CHOOSE LIFE THAT YOU MIGHT LIVE
Brothers and Sisters,
Forty-seven years ago, abortion became legal across the United States. I have no interest in being controversial, but I do see the need to communicate Church teaching.
The Church, of course, starts Her teaching from Sacred Scripture, so let’s start there:
- Genesis 1:27: God created mankind in His image; in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them
- Deuteronomy 30:19: I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live
- Job 31:15: did not He Who made me in the womb make them as well? Did not the same One form us both within our mothers?
- Psalms 139:13-16: You formed my inmost being, you knit me together within my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am wonderfully made, wonderful are Your works. You know my very self. My bones are not hidden from You, even when I was being made in secret and being fashioned in the depths of the Earth; Your eyes saw me though I was unformed; in Your book all are written down; my days were shaped before one came to be
- Isaiah 49:15: could a mother forget her infant or be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even is she would forget, I, the Lord, would not.
- Jeremiah 1:5: before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born, I dedicated you; a prophet to the nations, I appointed you
These are powerful quotes from the Bible. Importantly, when the Church morally settles an issue, the Church also insists that this teaching (and every teaching) is not to be used in an abrasive way. Persons who have consented to abortion (or abortifacients or other forms of birth control) are not to be treated rudely. Rather, the Church reaches out – not only to communicate this Truth, but also to help begin healing. Program such as Project Rachel are available for people who regret abortion.
From a personal standpoint: one of my godsons is an adopted child. A friend of mine and his wife became aware of a friend-of-a-friend who was in an unplanned and unwanted pregnancy. They reached out to the woman and offered to help her; touched by their generosity, she asked them if they would be willing to take her baby after birth. There is some level of heroism here. The Church would, of course, teach that babies should only be conceived within the bond of marriage. However, given the situation, the Church applauds their later actions. Recognizing that a young woman was in trouble, my friends reached out to see if they could help. Rather than ending the life of one yet to be born, the mother offered her unborn child to them – recognizing that her child would have a home with them that would provide love and stability for in-which the child could thrive. Maybe one day I can introduce this godson to all of you.
God be near,