Nothing spells out hope like a new baby, and nothing signifies what the future will hold more than the values of the people actually having those babies at a time when so many people are choosing to have none at all.
The real hope for a pro-life future lies with the beautiful babies all born just to our core crew - to the campaign staffers who worked so hard to save and protect the 8th, and sacrificed so much over the years to keep the pro-life cause alive. Now they have their own new babies to love and cherish.
A huge congrats to all these mams and dads, and a huge welcome to the absolutely gorgeous 10 babies born to that pro-life team since the referendum.
Aren't they just beautiful? They signify that the future will indeed be pro-life. This broken culture is theirs to rebuild.
As Tim Jackson wrote so movingly in the heart-breaking aftermath of losing the 8th: "who will inherit the land – is it those who kill their young or those who welcome each as gift?"
I think we all know the answer.
Love to all these babies as we welcome the Christ Child.
Nollaig Shona díbh go léír.