By Monsignor Charles M. Mangan
©Catholic Online 2004
Brianna is a nineteen year-old graduate of a Catholic high school. Gentle and unassuming, she recently endured a very difficult examination--and passed with flying colors.
One warm summer night, this talented woman was violated by "Tyler"--a twentysomething she had only met. It is speculated that the lustful youth furnished Brianna with a stupefying agent without her knowledge. When she awoke from her unexpected slumber, she found herself completely unrobed--and anticipated that she was pregnant. Tyler had evaporated.
Having called a priest-friend for counsel, Brianna went to a local hospital. There she was told that the painless procedure to be performed on her would resolve the "unfortunate" matter. Brianna's ears pricked up. Rightly fearing that such an unspecified process could cause an abortion, she unhesitatingly refused her permission.
Brianna had conceived. Tyler steadfastly refutes the charge that the baby is his.
Convinced that every human life is precious, including that "in utero," Brianna went forward in faith. She resolutely protected her preborn baby, rejecting immediately any thought of abortion.
She was delighted when told that she is even now a mother and that she should begin to recognize herself as such, particularly every Mother's Day. Brianna acknowledges that she isn't an expectant mother--she's one already.
The essential question of whether or not to keep her baby after birth is being pondered with suitable reflection and calm by Brianna and her loyal parents. (Her mother, father, three brothers and two sisters have been the picture of genuine affection and unflagging support for their daughter and sister.) Brianna understands that there are pluses and minuses on both sides of the "to keep/to give up for adoption" ledger.
Meanwhile, Brianna displays an amazing tranquility. She realizes that our Creator has not abandoned her and her offspring. More than ever, she is grateful for the sacred, unique life growing daily within her, notwithstanding the fact that she did not consent to the sinful contact that made this possible.
This young lady professes her significant need for union with Christ. She avails herself of daily prayer and the frequent reception of the Sacraments. She loves Our Blessed Lady and seeks to imitate her.
In a confused age when abortion is vehemently claimed as a human right--especially when one has been so brutally violated, Brianna's courage and clarity offer a vital corrective. No politicking, no candidate for public office, no pressure group--stuffed with hate for the Risen Lord Jesus and His Holy Gospel--which seeks to vilify the only Church He founded in part because of her unbending, unchanging doctrine that abortion, regardless of the circumstances, is always and everywhere a heinous act, will persuade Brianna to believe that her preborn baby is a messy blob of cheap tissue to be disposed of according to her own selfish whim.
We hunger for more Briannas in our troubled era. And we desperately cry out for additional inspiring Moms, Dads and siblings like hers.
Thank you, Brianna, for choosing to defend and nourish the unmistakable, God-given human life within your womb. We love and esteem you.
Mary, Mother of Preborn Children, pray for us!
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