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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sanctity of Life Sunday: A call for justice and mercy

Today is Sanctity of Life Sunday.

Warning, this video is very graphic. Yet I would encourage you to watch. It is one thing to tell a story about the horrors of the holocaust, and quite another to see pictures of the mass graves at Auschwitz. I am not intending to 'shock' anyone for shock's sake. The rhetoric surrounding this debate can be over inflammatory on both sides. I would warn us all of sound-bytes and bumper stickers. That said, and in light of current events, we must have our eyes opened to what is happening here.

We discuss abortion far too often on the level of abstraction and theory, offering up statistics and oratorical flourish. When the particulars confront us, the issue takes on a new face.

To the church (and myself): if this information does not drive us to the action of love and mercy for all who are involved then we are Pharisees. God help us if we pick up stones, if we judge, if we allow religion to keep us from inviting hurting/broken/needy folks to the table. On a societal level we must speak up. Yet I pray that God gives my voice the power of hands, a readiness to act. It is easy to picket and debate. May God give Caite and I the strength to serve, to love hurting women, and to care for the least of these.

If anyone out there needs help. Hit me up. Further information can be found at abort73.com.

HT to JT.

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