A Knack for Hard Knocks
Rethink RU-486. Abortion leaves deep emotional scars.
by Brother Brian Coe, LC | Source: Catholic.net
When I was a child, if there was trouble to get into, I knew how to find it. I remember the day my parents bought our first microwave oven. At 7 years old, I was a veteran with the conventional oven, in despite of my mom’s continual refrain: “Don’t touch anything in the kitchen. If you want something, ask.” Much to my delight, her prohibition turned every chicken pot pie into an undercover operation.
The polished chrome exterior and touch-pad data entry system of the microwave should have tipped me off that this was no ordinary oven. But I did not put two and two together. Instead, I was focused on the prospect of not needing to stand on a chair to get things going.
When the time was right, I carefully unwrapped the pot pie so as not to attract any undue attention and quietly put it into the microwave. With the door shut, everything would be easy: 25 minutes, just like the old oven, and then push Start. I never saw that ill-fated pot pie again. After 7 minutes, a smoke alarm went off. By the eighth minute, my parents were canvassing us kids to see who had done what. By the tenth minute, I had been banned from even looking at the microwave for the next 5 years. Such was my childhood: life lessons learned the hard way. “Microwaves do not work the same as regular ovens” is just one example.
But there are many life lessons I am glad I never had to learn the hard way. Don’t dive into murky water. Don’t put the toaster into the sink until you are sure it is unplugged. Don’t eat wild mushrooms. These are just a few. My mom laid down the law in many cases like this because she loves me. I’m glad she did. Thanks to her list of don’ts, I have no need of consuming a renegade fungus or of having a hair-raising run-in between indoor appliances and indoor plumbing to know what to avoid in life. Common sense says, “Listen to Mom.”
There is another list of don’ts out there for those of us who are interested in taking care of our souls. “Thou shalt not kill, steal, lie, etc.” God knows how we tick and loves us more than we can imagine. So he does his best to teach us these important lessons the easy way.
Killing an innocent person does to your soul what diving onto a submerged object does to your neck. Consider Macbeth. Right after killing the King of Scotland, he steps onto the stage with blood on his conscience and a dagger in his hand. “Macbeth shall sleep no more.” This lingering thought echoes from the haunted soul of a tormented man. He learned his lesson the hard way.
Lying, stealing, adultery, etc, all take that peace from you.
IT is alike what Yahweh had in mind when he gave his list of don’ts to Moses: getting to sleep at night. It is tough to sleep without peace of mind and heart. Lying, stealing, adultery, etc, all take that peace from you. We avoid sentencing innocent people to death because it spiritually destroys everybody involved.
Legalized abortion is not all it was cracked up to be. Women who thus exercise their legal right have found that it leaves deep emotional scars that remain for the rest of one’s life. Has this lesson been learned yet? The current discussion about RU-486 makes me wonder.
RU-486 advocates say that moving abortion to the privacy of the young lady’s home will diminish the psychological scars involved. I suggest they give Macbeth a closer read. King Duncan is residing in Macbeth’s house as a guest when Macbeth dispatches him. The fact that he is at home does not ease the pain for “his host, who should against his murderer shut the door.” Procured abortion is called “mortal sin” because it kills your spirit. It brings a lifetime of suffering and regret to a young lady who saw no other way out of an objectively difficult situation. The location does not change the reality. The clinic does not kill your soul, the abortion does.
As a Catholic seminarian, I know many priests who push themselves to be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation precisely because they have seen this kind of suffering first-hand over and over again. It is a daily part of life for them. Though it takes a lot out of them, they give themselves enthusiastically because there is a real need these days. The only thing they get out of it is knowing that by bringing people back into contact with Jesus, they are restoring peace their hearts.
God, our Father, is doing everything he can to lead us in the right direction. He knows what we are made of and wants us to be happy. His list of “thou shalt not’s” is to teach us some basic life lessons, so that we don’t have to learn them the hard way. Even though we may not always see the big picture, common sense says: “Listen to Dad.”
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