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.
At the march, hundreds of thousands of people rallied by walking the streets of Washington to provide a voice for those with no voice. These marchers were really joyful, the comparison, and contrast to the Pro-abortion people who rallied in front of the Planned Parent Hood office, they were seemingly mean-spirited, shouting at others to make their point. There was a certain beauty to the march in Washington, and anything but beauty at the Planned Parent Hood support.
A Bit Exhausted
The DC trip requires a 10 hour, overnight, bus ride with 50 students. It is an exhausting trip, as I reflected about the trip as we returned home, I read the quote below from the Churches daily 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 feeds 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. Take a breath and think about your own experience of abortion, babies, and all human life.
His Wisdom is waiting for You.
In the silence and quiet of the moment, listen to what your heart wants, what does God say to you? To see others as they really are, as gifts directly from the hand of God, to be honored as you would honor God himself if he was in front of you. But, God reveals himself in things not seen. He hides his wisdom about true diversity and respect for others, he hides true peace, love & sacrifice, and true enlightenment that is right in front of you.
You see, humanity is stuck on the image in the mirror, humanity sees only itself in the mirror. It is not until this human frailty is overcome, to see others and not the mirror. It is when a human stops seeing themselves in the mirror of life, the reflection of themselves, it is when a human shatters their mirror and sees, often for the first time, God in the other, that real diversity can occur. I ask, can you see others as God’s gift to you?
If you can’t see the humanity and dignity of that baby, you likely can not see the beauty God has created for you? God is in all things, it is no mystery, just look around you. God provides lasting Joy, and Peace that the world can not. The March for life isn’t about the Baby alone; it is also the voice for all humans disenfranchised from the faithless profit alone culture, politically correct, popular culture, the 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.”
COURTS, LAW, AND Leadership
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 (PC).
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.
Leaders, courts and law, today need the virtue of fortitude to stand up and call out evil. Leaders today, contrasted with leaders of past generations, are not leading with God. Leaders today push the PC world, this often means allowing emotion to rule civil decisions. Just look, compare decisions made by the greatest generation (generally considered to be the WWII era). If our leaders today were in charge of the same decisions required in WWII, what would the civil and individual decisions that shaped the global defeat of Hitler have been?
Our most celebrated American leaders had eyes of faith in God (see below). When we travel to D.C. we tour the memorials and museums where the students see memorialized what made America Great. It is on display in every year we go. There is always a day for photos at the memorials of Lincoln, Jefferson, and Rev. Martin Luther King, Vietnam, WWII, Museum of American History, Air and Space. Each visit, the students can see the greatest leaders, led by God. They have to process how a country like this allows such disrespect of life.
Planned Parent Hood is a publicly funded institution that reflects our day, our leaders, our legacy. It’s no small thing that the financial decisions that made the economics possible to fund death and destruction at PPH for purely selfish reasons, results in defenders of that to show their anger and selfishness reveals something about how America is thinking. How the PC has endorsed selfishness. 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. When the popular culture and leaders lead in this way, it is scary to wonder when as a culture we accept death as normal how that is shocking when you can see through the mirror to see that little, innocent baby.
Doomed to fail is the country who turns its back on God. What will we memorialize in D.C. for the funding of Planned Parent Hood? Which quote below represents the fortitude needed to say no to PPH? Where are the leaders to say no to selfish PC world?
Washington Monuments Memorialize Leaders & 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.