This is what it all boils down to, and I really hope that those who share my passion for life will take notice. Rocco Palmo, in his post, Scenes from a Repudiation, has some very interesting statistics on the election, and I entreat you to take a look at them. It is not that our fellow Americans haven't heard our message. It is not that their hearts are evil. It is simply that we have not done our work well. Two points:
- We are against abortion because our awareness of the infinite and irreducible value of human life makes life more beautiful, richer, more zestful. I am not convinced that we made this case during the years and months leading up to this election.
- We have not answered the clearly articulated desire for freedom that has been central to the pro-abortion lobby. Why is the "pro-choice" slogan so compelling to our fellow citizens? Is it so hard to see? We need, as Catholics, to understand what we really believe about freedom -- we need to first teach ourselves, really delve into the mystery we adhere to when we repeat Christ's assertion, "The truth shall set you free." What is it about the fact, the truth, of our infinite irreducible value as human beings that makes us free?
In only one case is...this single human being, free from the entire world, free, so that the world together and even the total universe cannot force him to do anything...This is when we assume that [the person] is not totally the fruit of the biology of the mother and father, not strictly derived from the biological tradition of mechanical antecedents but rather when it possesses a direct relationship with the infinite, the origin of all the flux of the world ... that is to say, it is endowed with something derived from God...So here is the paradox: freedom is dependence on God. It is a paradox, but it is absolutely clear. The human being – the concrete human person, me, you – once we were not, now we are, and tomorrow will no longer be: thus we depend. And either we depend upon the flux of our material antecedents, and are consequently slaves of the powers that be, or we depend on What lies at the origin of the movement of all things, beyond them, which is to say, God. -- Father Giussani, The Religious Sense, page 91And I have already heard some express the opinion that it would be good if the economy should tank during Obama's presidency, so that we can hope for another outcome in the next election. I just want to say that we cannot place our hope in a human eventuality, particularly one that will cause so many of our brothers and sisters pain. Our hope is in Christ, who loves the poor in spirit. Let's truly follow him. Let's do the hard work of communicating the beauty we know and love. We cannot place our hope in market forces, dashed dreams, punitive measures. Only Christ, in his beauty, will advance the beauty we hope for. If we won't look at him, how can we hope to convince anyone else to follow our gaze?
The most used and least known word
in the human vocabulary.