These women are steeped in a worldview in which sexhas no inherent connection to the creation of life. They are part of a horrific society-wide experiment in which, for the first time in human history, women are given two entirely different lists of conditions for when it’s acceptable to have sex and conditions for when it’s acceptable to have a baby. They are told that it’s just fine to go ahead and engage in the act that creates babies, even if they’re in absolutely no position to have a baby. Under these circumstances, normal, morally upright women who seek to do the right thing and live responsible lives end up engaging in sex under a variety of conditions in which being pregnant, giving birth, and raising a child would be a crisis. And when those two lines pop up on the pregnancy test despite their best efforts to be “safe,” as happens more frequently than anyone wants to admit, they feel trapped. They’re terrified and often alone, facing consequences that they had never prepared for, because they live in a society whose most sacred ideals rest on pretending that these consequences don’t exist.
Under these conditions, babies become the enemy. And there are two ways to justify killing an enemy: To dehumanize him, or to plead self-defense. For decades, the pro-choice movement has gone with the former option; now that modern technology has made that intellectually impossible, they’re switching to the latter.
Mind-numbly bad tumblr arguments aside, this is accurate. I’ve seen this more times in non-internet conversations recently than I care to count. The basic premise is that premeditated murder is acceptable as self-defense.
This is a drastic departure from the basis of the majority of self-defense philosophy and law, but the new pro-abortion intellectual honesty is, as usual, only partial, and refuses to acknowledge the difference.
That’s why Jennifer’s war analogy (see the full article for details) is so accurate. The circumstances and justifications of taking human life in war time are drastically different from any other - and those are the terms that abortionists have adopted. They’ve turned pregnancy into a war against children and motherhood.
I used to breeze by the cliche-sounding assertion that Christ’s call to serving others is “radical” compared to contemporary culture, but that apparent cliche should bring us up short. That’s exactly what this is about. The disappearance of the “safe, legal, and rare” sham should tell us that much. The demand is for elective abortion on demand, without question or check. Because the culture of death is radically self-serving: anything that threatens the solitary autonomy of the “I” is the enemy. And there’s nothing that requires serving others more than parenting.
Abortionists frequently tell pro-lifers to “leave religion out of it,” but this has always been a battle between two mutually exclusive claims to truth, to which all the science is just supporting footnotes: either you believe that you have the right to subordinate the lives and wills of other human beings to your own selfish agenda—or you believe in the equal dignity of all human beings and in pursuing whatever it takes to help and honor them all equally.
If you really want to help desperate women in crisis situations, don’t tell them to kill their children. Help them and their children to a better life.
Collect: O God, whom the Holy Innocents confessed and proclaimed on this day, not by speaking but by dying, grant, we pray, that the faith in your which we confess with our lips may also speak through our manner of life. Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Let us remember too, all the innocent children killed by the act of abortion. Lord have mercy on us and on the whole world!
Married on a Crucifix
Fr Michael Mullan, LC
Imagine a world without divorce. Imagine families without separation. Imagine no children or hearts torn apart.
People of one place in this world do not have to imagine.
In the town of Siroki-Brijeg in Herzegovina not one of the 13,000 inhabitants can recall a single divorce or broken family.
What is their secret? One look at their marriage rite says it all.
When the bride and bridegroom go to the church to be married they carry a crucifix with them. The priest blesses the crucifix and exclaims, “You have found your cross! It is a cross to love, to carry with you, a cross that is not thrown off but rather treasured.”
When they interchange the marital vows, the bride puts her right hand on this crucifix and the groom puts his right hand over hers. Both are united to the cross. The priest covers their hands with his stole while they pronounce their promises to love each other in good times and in bad.
Then they both first kiss the cross, not each other. If one abandons the other, they abandon Christ on the cross.
Afterwards, the newly-weds cross the threshold of their home to enthrone that same crucifix in a place of honour. It becomes the reference point of their lives and the place of family prayer.
In times of difficulty and misunderstandings, as all human relationships experience, they do not turn immediately to the lawyer or psychologist, they turn to the cross. They kneel, cry and open up their hearts begging for the strength to pardon and implore the Lord’s help.
The children are taught to reverently kiss the crucifix daily and to thank God for the day before going to bed. These children dream of enthroning one day a crucifix of their own.
The family is indissolubly united to the cross of Christ. Is this simply a morbid outlook on marital and family life? Or is it a piece of wisdom that few in our modern world can understand. Until our world does, it will continue to imagine and long for the unbroken hearth.
“The Sacrament of marriage comes as do all the sacraments from the wounded side of Christ as He lay ‘asleep’ in death, when Christ was pierced by a sword and blood and water and the Holy Spirit flowed out. At that moment the Church and all the sacraments came from the side of Christ as Eve was taken from the side of Adam. The Church is the Bride of Christ and the Catholic marriage is to be a living example of Christ and His Bride the Church. If the Catholic couple lives in a state of grace and has the sacrament of marriage they receive constant grace from God to love one another with the very LOVE of God. It is the vocation of the spouses to sanctify one another and be open to new life. According to Archbishop Sheen it takes 3 to get married: husband, wife and Christ. Marriage works in Christ.”
—my friend Kathleen Ann
Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Fr Wojtyła asked Padre Pio which of his wounds caused the greatest suffering. The priest expected Padre Pio to say it was his chest wound, but instead the Padre replied, “It is my shoulder wound, which no one knows about and has never been cured or treated.”
Centuries earlier, Our Lord himself had revealed to St Bernard of Clairvaux in a vision, that his shoulder wound from carrying the heavy wooden cross caused him his greatest suffering, and that the cross tore into his flesh right up to the shoulder bone.
