Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Month Date, 2009
Canada's pro-abortion stance destroys love, peace
Cheering Canada Day crowds drown out haunting silence of nation's nurseries
My Glass is Half Full
By MARK PICKUP
The celebrations were spectacular. It was Canada's birthday. The day ended with wonderful crescendos of fireworks across the nation. Crowds cheered from coast to coast to coast.
The enthusiastic applause could not drown out the reality that a segment of the population has been systematically and arbitrarily excluded from Canada's human family. There was a haunting silence in the nurseries of millions of unborn children whose births were betrayed throughout 40 years of abortion. Their silence bore stark and damning witness to almighty God against our culture that has, in large measure, forsaken the sanctity of human life.
Mother Teresa said, "It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish." So it is.
Canada is a wealthy nation, yet we have sown our own poverty by accepting abortion as a legitimate human choice.
It is not: Abortion is always a wrong choice because it denies life.
Abortion is the greatest violence because it kills one's own offspring, denying love and opens a great black gate of selfishness.
Abortion is anti-life. It attacks life at its most vulnerable and dependent state. Abortion embraces the end of all things because it stops the beginning of all things for the life it kills.
In 1994, Mother Teresa went to Washington, D.C., to deliver an address to the United States National Prayer Breakfast. The audience included U.S. President Bill Clinton, many senators and members of Congress.
Mother Teresa said this about national acceptance of abortion: "Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion."
She said abortion brings people to great spiritual and moral blindness.
The same is true of Canada. That is why I could not join in the applause for Canada's 142nd birthday. There was something terribly wrong in the beloved land of my birth that has betrayed the births of others.
How can we decry violence in our streets when we know thousands of our own innocent children are being slaughtered each week by deliberate decisions of their parents? This was the question raised by Mother Teresa in 1994. America has yet to answer it.
Canada should answer it too because abortion confronts us as a point of national hypocrisy. We celebrate our peace-loving national identity but allow abortion on demand.
Canada does not recognize the humanity or protect unwanted prenatal life - those who need care and protection most. The slaughter of innocents by abortion has become a nationally protected institution paid for with tax dollars.
This makes you and me unwilling accomplices to the greatest destroyer love and peace.
Mother Teresa's Washington speech can be accessed on the Internet at www.luisprada.com/Protected/mother_teresa_on_abortion.htm.
I wish Mother Teresa had also delivered it in Canada. Its truths about family, love for neighbours and life equally apply to us. All truth seekers must heed what she said.
If abortion really is the greatest destroyer of love and peace, then all peaceful countries must end abortion and encourage life-affirming solutions for women facing crises pregnancies.
Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity say to women facing unwanted pregnancies, "Please don't destroy the child; we will take the child. . . . Come, we will take care of you, we will get a home for your child." So they do - and so should we as followers of Jesus Christ.
Thousands of couples are unable to have children. They want to adopt and complete their families. There is no such thing as an unwanted child.
Many people in Canada say we are a "pro-choice" country. Canada funds 10,000 abortions a year, costing millions of dollars, but does not equally fund alternatives to abortions. We are more accurately described as a pro-abortion nation. Follow the money trail. It reveals the heart and priorities of our nation.
If, as Mother Teresa said, abortion causes moral blindness then we are in desperate straits.
Recession may increase financial poverty, but hearts that are closed to God's love and life are the poorest of all, for their poverty is spiritual and their internal blindness complete.
True patriots of the 21st century will work to eradicate abortion from Canada's social fabric and make it an unthinkable way to solve the social problem of unwanted pregnancy. Love and peace will find a home in people's hearts.
That is where true love and peace can be found.
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