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Friday, April 18, 2014

MURDER OF INNOCENTS: Out of Evil Comes a Greater Good

by Susan Fox

Bishop A.M. Blanchet watched in horror as members of his flock killed white settlers in Eastern Washington. It was how they did it that caused him the most anguish: “easily and with gaiety of heart,” he wrote, “whooping and hollering.” 

A white French Canadian, Bishop Blanchet has the distinction of being the first bishop of Nisqually – later known as the dioceses of Seattle and Spokane. He kept a journal in French; traveled the early American frontier cooking altar breads over an open fire; he was accosted and mistreated by prejudiced pastors of other denominations. And he witnessed the atrocities of the “red” men he loved and considered his own.  

In the mid-1800s, he wrote a letter addressed to these men using the term of address, “Mes pauvres sauvages.” (My poor savages or my poor wild men) It was an anguished and compassionate letter from a spiritual father. While he was obviously distressed by their actions, he never lost faith in the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest “because it cannot be doubted that when the Indians will understand the seriousness of the crime of homicide, they will avoid committing it.”

In his letter, he explained that he merely felt he had a job to do as a missionary: “As they learn to know God – that will inspire their horror of all these terrible crimes that they commit now so easily.”

He was a successful evangelist. I’ve attended Mass side by side with descendants of those same Indians in Eastern Washington. Their liturgy was celebrated in Salish.
Twitter Wild Man

I kept his spiritual advice in mind as I met the same group of “wild men” on Twitter this week. They insisted that children in the womb are not human beings. They are simply cancer cells. A woman has the right to have her appendices out. A baby is no different than a cancer cell, they argued in 140 characters or less.

Humorously, I recalled having my appendices out in Grenoble, France, in 1974. It was the practice in France to give the patient the portion of the body removed after the surgery! I woke up in a French hospital with a test tube lying next to me. Yep, sure enough, it contained my appendices!

They did not look like a baby, I swear. They looked like long pink stringy things. How embarrassing that the inside of one’s body could be so very ugly.

I have the personal experience -- unfortunately -- to explain to you the difference between my ugly appendices and an unborn baby. I miscarried my son Raphael in 1985. He was about six to eight weeks from conception. 

As the Twitter atheists said, Raphael did drop into the toilet. They implied this made him something less than human. But we pulled him out and baptized him, and brought him into the hospital where I was to have a DNC.

And even the doctor agreed he was unmistakably a very small human being. I recognized my husband’s long face and legs. And while my stringy appendices had my DNA, Raphael didn’t. He had his own. Therefore, he is not my organ or my cancer. He is his own person, with his own personal right to life. If I have the right to “choose” what is done with my body, then Raphael should have an equal right, and that requires him to be born and raised.

Yet this week I was accused of lacking “science” by a science major in grad school, my dear atheist tweeter. In his mind women are ruled by “hormones,” must have uncontrolled sex, and then they are rudely occupied by infant invaders who must be firmly repelled medically in abortion. Under this scenario, the human race is actually an alien band of parasites!

“Abortion is not murder because it deals with a part of a woman's body, not a life,” he said. Another atheist argued, “If you need an organ, should your mother be forced by law to donate?” He referred to the womb.

One of my new pro-life twitter friends, responded, “A ridiculous argument that has NOTHING to do with the subject.”  But the second atheist responded, “It does actually. Why do fetuses have the right to use a body without consent?”

I responded, “The mother practicing self-mastery gives consent when she has sexual relations.”

“No, she doesn’t. Consent to sex isn’t consent to pregnancy!” the atheist shot back. This led to an argument on the ineffectiveness of birth control. “Only abstinence works,” I said. And it doesn’t damage the health of either the mother or the father.  Birth control endangers women’s health, and vasectomies are associated with brain damage.

