My Connection With Rick Santorum

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved

I am certain there is a political reason and calculation for Rick Santorum's decision to drop out of the Presidential race. And, to be sure, I disagree almost completely with Sen. Santorum's politics and policies. Yet, for a brief moment, I felt connected to him as he announced the suspension of his campaign.

That moment came when he talked about his youngest daughter, Bella, who suffers from a crippling disorder called Trisomy 18. Over the Easter weekend, she was hospitalized for pneumonia, and thanks be to God, she improved and was able to go home to her family. I know full well the difficulty of watching a child suffer from a crippling disease. My late daughter suffered from a horrible disease called Ataxia-Telangiectasia, and she ultimately succumbed to one of its consequences.

I know the anguish a parent feels when he or she watches their child suffer from the throes of illness and its treatment. I know how hard it is to see your child endure sometimes painful procedures and their unintended consequences. I know the pain of a parent who watches her child pass on right before their eyes.

And so, when Sen. Santorum was speaking about his daughter, I felt a connection with him, and I prayed for him, his daughter Bella, and his family. In addition, I pray that Sen. Santorum will not have to endure the worst thing a parent could ever face: the death of his child.

And so, even though I will likely never agree with Sen. Rick Santorum or his politics, I will always find it in my heart to pray for him, from time to time, so that he can find strength and comfort from the Lord. And I will always pray for his beautiful little Bella: for eternal health, happiness, grace, and love. Amen.

 

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