All For Life

Margaret Sanger, who founded Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, famously stated that a woman should be “the absolute mistress of her own body.” In case anyone has forgotten, the statement appeared in a nationwide ad campaign sponsored by Republicans, urging their fellow party members to continue federal funding for Sanger’s organization. This stands at a little under a million dollars a day, money which, according to the abortionists, isn’t used to terminate pregnancies but for euphemistically entitled “reproductive health.” 

That in itself is remarkable; imagine, for a moment, a newly bailed-out bank assuring the nation that received funds wouldn’t be used to make profit on loans but on “employee benefits.” Planned Parenthood seems to be able to get away with the same kind of doublethink, to say nothing of the wisdom of the funding in the first place. But more remarkable still is the brazenly anti-Christian sentiment in Sanger’s slogan, it’s worth repeating, a woman should be “the absolute mistress of her own body.” This has far reaching consequences.

For Sanger, and presumably her government sponsored followers, nothing must be allowed to stand in the way of personal autonomy, or mastery. Certainly not God and His revelation; received values, objective truth itself, or what Marx called “the bourgeois claptrap of the family.” All that and more, right down to biology, is to be mastered and mastered absolutely by the self. There are no exceptions here; to achieve Sanger’s version of freedom a woman must not shrink from the most unnatural of maternal acts - killing her child in the womb.

This is the opposite of Christianity, which teaches us that whoever would save his life must lose it (Luke 9:24, Mark 8:35, Matthew 16:25), that the poor in spirit will be blessed and the meek will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:4-5). More than this, we are to follow the example of our Saviour who surrendered mastery of His body to the extent of crucifixion. We, with Him, are to take up our cross daily and participate in Christ’s great act of sacrificial, redemptive love.

Here lies the great paradox and mystery of the human condition and the faith; by forgetting ourselves we become most ourselves, by giving ourselves to others we find fulfillment, in submitting to the truth we find liberty - in dying with Christ we inherit life, the life of the Resurrection and empty tomb.

All this belongs to the faithful who surrender mastery of their minds and bodies to the mind and body of Christ. These experience the “glorious freedom of the children of God” (Romans 8:21) and the paschal rebirth promised by our Lord to all who put their faith and trust in Him.

In the Western world’s revolt against God, these truths have been largely forgotten, or deliberately ignored. Some would say that the Church herself has failed to make them known, but whatever the case, their opposite is clear to see. The rejection of God in favor of self has led, quite literally, to death and death on an unprecedented scale.

Forward in Christ stands against this and for the catholic faith which alone guarantees life and freedom. May God give us the courage to proclaim that as we rejoice in the joy of His Resurrection.

O God, who dost manifest to those in error 
the light of Thy Truth that they may return to 
the way of holiness,
grant that all who profess themselves Christians
may spurn whatever is hostile to that name
and embrace whatever is in harmony with it.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Forward in Christ

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