A few weeks ago I went on the March for Life in D.C. Then, yesterday, we protested Planned Parent Hood’s abortion practice. Joyful was the sleepless three-day trip for the March for Life and by incredible contrast, how overwhelmingly sad was yesterday standing up for life at the Planned Parenthood clinic.
A Bit Exhausted
The quote below was the Church reading the morning we returned to school at 4 AM. After three nights without sleep, a bit exhausted, I found myself listening for God’s grace and peace while reading the daily readings and taking the time to meet Him in his word.
“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.” Heb 11:1; Daily Reading January 28th, 2017
The March for Life is a Pro-Life rally in D.C. each January that commemorates the 1974 Supreme Court decision making abortion legal; the famous case of Roe v Wade. The Rally helps me see hope in our future through the eyes of our youth; I have been seven times. I’m honored to listen to the hearts and minds of the forty-seven High School students who intuitively know there is something good about giving a voice to the unborn. But, I watch as they struggle with what the PC world tells them they should believe.
Youth see Reality in life
These students are becoming adults, and they’re processing for themselves the important topic of Pro-Life and Pro-Choice. The trip is about living your faith in the world, and understanding enlightenment is not the PC culture. It’s about thinking for themselves; it is about letting them voice their opinions and challenge each other.
The March is about the life God has given to each human, which sadly has lost out to the civil right to free choice. Many, many God moments occur with these students, it is an honor to watch them discern what the politically correct and popular culture feed them. Then compare the simple beauty of the real world of faith. They struggle to “see things not seen.”
As I read the line quoted above, I connected it to the homily of Fr. Dan of Everest Academy. We celebrated the Mass together while we were on the trip, he spoke about the mysteries and the hidden things of our faith; “things not seen”. In particular, he was talking about the beauty of the hidden child in the womb and connected this to our faith and the hidden mysteries of faith. So, it was, the daily reading the day after we returned (quoted above) provided a reflection on hidden things.
The quote from Hebrews compares reality and evidence of “things not seen.” Babies in the womb, are “things not seen.” Faith in Jesus, the mysteries of faith are “things not seen.” The unborn baby and the Holy Trinity are both mysteries and are hidden. Hidden from some but visible to others.
Do you see what is hidden? Do you see as God sees? Do you see God in all things all the time? Can you see Christs face in each human being you meet? Can you interrupt what has you tied to this world? We all have wanted something so badly we would give everything for it. We have wanted gifts, or things, or advancement, we feel deserving to be sure, we say to ourselves, we have earned it. But, put on pause those selfish desires, put your ego on pause.
His Wisdom is waiting for You.
In the silence, listen to what your heart wants, what does God say to you? He hides his wisdom, true diversity, respect for others, peace, love & sacrifice, and true enlightenment right in front of you.
If you can’t see the humanity and dignity of that baby, are you also not seeing the beauty of God and his creation and love for you? The March isn’t about the Baby alone; it is also the voice for all humans disenfranchised from the faithless Profit alone PC world.
“Faith and babies are invisible to those whose eyes can not see who’s hearts are cold, whose anger overwhelms; the world teaches them the dark and cold from which there is no joy.”
Today, leaders need bravery to recapture what once was common. Leaders need eyes of faith for all humanity. Today, leaders sacrifice human dignity in our corporate and public institutions, communities, and our churches and make an evil trade for Profits, Popular Culture and Political Correctness.
God gives the wisdom to see the “things not seen.” Humility is to wisdom, what water is to Niagra Falls. It seeks others first. God’s wisdom is available to all, but only from your knees looking up.
Our most celebrated American leaders had eyes of faith in God. It is on display in D.C. every March for Life trip. There is always a day for photos at the memorials of Lincoln, Jefferson, and Rev. Martin Luther King. Each visit, the students can see the greatest leaders led with God. They have to process how a country like this allows such disrespect of life.
I use to think God was obvious, but after the day at Planned Parent Hood, where I saw anger and selfishness on display in large numbers, I can see how the darkened soul must oppose the good God intends. Doomed to fail is the country who turns its back on God. What did these leaders see in God that those I spoke to at PP would not see.
Washington Monuments Memorialize God
Lincoln, a leader trusting God’s providence.
“… that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom”
“Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away.”
Abraham Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
“God who gave us life gave us liberty.”
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,…”
Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King has hundreds of references to God in his books and speeches; you can’t take God out of Martin Luther. The memorial in D.C. has no mention of God; interesting don’t you think? So, here I offer his Oslo Nobel Prize quotes that include God.
“One day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive good will proclaim the rule of the Land.”
“When the blazing light of truth is focused on this marvelous age in which we live–men and women will know and children will be taught that we have a finer land, a better people, a more noble civilization–because these humble children of God were willing to suffer for righteousness sake.”
Martin Luther King said these words; His leadership is memorialized alongside our other great leaders in D.C. These words are quoted from his acceptance of the Nobel Prize; you can find it here: http://www.thekingcenter.org/archive/document/nobel-prize-acceptance-speech
If you are a leader, please, be prayerful and consider having eyes for faith. Bring God back into the business world, our communities, schools and the public square. Our country deserves to respect our leaders who built our country on this foundation.
Lord give our leaders and teachers the humility to find wisdom and eyes of faith.