Revisited 2 Stories: Bocelli Confirms: Not Merely Anti-Abortion, Totally “For Life”
LifeSiteNews.com: Andrea Bocelli wants to make it clear that he is not merely “anti-abortion” but genuinely pro-life, in the fullest sense. In an interview this weekend with the Italian newspaper Il Foglio, the world-renowned singer said his position is founded on his deeply held Catholic faith.
“Because of my personal convictions as a devout Catholic, I am not only fighting against something, I am fighting for something - and I am for life,” he said.
Earlier this month, a video was widely circulated (see below) showing the blind singer sitting at a piano, telling the story of his own birth. He recounted how doctors had tried to convince his mother to abort him after she suffered an attack of appendicitis. Doctors said that the child would be born with a disability.
Bocelli was born in 1958 to Alessandro and Edi Bocelli and was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma. By age 12 he was completely blind.
“Maybe I am partisan, but I can say it was the right choice,” said Bocelli in the video about his mother’s decision to reject the doctors’ advice, and give birth to him.
In the Il Foglio article, titled “La Forza della Vita” (The Force of Life), Bocelli said the video was made a year and a half ago for a priest friend, Father Richard Frechette, a missionary who works with children in Haiti, to raise funds for a new home.
The priest, he said, “asked me to say a few words of hope for mothers in difficulties and I chose to tell the story of my birth. I did it privately, telling the story of my mother without even asking permission, but I was not reprimanded [by her], but I was not prepared for all this fuss and delayed explosion.”
Bocelli said that after the video began to circulate, he received many more phone calls than usual from all over the world, from people wanting to know more about his story.
He said that he had never wanted to talk about his blindness, “because really in my life are much more important things to tell: my life is a fairy tale, the story of a child who could not wait to go to Mass on Sundays because he would eventually be allowed to play a bit of the organ, who followed a dream and at one point that dream has come true.”
With the video story of his birth, he said, “I wanted to help, to comfort people who are in difficulties who sometimes just need to not feel abandoned: life is difficult, but you have to listen to them.”
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Revisited: Meant To Be!
"...for I am fearfully and wonderfully made"---Psalm 139
Songwriter Ryan Scott Bomberger described the song entitled Meant to Be, in the following way: "My biological mother was raped, yet despite her unspeakable pain, chose Life. This song simply says thank you for giving me a chance to love and be loved."
Ryan has a unique perspective on the innate nature of Purpose. His biological mother was raped yet chose to go through 9 months of pregnancy, choosing to give him Life. He was adopted at 6 weeks of age and grew up in a loving, multi-racial family of 15, which gave him a great appreciation for diversity. Ten of the thirteen children were adopted into this Christian family.
Ryan has had a passion for adoption, foster care, and children in general since his childhood. He has been involved in numerous youth outreach programs as a mentor and coordinator. He has addressed hundreds of thousands of people in diverse audiences (college, church, social services, conferences, major events) speaking and singing about his life. He has served as a Board Member of the nation’s largest adoption agency, Bethany Christian Services (Virginia Beach and Atlanta Chapter) from 2005-2009, leading efforts in improving their marketing initiatives. Today, he continues his adoption advocacy and desire to motivate young people through speaking engagements nationwide.
Anyone who knows him will declare he is a creative and passionate man who never wants to lose the wonder, the imagination and the fun of his youth. There's never a lack of inspiration as every day is full of discoveries with his loving wife and 3 amazing children. The joy and hope he has now is the same that he wants others to truly know for themselves. [Source: Radiance]
And see Ryan's remarkable Website and his passion for endangered Black children.
Note: May God continue to bless Ryan with grace and peace and especially his wonderful mother who put God and life first. Wow.
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