Tuesday, March 29, 2011

just a few little thoughts

Whether you identify yourself as Pro-Life or Pro-Choice or if you are unsure, you still have to be respectful with your thoughts.

Granted, I am guilty of not being as respectful as I ought to be at times, but lately I feel like I am really learning (thanks in part to a section on common ground in Fr. Frank Pavone's book Ending Abortion) how to conduct myself, express myself, and understand others and where they're coming from.

Clearly I am a supporter of Life and respect for life from conception until a natural death- which means I am against abortion and against the death penalty- and I believe I have a good understanding of the issues at hand. For me, I've found that people who support abortion haven't been exposed to some truths about abortion. I remember, while being very underinformed about abortion, thinking that it should be a woman's choice... I mean, what if she was raped? or what if the baby would die right after it was born? or what if the baby was going to be disabled? All of these questions' answers were slowly revealed to me and over time I believe I have come to see the truth and understand the ethical issues that we, as human beings, are facing with an injustice like abortion present in our world. I feel that I have also considered the points that the "opposition" (using quotes on that one... opposition implies that it is an "us versus them" thing and really, the more I think about it, the more I think that it isn't an "us versus them" issue) cites, such as poor living conditions for mothers in crisis pregnancies that cannot afford to keep a child or add another child to their family or couldn't continue their education with a baby, but I've found loving and lifegiving answers to those issues in my journey to understanding Life.

While on the topic of loving answers and approaches, I just have to say something about the use of graphic imagery. I believe people who use graphic displays have good intentions but I don't believe it is as loving or sensitive as other approaches could be. As a pro-lifer, seeing the images breaks my heart in a deep way that it almost needs to be broken sometimes so as to not forget the true gravity of this injustice, but were I not pro-life... I might be so turned off by the grotesque, graphic nature that I would reject the message.

Just some frustrations. As if abortion isn't bad enough, the banter between "sides" of the issue is hurtful as well.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

worth the blister

Aside from getting super stressed out beforehand, both our Pro-Life activities went well this weekend!

we got roses- haaaay!

Friday, we had a BloodMoney movie showing at the church and over 20 people attended! We had pizza and set up couches and comfy chairs and a projector and it was a great night. I think a lot of people were really taken aback by the corruption of the abortion industry. It definitely impacted people. I highly recommend this documentary!

Saturday, 17 of us attended the Diocese of Austin Pro-Life Gala and, although it was very frustrating as students kept backing out and then flaking and then recommitting and then backing out, it ended up working out! We got to hear from Sally Winn from Feminists for Life which was a really awesome opportunity. I really enjoyed the message she had to share with us about the roots of Feminism and what it really means to be a Feminist.

 We left to volunteer at 10 in the morning (had a few errands to do before) and didn't get home until 11 at night, so it was a long day. 7 of those hours were spent in my 2nd favorite pair of heels and, although I love being tall and wearing those shoes, my feet were acheing like cray cray by the end of the night. Now, I have a giant blister on my toe... but it was totally worth it.  

some of us with Bishop Joe at the Diocese of Austin Pro-Life Gala

Monday, March 21, 2011

on this perfect day

Today the doorbell rang and my roommate and I looked at each other like uhhh how about YOU answer that... and I ended up answering it. I crept up to the door to peek through the peephole, thinking it would be someone creepy, but it was the UPS guy... with a package... FOR ME!

Turns out... it was this! What a great suprise.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

it's been a while

well I am on spring break and I've been meaning to update this on some Pro-Life happenings but somehow sleep and reruns of "Everybody Loves Raymond" have been getting in the way.

However, I submitted my resume & essay for application for the Pro-Life academy I'm attending this summer (unless they reject me- yikes!) and I am so excited! I'll be in D.C. for a few weeks and I can't wait. I love defending life and I love wearing heels, so this combination is a winner!

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