My son did not choose to come into existence. He didn’t -- with his life -- occupy my womb without my consent. My husband and I were waiting in love for our child, and we actually watched for the best time to conceive. There was nothing involuntary about my womb being occupied by another human being, nothing requiring us to expel the “little invader.” And when we lost him, there was no greater suffering. I simply can’t describe it.
Atheist View of Women

To suggest that women are helpless rag dolls who can’t keep their legs together is to suggest that women are incapable of self-mastery – that, in fact, they are as wild and savage as the atheist barbarians arguing on Twitter.

So I started asking questions. And the first atheist tweeter admitted that his mother had an abortion, and his “girlfriends” had abortions.

Here we are all upset and shocked because a 39-year-old woman in Utah kept seven dead infants in her garage, children she bore at home while her three teenage daughters lived in the house. She is charged with six counts of murder (the seventh baby was still born).  No one doubts that it was infant murder – right after birth. What is the difference between infanticide and abortion? Five minutes.

So how would a man deal with the knowledge that his mother murdered one of his siblings? And he was spared? Loving his mother, wouldn’t he decide that what she had done was to simply remove unwanted tissue? He says that’s not the case. “I support abortion not out of loyalty (to my mother), but because it's the right thing to do.  Women shouldn't be forced to be pregnant.” 

Behind those words, however, I sense a story of great fear on his mother’s part. And his family is not alone. Fifty-seven million abortions in the U.S. since 1973, but how many brothers and sisters survived and were affected by those 57 million decisions? We could have hundreds of millions of walking wounded in the United States.
Baby Oven: A Woman Willing to Bear Children
According to An Atheist 

I asked my tweeter atheist how he felt about the “decision” his girlfriend made to have an abortion. He answered, “I respected it. My girl is not my baby oven. She is her own person.” But his child is not.

Patience is required. In 150 years, our country has come full circle. The wild Indians are now law-abiding Catholics, and the population is infiltrated with wild men, who think nothing of murdering their own children. The time of Moloch has emerged. Child sacrifice is the new norm, but this time the false god’s name is FEAR. Maybe that’s what Moloch meant the first time around too. But today the New Barbarians wear suits, carry iPads and have college degrees.
the god of child sacrifice

Atheists are bitter when they see bad things happen in the world. Stories like Noah’s Ark and the Exodus make them think, "If God exists, He is mean."

My husband has been trying to explain to them that God takes responsibility for evil. Even though He does not directly cause it, He promises to handle it – to bring good out of evil.

God tried to show us how He would repair our “mistake” in the Garden by sending His Son to become man and die for us. God so loved the world that He gave His only Son.

Early Christians seemed to get this message that is ignored and buried today. In an Easter homily, the second century bishop of Sardis, St. Melito, said, “For the sake of suffering humanity he came down from heaven to earth, clothed himself in that humanity in the Virgin’s womb, and was born a man. Having then a body capable of suffering, he took the pain of fallen man upon himself ... and by his Spirit, which was incapable of dying, he dealt man’s destroyer, death, a fatal blow.” Death entered the world through man’s fall. God came to earth to fix our “mistakes,” not His. Everything God made was good. 
Behold the Lamb of God Who Takes Away the Sins of the World
The good bishop goes on to explain: “He is the mute lamb, the slain lamb, the lamb born of Mary, the fair ewe. He was seized from the flock, dragged off to be slaughtered, sacrificed in the evening, and buried at night. On the tree no bone of his was broken; in the earth his body knew no decay. He is the One who rose from the dead, and who raised man from the depths of the tomb.”

Death where is thy sting?

This Easter Sunday is the 15th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado near where I live. This story is perfect atheist fodder. Two students entered the school on April 20, 1999, and sprayed the library with bullets, killing 12 students, one teacher and injuring 26 more before taking their own lives.

The Denver Catholic Register this week wrote about the Columbine tragedy with the headline, “Out of evil comes A GREATER GOOD.”

Students who survived spoke of the joy they had in their lives despite their injuries. Patrick Ireland was shot in the head, arm, leg and foot that day. He spent three hours in and out of consciousness pushing himself slowly toward a shot-out window. When he reached it, he hurled himself out to rescuers.

