Today I have an oh-so-rare day all alone at home. Of course, I don't mind when everyone is home, but being here alone occasionally gives me a little breathing room to think, (and usually, clean), uninterrupted. This morning, I also went to mass. The Church made it a special day--
It doesn't look like I will be able to attend the March for Life this year, sadly. But I hope to pray and do some small sacrifice.
I am all out of words about abortion right now, so I am going to borrow some.
Father Kelly gave a wonderful homily today, and since the 1st and 2nd graders were in attendance (and preciously did the readings--oh my goodness, so. cute), he tailored his explanation of the sanctity of life to be appropriate for their ears and understanding. It was in some ways, better to hear it framed this way than some of the very graphic and violent descriptions one can sometimes hear. Though necessary at times as well.
Here are a few of his points.
1. When you see a pregnant woman, boys and girls, what is she going to have? A zebra? An elephant?
2. Who here started out as a baby? That's right, everybody. When my mother was pregnant with me, what were the two possibilities? Yes, there are only two. Right, a boy or a girl! Never a parakeet, or a lump. Well, I was a lump for a short time as a teenager...
3. Have you ever heard the story, The Emporer's New Clothes? No? Oh, you should get the book and read it. -- (here he tells the story) --so, boys and girls, don't ever do what you know in your heart is wrong, no matter what crazy stuff you may see or hear. You have been taught what the Church, the Bible and the Catechism say, by our great teachers here at St. Monica's. You are not "dumb" if you go against what everybody else is doing because you know right from wrong.*
*Fr. Kelley's words are paraphrased.
How simple, profound, and how full of truth. I have been saying Number One for years, only I like to go further, and say dumptruck.
The Gospel this morning was about having to receive Jesus' teachings like a child. When something is clear and simple, such as a woman bearing a human life, there are those that would like to try to make it into a complicated thing.
Boys and girls, don't let the world get into your head and remove your common sense, and call it "thinking for yourself, " or, the ubiquitous, "choice."
Here are a few favorite reasons I am prolife. You know a lot of these, too. They are called people.