Catholic Activity: Welcoming a New Baby in Italy
The Italians are aware of any births in their community and make sure the mother and family is provided for, welcoming the baby with a truly generous and pro-life spirit.
A baby's birth in the neighborhood used to bring generous baskets of provisions to the new mother from all her neighbors as well as help with the chores. This is a religious practice of real love of neighbor and charity which should be revived and made more forceful in the face of today's threat of family limitation.
Activity Source: Your Home, A Church in Miniature by Compiled by The Family Life Bureau in the early 1950s, The Neumann Press, Long Prairie, Minnesota, 1994