“Likewise, if we really believe that abortion is an intimate act of violence – and of course, it is – then we can’t aim at anything less than ending abortion. It doesn’t matter that some abortions have always occurred, or that some will always occur. If we really believe that abortion kills a developing, unborn human life, then we can never be satisfied with mere ‘reductions’ in the body count.”~ Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Why This Work Matters: Human Dignity and the Road Ahead, March 9, 2010 ~
“The history of mankind, the history of salvation, passes by way of the family. In these pages I have tried to show how the family is placed at the centre of the great struggle between good and evil, between life and death, between love and all that is opposed to love. To the family is entrusted the task of striving, first and foremost, to unleash the forces of good, the source of which is found in Christ the Redeemer of man.” (Pope St. John Paul II, Letter to Families, 23.4, 1994)
It’s not hard to find stories which show us clearly that the world is full of people who are different, unique and special. That’s the way God made us and for some people being different involves overcoming difficulties physically and mentally. Linda and Timmy Bannon are two of these special people. Linda’s experience of the unconditional love from her family, growing up and also from her husband have helped her to overcome her physical difficulties and now she is passing this on to her son. The suggestion that she would abort her child who has the same condition as her, Holt-Oram Syndrome, characterised by skeletal abnormalitites of the hands and arms and heart problems, was alien to her and her husband.
Society seems to be scared of bringing any child into the world who has any sort of difficulty or problem as if this cannot be helped and must be solved by abortion. When you see Timmy Bannon enjoying the love of his parents and life, it is clear that he enjoys his life and he is meant to be here to teach us so much about how to live life to the very most no matter what the difficulties we may have. That’s God’s gift to us.
Late have I loved you, Beauty so ancient and so new, late have I loved you!
Lo, you were within,
but I outside, seeking there for you,
and upon the shapely things you have made
I rushed headlong – I, misshapen.
You were with me, but I was not with you.
They held me back far from you,
those things which would have no being,
were they not in you.
You called, shouted, broke through my deafness;
you flared, blazed, banished my blindness;
you lavished your fragrance, I gasped; and now I pant for you;
I tasted you, and now I hunger and thirst;
you touched me, and I burned for your peace.
Saint Augustine, pray for us!