We All Need A Lullaby

Here at our mission, we have had the distinct privilege and honor to participate in the 40 Days For Life prayer vigil at a local Planned Parenthood during this Lent.

Of the several hours we have been there, we have had many experiences. Located on a busy street, many people stopped at the stoplights, stared and pointed at our signs and presence.

Often they waved and smiled at us.

Many times we were given the "one-finger salute" and had other vulgar things shouted at us. Two young women walked by and told us that we were disturbing the peace and that they would pray we would "get smart" about life issues.

But something a woman shouted from her car yesterday made me ponder it all day today. Going through the stoplight, a middle aged woman leaned out of her car window and shouted,
"Mind your own business!"

Mind your own business? hmm.....mind my own business....


I am guessing that what she really meant was that we should "mind our own business about what women choose to do with their bodies."

That is a common talking point of pro-abortion people. That everyone "should keep out of a woman's right to choose."

And as so many have said-- that right to choose what?

the murder of innocent children? I should stand mute and pretend that this horrible holocaust is not happening? that these children aren't really people who are being sacrificed, the consequences of which we will stagger under when they are revealed?

I know this is an unpleasant topic, I know. But abortion, contraception and the culture of death is an unpleasant reality.

I would like to ask that woman, "should the world have minded it's own business when Hitler was exterminating Jews? what about the earthquake in Japan, shall we mind our own business and turn a deaf ear to their cry for help?"

Shall we not help the helpless, the defenseless, the innocent?

Here's the deal, it seems to me, with the mindset of many pro-abortion people. Those who believe in the unalienable right, given by the Creator, to life, are often placed in a no-win situation-- that is, if you are a man and you stand up for the right to life, you are told that it's none of your business (even though a man is a father) because you are not a woman, but if you are a woman and you stand up for the right to life you are accused of not being "pro-woman".

Let me tell you now that I am ardently pro-life and ardently pro-woman- the real meaning of what it means to be pro-woman.

We, as women, are buying into lies that are destroying us. We are told that birth control and abortion and a repulsion from the gift of bearing life in our souls and bodies will "set us free"

We are told that we can "act like men" and we will (finally) achieve "freedom."

Honestly, ladies, how is that working for us? Really. Let's be honest. Let's look within and look at statistics and see if the embrace of these "freedoms" is really setting us free or destroying us one by one.

I think if we are really honest with ourselves, we will see the truth.

Besides, what honor is there in behaving like badly behaved men? A man who sleeps around is not living up to his true dignity and nobility as a man. Instead of sacrificing himself for his beloved, when he engages in that behavior, he emasculating himself by sacrificing women on the altar of his lusts.

Men long for more than promiscuity and lust.

It's no badge of honor to choose to act like an animal. It will never lead to satisfaction and intimacy. This is slavery at one of its deepest levels.

When I hear the stories of women who have embraced this life and the lies of society (and we all do to a certain extent until we embark on a path of healing), my heart breaks. My heart breaks for the woman who felt she had no other choice than to abort her child. My heart breaks for her pain, for her loss and for the loss of her little one.

My heart breaks as I hear girls speak about giving what was most precious to a man who didn't care, only to have everything they had hoped for shattered and broken.

Their honesty and courage pierces my heart and humbles me deeply.

When Pope Benedict XVI visited Australia for World Youth Day, he spent some time at a drug and alcohol rehab center for young people. He listened to the stories of addiction, pain and recovery. And then he told these young people that when they are on the road to recovery, they become "ambassadors of hope" for the world.

Recovery is possible, healing is possible. Jesus wants to do this for us.

Sometimes we are in so much pain, that what we really need is a safe place to rest. We can always go into the heart of Jesus and rest there.

I think we all need a lullaby. For us, for our children, for those who have left this life-- may we all rest in peace.


crabigail adams said…
Sister Miriam -- that video of Brahms' Lullaby made me cry! As I read your post, I was reminded of a column by Mark Steyn that I read the other day on how the sexual revolution has destroyed the family in the United States -- it's here


if you're interested. I found your blog on Insider Extreme -- they're kind of a rowdy bunch, but if you keep your sense of humor close, they turn out to be kind of endearing every now and again! Welcome!
Shannon Vavich said…
Amen, sister!!! AMEN!

Love reading your blog. Keep up the great work, and God Bless you!
Bridget said…
Sister Miriam,
We were praying at a 40D4Life here in Bellingham & got the "one finger salute." I was horrified (as we had our children with us).
But one of the little girls (protected by her angel!) said, "Look Mommy, they gave us the thumb's up with a different finger!"

Thank you for witnessing for life!
You are in my daily prayers.

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