So, as is my usual practice, I went to Mass this morning. It has been a rough couple of weeks as we have watched 4 videos expose Planned Parenthood talking about, and selling baby parts.
To be honest, when #4 came out yesterday I had to force myself to watch it. Quite frankly, illegal or not, it is a horrific practice and the callousness of the employees is beyond comprehension to most people. I get it though, when I worked as a drug and alcohol abuse counselor we often made jokes to ease the tension, because it was so hard to deal with the heaviness of it all on a day to day basis, but the difference between that and these workers is that they are the ones doing the deed.
So many women and men are devastated by these videos wondering the fate of their aborted children. Although PP says they get permission, we are not dumb enough not to recognize in our state of vulnerability we may have signed off on things without reading them, or for that matter, may have been talked into donating . Wanting to counter the terrible event of participating in abortion I am sure it was not hard to talk many into agreeing .
Today I sat in church and cried. I cried for the babies, I cried for the women and men, I cried for the clinic workers, and I cried for our country who allows such a thing. Obama has already promised to veto any bill that comes up to defund Planned Parenthood...it really is incomprehensible.
It felt good and right to cry. It is an appropriate response to the horror of what is happening. It is easy to get caught up in it, but as I sat in church today on the Feast of St Ignatius I thought of one of my favorite prayers, and I suddenly felt at peace.
I knew in the end everything is going to be alright.
St Ignatius, pray for us!
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace.
That is enough for me.
Take Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess. Thou hast given all to me. To Thee, O lord, I return it. All is Thine, dispose of it wholly according to Thy will. Give me Thy love and thy grace, for this is sufficient for me.
Ignatius Loyola- See more at: http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/prayers-by-st-ignatius-and-others/suscipe-the-radical-prayer#sthash.Av6y37Wn.dpuf