He had to relearn how to walk, talk and retrain his memory. But he finished high school on schedule, went on to college, married his college sweetheart, had a daughter and manages an insurance office. Forgiveness was an important part of his recovery.

“We have a choice of how we live our lives, choosing to be a victor or a victim on a daily basis... Being a victor is a conscious decision,” Ireland said, adding that “God has a plan. If that was my purpose to be used as a tool for greater things, then I’m happy to be able to serve that way.”

Sean Graves has had 47 surgeries since he was shot in the back six times 15 years ago. “I don’t think the pain is something that will ever change,” he said. “But it’s a blessing and a gift to still be here and do all the things I can do.”

A member of St. Frances Cabrini Church in Littleton, he and his wife, Kara, serve as peer mentors with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation for people living with paralysis. Mr. Graves spent four years in a wheel chair, and was originally told he’d never walk again.  “I’m stubborn,” he said, “when they told me that, I took it as a personal challenge.” Today he walks.

God showed great tenderness and respect for the Blessed Virgin Mary in the manner he used to gain her consent to become the Mother of His Son. 

St. Luke reported Our Lady’s response to the Lord’s invitation through the Angel Gabriel: “Behold the Handmaid of the Lord. Be it done to me according to your word.” Doesn’t her answer remind you of Patrick Ireland’s response?  “If that was my purpose to be used as a tool for greater things, then I’m happy to be able to serve that way.”

I don’t think a God like that would create men and women who are “invaded” by “cancer cells” that magically turn into human beings. No, that sounds like a fairy tale created by someone in a red suit with horns on his head.

Neither would I expect the Blessed Mother to call herself a “baby oven.” Let us pray that the people, who think of pregnant women as “baby ovens,” have their stony hearts removed. May God give them hearts made of real flesh.

Watch this fascinating video of the human being developing  from seven weeks from conception. It jumps to the next video for the whole development automatically. Share with your atheist friends!
The Development of the Human Embryo from Seven Weeks.

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  1. As to the woman in Utah accused of murder, the only difference is that Planned Parenthood didn't get paid for the killing by permission of the government.

    As to the Atheist who says "I think, therefore, I am" and has no awareness of their Divine Creator, these people who claim to be so brilliant that they call themselves "Brights", never thought to ASK, SEEK, OR KNOCK! Filled with anger because they did not receive the entitlement of pleasure and power they expected, they seek to destroy all Creation - sometimes even themselves.

    And this is why we pray so fervently for them.

  2. Susan Hi, A very cogent and deep look at the "savages" that are still around today. I really love to read someone's passion for life and yours really appears i through your words here. Thanks for reminding me of God's gift of my life tonight.

  3. There are so many challenges in this world . . . I hear your passion in every word you write.

  4. Wow! This is expansive matter, which I feel compelled to share.

    By reading what you wrote, in all its complexity, I know that you are a sister. Thank you.

  5. This is so tragic an issue. I don't know what people thought when they "just did".Now we have so very many horrible things brutal extreme pain to innocent babies.no one should feel such pain.1 of many sad:issues is that this pain and tearing apart to sell parts is done in large part by women who spoke as unfeeling of the baby and. Butchard parts for reasons to buy luxury car. NoDifferent than ancient, very ancient times. We progressed(Ivory Snow). We now have people that make our Barbaric Laws. Laws against nature.AGAINST GOD.

  6. All too barberic. Ancient, very Ancient. Babies torn apart in pain. Much murder done by women. Must have expensive everything for ripping Baby apart to get expensive things by Gov. apprroved. Laws that pprotect murderers. Yet woman jaiiled for refussing to sign same sex Marriage License. Her christian right protected by amendment. We have Laws now for all immoral acts.where and when did we progress?. It cotinues to get better. We are seeing the effects of God having been take out of our life saving equation (Ivysnow).

  7. Keep loosing .To respond re Indians. It was Terrible Slaughter we did come into there territory. They watched as things destroyed & Buffalo killed for sport. Indians respected land & animals. The American Army mercilessly Slaughtered peaceful & and all Indians. Term INDIAN GIVER, is not one who gives then takes away. It is when the settlers gave blankets full of Small Pox Virus. This wiped out too many to count. *This is Indian Giver. Indians accepted as kindness.This done by "Christians" Things usually come down to greed . Same as killing Babies w/Pain. All greed. Not enough was done to stop this barbaric activity for $. We have left GOD He did & never leaves us. What does Jesus say to all we are doing? All his suffering, so much so he was made unrecognizable.& no words for horrific pain. Now do we cry out to Our Blessed Mother who was pierced through as she held her arms about her Son's Crucifiction Cross, then held His Dead Body. What do we say now? Yes we are not abandon nor are we orphans, but is This how we show Thanksgiving; our true Love? We were asleep at the wheel while all these Immoral Laws passed. It takes a Moral Army people of GOD to defeat Satan. He is alive,,well, happy, and so very busy.Many swept places for him to enter!. And Yes Iam not happy , have said so; from beginning re synod. Nothing about it felt good in My Heart. What was done? Laws to stop Murder of Babies?Re school Man-Woman on Marriage? Same Sex issues time spent? Can control! Our Society has no boundaries. GOD was taken out of equation we left Him. HE NEVER LEAVES US. He was taken out of Commands. Can no one see these things. IT WOULD BE WISE to do.

  8. Susan I'm going to try again then perhaps I can get the story to you. Re: 2 orphan children of 14. The mother Ava left all other children on farm. Monroe County. This is difficult story to get through. The 2 "babies" were taken to Orphanage in Ohio. After there 5yrs children become ; Wards of State. Gloria & Michael. The very oldest brother went to New York. He studied Ballet and married a Ballerina. They were quite famous. Also studied with The Russian ballet Co.; and on tv. Not much known about others, really some because family large. Gloria and Michael ran away from home due to brutal tretment from Govrenesses. They alway seemed to end up at St Paul's Shrine. It was here during each run-away they were taught about the Catholic faith and then received the Sacriments. During one of the run-aways they were both hit by cars. Same time 2 different opposite direction.It was a highway neither knew how to cross. Gloria all ribs broke and damage to back. Michael badly fractured skull. Mecedes took care of us she was God Mother now.. When both better ,Gloria went to Marymount Michael to St Anthony's. Gloria graduated age 15 . Answer to problem was for Gloria to Mary. Both children asked why no one ever took them to their home. They were told No one knew where they were. Gloria & Joseph married in St Paul's. Shrine. The Cloistered Nuns sang -So Beautiful. Soon 4 children. At the time youngest. 1 girl 3 boys. Youngest 3+ when Joseph left. He was not able to deal with family scene more than 3 mo. At time. No Medical Dr or Priest could change his mind . Gloria was so afraid to be not married; She begged to be married, so afraid they would not go to heaven. Joseph married prostitute, still is. Gloria did'nt mary . Went to work & school. All children grew up fine. Family all about. Faith great importance . Many more stories within this one. Gloria always with family received Communion and reconciliation. What more to add to happiness? There is more

  9. Please don't give me a label such as 'Bright' (1st comment). I'm a human who knows as much and as little as any other human.
    The fact that I don't accept preconceived ideas handed me by a priest doesn't make me any more dumb or bright than anyone else.

    Abortion is, in my opinion, an act of murder. That I arrive at that conclusion as an unbeliever surely says something about humanity, and not God.

    Chris. (Susan knows who I am.)

  10. Chris It's true that any human being can discern Thou Shalt Not Kill. It's written into our code as human beings. But unfortunately some human beings haven't discerned this. God bless you. Susan Fox

  11. Please don't assume that all atheists our pro abortion. We're not. I'm not, although it's not always a black and white issue.

    1. No! You are right. Not all atheists are pro-abortion. Thank God for the ones who are not. ;) Susan Fox