Saving the unborn by working to end abortion must be a priority for every Catholic. Why? Because every human life is precious. Every child is of infinite worth. Direct and intended abortion is murder. It’s an intrinsic evil. It’s not acceptable for any reason: not for rape or incest, for severe abnormalities in the fetus or even in cases where mothers think pregnancy has placed their life in danger.
by Barbara (Bobby) Case Speers
The “Roe VS. Wade” phrase is tossed around like a colorful frisbee. It is void of emotion, sorrow, repentance, realization that our country has lost its moral values,
nor does it mourn the utmost importance of that heretical ungodly decision made by our Supreme Court in 1973 granting the slaughtering of the unborn.
This law states that a pregnant woman is protected under the Constitution to choose to end a human life
It is her liberty to choose if she so desires, to end this precious God-given life without excessive interference from the government, if said child is inconveniencing her lifestyle or hinders professional success.
It is common knowledge that Nellie Gray, a Roman Catholic convert, put together the first March for Life on January 22, 1974.
Denise Grady, a reporter for the New York Times, gave this eye-opening perspective on August 15, 2012 while reflecting on the death of this prolific-pro-life icon, “’It was such a shock to think that anyone would kill an innocent human being,’ she told a television interviewer.
‘To allow abortion’, she said, was out of character for a nation that had recently passed civil rights laws and had helped at the Nuremberg trials to convict Nazis of crimes against humanity.
As a Catholic, Ms. Gray believed that life began at fertilization, and that abortion was murder and not acceptable for any reason: not for rape or incest, for severe abnormalities in the fetus or to save the woman’s life.’” Grady hit the nail on the head. We actively passed Civil Rights Laws (Dignity of the Human Person), convicted criminals in Nazi war crimes, (Dignity of the Human Person), yet when it comes to an innocent little baby, they have no rights.
Catholics are compelled to be advocates for the right to life!
Grady gave a short but powerful obituary of Gray’s life. This applaudable woman who stood with the minority also proclaimed,
“No exception! No compromise!” This was Nellie’s call to action. Nellie had conviction!
She stood up for the rudiments of her Catholic faith and what she believed/believes (she is at peace). This controversial doctrine was given to her by God. We are executing God’s children!
The Holy Spirit convicted Nellie giving her the fortitude and perseverance to say “no” to the majority.
From that notable day forward, January 22, 1974, the March For Life was Gray’s sole purpose for living. Holy Spirit conviction is a powerful tool. Grady heard it in her heart, the Spirit prepared her supernatural armor, and Nellie drew her spiritual sword ready to fight the principalities of this world.
This was Nellie Gray’s personification.
Ephesians 6: 10-17: Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all [the] flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
When was the last time we were this convicted/convinced to take action?
Whether it would be to participate in the annual March for Life, attend the October Life Chain, offer-up private prayers for the victims of abortion, offer-up private prayers for our men and women in political office that they would stop the evil we are doing, or offering monetary support to pregnancy care centers or other charities equipped to help these mothers who are faced with a lifechanging decision to kill or not to kill?
When was the last time we heard a homily honed in on the atrocity of taking the life of an unborn child and disposing it in a garbage bag?
Or, using this human life for research? I did a thesis back in 1982 and this was the common practice back then. Why aren’t Catholics quoting book, chapter, and verse teaching others why abortion is wrong in the eyes of God? The problem is, most Catholics do not know their faith – I was/am one of them.
Book, chapter, and verse – right from the beginning, God created man and woman in His image.
God did this in Genesis chapter one! James 3: 8-9: …but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings who are made in the likeness of God. James reinforces Genesis; we are made in God’s image.
While in college, I took a speech class.
We were to give a short lecture on a topic that meant something to us. At the time, I was not “overly religious” but I did believe abortion was wrong. To make a long story short, I gave my five-minute dialogue. My opening line was, a baby is like making a cake. Continuing, you put all the ingredients in a bowl. Mix it up. Pour it in a pan, and place it in the oven. Thirty minutes later, wham-o, out comes a cake! You can look in the oven and watch it bake but never once do we ever say, “Hmm, what will it be?” Bottom line, when the timer goes off, out comes a cake – not a puppy, not a flower, but a cake! Then I quoted some scripture to further prove my points.
Unfortunately, the female professor was prochoice.
She held me after class, and said the presentation was good but the topic was unsuitable. She ended her critique with the “whole premise was imbecilic”. I protested but ended up with a final grade of “B”, which brought down my GPA. It didn’t hurt too bad, because I was still in the Honor Society. My words were loud and clear; the professor got the message. Leaving the class, evidently, I stepped on other toes; a gal was pacing outside in the hallway. Thinking she was going to lambast me as did the uppity teacher, I was automatically programed for self-defense. Albeit, instead of negativity, she thanked me for using an analogy that made sense to her. The gal was once prochoice, and by simple words and biblical scriptures, she was now prolife! It was worth the drop in my GPA.
The March For Life might seem to be useless due to the demonic forces that are still at work appearing to be winning but this assembling of tens-of-thousands of peaceful marchers which is arrogantly ignored by all medias, is still planting seeds in the hearts of our youth who will carry this cross when we are no longer drawing breath. We will never know the fruit that comes from this holy endeavor. I do know, the March is making an impression on those who are watching!
THIS IS THE TIME for our 5 Cardinal Archbishops, 28 Archbishops, 156 Diocesan Bishops, 76 Auxiliary Bishops, 2 Diocesan Administrators, parish Priests, and any of the other Religious Orders to outwardly express their interior convictions by offering their support by attending this one-day event, marching alongside of their laity.
The USCCB needs to be an example for their flock! If you want to evangelize Catholics back into the pews – give them a reason why they should come back! Lead the flock – don’t impede the flock!
I mentioned that most Catholics, me included, cannot defend our faith when questioned by opponents or those who are curiously seeking answers to why we do the things we do. Studying this topic, I was able to supply biblical references as to why abortion is not the work of God, but of Satan. I have given scriptural references found in Genesis and James (there are more), but David’s Psalm says it all!
Our individual conceptions and death was/is determined by the will of God!
Psalm 139: 1-17: For the leader. A psalm of David. LORD, you have probed me, you know me: you know when I sit and stand; you understand my thoughts from afar. You sift through my travels and my rest; with all my ways you are familiar. Even before a word is on my tongue, LORD, you know it all. Behind and before you encircle me and rest your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, far too lofty for me to reach. Where can I go from your spirit? From your presence, where can I flee? If I ascend to the heavens, you are there; if I lie down in Sheol, there you are. If I take the wings of dawn and dwell beyond the sea, Even there your hand guides me, your right hand holds me fast. If I say, “Surely darkness shall hide me, and night shall be my light”. Darkness is not dark for you, and night shines as the day. Darkness and light are but one.
You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works! My very self you know. My bones are not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, fashioned in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw me unformed; in your book all are written down; my days were shaped, before one came to be. How precious to me are your designs, O God; how vast the sum of them!
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