Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By David Jackson

12/30/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Remembering America's Holy Innocents

It is the great sin of omission that stains the consciousness of the American psyche. We kill our unborn. That's what we do. We the people in order to form a more perfect union have decided that part of being perfect involves the right to kill the the unseen, the inconvenient, the most vulnerable. It is in the American will, and it is this very will that needs conversion.

Abortion is nothing more than murder of our unborn children.

Abortion is nothing more than murder of our unborn children.

Highlights

By David Jackson

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/30/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Blog

Keywords: Abortion, Holy Innocents, We the people, murder, babies, children kill, inconvienienet, unseen, unloved, love,


LOS ANGELES, CA - Thus says the LORD:

'A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are not.'

Jer 31:15

King Herod fulfilled this prophesy when upon being frustrated by not finding the Christ child, he ordered the murder of all males ages two and under. The Catholic Church remembers these first Saints to be martyred for Jesus. Today, is the Feast of the Holy Innocents. It seems appropriate to share this poem written by Alison Townsend.

What I Never Told You About the Abortion

That it hurt, despite the anesthetic,

which they administered with a long needle, shot straight into the womb.

That they hit the vagus nerve the first time and I fell down when I tried to stand.

That after the second shot my legs snapped shut--instinctively as any wild mother protecting chick, kit, cub.

That I held the hand of a young Hispanic nurse and wept when she said, "You know hon, you don't have to do this."

That I believed that I did, though I nearly got up and left.

That the doctor was crude, saying (when he saw me conscious), "It's always the ones who want to be awake who should be put out.

That dilation and curettage is exactly what it sounds like: opening, scraping, digging out a scrap of tissue that clings.

That mothers both create and take life.

That I crossed a picket line to get into the clinic.

That I wanted to come back another day but knew if I left then I wouldn't return.

That my mind was not, as I let you believe, made up that night at Planned Parenthood, the positive lab slip shining in my hand like a ticket to Heaven.

That this was where the deep root of sadness began to take hold.

That I stood in our bedroom a few days before the "procedure," my blouse open and bra undone, looking at my breasts, marveling at the way they swelled, even at eight weeks, like fruit I'd never seen.

Remembering the rise and fall of my mother's body as she nursed my sister.

That I felt inhabited then.

Incarnate, the cells of my skin glowing, bright and scared.

That I wished we were married, though it seemed uncool.

That I wished you'd said "A baby? Let's do it!"

instead of "It's your body. You decide."

That it was all surgical and neat, not even any blood afterward on the Kotex that made me feel fourteen.

That I dreamed of it for weeks.

That we married years later, that dream torn between us.

That I had wanted to feel the hard bowl of my belly.

That I believed it was practical -- you in grad school, no health insurance, me the one with a job.

That the table I lay on was cold.

That there was a poster of a kitten dangling from a tree limb, with the word "Hang in there, baby" on the ceiling above me.

That I turned names over and over in my head like bright stones: Caitlin, Phoebe, Rebecca, Siobhan.

That the nurse wept with me, like some twentieth-century Southern California fate, midwife to death in her uniform printed with flowers.

That she wrapped my hand in her navy blue sweater.

That I described the thumb-size embryo inside me in all the obvious ways--shrimp, peanut, little-bud-wanting-to-open.

But not baby, never baby.

That I saved the paperwork as proof I'd been admitted to the college of mothers.

That I told you a good story; letting you believe I believed I might not be able to write with a child, that this was the beginning of the end of us.

That though we are kind now, and always cordial when we meet, a decade after our divorce, it is the one thing I cannot forgive you.

That it has taken me twenty years to find words for this story.

That no matter how many that's I write, there are not--will never be enough.

Abortion at various stages


It's normal to recoil and wince at the thought of a soldier driving his short sword into the soft body of a baby while his mother screams in terror and his father fights in futility. How many babies were killed nearly 2,000 years ago is debatable. Some say just a few, others say hundreds. Whatever the number, one was too many, and yet juxtaposed to the more than 4,000 babies killed in these United States by abortion, every day, Herod was an amateur.

It is the great sin of omission that stains the consciousness of the American psyche. We often kill our unborn. That's what we do. We the people in order to form a more perfect union have decided that part of being perfect involves the right to kill the the unseen, the inconvenient, the most vulnerable. It is protected by American law, supported by the will of the culture, and it is this very will that needs conversion.

May the Saints of Bethlehem who died in the name of Christ pray for the souls of those who have been touched by abortion.  May the killing end.  May God have mercy on America.



---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for January 2015
General Intention:
That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace.
Missionary Intention: That in this year dedicated to consecrated life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal.



