Human Dignity · Pro-Life

Tending the Garden

Diedrick Family 2014
Diedrick Family 2014

September 12th, 2015 was the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Babies. My family attended a beautiful service in our area. My six-year-old son made mention that he noticed only one other family with young children. That was alarming to me. At the same moment he said this, I looked at the large grave stone that pays tribute to these precious Innocents. ” Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” ~ Matthew 19:14.

Children are to be tended to, just as a delicate flower.

Some people choose to use fertilizer for their gardens. Others hire a professional service to be sure there are no weeds in the crisp green grass so that theirs’ is the most ‘perfect’ yard on the block. Still, a few choose to grow their yards and gardens pesticide-free. This analogy is a dismal glimpse at how our society views pregnancy and children.

‘How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers.’ ~ Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

I must be honest, my husband and I choose not to watch the news and I only catch articles friends post on their social media pages. In recent weeks, we have learned of even more horrible atrocities that the entity Planned Parenthood has committed illegally. I think many on both sides of this fence are so caught up in pointing fingers, that we begin to lose the path to Christ. Above all else should be love. (1 Cor 13:13)

One thing the Byzantine Priest and Roman Auxiliary Bishop at the memorial service spoke about was that we, as pro-life Catholics, must first love everyone – no matter what. We must love those who believe in opposing views, and then….only then….will we be able to speak to their hearts. It is so very important to love before approaching any person, to look at someone with Christ’s eyes, because we are all His beautiful creation.

We attended this service for the first time two years ago while I was pregnant with our fourth child. One moment in time I remember vividly was my three young boys being so excited and joyful to let go of balloons and watch them fly high in the sky! I reminisce of their smiles, their beautiful soft skin, their hair flowing gracefully in the soft breeze, and their smiling eyes gazing at the balloons as they wondered if they would reach the moon. My joy turned to sorrow as I realized that the millions of precious innocents murdered by those who should protect them will never get an opportunity to let go of a balloon and watch it fly away.

We have such an important job to do. It begins with love. This is our quest. We must first love Christ and live our lives for Him. I am currently teaching my children “Glory to You, O Lord” along with the hand motions so that they can follow along better during Mass. I tell them, as we mark each spot with the cross, “Jesus is always on my mind, Jesus is always on my lips, and Jesus is always in my heart.”

How are we to help this cause if we first don’t live and breathe Jesus Christ? He must always be on our minds when we think of how to approach someone, on our lips when we speak to someone, and in our hearts in order to reach those who need God most!

Even though we are all sinners, we need to become more Christ-like. We need to live Christ, share Christ, and be Christ to all whose paths we cross. I think Blessed Mother Teresa did a phenomenal job at being the light on the lamp stand for so many. I also believe Pope Francis is a wonderful beacon of light in this secular world. We must pray for him, for marriage, for families, and for the unborn, especially this week while he is here for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

Life matters. Love matters. We need to speak to the hearts of those who oppose this position, because this is what it all boils down to. We cannot do this by pointing fingers at others. We need to point our fingers inward and think of how we can love better.

“Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgement you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye’, while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.” ~ Matthew 7:1-5

Remember, we are all sinners and God sent His only son to set us free! Speak to the hearts of those who believe in the culture of death, pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and ask for the intercession of Our Lady.

We cannot fight this “war” without love.

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