"First of all, pray, unceasingly and continuously, for the conversion of those who do not accept the sacredness of human life and especially for those Catholics who dissent from the teachings of the Church and let this dissent echo into their professional and political lives. I think it is important to proclaim what the Church teaches unequivocally and clearly, but also with the greatest amount of sensitivity, so that we generate in our arguments with others, not just heat, but light as well."
The Clarion Ledger of Jackson, Mississippi writes about an ongoing court case involving Operation Save America and their annual summer pro-life events, the last one being held in Jackson.
Several members of Operation Save America were arrested during last summer's events while protesting the lone, remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi, The National Women's Health Organization, and were in Jackson for pre-trial hearings.
In reading through this drama, one line caught my attention at the bottom of the article:
"Local abortion-rights activists stayed away from the clinic during the demonstration so as not to draw more attention."
That's an interesting line considering one of the more common statements coming from the mouths of pro-abortionists is that we live in a pro-choice America and that more people are pro-choice than they are pro-life. If that is the case, then why would they want to stay away when the only clinic in the state is being protested? Would this not be a great opportunity to let everyone know that there is only one clinic left in the state and that this is a threat to "women's rights" due to a lack of access to abortions?
But maybe not. Maybe those who are pro-abortion realize that any attention drawn to their clinic is negative and that people don't want to know about abortion clinics and what they do.
Whatever the reason, it sure is a good sign when abortion activists are afraid of the very thing they are trying to promote.
Here's also to the reporter for not questioning what surely was a sorry excuse for the absence of those who support abortion.
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"Life is a gift which is not completely at the disposal of the subject."
- Pope Benedict XVI, World Day of Peace 2007 Message
Amen to that! I wonder how long it will take for people to realize that the life they have was given to them to fully and without reserve give themselves away!
This gift of our own lives demands a contrary gift; ourselves back to the One who created us. Doing anything else actually demeans the gift given to us, an act that purposely undermines the reason for our existence and sets in motion that idea that our status as human beings depends on how much good we can or cannot do for the rest of society.
This, ultimately, is why the Holy Father tells us that the priority of respecting the right to life is the indispensible condition for peace in the world. Hold the bar high, he is saying. Without this respect for all human life, we cannot fully ensure that all human life will be protected. Some life will inevitably fall into the category of "worthless" or "unproductive" and people will start looking for ways to marginalize or even to eliminate that life.
This is a "principle of decisive importance" that must be lived to the full.
It's simple, really. If unmarried women and men were to practice chastity in their lives and faithfully follow out the teachings of the Catholic Church, two-thirds of all abortions would be eliminated. That's a number we can live with.
© 2007 Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas. All rights reserved.