Comments


More Blog

Think Before You Speak and Always Choose Better Words

Image of Think before you speak - you might regret your words.

By Jackie Stammen

A thought pops into my mind. Said thought exits my mouth. I often find myself word vomiting as such. Just because a thought enters my mind, does not mean that it needs to exit my mouth. Filter, Jackie, filter. I've become acutely aware that I often speak too much. I ... continue reading


Exposing Couples' Genuine Fears in Family Planning

Image of It's amazing how fear has the potential to overpower in some cases or to protect in others.

By Tara Brelinsky

Quite often the women have been controlling their cycles with hormonal birth control or contraceptive devices. These 'outside forces' have led to the perception that fertility, or at least its suppression, is the responsibility of some 'thing' not the individual ... continue reading


The Nitty Gritty on Birth Control

Image of This 4th installment in the post series discussing womanhood and the need to rethink birth control, addresses the ramifications of contraceptives on the body and the healthy alternatives to family planning.

By Tara Brelinsky

From sensitivities to allergies and everything in between, there's an increased awareness of how what we put into our bodies affects our well-being. Labels contain ingredient lists and restaurants highlight low calorie menu items to aid consumers.This 4th ... continue reading


The Difference Between Two Generations

Image of Simple conversation with friends and family brings joy.

By Jackie Stammen

Always a welcoming feeling, I plopped down on the living room couch at my grandparent's house while I was in Ohio for Thanksgiving this past November. A happy little fire warmed the room and expanded the smile on my face. There are few things I love more on a cold day ... continue reading


Why I Hate the March for Life: But Why I Must Continue to Put Feet on the Ground Watch

Image of for 42 years, faithful men, women and children have come forth to speak with unrestrained lips, giving testimony with footsteps, to the glory of God and His creations, born and unborn. And though we may tire of the task, feel un-welcomed, discouraged or overwhelmed we must and will continue to carry our signs, hold fast to our convictions and march forward until the day when every life matters according to the law and in every heart.

By by Tara K. E. Brelinsky

My husband asked me just last week how it is that I can still maintain a sense of shock and naivete whenever events like the Republicans' refusal to stand by their public convictions occur. I pointed out that hope causes me to invest in goodness, to believe that ... continue reading


There is a Sensitive Heart in Dire Need of Love Behind Every Cold, Strong Facade

Image of We all long to love and be loved.

By Jackie Stammen

The heart has basic needs. Not just my heart, but all hearts. As humans we often desire many things, but I've become incredibly aware of the root of all desires. The most simplistic way to express the deepest desire of each person is that we all long to love and be ... continue reading


Keeping You In The Dark: How Big Pharma Profits From Ignorance

Image of Don't be in the dark, do your research on all medications that your doctor prescribes. Be aware of the side effects.

By by Tara K. E. Brelinsky

'Knowledge is Power' was a theme song lyric in one of my favorite childhood programs. Indeed, knowledge is a powerful tool and with it we can make right choices. Unfortunately, there's not much education going on in the gynecologist's office. And I'd even boldly ... continue reading


Patience is United With Love

Image of Marriage is a Sacrament based in love and commitment.

By Jackie Stammen

'Patience cannot be proved in any way other than suffering, and patience is united with love.'From 'Little Talks With God' by St. Catherine of Siena NASHVILLE, TN - In essence, love cannot be proved without patience or suffering. In today's world it's easy to ... continue reading


Pope Francis Said What? On Rabbits and Responsibility

Image of Pope Francis on the Plane

By Tara Brelinsky

Pope Francis' recent rabbit comment has been splashed across the headlines. There are accusations, questions, criticisms and explanations. Admittedly, as a mama of a big brood who has endured more than a couple of comments (plus the aforementioned serenade) and ... continue reading


The Female Fertility Cycle Demystified

Image of Some women begin experiencing symptoms from the moment the fertilized egg implants in the uterus, whereas others may not notice any changes until well after the first month.

By by Tara K. E. Brelinsky

In part 1 of this post series, I covered how woman needs to reclaim her wholeness. Society has fractured woman into a collection of parts and in doing so it has allowed men to say in effect, I want you darling, but not your fill-in-the-blank.  From hair dye ... continue reading


All Blog News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Hebrews 10:11-18
11 Every priest stands at his duties every day, ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 110:1, 2, 3, 4
1 [Of David Psalm] Yahweh declared to my Lord, 'Take ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 4:1-20
1 Again he began to teach them by the lakeside, but ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for January 28th, 2015 Image

St. Thomas Aquinas
January 28: St. Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church, patron of ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter