After learning of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the Supreme Court, the words of Jesuit Father John Hardon came to mind: “Educate, educate, educate.” Father Hardon, named a Servant of God by the Church, was a noted theologian, writer and catechist. He spent his final years in my home archdiocese, the Archdiocese of Detroit. Although I never had the blessing of meeting him, I have heard countless stories of how he encouraged and advised lay Catholics on how to help pass on the truth and beauty of the Church: education.
Maybe you don’t see yourself as much of an educator when it comes to the Faith. But we’re all called to evangelize wherever God puts us and in whatever ways we can. Given the fact that the endless discussions, debates and arguments surrounding Kennedy’s replacement are zooming in on the abortion issue — more specifically, the infamous Roe v. Wade decision — what better time to educate on the fallout of abortion?
You don’t have to be a legal or religious scholar to start getting people to think and debate about what 45 years of abortion on demand has done to our country. Even the fact that abortion is legal through nine months of pregnancy is a fact of which many Catholics are unaware. Before the 2016 presidential election, my husband had a discussion with a fellow Catholic sidewalk counselor who had been praying the Rosary with him and other pro-lifers in front of abortion centers for years. He happened to mention a few details about Roe v. Wade, and she asked him, “What do you mean?” She assumed abortion was only legal through the first trimester.
The surveys show even those who like to call themselves “pro-choice” don’t agree with late-term abortions. You never know the type of impact speaking the truth, even one small piece of it, can do to educate someone and help lead them to a change of heart on this issue.
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