Padre Pio said this of his spiritual children: “When the Lord entrusts a soul to me, I place it on my shoulder and never let it go.” From this statement, it can reasonably be inferred that the saint offered up the suffering and the extreme pain of his shoulder wound for his spiritual children.
This is powerful. o_o
There’s a video of Gloria Steinem defending free access to contraception that’s been circulating. Here is a quote:
“Whether or not women can determine when and whether to have children is the single biggest element in whether we’re healthy or not, whether we’re educated or not, how long our life expectancy is, whether we can be active in the world or not.”
Here is why this is problematic, FOR WOMEN.
What that quote right there says, out of context? I can get on board with that. But let’s revisit something that I thought was pretty common knowledge, but apparently has been forgotten by anything influenced by the sexual revolution (oh I mean everything in society): Sex naturally leads to pregnancy.
I know, I know: Go back to the 19th Century you Bible thumping woman oppressor! Not everyone believes in your religion! But hey, the premise that the natural end of sex is pregnancy is not a primarily religious one. IT’S SCIENCE. IT’S PHILOSOPHY. In the animal kingdom, mating occurs in order to further the species. When a male anything inserts his reproductive stuff into a female of the same anything, a new anything is conceived. I don’t think this is too controversial.
Real talk with Aristotle: the four causes, anyone? You can analyze the nature of anything by looking at the four causes: you have the material (duh, from what it’s made), the formal (the form it takes), the efficient (what brought it about), and lastly the final cause, the telos, the purpose of the thing. For what the thing was intended. The cool part is, they’re all related. My stapler’s telos is to hold my papers together; that affects its material and formal cause. The need for my papers to stay together is the efficient cause and the source of its final cause. Sex’s telos is to bond with another and create offspring - look at the material causes in sex: PENISES! DELIVERING SPERM! VAGINAS! CARRYING EGGS! That, friends, is a recipe for a baby.
So blah blah blah fast forward to now and we have the contraception issue on the table. Contraception attempts to detour around that final cause of sex. Ok, fine, there are so many more implications of that to go into, but here’s the thing: we can’t change the nature of sex any more than we can change the nature of eggs and sperm. So while you might have sex without the thought of pregnancy, indeed while trying to thwart pregnancy, you are still engaging in an act into which pregnancy is written in the coding.
So back to the original quote. Steinem wants women to be able to choose if and when to get pregnant, and so do I. But to say that we need contraception to do that is to say that there is something wrong with our female natures. It says that women cannot be healthy, cannot be educated, cannot be active in society the way we are naturally. In order to do those things, we must take pills. We must be injected with hormones. We must have plastic and metal devices surgically implanted in us, in order to be “free” and “functioning” women. And on this, I call bullshit.
And the best part is that I’m not saying that EVERYONE SHOULD BE PREGNANT ALL THE TIME EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. And although abstinence is one of those taboo words right now, right up there with “moist” and “Voldemort” (is moist just me?), what I will say is that we don’t have to be slaves to our appetites. This is not the suppression of sexuality; it’s the acknowledgement that sometimes we don’t indulge in things because we want to avoid the consequences. I mean, I want to eat a bowl of bacon for breakfast every morning, but that inevitably leads to heart attack and obesity, if not vomiting, and so I don’t. And sure, who doesn’t want to have sex? But if that leads to (indeed, intends) pregnancy, and I don’t want that, then I don’t have do it.
I get that the oppression of women because of the fact that they bore children was rampant at one time (and still occurs even now) and is severely unjust, and I don’t wish that for my gender. But I will not be told my natural body and it’s capabilities is a hindrance to my functioning in society. I will not entertain the lie that I have to alter myself if I want to get anywhere. A woman scorned because of her pregnancy is an outrage, but it’s the scorning, and not the pregnancy, that is the problem.
You are my queen.
I was going to bold the best parts, but then I realized that was the whole thing. Well said.
omg all the things
This deserves an award. [:
O Immaculate Virgin, Mother of the true God and Mother of the Church!, who from this place reveal your clemency and your pity to all those who ask for your protection, hear the prayer that we address to you with filial trust, and present it to your Son Jesus, our sole Redeemer. Mother of Mercy, Teacher of hidden and silent sacrifice, to you, who come to meet us sinners, we dedicate on this day all our being and all our love. We also dedicate to you our life, our work, our joys, our infirmities and our sorrows. Grant peace, justice and prosperity to our peoples; for we entrust to your care all that we have and all that we are, our Lady and Mother. We wish to be entirely yours and to walk with you along the way of complete faithfulness to Jesus Christ in His Church; hold us always with your loving hand. Virgin of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, we pray to you for all the Bishops, that they may lead the faithful along paths of intense Christian life, of love and humble service of God and souls. Contemplate this immense harvest, and intercede with the Lord that He may instill a hunger for holiness in the whole people of God, and grant abundant vocations of priests and religious, strong in the faith and zealous dispensers of God’s mysteries. Grant to our homes the grace of loving and respecting life in its beginnings, with the same love with which you conceived in your womb the life of the Son of God. Blessed Virgin Mary, protect our families, so that they may always be united, and bless the upbringing of our children. Our hope, look upon us with compassion, teach us to go continually to Jesus and, if we fall, help us to rise again, to return to Him, by means of the confession of our faults and sins in the Sacrament of Penance, which gives peace to the soul. We beg you to grant us a great love for all the holy Sacraments, which are, as it were, the signs that your Son left us on earth. Thus, Most Holy Mother, with the peace of God in our conscience, with our hearts free from evil and hatred, we will be able to bring to all true joy and true peace, which come to us from your son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who with God the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
Putting this in rebloggable form because this might be one of my favorite things Niko has ever said.
So so so true, Niko.