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The Angels´ Nudge
By following a moment’s inspiration, a mother saved her baby’s life.

Beth and Brendan Matthews
Elizabeth Matthews with her infant son Brendan in her arms. Today, Brendan is a Legionary religious.

The following story, written by Regnum Christi member Elizabeth Matthews, shows how following an inspiration of the Holy Spirit can sometimes be a matter of life or death.

The Angels’ Nudge
By Elizabeth Matthews
"Three down and one to go. Oh, but this one I don’t want to put  down," I thought to myself as I gazed into the angelic face of my infant son Brendan.  It was nap time, and my older children Sean 4, Laura 3, and Patrick, almost 2, were soundly sleeping upstairs. 

Getting them all to sleep at the same time wasn’t easy, so this was a rare moment I had alone with Brendan. At seven months, his attention was usually on what his siblings were doing.  I continued to rock him just a few more minutes as he nestled snugly in my arms, but I knew if I stayed in the rocker another moment, we would both be asleep, and I had vacuuming to get done.  It was an unusually warm March day, and I had plans to get some major cleaning done while my little ones napped.

Brendan looked up at me with his sleepy pale blue eyes as I laid him in his crib by the living room window.  Sunlight bounced off the ringlets of golden blond hair that encircled his head, and I lingered for one last look, before rushing out of the room to start cleaning. 

 "He’ll be asleep soon," I thought, as I headed into the dining room to start vacuuming.  I was racing the clock to get as much done as I could before the other children finished their naps.  With four little ones, not much cleaning can take place while they are awake.   
Just a few brief moments into my grand attempt to conquer the vacuuming, I stopped and turned it off.  Not sure why I did it, I paused and then reached to turn it back on. "No stopping," I thought, "I’ve just gotten started."  Just then the phone rang.  Unhappy that my cleaning was once again being interrupted, I ran to the kitchen to answer the phone.  "Hello," I said, hoping this would be a quick call, and I could return to what I needed to be doing.  "Hello," the voice on the other end said, "are you Beth Matthews?"  "Yes," I replied. Then she asked, "Are you the person in charge of weddings at the church?"  Somewhat surprised I said, "No," and gave her the name of the person she was probably looking for. "Why didn’t she call the church first?"  I thought as I hung up the phone.

Suddenly, I felt a strong need to check on Brendan.  "While I’m in here, I’ll take a peek at Brendan," I thought to myself.  I have always loved to watch my babies sleep, and to kiss their little heads.  It had only been a few minutes since I put him down, but I was sure he was asleep.  "One quick look, and then I’ll get back to work," I thought.

As I walked from the kitchen, I could see he was lying still in his crib.  I smiled, and whispered to myself, "He’s sound asleep."  As I neared the crib, my smile turned to horror.  Yes, Brendan was motionless but not with sleep.  His lips were purple, and he was not breathing.  As a cardiac nurse, I had done CPR many times but never on  a child. I had no time to think.  As I grabbed him I screamed, "No, God, please, not my baby!" The next few moments seemed like an eternity as my hands moved in the way they had been trained. My heart cried out to God to save the life of my baby.  Suddenly, a dime flew from his mouth to the floor, and he began to cry.  The color returned to his beautiful face as I collapsed into the rocking chair.

With my baby nestled safely in my arms again I began to cry tears of sadness at what could have happened if I had continued vacuuming, tears of love for the precious life I held in my arms, and tears of thanksgiving to God for the angels He sent to stop me from doing what I wanted to do and brought me back to exactly where I needed to be.

This article is part of a series about God’s action in the lives of Regnum Christi members who turned to him in prayer.



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