My dear friends in Christ,
I just wrote this article for my Catholic high school newspaper. If you wouldn’t mind reading it (it is slightly long), it would mean a lot to me! Any feedback is greatly, greatly appreciated.
As always, may God bless you and keep you forever!
Choose Life: It’s Good for You!
The pro-life movement is something very dear to me and, of course, my fellow Catholics throughout the world. In it, we fight against the evils of abortion, contraception, murder, and a general immorality supported by what Pope Saint John Paul II described as the “culture of death.”
To hear this phrase, a “culture of death,” doesn’t it just scare you? It sure scares me! I would never want to be involved with death, fear, immorality, or any of the other evils present in modern society. Instead, I desire the everlasting life that flows forth from the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I want to be incorporated into the Mystical Body of Christ now and always and to merit His Heavenly Kingdom at the end of my earthly days.
Thus, you can see that my love and worship of God through the Catholic Church is above all things and certainly the most important thing in my life. That is why I find it so hard to believe that, today alone, according to numbers provided by the Guttmacher Institute, an estimated 1,776 babies were aborted in the United States by only 2:16 in the afternoon. I don’t know how this number doesn’t shock people or make them want to step back and say, “My goodness, what have we done?” And, if that’s not good enough for you, here’s another number: the Guttmacher Institute also reported that almost 50 million babies were aborted between 1973 and 2008 in the United States alone.
Such numbers show that complete disregard that many Americans have for God’s gift of creation and their attempt to take the matters of life and death into their own foolish hands. Over the past forty years, however, the Catholic Church has worked to end the evils of abortion and to move us away from the “culture of death.”
Therefore, we, the young generation, must be active in the pro-life movement, showing our Catholic faith by our works and striving towards a culture of life in the United States. To inspire you, consider this situation:
-Anne and her boyfriend Mark decided to have sex one evening. Soon after, Anne realizes that she is pregnant, but wouldn’t dare tell her parents of her encounter with Mark. Plus, she couldn’t bear to let on to her friends in college of her situation. As a result, she drives over to the local abortion clinic, does everything they ask, and boom, her baby is gone. No one has to know anything ever happened. Life can go back to normal.-
To an outside, modernist individual, this story, stripped bare of emotion and based in the “culture of death,” sounds normal. But, NEWSFLASH, it’s absolutely not. It is an intrinsically disgusting and evil action known as murder. To prove this, let’s consider the following Bible passages, the true Word of God:
• (God speaking to Jeremiah) “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you” (Jer 1:5).
• (Job speaking to God) “Your hands have formed me and fashioned me” (Jb 10:8).
• (The psalmist speaking to God) “You formed my inmost being; / you knit me in my mother’s womb. / I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; / wonderful are your works! My very self you knew; / my bones were not hidden from you, / When I was being made in secret, / fashioned as in the depths of the earth. / Your eyes foresaw my actions; / in your book all are written down; / my days were shaped, before one came to / be” (Ps 139:13-16).
These clearly show that God, our one and only Creator, has formed us specifically in our mother’s womb. He knows us before we are even born and has a Divine Will for each and every one of us. Thus, human life does indeed begin at the moment of conception and has undeniable dignity, value, and sanctity. For this reason, abortion is not just the “termination of a pregnancy” as modern society likes to call it. Instead, it is clearly the murder of an innocent human being: a child who has been uniquely created by God.
So, with this in mind, let’s revisit Anne. She succumbed to a temptation of the flesh: she fornicated with her boyfriend and got pregnant. She finds out and knows that her mistake could ruin her life, not in the sense that a baby is bad (obviously NOT), but in the sense that she will have to stop school and will most definitely anger her parents. However, instead of living up to her mistake and preserving the beautiful life inside her, she chooses to destroy it.
Think about that for a moment: Heaven has rejoiced in God’s creation of a new life in the womb of one of his daughters and now it has been destroyed. Modern society tries to deny this: “Oh, it wasn’t really a life, it wasn’t even born” or “She has the right to choose.” We all know that this is false. After examining Sacred Scripture, we see the sanctity of life at all stages and the truth of life beginning at the moment of conception. We see that God has distinctly created a new life in the woman’s womb. Therefore, no one, I repeat, no one has the right to choose who lives and who dies, when a child will be born and when he or she will not. God alone is the Master of all, of life, of death. Therefore, if God blesses you with a child, then it MUST live.