CATHOLIC PewPOINT:

There really is no other choice!

       Next Thursday we commemorateÖor should we say commiserate the twenty-fifth anniversary of an event that would forever change the face of America. A Twenty-Five-Year Anniversary is usually a silver anniversary but there is no silver lining to the twenty-five year acknowledgment of the disastrous decision by the Supreme Court on January 22, 1969 that launched the United States of America on the downward path - the road towards the abyss that dead-ends with the culture of death. The infamous Roe vs. Wade landmark decision opened Pandoraís box for from this would not only come the loss of more human souls than in all the major wars in world history, but seriously decrease the moral fiber and soul of this once great country. It officially marked the end of the age of innocence for there was nothing innocent in senseless killing the pre-born innocents out of selfishness on the part of pregnant women who shunned accepting Godís plans for them as loving, nurturing mothers in favor for a promiscuous "do-whatever-you-want," "itís my body" attitude. For two and a half decades feminists have cried out "Choice" - labeling the pro-abortion, pro murderers a more sedate moniker such as "Pro-Choice." Choice, what a catch-all phrase! The only choice is life! How low have we sunk to even, for one moment, believe by any stretch of the imagination that abortion is not murder? It is unadulterated murder! Over 60 million innocents have been slaughtered since abortion became "legal" twenty five years ago compared to only one million, one hundred seventy thousand killed in all the wars America has ever fought. No wonder Our Lady - the Immaculate Conception, Mother of God - has warned over and over that the Almighty Father can no longer hold back His Divine Justice. All those who choose to condone abortion - whether they be mothers-to-be, doctors, midwives, pro-abortion activists, or those who remain silent, refusing to get involved - all those will be avenged by the avenging angels at the appointed time.

     So how can we get involved to help promote the culture of life? First, and foremost: Prayer. Holy Mass and the Rosary, the most powerful weapon the Blessed Virgin Mary has bequeathed to us - the links or chains that will ultimately bound satan. If we truly live the messages Our Lady has been imparting at Medjugorje for well over sixteen years as well as taking the words she conveyed at Rue de Bac, Lourdes, LaSalette, and Fatima to heart then we can be assured we are striving to do her Divine Sonís Will and we will see results. Secondly, choose adoption, not abortion. The esteemed spokesman for Catholic Faith and Morals, the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen over three decades ago, before abortion was declared "legal" in this country, encouraged the spiritual adoption of an unborn child. This may be done by praying that one unknown childís life be spared and allowed to live and be born. To accomplish this, it was recommended that the following prayer be said daily for a period of one year. Today this prayer is needed more than ever. You can find this prayer in todayís PRAYERS & DEVOTION. As Bishop Sheen pointed out, during the adopterís earthly life this spiritually adopted child of theirs would be known only to God. In Heaven both the adoptive parent and child will find happiness in each otherís company. A beautiful thought and ideal solution to the hideous crime being committed at an alarming rate.

     The United States has the highest rate of abortion in the western hemisphere. Almost 50% of todayís abortions are by teenagers. The real solution is not contraceptives and sex education. Itís been proven this only adds to the problem. The real solution is a re-emphasis of who we are - children of God, made in the image and likeness of God and thus our bodies are truly temples of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Father has affirmed this when he proclaimed, "Human life is precious because it is the gift of God Whose Love is Infinite; and when God gives life, it is forever." It is not only time to choose chastity, but to preach chastity from the roof-tops to offset the satanic influence of immorality prevalent in our society today. Yes, a woman has rights over her body - rights to take care of her body, to make it a worthy sanctuary for a new soul of which she plays a role in its creation. For that human being inside her womb is someone distinct from herself. Therefore she has no right, no choice to decide for herself that she can play God. Only God can make that decision. His decision is obvious. He created that childÖnot to have it aborted, but to have it loved with a parental care just as the woman carrying that child was cared for. To all "pro-choicers" we ask, what if your parents had "chosen" to abort you?

     Our Lady has cautioned us over and over at Medjugorje and elsewhere around the world through her chosen messengers and visionaries as to what satan is trying to do. So far the insidious one has been succeeding. Enough is enough! Pope John Paul II has ushered an ultimatum to our country: "America, if you want liberty and justice for all and lasting peace...defend life." Even though God gave everyone a free will, when it comes to abortion, there is no choice! It is true that abortion is the leading cause of death in the United States. Not smoking, not cancer, not coronary attacks, not automobile accidents - but Abortion! And every abortion is premeditated which makes it all the more a hideous crime. Plain and simple, Abortion is Murder! God said it! We believe it! That settles it! From conception to natural death, life is sacred. Itís time for all of us to get off the proverbial fence and commit totally to ending abortion. Itís time to speak up and enlist in Maryís little, but mighty army through praying the Rosary - the most powerful prevention of abortion, and take up the cause fostered by Bishop Sheen in spiritually adopting an unborn little one. Jesus has said to render to Caesar the things that are Caesarís and to God the things that are Godís, but in the case of legalization of abortion in America, this does not count for the right to life does not belong to "Caesar" but to God. Rather we must follow Saint Peterís words, echoed by the Apostles in Acts 5: 29, "We must obey God rather than man." There really is no other choice!

Michael Cain, editor

January 1998