Sunday, January 29, 2017

More #ProLife Than You

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Let me save people some time. If, despite all of the facts, you still believe that before birth a fetus is just a clump of cells that are part of the mother's body with which she can do whatever she likes, you can stop reading because nothing I say after this is relevant to you. You must a) be ignorant of scientific facts or b) willfully adhere to a political persuasion that is impervious to reason. I wish you well and I hope you have a change of heart in the future.

This blog is for people who understand in a perfect world there would be no abortions because you know that a human life is being killed. The only thing is we do not live in perfect world and there are different opinions on how life should be protected.

With the Women's March closely followed by the March for Life, social media is aflame with nonstop discussions on the concept of being #ProLife. Here are two memes that have many similar replicates in cyber space that I have seen making the rounds.

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The first meme would be the calling card for those who feel that people who are "obsessed" with ending abortion should care more about children who have already been born. They would also include helping poor mothers with children, family leave laws, refugee help, etc. The basic gripe being that the Republican party has a pro-life stance in its platform but also historically does not directly address the life issues mentioned above. All points merit attention.

The second meme would be the philosophical position of people who understand abortion as a marginalization of human life, even if not seen. The failure of a society to recognize the injustice of killing innocent life is front and foremost in the minds of those who would circulate these meme. The connections are haunting and relevant.

It has been very disheartening reading the vitriolic interplay between people who may likely be allies against the Enemy if we only put aside our petty differences and stopped yelling past each other.

Both sides are calling each other out for not being Pro-Life enough. So I decided to blow the argument apart and refer to an individual that was MORE Pro-Life than you, or me. Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Except for secular humanist lunatics like Christopher Hitchens, who infamously referred to Mother as "a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud," she is almost universally regarded as a person who encompassed both parts of the Pro-Life cause. She clearly lived her life in service to the poor, often women and children, inspiring millions with her missionary work. She extolled the importance of loving the poor as if Jesus was the one receiving your love. She picked up the dying from filthy streets to give them the dignity they deserved as human beings before they breathed their last.

She also understood the threat that abortion was to society. She eloquently explained that any country that believes that a mother should have the right to kill her child exists in abject moral poverty that will lead to all other social disasters that result from that ill. The question "And if we can accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?" There is no response to this. Abortion is like cancer. It is an unseen killer. You do not see its effects until the sickness spreads into other parts of the body and wreaks untold havoc on the whole person.

Mother Teresa was completely Pro-life. She sacrificed her life for the poor. She proclaimed justice for the unborn. There are not two Pro-Lifes. There is only one. We cannot all live Mother Teresa's life but we are called to try. The Saints inspire us and need to follow. I will leave you with the ending of Saint Teresa's Nobel Speech. I can't do the subject any better justice.

"One evening a gentleman came to our house and said, there is a Hindu family and the eight children have not eaten for a long time. Do something for them. And I took rice and I went immediately, and there was this mother, those little one's faces, shining eyes from shear hunger. She took the rice from my hand, she divided into two and she went out. When she came back, I asked her, where did you go? What did you do? And one answer she gave me: They are hungry also. She knew that the next door neighbor, a Muslim family, was hungry.
What surprised me most, not that she gave the rice, but what surprised me most, that in her suffering, in her hunger, she knew that somebody else was hungry, and she had the courage to share, share the love. And this is what I mean, I want you to love the poor, and never turn your back to the poor, for in turning your back to the poor, you are turning it to Christ. For he had made himself the hungry one, the naked one, the homeless one, so that you and I have an opportunity to love him, because where is God? How can we love God? It is not enough to say to my God I love you, but my God, I love you here. I can enjoy this, but I give up. I could eat that sugar, but I give that sugar. If I stay here the whole day and the whole night, you would be surprised of the beautiful things that people do, to share the joy of giving. And so, my prayer for you is that truth will bring prayer in our homes, and from the foot of prayer will be that we believe that in the poor it is Christ. And we will really believe, we will begin to love. And we will love naturally, we will try to do something. First in our own home, next door neighbor in the country we live, in the whole world. And let us all join in that one prayer, God give us courage to protect the unborn child, for the child is the greatest gift of God to a family, to a nation and to the whole world. God bless you!"

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