bible, since it certainly cannot be read like any other text. 

1. Pray! We must pray before opening the Scriptures for enlightenment from God. We must pray after reading in thanksgiving to God. And we must pray throughout reading in order to encounter God in Scripture and apply it to our life. Of course, the tried and trusted practice of praying the Scriptures is Lectio DivinaThe Ladder of Monks by Guigo II is the ancient resource for Lectio Divina, while a helpful book to get you started is Dr. Tim Gray’s Praying Scripture for a Change: An Introduction to Lectio Divina

2. Remember that you are in no rush. The important point is encountering Christ in the Scriptures, not racing through them. Speed reading isn’t reading, after all, much less when applied to the Word of God. It’s not about getting through the Bible, but encountering Christ therein. That may be a few chapters at a time or may actually be only one verse that you pray with. Whatever the case, slow and steady wins the race, as Aesop reminds us. 

3. We have to read the Scriptures regularly, daily if possible. We read in Psalm 1, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Meditating day and night. A good way to start would be to read one Psalm a night as a part of your nightly prayer. Ever better would be praying that one Psalm with your spouse, if married. 

4. Do not worry about starting on page one and reading from cover to cover. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and lost in the text. We all know about Adam and Eve, Noah and the Flood, Moses and the Plagues. But how many understand animal sacrifices in the Book of Leviticus or its purity laws? It’s very easy, starting from page one and flipping straight through, to lose sight of the story of salvation history. Start from page one if you’d like, but don’t feel like you can’t start with whatever book (especially the Gospels) that you find yourself drawn to. 

5. Come take classes with the Denver Catholic Biblical School! In chapter eight of the Book of Acts, we read of an Ethiopian Eunuch reading from the Prophet Isaiah. When the Deacon Philip asks him if he understands what he’s reading, the Eunuch responds, “How can I, unless some one guides me?” This is what we at the Biblical School are here for – to guide you in your encounter with Christ in the Sacred Scriptures. We’re in the middle of our Scripture classes already for this year, but we always start new classes in the fall every September. And in the meantime, we have plenty of things still coming for this year – a class on Catholic Social Teaching that begins on Jan. 27 a lecture series for Lent that starts on March 1, a conference on the Sacred Heart being offered on May 15 and Aug. 28, and a six-week class on St. Joseph in the summer starting in July. We have something for everybody – just reach out to us!