Karen Ocamb

A Prayer for Bella Santorum

Filed By Karen Ocamb | January 30, 2012 4:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Bella Santorum, Catholic church, Florida, prayer, Rick Santorum, Trisomy 18

Rick_Santorum_wife_family.jpegI am no fan of Rick Santorum for his ultra-conservative antigay Catholic opinion on "family values" that he would have the government impose on others. I prefer a more inclusive view of religious freedom than Santorum espouses, one where all people, including LGBT people, are God's children - worthy of respect and love and private judgment by God alone.

But there are some instances when the clash of politics and points of view should be set aside - such as in a times of crisis when helping each other should be the spontaneous, good and right thing to do. To prepare, I practice being less self-centered and more of a decent human being in ordinary times, too.

Another such time is when a child is in danger or tragically ill. Such a time is now for Rick Santorum, who cancelled his presidential campaign plans in Florida to be with his ill, special needs 3-year-old daughter Bella, who was born with a condition called Trisomy 18. According to The Washington Post, the campaign has "not released details of Bella's condition but Santorum supporters have indicated over Twitter that it is serious and have asked for prayers on her behalf."

I pray that Bella knows how much she is loved. And from my humble family - I also offer best wishes to the Santorum family in this time of emotional crisis.

(Crossposted at LGBT POV)

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