I’m hoping I can do justice in my response but it will be written in a hurry because as a mother of a bakersdozen, I don’t have much time and company is coming tomorrow. In a family this size – that’s a lot of hand prints to clean off the wall.
I was troubled by your very intelligent and cleverly penned words in answer to the very personal and, well, nasty attack this woman made on you.
By herself, she manages to be a black eye to the pro-choice group with her crude and not well thought out arguments for being pro-choice. If I were pro-choice I would be cringing! She embodies everything that is wrong with the evil of “choice” and its advocates.
But she also embodies something else.
The pain that abortion rains down on women, the unborn and society.
I saw in her twisted words, and the hatred she spewed at you, a cry of deep deep pain. This woman is almost assuredly a victim. Whether of abortion or simply of the immorality of today’s secular world I don’t know, but clearly she is very wounded.
I think if our beloved Pope St Francis had read your article – he would have wept. For her… and for your lack of sensitivity. The very plea he is making to the world was ignored in your choice of words. He would have rather you had ministered to this woman in love and when sufficient healing had taken place, gently lead her to the truth. In short he would have asked you to be Christ to her!
Yes, Christ took the Pharisees to task. In righteous anger, he drove the the money changers out of the temple. But she was is not a money changer or the equivalent of one, She was the woman at the well and she is the woman about to be stoned. A poor sinner, lost and suffering. Jesus would have born her spittle and the love pouring from his eyes would have either driven her away, or shamed her to her core causing her to throw herself at his feet weeping and willing to be healed.
We are not Jesus and can not, with one look, heal. But we can minister with His love. This is what Pope Francis is calling us to do.
Many are, shamefully and purposely, misconstruing Pope Francis’ words and leading others to mistakenly do the same and so some will argue SHAME ON YOU MATT! The Pope has admonished the faithful to not discuss abortion any more.
FALSE! I think Jesus would say to them: “Get behind me, satan!”
However, Pope Francis is calling us to love the sinners and to gently lead them to the truth. Until someone is healed and feels the love of Christ – he can not hear the truth.
Matt, her words were hurtful and painful and a personal attack. Your response is understandable. But I would have shelved my answer to her for at least a week and then read it. It was clever, amusing and you did a good job of ridiculing her. But did you love her, forgive her ? ”Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.”
Does she strike you, Matt, as one who knows what she is doing?
I hope, if you are attacked like that again you will correct them, but with love and humility. You have been given a wonderful talent with your ability to write powerful words and to influence many in this battle against the horrendous evil of abortion. Use your gift wisely, and with love, Matt. To whom much is given… much will be asked!