Pro-Life Mission: Pray, Speak Up And Act

Author: Ros Powell

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Pro-Life Mission: Pray, Speak Up And Act

We can be part of the solution in promoting life, from conception to natural death, through prayer and action, says Ros Powell.

It has been my awesome privilege to be spiritual director to Precious Life, the largest pro-life group in Northern Ireland, for over 16 years.

Founder Bernadette Smyth and her dedicated team are spiritual heroes in fighting for unborn lives.

Thousands of babies are alive today because of their prayers, actions and on-going dedication in the face of adversity and opposition.

In Bernie Smyth's words: “I’m not going away. Even if you tell lies about me, slander my name, or take me to court, I will defend the unborn.”

It’s not easy being a pro-lifer, especially in the 21st century!

Life and Breath In God's Hands

Over the years, I have witnessed an ungodly shift in people’s thinking.

Even some Christian pro-life individuals and groups now phrase the pro-life argument as a humanitarian issue, in case any mention of God offends would-be supporters. God’s Word clearly states: "In his hands is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being." (Job 12:10)

I have also witnessed those who fight for the pro-life cause have, in secular terms, become the “baddies” and those with opposite views become the “goodies”.

The Bible clearly echoes this dichotomy: “What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark.” (Isaiah 5:20)

How have we got to where we are now in such a short time?

Danger Of Becoming Desensitised

When a society normalises bad things, the people grow numb to its effect, and are in danger of becoming desensitised.

Where has our moral compass gone?

How can we claim to be Catholic if we do not acknowledge Biblical/Catholic teaching?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “Human life must be…protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the right of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.” (2270)

The day after the recent Irish referendum, a priest told the story of Catholic people (half the congregation) walking out of Mass because their priest asked them to save the 8th amendment (equal right to life of the pregnant woman and the unborn) by voting ‘NO’.

A Spiritual Battle

People are confused because many of the arguments sound convincing up to a point, and the people making them can sound like reasonable people.

However, the force behind the culture of death, which is what we are now witnessing, is the enemy of life.

As Paul states, it is a spiritual battle: “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, authorities, powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)

Pope John Paul II told us that every human person, regardless of age, health or productivity, is of inestimable worth, created in the image and likeness of God.

He told us to respect every human person, especially the weakest and most defenceless ones, those as yet unborn.

"God plus one equals an army."

St Teresa of Avila tells us: “God plus one equals an army.”

We, as soldiers in the army of the Lord, can be part of the solution through our prayers, actions and support.

Never be afraid to proclaim the truth of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus states: “Everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33)

In this upside-down world, God seeks to use each person to proclaim the truth of the word of God.

If not you, then who? If not now, when?

Lord, breathe Your life into our prayers, and Your love into our actions, as we proclaim: “All life is sacred.”

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