Before we get to JEI, I want to mention that The Zelie Group is collaborating to highlight the work of local pregnancy centres. Each of us is contacting a centre in our area and we’ll be posting our interviews on October 18th. If you would like to interview a centre near you join the event. You can also sign up for my newsletter so that you know when our posts go live.
Visit and follow the other JEI co-hosts: Alicia, Jessica and Kirby.
October is Respect Life Month and that’s our theme this week.
- Does your family or parish mark the month in a special way?
- Do you have any books or resources to recommend on the Respect Life theme?
- What do you wish others understood about the Respect Life message?
Does your family or parish mark the month in a special way?
This is the first year that I’ve heard of October being Respect Life Month. Our church held a women’s prayer breakfast last week and the speaker talked about abortion and natural family planning. Fr. Simon tweeted about it. In the picture, I’m the one in blue, under the cross, straining to see. One of the intentions at the month’s twenty-four hour Eucharistic adoration was respect for life.
Do you have any books or resources to recommend on the Respect Life theme?
It isn’t something that we thought about much before returning to the church. However, June asked me about how babies are born a little while ago and I ordered Life Before Birth. It’s on the way and I can’t wait to see it. It has great reviews.
What do you wish others understood about the Respect Life message?
As a teen and in my twenties I was mystified by the church’s stance on abortion. It sounded to me like the church was telling scared, helpless and destitute women and girls that their pain didn’t matter. Furthermore, they were evil murderers if they chose to end their pregnancy. I didn’t want to support that, I shuddered to think of a world where a pregnant woman would be forced to carry her baby to term, and I would probably have chosen abortion if I had become pregnant sometime in my twenties.
Over time I gained more perspective from being in a relationship, having a baby, going through trials, and gaining confidence in my ability to cope with life. If someone I knew was considering abortion I would want them to know:
- Even with support, everyone feels scared and isolated. It’s not a failing of yours.
- Nine months is not a very long time.
- Nobody tells you this but as time passes we really do change who we are inside. Later in life you won’t be as distracted and scared. Don’t do something now that you will regret then.
- You may not feel like a parent now, but if really want to parent you turn into one really fast after the baby is born.