Fr. Peter Stravinskas has often written about St. Augustine’s description of God’s grace as moving each of us from misery to mercy. This message is desperately needed in our world today, as misery has crept into our society at an increasingly tragic and alarming rate. Our research for this commentary found examples of such wretchedness everywhere.
In Lithuania, for example, Julijonas Urbonas has created the design for a bizarre ride called the “Euthanasia Coaster.” In theory, this would be an amusement park ride designed to enable the sick and suffering to die. Some call it the “death machine.” Urbonas is quoted as saying “it would be ‘engineered to humanely—with elegance and euphoria—take the life of a human being.’”
In Congress, Democrats have introduced the Women’s Health Protection Act that, should it become law, would eradicate every pro-life incremental law in the nation. Thus far, the proposal has the support of 176 Democrats in the House and 48 Democrats in the Senate.
In addition, senators have gone on record approving the creation of animal-human embryos. Considering the fact that there is now nearly universal agreement that sexual and reproductive healthcare are considered to be human rights, we will see more—not less—of such aberrations in our laws. If we can kill our children before they are born, why not experiment with mixing human and animal cells?
Today there are virtually no limits to the atrocities human beings view as progress!
Perhaps one of the reasons for this is that, according to a Gallup Poll, nearly half of those Americans polled think that abortion is morally acceptable. In case the full impact of that has not dawned on you, it means that nearly half of us think it is moral to murder a baby.
While some suggest that the good news is that, among Republicans, only 26 percent agree, we find little solace in that number. Republicans have had plenty of chances to rid this nation of the murder but have failed. Words are cheap.
The truth is that these polling results are devastating to babies, to mothers and fathers, and to our aging and disabled population as well. This is so because, as we know, once one class of human beings is deemed irrelevant—or in the words of the Third Reich, “useless eaters”—it does not take long for that attitude to expand to others.
We dare not be surprised by this, as we are already at a tipping point. One writer even perceptively asked the searing question: “Aborting disabled babies is genocide, so why is it legal?”
Now is absolutely the time for those apostles of mercy—as Fr. Stravinskas wisely labeled people like you and me—to come to the fore and persist. As he wrote:
Hold out your hands in love and share the good news that every human being is loved beyond measure by God our Father. No matter how awful the action, His mercy is greater.
As apostles of mercy, we cry out in prayer and in action for those broken souls to come to Him. May God’s Sacred Heart inspire each of us to do this every day.© Judie Brown
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