Emily, I appreciate what you say. I try to look away from those graphic images. But I know I should look. Face the evil. And so I do and am both heartbroken, like you, and outraged and horrified.
But I was really saddened yesterday to see them. At one point in the morning I was rushing across Independence Avenue, I believe, and there were the genocide billboard display on one side and a truck with a video set up on the other side. If you were commuting to work and this is all you would encounter of the March for Life, this is what you would know of it.
Meanwhile, if you actually had or took the time to meet up with the March, you saw joyful faces and prayerful citizens. You saw witnesses to mercy and love. I was overwhelmed by them myself.
But if you simply encountered those photos … and aborted your own child, convinced someone to abort hers or yours … divorced from that message of mercy and love, my heart breaks, too, for you.
I do think we have to infuse everything with love. Truth, yes. But always with the message of mercy. And I’m not sure that last bit came across to anyone who encountered the March in brief yesterday.
About the videos appearing at the march, and the use of graphic images, Theresa Bonopartis, who does post-abortion healing work in New York, writes:
In a situation teaching about abortion these are powerful tools, but to thrust it on everyone with no regard or warning is irresponsible and self righteous. We are all sinners in need of His mercy. Some of us have different sins. Would anyone want their sins thrust in their face in the public square? Is this any different thanthe men who dragged out the woman caught in adultery? Jesus does not work that way. He did not shove her sins in the face of the sinful woman, or the Samaritan woman or any other great sinner He met. He did not show her her sins, she knew very well what they were.Instead, He lowered His eyes and wroteint he sand so she would not feel ashamed…He converted her with love.
Some may say this is not just for post abortive people but the truth is countless numbers of them will be there as well a countless numbers of children.
Personally, I am glad I know I am a sinner. I am glad I know it is only through His grace and love that I am saved. I pray I would never presume to think I know what others need to convert or that there was any sin I was not capable of. Without His grace we are all capable of anything and anything we do not do is only because of that grace. I pray I always lead those who come to us to Him, the only one who saves,converts ,changes hearts and can end abortion.
I pray everyone who needs to hear that message of Divine Mercy will. Mercifully, there were a lot of prayers for just that this weekend.