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And Now . . . Here We Are

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“Give us the grace, when the sacredness of life before birth is attacked, to stand up and proclaim that no one ever has the authority to destroy life.” ~ Saint John Paul II

On this the day that the Catholic Church pauses to offer up prayers and almsgiving for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, I can’t help but hearken back to the words of the man whose quote kicks off today’s reflection. Then a Pope, now a Saint, John Paul the Great, an appropriate moniker if ever there was one for this legendary man of God, warned the world in earnest of what he called the “culture of death” that began to slowly permeate our Society during the latter stages of his Papacy.

In a 188 page Encyclical written in March of 1995 entitled "Evangelium Vitae," translated as "The Gospel of Life," the Pope observed that "choices once unanimously considered criminal and rejected by the common moral sense are gradually becoming socially acceptable," going on to condemn abortion, euthanasia and the death penalty, stating with regard to the latter that it was acceptable “only in cases of absolute necessity," which he said were "very rare, if not practically nonexistent."

His warnings went largely ignored.

Instead, photos bearing his likeness were torn up in mock effigy on Late Night Television Shows by the “celebrities” of the times, those whose fame came and went swifter then a Boca Raton sun shower in late July. John Paul the Great was tarred and feathered with the false accusation of being “anti-woman.”

As if abortion is in any way, shape or form pro-woman.

Even from his lofty perch in the Heavenly Kingdom where he now resides for all of eternity with the Communion of Saints as a member of the Celestial Court, I can’t help but envision Saint John Paul II in tears, as he often was, looking down upon the smashed landscape of a wayward world which no longer understands or values that which is God’s greatest gift, the gift of life.

And now...here we are.

Here we are, forced to sift through the wreckage of the monstrosity of death brought on by the Rowe vs Wade decision in 1973. The gavel came down on this case exactly 47 years ago today.

47 years.

61 million abortions.

One of the candidates running for president in November made the following statement with regard to what he likes to call “reproductive healthcare.” He said “As your president, I will see to it that no court will take that right away from you, the freedom to choose what is best for you as it relates to your reproductive healthcare,” seemingly forgetful or oblivious to the fact that it was indeed a court who granted women this “freedom” to begin with.

And now...here we are.

Standing in slack-jawed amazement at the alarming suicide rates or the sickening frequency with which schools are shot up, when in reality it would in fact be surprising if this wasn’t the natural and inevitable outcome.

”We must not be surprised when we hear of murders, killings, of wars, or of hatred…If a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for us to kill each other?” These were the words of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, another modern day Saint who spoke out against the culture of death. ”I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion,” she once said, “because it is a war against the child…A direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself… And if we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love… And we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts…”

Saint Teresa of Calcutta knew that anything that destroys God’s gift of motherhood destroys His most precious gift to women; the ability to love as a woman. It was the devil, she once said, who tricks the pregnant mother into thinking that there is something more important, more beautiful, than the child within her. He manages to steal the natural love that God sews into the fabric of the heart of a woman for her unborn child.

Nowhere was this more evident than at a recent TV Awards program wherein an actress, upon winning a Golden Globe Award, credited her right to choose for her ability to secure the part that presumably won her the gilded trinket which she placed in higher esteem than the living, breathing baby within her. The audience in attendance breathlessly applauded. The approval of her equally shallow and misguided peers was her prize, along with an ostentatious trophy, one so insignificant that they will award it to someone else again next year. And the year after that. And the year after that. And the year after that. And the year after that. Will anyone even remember this actresses’ name 30 years from now?

Quick, tell me who won Super Bowl XXIV.

And now...here we are.

Millions of women who have been forced to live with the anguish and regret of having aborted her child. Pressured by their parents, their boyfriends, their husbands even, these women never wanted to have an abortion to begin with.

So much for choice.

These women have no voice of course. The media does not speak of them. But they exist in large numbers. Many suffer in silence. I know more then a few of them. Why is it that Planned Parenthood does not provide diapers, formula, cribs, rent assistance, food, bill assistance, assistance with education or health care for the children of at-risk pregnant mothers? Why does this organization even have the word “Parenthood” in its name when they discourage the very act of parenthood by virtue of the “choices” they provide, those choices being abortion or abortion?

And now...here we are.

Which side will you choose?

Abortion is not the only option. I was reminded of that this morning when I received a phone call from my 11 year old niece while on my way to church. Adopted at birth, she is a straight A student and an award winning artist who has her young and ambitious eyes fixed on Medical School.

Who’s to say that she will not go on to develop the cure for cancer? Who’s to say that the person previously destined to go on to develop the cure cancer wasn’t merely one of the 61 million voiceless and defenseless victims of “reproductive healthcare?”

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.” ~ Jeremiah 1:5

Comments

manatita44 from london on January 23, 2020:

A strong argument. A difficult case in current society. keep writing, Bro.

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