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Mother Teresa and the Greatest Destroyer of Peace

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teresaAs we approach forty years of legalized abortion in our nation, we do well to ponder the words of Mother Teresa, who reminds us that abortion is not some side issue for zealots and social crusaders. Abortion is not disconnected from the larger strains of violence in society as a whole. It is not set apart from the brokenness of our families. Rather, it tears at the very fabric of our nation, and of us as its people. She writes,

But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life to love us. So, the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love, that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts. By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And, by abortion, that father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. The father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion. (National Prayer Breakfast, Feb., 1994)

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Written by Michael Duenes

January 18, 2013 at 4:40 am

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