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Broken? Stanza IX – Part II

June 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Becky Ward, Broken

Broken?

But peace cannot be found this way,
nor will lasting joy be had.
Only temporary pleasures,
self put first in a world gone mad.

pieta4A sad irony in the debate about abortion is the fact that women are asking, no,  demanding, to be abused. Abortion is abuse, plain and simple. It is a violation of the dignity of a woman’s body, which was created to participate in the mystery of creation. God made us His special helpers. He made us with the ability to nurture and bring forth new life. We have rejected this gift! We have undergone surgical procedures, taken chemicals or allowed foreign objects to be inserted into our wombs to prevent life from starting or growing, and when these methods fail (or we don’t even bother with them), we submit to invasive procedures in filthy establishments that are under little, if any, form of government regulation to resolve the ‘problem’. Veterinary clinics are regulated; abortion clinics are not. (“Lime 5- see below”) Baby puppies are protected; baby humans are not – unless, of course, their parents want them.

And that is the crux of the matter – not what a woman has a right to do with her own body – but whether or not she (or her partner) is willing to accept and deal with the consequences of their actions when sexual encounters result in unplanned pregnancies.

Proponents tell us that abortion is a medical procedure, yet a medical procedure is something done to aid the body in doing something it normally does on its own. In stark contrast to this, abortion stops the body from doing something that is perfectly natural.   When a pregnancy is interrupted by artificial means, there are consequences that you won’t hear about on the news at night.

One of the most well documented books I’ve ever read takes a close look at the abortion ‘industry’; and make no mistake, there is big money being made in the abortion business! The title of the book is “Lime 5” by Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics.com and I share this from the back cover:

This is a compelling 320-page expose' of the American abortion industry. A unique and uncensored look at our nation's most wrenching social issue.

It fully documents how women are being sexually assaulted, mutilated, and killed inside perfectly legal abortion clinics. It also shows how pro-choice groups have used raw political power to fight off regulation of the abortion clinic business and exposes a massive cover-up of abortion clinic disasters being carried out by an agency of the U.S. government.

Other subjects include: the medical evidence of a connection between abortion and breast cancer, the toll that working in this industry takes on abortionists and abortion clinic workers, and the barriers faced by women injured by abortion who seek compensation in the courts.

This was a difficult book to read, and I am still shaking my head in dismay wondering how things like this can actually be happening in a country that was founded upon the principles of Christianity. It is tempting to blame it all on the devil as there is no doubt that this is his handiwork. But another quote comes to mind here;

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to remain silent (do nothing)” Most often credited to Edmund Burke

This cuts right to the heart of the matter – Christians are not living in a manner that invites or compels others to imitate our ‘way’. We are not being the light that Jesus calls us to be. We are not the salt of the earth as Jesus admonished us to be, and therefore evil has gained a foothold. Yet there is still room for hope. My spiritual director told me once; “Just remember, the darker the night sky, the more brightly shine the stars.”

As I finish this post we are six days from Pentecost, still in the Easter season. As dark as things sometimes look when we are intently focused on, or submerged in, ugly matters, I cannot think of anything to rival the darkness of Good Friday, and look what came of that!

My heart aches thinking of the babies that die every day….many of them, like my own aborted daughter, were here and gone without anyone even knowing they existed! For thirty years she has been praying for me, and I firmly believe that millions upon millions of these pure, innocent children form a white army in heaven that will trounce the devil’s plan to destroy souls. Jesus offers forgiveness, hope, and healing to all who want it; but we are too often quiet and fail to speak out. We share the message, “Abortion Kills”, but hesitate to share the one that says, “Jesus forgives”, and “Jesus saves!”

We are taught to help those of our brothers and sisters who are the most vulnerable and in most need. I do not deny that this includes providing for the physical needs of the poor…food, clothing, shelter, etc. But it also means opening our eyes to the millions of souls, both women and men, who are dead inside because of the effects of abortion, pornography, fornication, etc. – the spiritually poor; those without hope. Those whom the devil accuses daily so as to convince them; “God won’t forgive you. Are you kidding? God is good and holy, why would he pay any attention to you?”

Real love means ‘to will the good of the other’. We would not hesitate to stop a baby from poking its finger into an electrical outlet, or yelling “Fire” to get people out of a burning building. So too must we learn to see the dangers to our salvation and be willing to act and speak out for the ‘good’ of our brothers and sisters who are in spiritual peril. We must be ready and willing to share Jesus’ message of love and mercy with all those we meet. This is where they will find lasting peace and joy!

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Love & Prayers,

Becky

This post is part of a series. The introduction and other articles from the series can be found here once they have been published.

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About Becky Ward

Becky is a wife, mother of four (One in heaven), grandmother of five, and a "re-formed Catholic" who, after receiving the gift of a deep conversion in 2006, and working through the Disciples of Jesus and Mary faith formation program, now considers herself to be "fully Catholic" What this means is that she now, at last, understands and appreciates the beauty of the Catholic faith in such a way that she wants to share it with everyone. "I've heard that the Blessed Mother told a visionary, 'If Catholics really lived their faith, the whole world would be Catholic.' I see the truth in this, and it is my deepest hope to be a living example that draws others to Jesus. Given the nickname Rebel-Becca by her mother, Becky strongly identifies with St. John the Baptist and his call to "make straight the path of the Lord", and with his role as "Friend of the Bridegroom". The poem, "Broken?" written through her hand, is a reflection of the journey of the soul, and Becky explains what the Holy Spirit is teaching her as she writes posts for each stanza.

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