Pope Saint John Paul II is an incredible leader, pastor and example. I’m always impressed by his insights to the family and human sexuality. Critics don’t expect this from a celibate priest, but his writings on the subject are profound.
“As the family goes, so goes the nation and the whole world.”
“Marriage comes to be understood as just another consumer choice — and one that we can choose or discard at will,” he said. “This understanding has already been well-advanced by a divorce and abortion culture that was created by heterosexuals; we are simply sowing the harvest of this transformation and have ourselves to blame.” – Professor Patrick Deneen, University of Notre Dame
Norma McCorvey is better known as Jane Roe, the plaintiff in the landmark case in 1973, Roe v. Wade, that legalized abortion. Did you know that she is a passionate pro-life advocate since 1995? Her personal history is amazing. She was a troubled child, an active lesbian and had three children of her own (who were given up for adoption). In 1995, she had a profound conversion experience. By 1998, she entered the Roman Catholic Church. Here is an excerpt from her book, “Won by Love,” co-written with Gary Thomas:
I was sitting in O.R.’s offices when I noticed a fetal development poster. The progression was so obvious, the eyes were so sweet. It hurt my heart, just looking at them. I ran outside and finally, it dawned on me. ‘Norma’, I said to myself, ‘They’re right’. I had worked with pregnant women for years. I had been through three pregnancies and deliveries myself. I should have known. Yet something in that poster made me lose my breath. I kept seeing the picture of that tiny, 10-week-old embryo, and I said to myself, that’s a baby! It’s as if blinders just fell off my eyes and I suddenly understood the truth — that’s a baby!
I felt crushed under the truth of this realization. I had to face up to the awful reality. Abortion wasn’t about ‘products of conception’. It wasn’t about ‘missed periods’. It was about children being killed in their mother’s wombs. All those years I was wrong. Signing that affidavit, I was wrong. Working in an abortion clinic, I was wrong. No more of this first trimester, second trimester, third trimester stuff. Abortion — at any point — was wrong. It was so clear. Painfully clear.
See her testimony in this video produced by VirtueMedia:
This article originally appeared in the January 2015 issue Columbia Magazine, page 25. Kevin DiCamillo is a freelance writer and editor in northern New Jersey, and is a member of the Don Bosco Knights of Columbus Council 4960 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Seeking to adopt a child following medical difficulties, a Knights of Columbus couple received an unexpected gift.
After my wife, Alicia, and I were married, we were looking forward to welcoming the children that God would send to our family. Yet we never expected the challenges that we confronted when I was diagnosed with cancer. Following surgery and months of radiation, doctors told us that we would not be able to conceive. Amid the heartbreak, we began to explore adoption.
We checked out private agencies for domestic and foreign adoption, but chose a more affordable option close to home: the New Jersey state adoption agency. After spending thousands of dollars on my cancer treatments, this seemed like the most sensible path. As with most things in life, there were good and bad aspects, and in the end, we received a surprise that only God could have arranged.