As I praise God and rejoice at the overturning of Roe v Wade, I cannot avoid lamenting the fact that it took nearly 50 years. Now that the legality of abortion will be decided state-by-state, will it take another 50 years to finally eliminate its legality altogether? While it certainly ought not, unless we do something different from what we’ve done during the past 50 years, it may well take longer still. What can we do to see to it that it doesn’t?
To begin with, we need to cast off the notion that politics and religion are taboo subjects at social gatherings, especially those involving family and friends. There are appropriate times and circumstances that arise during such gatherings in which their discussion is a requirement for anyone who claims to be a witness to the faith. Minds and hearts cannot be changed without such witnesses. Furthermore, the absence of challenge to wayward life will almost always be interpreted as acceptance.
Secondly, we need to be very careful with the application of the words “in charity” when we engage in promoting truth. I do not argue here against the importance of “truth in charity.” Rather I argue against the notion that “in charity” requires that no one is going to be offended or upset by a statement of truth. In a world in which reactions are almost always emotional rather than logical, it is almost impossible to state even the simplest of truths without someone being offended or upset. The truth must be proclaimed boldly, without hesitation, and regardless of potential consequences just as Jesus did.
Thirdly, falsehood must be strongly countered whenever and wherever it appears. We’ve too frequently ignored falsehoods thinking the logic and common sense of the masses would self-correct them. In a very large segment of the masses, logic and common sense have been supplanted by emotional hysteria, and a falsehood repeated often enough becomes perceived truth. Leaders from all walks of life have failed miserably in this regard. They must begin to set an example.
Hamish Fraser is quoted in “There Is Nothing More” (AMI Press, 1964) as having said in a 1952 keynote speech to a Blue Army rally in France: “If today the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ is being crucified, it is not the Communists who are primarily responsible. The very Stalinist soldiers who are driving the nails into the flesh of Christ’s Mystical Body are the agents, not of the Kremlin, but of our apathy, our lethargy, our disloyalty, and our cowardice.”
He was referring to the fact that too many families are staunchly Catholic within their homes, but then accept anti-Catholic teaching on social matters in the public square rather than the social doctrine of Mother Church. This continues today and must come to an end if Fatima and the apostolate are to achieve their ends.
If we are faithful in prayer, call out falsehood wherever and whenever it rears its ugly head, and take advantage of every opportunity to proclaim Truth, legal abortion will be eradicated from our nation long before another 50 years pass. The hand of God will favor those who honor Him.
Deacon Bob Ellis is the National Coordinator for the World Apostolate of Fatima, USA
I believe whole heartily in what the deacon has said and I add; We as Catholics must take up the rosary everyday in our homes our parishes and in public areas for all to see and have an opportunity for all to join in the promises of our Holy And Immaculate Mary and her Sacred Heart!!
Thank you Deacon Bob for this powerful and very important article.
Enough being concerned if someone will be upset. Our only concern should be to speak the Truth with love and to respond IMMEDIATELY to what God instructs us to do. Enough of this being afraid nonsense!! You are a CHILD OF GOD. Be visible. Be heard. We’re taking this country back for our God.
VIVA CRISTO REY!!! ❤️
VIVA LA VIRGEN DE GUADALUPE!!! 💙
Abortion will probably never go away just because there is a law against it. As with any sin, this is a moral issue, and as such, depends on individual personal will. It will not and cannot be overcome by enforcing others to conform to our viewpoints or arguments. That is why Our Lady told us at Fatima to pray for sinners and offer penance. The conversion of their hearts will come from God, from within, not from rallies, editorials in the newspaper, or conflicting altercations.
We have an ally. A statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe is weeping tears of olive oil in Hobbs, New Mexico. It has not yet been approved by the Catholic Church. It is still under investigation.
Laws aren’t everything. Hearts and minds need to conform to God’s will. If no one wants to get an abortion, and there is no one willing to oblige in doing abortions, then there would be no abortions, no matter what the laws might be.