Monday, January 23, 2017

Abortion: A Struggle Against the Powers of Darkness

Today is the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. Forty-four years ago, the Supreme Court's ruling on Roe v. Wade led to the legalization of abortion in the United States.

Forty-four years, and counting. 59,742,440 babies, and counting.

Take a look at this abortion clock that tracks the number of unborn children being slaughtered each day. It's sickening. Truly and utterly sickening.

How can we have let this go on for so long? How can we let it go on for another minute?

Please don't end your baby's life,that is the truth.:
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This morning, my family and I attended daily Mass. As I thought and prayed and listened to the readings and homily, it became increasingly clear to me that this is a spiritual battle.

It isn't just a political issue.

It isn't just a civil rights movement.

It isn't just the crusade of a select group of religious fanatics.

It is a struggle between good and evil. It is a war threatening all things good and innocent and beautiful. It is a battle more epic than anything in the Iliad or The Lord of the Rings

They are killing our children! They are tearing the hearts of our young women! They are hacking apart our families! They are draining the life from our country!

Let me ask you a question. Who are "they"?

They aren't just the abortionists, or the pro-choice politicians, or the liberal-minded masses. No, abortionists and politicians and your average liberal Joe is just as much a victim in this as anyone else...more a victim, from a spiritual standpoint.

The "they" in question are the powers of darkness.


"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against the directors of this world of darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in high places." -- Ephesians 6:12

Is there anything more evil than the slaughter of innocent children?

G. K. Chesterton doesn't think so. In his book The Everlasting Man, he envisions the enmity between Rome and Carthage as springing from an incompatible difference in worldviews. Rome represented honor and heroism and truth; out of all the ancient pagan civilizations of the world, Chesterton says, it was the only one that approached something like chivalry. Carthage, on the other hand, was based on something dark and sordid; it was a nation that had never quite let go of the old demon-worship that plagued the dawn of recorded history. It was this difference, this fundamental difference, that made Rome hate Carthage with an undying hatred.

And how did Carthage most clearly manifest this difference in worldview?

With the same heinous practice that made the false god Moloch so utterly hideous to God's people, with the same atrocity that an insecure Pharaoh unleashed on the Hebrews, with the same crime that plunged Herod into eternal disgrace in the eyes of the world.

Child-slaughter.

To a modern American reader, Chesterton's treatment of this issue is chilling. Had he been a pro-life activist, that chapter of The Everlasting Man could not be more eloquent a testament to the horrors of child sacrifice. Yet Chesterton wrote in the early twentieth century, long before abortion reared its ugly head as a formidable dragon in England.

What would Chesterton say if he could see the situation today?

In the several hours since I first sat down to write this post, 241 American babies have lost their lives to abortion.

Worldwide today, 79,989 babies have been lost--and the number rises every second.

What have we done?

What have we done?

Prayers, Quips ane Quotes:  The Holy Innocents, Feast Day December 28:
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After we have asked this question, there is only one question left to ask.

What are we going to do about it?

A spiritual problem requires a spiritual remedy. Jesus said of certain demons, "This kind is not cast out except through prayer and fasting."

If we really care about these unborn children who are being killed, we will exhaust every effort to save them.

And we have not exhausted every effort to save them until we have actually made a concerted effort to pray and fast.

Maybe it doesn't feel like much when we're doing it. Maybe we feel that we can't be making a difference by picketing abortion mills or volunteering at crisis pregnancy centers or exposing the horrors of Planned Parenthood to the world.

But do you think that because a good action isn't visible, it doesn't have great merit? Do you think a deed of heroism is any less valuable because it is unseen?

Quite the opposite.

“A time may come soon," said he, "when none will return. Then there will be need…:

Imagine for one moment the thousands and thousands of contemplative religious in the world. Think of the silent nuns in black or brown or white habits who spend their days kneeling before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar, pouring out their hearts in love of Him. Think of the ascetics in the desert, dead to the world but alive in Christ. Think of a hermit on a mountaintop, spending his life in prayer and sacrifice.

Do you think these sacrifices go unnoticed? Do you think these prayers go unanswered? Do you think these praying people aren't making a difference?

Such a great read for parents and teachers! Read this if you need a reminder that your story matters. "Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.":

Maybe we can't give our entire lives to constant prayer and extreme sacrifice any more than we can be generals in the front lines of this war against evil.

And yet...yet... We mustn't think our sacrifices and prayers are in vain. We must first realize they have merit, and then dedicate ourselves to them with renewed vigor.

The endangered Innocents of this age are counting on us. 

7 comments:

  1. So true! I only wish more people knew and recognized this fact... :(

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    1. As I read this post, I was listening to a song, and realized even more how important it is to support the pro-life cause in every single thing we do. The lyrics to the song were these:
      "A ray of hope - flickers in the sky - a tiny star - lights up way up high - all across the land dawns a brand new morn - this comes to pass - when a child is born. A silent wish sails the seven seas - a wind of change whispers in the breeze - and the walls of doubt crumble, tossed and torn - this comes to pass - when a child is born."
      Listening to it and reading the post made me re-realize this very strongly. The words of both touched me like never before. We truly need to make those walls of doubt crumble, toss, and tear before the tiny ray of hope, tear before the small light that we allow when we save even a single life. We need help to support that silent wish, that whisper of change that goes over the whole world. Let it no longer be silent. Let it no longer be a whisper. Let it become a battle-cry, louder than any other ever heard on the earth, to save the most innocent creatures that can exist in this world. Let a child be born.

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    2. Wow, Belle, what beautiful words! That song you mention....I wonder if it could be the same song I heard for the first time this past Christmas. What's the name of it?

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    3. Thank you! :) It's called "When A Child Is Born", and it is mostly taken as a Christmas song, I believe, of Christ's birth, but there is no specific mention of what child is born, so I have always counted it as a very pro-life song. Il Divo has the best version. Which is the one I was listening to, of course. :P ;)

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    4. Ah, I'll have to look it up, then. :)

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  2. Thanks for posting. These are things we all need to keep in mind. I especially appreciate how you point out that the fight isn't against other people. Acting that way will only make more struggle. Your'e also right to point out the importance of prayer. I strongly suspect that the best way to see changed minds is to see changed hearts.

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    1. One of the speakers at the recent March for Life in Washington said something along the lines of, "Let this movement be known for its compassion, not its anger." I thought that was a good point. We do have something to be justly angry about, but anger isn't going to win as many people over as love. "The best way to see changed minds is to see changed hearts"--I love that! Excellent way of putting it. :)

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