To the editor:

I watched with great displeasure the results of the nationwide ֱreferendumֱ on the issue of abortion. I am deeply upset by the Nov. 7 election results. These votes may indicate to many the fallacy that some in the public hold that my firmly held opposition to abortion is limited to a small minority of voters. That is untrue. Most voters, when they fully understand what an abortion does to a child in the womb, are deeply in opposition to abortion on demand. The problem seems to be that this gruesome procedure is hidden from the public. Seeing is believing: Abortion is evil.

Throughout history there have always been societies which do not value the life of the unborn. In such times child sacrifice was as common as is abortion today. Christians witnessed the destruction of newborns as they floated down the Tiber River in Rome. Abortion is a false worship of a humanֱs freedom to choose.

Whenever I am feeling more than somewhat discouraged, I choose to reflect upon the wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas as shared by Bishop Barron in the following statement:

ֱMy intellectual hero, St. Thomas Aquinas, said that if we want to live a happy life, we should love what Jesus loved on the cross and despise what he despised on the cross. What did he despise but all of those objects of false worship to which we tend to erect altars? Many of us worship wealth, but on the cross he was utterly poor, stripped naked; many of us worship pleasure, but on the cross he was at the limit of suffering, both physical and psychological; many of us worship power, but on the cross he was nailed in place, unable even to move; and many of us worship honor, but on that terrible cross he was the object of scorn and ridicule. In short, the crucified Lord said ֱnoֱ as radically as possible to the idols. But what did he love on the cross? He loved doing the will of his Father. The cross itself functioned as the altar on which the sacrifice of his life to the Father took place, and this is why the fire fell.ֱ

There are many, including myself, who worry that the pro-abortion side is winning at the ballot box. Still, my hope is not in voters. My hope is in God.

My chosen role today is to be a witness to others: Both those pro-life and those pro-choice. Scripture tells us (in Psalm 139: 13-16):

ֱFor you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my motherֱs womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.ֱ

God truly is pro-choice but His choice is ֱlife.ֱ I choose to trust in the power of His Cross, His Redemption and His Resurrection in order to overcome my fears and to bring me to the fulfillment of my pro-life mission.

John J. Kwiatek

Beverly

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