March 15, 2001
volume 12, no. 74

The Goose

    Recently, while walking into my doctor's office, I noticed a goose nesting along one side of the building. I stopped to watch her for a while. She was nervously arranging the straw in her nest while keeping an eye out for predators. She noticed me and in an instant, her whole demeanor changed. I talked to her for a while in an effort to calm her down, but nothing doing, she just wanted me out of there! As I walked on, I noticed that she was back to "nesting" again. I began to reflect on the occurrence.

    What a wonderful instinct that God blessed females with, to protect their unborn (or unhatched). Human mothers also participate in "nesting", usually at a place like Baby Superstore. My bride and I were there last night and I lovingly watched her as she made these nesting preparations. Yes, God has blessed us again and in October we will have our eighth beautiful child. She protects her with the same intensity as the mother goose. Every thought and every action is with the baby's best interest in mind. She carefully monitors the food she eats, the medicine she takes and the air she breathes in order to protect the life within her.

    This brings my thoughts to the abortion issue. More importantly, Why is it an issue? I could never imagine the thought of killing anyone, much less a defenseless child. As a male, I could never fathom the closeness that the mother feels to her child while it is in the womb. How could a mother come to a decision like this? The other question I have is how can a woman live with this "choice"?

    Our Holy Father, John Paul II refers to this (us) as "the culture of death". While at the Detroit Airport on 19 September, 1987 he left us with these words "Every human person - no matter how vulnerable or helpless, no matter how young or how old, no matter how healthy, handicapped or sick, no matter how useful or productive for society - is a being of inestimable worth created in the image and likeness of God. This is the dignity of America, the reason she exists, the condition for her survival - yes, the ultimate test of her greatness: to respect every human person, especially the weakest and most defenseless ones, those as yet unborn."

    We have condoned abortion for 28 years now and we subsequently have an entire generation of people that have been brought up to think that it is an acceptable option. Death and abortion are choices that we make based on our present situation. A decision we make based on our own needs, our own dreams or desires. For example, a college student that finds herself pregnant will tells herself "I can't have a baby now! My college days will be over and my carrier hopes will be dashed." She tells herself this because she has been conditioned her entire life to think this way. She thinks nothing about the baby or her eternal life.

    I take this same thought pattern and apply it to the massacre at Santana High School in California. An entire nation perplexed and asking themselves How could this happen? Why didn't the parent's know? Why didn't the school see this coming? Can society be to blame for this occurrence?

    We hear numerous reports blaming the school, the parents and perhaps one of boy's friends for not going to the police. The reality is, we are all to blame. We, as a society, have ingrained in the minds of our children the thought that killing is OK.

    It wasn't a movie that this 15 year old watched last week. It's not those violent video games he plays. It's not about gun control. It's not the fact that he was raised by unskilled parents.

    It is the fact that we, as a nation, allow the senseless killing of defenseless babies. This goes on and on. Think about the thirteen kids injured and the two that were murdered at Santana High School. The entire nation is stunned by the event. Yet over 7,000 babies are massacred in this country every single day by abortion. We don't seem notice. Until we stop abortion, we have no hope of fixing anything else that wrong with our society.

    You say may to yourself "well, I'm OK, I'm pro-life". It's not enough to just to say we're pro-life; we have to stand up for what we believe in! Vote Pro-life for crying our loud! Volunteer at a crisis pregnancy center! Volunteer for your Parish pro-life group! If they don't have one, it's time to start one! Donate to the centers, they are all critically under-funded. Join Pro Life Communications long-distance and Internet programs! Do something!

    Write the 'Catholic' pro-abort politicians being revealed in "Herod's Heroes" in each issue of this publication and beg them to search their consciences. Be sure to write the bishops. Their addresses are included. These are the people who can make a difference, but they need you to prod them. Strength in numbers, my brothers and sisters. We can't sit back and let 'the other guy' do it. Ask the bishops and politicians, ask your pastors if mankind is going the way of the dinosaur. Ask them why is it the animal species can protect their own but the highest species on earth, the ones God gave special favor to, can't!

    Take a clue from the nesting instincts of the goose and resolve to impress this necessity for providing and preserving life in all your fellow human beings. If we don't act, if we don't get involved fully, it's very possible our own 'gooses' - our souls - could very well be cooked!

Joe and Jane Dalton

For past columns by Joe and Jane Dalton, see FAITH IN THE FAMILY Archives

March 15, 2001
volume 12, no. 74
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