Keeping our Eyes on Christ
I get easily distracted. As much as I try to stop myself, I get caught up in the heat of abortion battles, or disagreements within the pro life movement no matter how many times I try to avoid it. It is human nature. We have such huge egos, without even wanting to, we think we are so important.
It takes a great deal of violence against my natural inclinations to concentrate instead on what God is asking of me today, at this moment.
What is it He would like me to do, and more importantly, do I trust in Him enough to know His hand is in everything and He desires the end to abortion even more than I do.
Sure, sometimes we are called to be involved in certain situations. After prayer and discernment, we may find God is actually calling us to action on a certain issue. If this is the case, no doubt He will provide the necessary graces for us to do what he has willed for us. Most times however, when I find myself in certain situations I realize I have somehow veered off the path and am now following my own road instead of the one God willed for me.
I recently read a great passage on St Augustine in the Eucharist meditation book “Amazing Nearness” by
In it he states: "St Augustine’s purification was severe. Hippo, into which he had put so much loving effort, had collapsed. What had taken years to build was destroyed...such was the fate of one of the greatest saints and church fathers". (pg37) "Humanly speaking, everything was destroyed. Yet, God never looses; maybe the destruction of Hippo was necessary so St Augustine would find deeper union with God. Christ did not shed His Precious Blood for Hippo, He did it for His beloved Augustine."
Doing pro life work can be very challenging. We have a tendency to fluctuate with the battle depending on whether we see it as a victory or defeat.
He is the only one who will always be there, He will never abandon us, and He is the only one who can end abortion!