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

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: Did Christians ban the Games? Tales, myths and other fun facts about the ancient Olympics

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The 2020 Summer Olympics began less than a week ago, and as is usually the case, there’s been enough stunning athleticism, shocking upsets and yes, even a little bit of drama on display to keep the water cooler chatter abuzz until at least the 2022 games.

At their best, the Olympic games bridge cultural divides and unite countries around the world as the greatest living athletes around the globe compete for the coveted gold medal in their respective events. There’s a spirit of global camaraderie that welcomely comes about during every Olympiad; whether watching the Games at home with the family or going to a local bar to cheer on your favorite country, the Olympics bring people together in a way that most other sporting events do not.

Another astounding thing about the Olympics is how they’ve endured over the millennia. Indeed, they provide a special glimpse into the history of the world and those common qualities of humanity that will never die; namely, the need for both unitive, universal community and friendly but fierce competition.

The first recorded Olympic games took place in 776 B.C., though some historians speculate that they could have began as early as the 10th century B.C. The games were held every four years in Olympia to honor the greek god Zeus as one of four Panhellenic festivals, this one coinciding with the second full moon following the summer solstice, usually at the end of July or early August. The Olympics became so significant that the term Olympiad was used to mark a year the games took place, and became a common unit of historical time measurement.

Now, the ancient world wasn’t exactly known for its amicability or even peacefulness, as indicated by the countless wars and power usurpations that took place throughout its history. However, Olympic festivals were marked by a truce among the Greeks called ekecheiria, which roughly means “holding of hands.” This ensured safe travels for athletes and spectators as they made their way to the festival and was a common basis for peace among the Greeks. That the Olympic games could get even the constantly feuding Greeks to lay down their arms and come together in a spirit of solidarity speaks to their significance in ancient history.

Early Olympic events included the footrace, wrestling, the long jump, the javelin throw, the discus throw and boxing. Of course, it’s nigh impossible to read about the ancient Olympics and not come across epic tales of chariot racing, an event which was briefly banned early on but was reinstated by the first century B.C. and drew the interest of several key Roman figures (more on that later).

By the fifth century B.C., athletes from all over the Greek-speaking world came to Olympia for the games. The footrace, also called the Stade or Stadion, was considered the most prestigious event, and is where the english word “stadium” is derived from. Stade was a unit of measurement in ancient Greece which modern historians say is the rough equivalent to 600 feet or 200 yards, though the actual length has been a subject of debate for many years. Either way, it represents the length which runners in the Stadion ran to prove themselves as the fastest sprinters in the ancient world.

Interestingly, very little record about the Olympics games during the time of Christ exists. History tells us that the Roman emperor Tiberius, who was emperor during Christ’s life, won the chariot races during the 194th Olympiad in 4 B.C. In 17 A.D., the popular Roman general Germanicus, who was Tiberius’ adopted son and the future father of the third Roman Emperor Caligula, won the chariot races in 17 A.D., presumably around the time Christ was a teenager.

About those chariot races: they were known to attract elite political figures, some of whom won based on true skill, and others who only wanted the appearance of winning to further exert their power and status. During the 211th Olympiad, Emperor Nero, known for his fierce persecution of Christians and rather narcissistic personality, forcibly moved the Olympic games set to take place in 65 A.D. to 67 A.D. so he could compete while on a tour of Greece. He participated in the chariot races (with six more horses than the other competitors), and declared himself the greatest Olympic victor of all time, though historical eyewitness accounts tell a different story. Nero actually nearly died after a severe wreck, but Nero being Nero, he was still declared the winner.

Thankfully, Nero’s title as an Olympic victor and the Olympiad he “won,” which did not adhere to the established chronology of the games, were subsequently stricken from the official Olympic records after his death.

The Olympics grew over the course of 1,200 years until 393 A.D., when Emperor Theodosius I banned all Pagan festivals from the Roman emperor after Christianity became adopted as the state religion. Popular culture and history has long maintained this story of Christianity being to blame for the halt of the Olympic games. However, in recent years, some historians have disputed this account, saying that it was not for religious reasons but rather economic reasons that the games ended when they did. In fact, even after Theodosius’ death, there are still records of Olympic games taking place up until the fifth century. As the administration of Roman Empire evolved, the Olympics could no longer be sponsored by civil funds and instead became sponsored more and more by rich elites of the time. Simply put, the games became too expensive, and no one wanted to pay for them anymore.

The Olympics did not make a return for 1,500 years, until the Athens Olympics in 1896. Over the last 125 years since their reinstatement, the Games have become an integral piece of modern culture and a remnant of ancient history that was revived to great avail. As the Olympics in Tokyo continue over the next week and athletes compete for the gold, the words of St. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians serve as a pertinent reminder of how the spirit of an Olympian imitates closely that of a Christian:

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified” (1 Cor 9:24-27).

So let the Games continue! And may the race be run not for a perishable prize, but an imperishable one.


Featured photo: Met Museum, Terracotta Panathenaic prize amphora (jar), ca. 510 B.C. Attributed to the Leagros Group.