Following introductions, we shared a little bit about where we were from and our families. I was curious to know what brought this lovely mother of two to pray at the abortion clinic. As she shared her story, tears began to form in her eyes (and in mine as well).
My heart goes out to this mother and the sorrow she is suffering. I pray this same sorrow will not be part of others’ lives. To see this change occur, young people, as well as older people, desperately need the Life-embracing message of Theology of the Body.
Theology of the Body focuses our attention on our creation as both flesh and spirit. It deepens our awareness that God gave us the gift of Life at conception and that it is good. Armed with the truth of Theology of the Body, we can see how God desires only good for us and that our connection to one another is part of that good.
So what does that connection to others look like? It is love with the clear understanding that this is the gift of one’s self to another. It is not “what do I want” but rather “how can I honor and respect another”. Although we may fear our own happiness will be usurped by another’s, we come to realize that our joy exists in our love for others.
What a gift to hear the message of Theology of the Body before being faced with decisions like contraception and abortion! If we truly understand the sanctity of our own existence and how to maneuver in this world of lies, we can protect ourselves and our children. Pain like the sorrow this mother suffered could be ended.
- Jan Kahle, Respect Life Coordinator for the Diocese of Toledo