“What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient?” (Job 6:11)
Reflection: Studies have shown that those who aborted their first pregnancy were four times more likely to engage in subsequent drug or alcohol abuse than those who never had an abortion. Sometimes this behavior is aimed at dulling the pain abortion brings, or it is done because the mother feels unworthy of living any more, unworthy of being protected, safe, and healthy.
Prayer: Lord, I pray today for those who are in pain and who feel unworthy of life. Reach down from heaven, heal their spirits, and give them new hope. Amen.
The service that the Church carries out to humanity embraces life at every stage and in every circumstance. Our “ethic of life” is indeed consistent, because love is indivisible. To fail to respect a human life at any stage of its development is to break the principle that holds it sacred at every stage of its development.
That is why one may never use our duty to life at one stage as a justification for destroying it at another. Some have tried to do this in the health care debate, by their willingness to expand child killing in the process of helping adults get medical treatment. This approach is self defeating, because as soon as we tolerate the killing of children, we undercut every rationale to provide health care to both children and adults.
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St. Paul tells us that we must not conform ourselves to this age, but be transformed by the renewal of our minds, so that we may discern “what is good, pleasing, and perfect.” This means that in the midst of the Culture of Death, we learn, as John Paul II wrote in The Gospel of Life, that “life is always a good,” even when it is beset by weakness and suffering. We do not conform ourselves to the “pro-choice” way of thinking, that would sacrifice the life of a baby in order to escape suffering. When Peter objected to the idea that Jesus should go to the Cross, the Lord told Peter that this was not the right way to think. Let us embrace life, even at the price of the Cross.