“America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has shown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts ~ a child ~ as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters. And in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many women to unjust and selfish demands from their husbands or other sexual partners. Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign.”
I thought this was appropriate for this week as yesterday was the March for Life 2016. My group was not able to make it due to the blizzard. However, this did not stop us from making sure that we were, at least, able give a spiritual stand with our brothers and sisters Marching in the Capital. As we had prayed the rosary, chaplet of divine mercy, and Adoration in the Chapel. The quote for today follows a letter from Mother Teresa to the United States Supreme Court.
Her words are very strong and blunt over what she calls for us to see the Dignity of All Human Life. In her work in Missionaries of Charity, she believed all people that she encountered were gifts from God. Thus, in accord with her demand (in the quote) in fighting for the most vulnerable among us, it is contingent as well as essential to America’s identity as a ‘great nation’ to provide an acknowledgement of equal dignity and the right to live for all citizens.
Mother followed the Church’ demand for us to be nothing less than ourselves. By not overlooking others who are in need such as mother and the child. As such Mother recalls us to be as Christ calls us to be, a people of faith, hope, and charity.