This week, a few of us interns visited Washington DC. After Mass on Sunday, we decided to visit some of the sites including the Washington Monument, the WW2 and Vietnam memorial, the White House and the Lincoln Memorial. In the Lincoln Memorial, two of his speeches are inscribed on the walls; The Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address. In one, while talking about slavery, he said:
"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds."
It can be hard sometimes, as prolifers, to act compassionately towards those performing abortions, or towards those who are encouraging women to get abortions, but let's face it, we have all been misled, we have all sinned, and we have certainly all fallen short at one time or another - Let's pray today that we may show compassion and kindness, so that we might 'love them onto the other side'f, without judging. Abby Johnson, former PP director and current prolife activist was encouraged to hear the truth by the prayerful and peaceful vigil kept outside her clinic for years on end. Such a great example of how we should behave outside abortion clinics or when speaking with clients.
We also visited the beautifully sombre Pentagon Memorial where the lives of 184 people are remembered. The memorial has obviously had a lot of thought put into it, and every detail has been considered and perfected. Such time and effort is understandable ... These innocent lives were taken unjustly, inhumanely and wrongly. However, I can't help but wonder what a memorial for the unborn would look like - a memorial of all those innocent lives lost at the hands of professionals. The lives taken at the request of their only hope of protection; their mother. The United States Declaration of Independence declared that 'all men are endowed with certain inalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.' Which of these is more important? Surely the right to life trumps all other rights? Apparently not.
Where do our leaders stand on the issue of abortion? All over the world, politicians and policy makers side with 'choice', possibly in an attempt to keep the votes of the prochoice population. (Deuteronomy 27:25) Regardless of their reasoning, the fact is that issues such as abortion are all too easily normalised within society. Obama has been quoted saying that 'Abortions should be legally available in accordance with Roe v. Wade.'. For those who don't know, Roe v. Wade was the legal battle that resulted in the abortion law being passed in America in 1970. Norma McCorvery, the woman who the case is based on, has since been quoted saying that she will spend the rest of her life undoing the law that bears her name. (For more information: http://www.lifenews.com/2013/01/22/woman-behind-roe-v-wade-im-dedicating-my-life-to-overturning-it/) Right now, it is estimated that since Roe v Wade, 57,019,492.9 abortions have taken place...
Let us pray for all those lives lost, and for those who have been misled. For Obama, for the policy makers.
And for ourselves - for patience, charity and peace.
God bless, Vx.
Our Lady of Gaudalupe, pray for us.
St Michael the Archangel, pray for us.