We are halfway there! congratulations on all your hard work, you’ve been doing so well. Keep it up! This week we are going to see something pretty interesting, at least I thought it was. We will see God’s direction to the people not to sacrifice their children to a god named Molech. On the one hand this does’ make sense in our modern world, how many people engage in human sacrifice in 2018? However, I challenge you to consider our country’s laws on abortion. Below is my APPLY for the week, and that’s the perspective I take.
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So today we are talking about a pretty tough topic, abortion. This is one of the most controversial topics in the Church today. It is an issue I have evolved on since joining the Church. I think it is important for us to always be evolving on a variety of topics, it comes from asking questions, reading opinions and medical advice, and speaking with people with different views. It does not serve the continuing success of our population to have uneducated or stagnant ideas on issues that are in a perpetual state of flux. So let’s have this difficult conversation.
Like many millennials, I had the opinion of my body, my choice; your body, your choice. I don’t think it is anyone else’s place to tell you how to live your life: government, church, or corporation. If someone get’s pregnant and the child would have a terrible life or the mother couldn’t be responsible enough to take care of the child, then she should abort it. Note the it, not him or her.
After leaving the RCIA session where we talked about sexual morality, I had a lot of questions. I took to scripture, the catechism, and to prayer. But also, as a product of my generation, I took to Google. The Church has four main points that must all be present in a sexual relationship. These four points answer pretty much all of the sexual morality questions, including Church’s stance on abortion. They are:
- Free: Meaning there can be no coercion or manipulation. This also means no rape, shotgun weddings, or drunkin’ wrestling.
- Full: Meaning both people must be completely honest and transparent with one another. To commit yourself in the sexual embrace means you aren’t holding anything back from the person, your heart, your mind, and your body.
- Faithful: Meaning the two must be committed to one another in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, recognizing that sexualtiy is a gift given by God for the purpose of his glory. Yea, we glorify God through our sexuality.
- Fruitful: Here’s the big one, this means the couple recognizes, understands, and accepts the co-creative nature of sexuality. They aren’t seeking sexual pleasure for sexual pleasure’s sake, but for God’s sake and are therefore open to the gift of life he may offer.
So why does the Church teach what it does about abortion, pornography, premarital sex, homosexuality, and the list can go on? Because of those four things! After reading through them, praying on them, spending some time in my catechism, my bible, and google, I came accept (fairly quickly) the teachings of the Church regarding all aspects of human sexuality. It didn’t hurt that research into these topics would challenge one’s ideas that things like abortion are actually good to society. Women who have them can suffer from symptoms of PTSD and may have difficulty getting or stay pregnant in the future. Not to mention the cost on our society, imagine 60 million-ish more people paying taxes toward our trillions of dollars in debt.
I think the greatest problem when it comes to the topic of abortion is that young women may not feel like they truly have a choice. Imagine finding yourself in a crisis pregnancy. Your boyfriend could leave you, your parents could be unsupportive, you have to finish school, and find a good job. You can’t afford a kid. This is where the faithful have a responsibility to step up and let these mothers know they have support. One’s life doesn’t have to be over because they are having a baby, it’s just a new chapter in life. And they don’t have to go through that chapter alone. We can’t judge our sisters (or our brothers who are apart of this also), instead we have to carry them to the cross, where they can encounter the saving mercy of Christ, and receive all the financial and divine assistance they need to become the women (and men) God has called them to be. It my true belief that women don’t know the resources they have at their disposal, this is what pro-life ministries need to be focused on, not just standing outside of Planned Parenthoods with signs of our dead brothers and sisters. I think we need a perspective shift from being anti-abortion to being pro-life. Celebrate life, celebrate parenthood, and support motherhood.
Before I finish this post I have to share a short story. I live near a Planned Parenthood and we often see the signs, the crosses, and the church ladies with their Rosaries. But the most powerful thing I ever saw was one young man, bent on one knee, praying for the women who face a seemingly insurmountable decision. It was a little chilly that day, and a bit rainy. But he knelt motionless in prayer. That was more powerful than all the bloody signs I’ve seen outside that Planned Parenthood. One guy, in the cold and the rain, being pro-life, not anti-abortion. Our sisters need our support, not our harassment; they need knowledge, not judgement.
If you or someone you know is in a crisis pregnancy, feel free to contact me. I’m here to support you on your journey.
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