Do I hear an “Amen!”?

From CNA:

Saved from abortion, Chilean twin brothers are now priests

Santiago, Chile, Aug 16, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two twin brothers in Chile say that their mother’s determination in protecting them from abortion despite the advice of doctors helped to foster their vocations to the priesthood.

“How can I not defend the God of life?” said Fr. Paulo Lizama. “This event strengthened my vocation and gave it a specific vitality, and therefore, I was able to give myself existentially to what I believe.”

“I am convinced of what I believe, of what I am and of what I speak, clearly by the grace of God,” he told CNA.

Fr. Paulo and his identical twin brother, Fr. Felipe, were born in 1984 in the Chilean town of Lagunillas de Casablanca.

Before discovering her pregnancy, their mother, Rosa Silva, had exposed herself to x-rays while performing her duties as a paramedic. Consequently, after confirming the pregnancy, her doctor conducted ultrasounds and informed her that he had seen “something strange” in the image.

“The baby has three arms and its feet are sort of entangled. It also has two heads,” he told her.

Although abortion for “therapeutic” reasons was legal at the time in Chile and doctors told her that her life was in danger, Rosa opposed the idea and said she would accept whatever God would send her.

“The Lord worked and produced a twin pregnancy. I don’t know if the doctors were wrong or what,” Fr. Felipe said.


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Now, a year after their ordination, Fr. Felipe serves at the parish of Saint Martin of Tours in Quillota, and Fr. Paulo serves at the parish of the Assumption of Mary in Achupallas.

“God doesn’t mess around with us. He wants us to be happy, and the priesthood is a beautiful vocation and that makes us completely happy,” Fr. Felipe said.

Following Jesus is not easy but it is beautiful, added Fr. Paulo.

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  1. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Trusting in God — it’s not just right, it’s also logical. It’s great that their mom wasn’t afraid to speak up for the lives of her own kids.

  2. jameeka says:

    Yes, a worthwhile article–gives me great hope and encouragement during these times.

  3. DavidJ says:

    What a great thing to read first thing Saturday morning!

  4. FloridaJoan says:

    Yes Father … Amen ! Alleluia ,here is a mother who, in her humility, trusted in the will of God and was blessed with two sons who became priests ! What an uplifting and promising story. Thank you
    pax et bonum

  5. Jim Dorchak says:

    I am so happy i have moved my family here. It is so cool to live where national holidays are also Catholic days of Holy obligation. Granted all do not go to Mass but these days are NEVER moved to the following sunday.

  6. Liz says:

    I love this story! God is good!

  7. StJude says:

    Amen from the peanut gallery, Father! Great story!

  8. The Cobbler says:

    Your baby has too many limbs and heads — roughly twice as many as one baby should! It’s not like you could possibly have two babies…

    I wonder if we could get away with making some basic logic tests a requirement for people to go into certain professions? It seems like it’d help a lot of things.

  9. Juan says:

    Great story :)

    Please pray for us in Chile, we don’t have any type of legalized abortion now but the tides are shifting :(.



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