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Fr. John Corapi wrote in “Spiritual Warfare” that
 
“St. Paul cautioned us in the sixth chapter of his Letter to the Ephesians that, ‘Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in regions above…’ He was referring to fallen angels, or the demonic forces…

“We are caught in a fierce battle, the spoils of which are the souls of God’s children. As the Church teaches us, ‘The history of humanity is the story of dour combat with the forces of evil.’ St. Paul cautions us ‘not to shadowbox, but fight so as to win.’

The mission of those who pray at the abortion abbatoir on Main Street is NOT to condemn or to mock or to harm anyone working at or visiting there. That view is a fear placed in hearts by the effects of sin and the lies of the Devil.

No, the mission of those who pray is completely the opposite: That all may be saved from “the wickedness and snares of the Devil” (as in the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel),  and that all find healing and redemption in Christ.  Those who pray, pray for the conversion of hearts – of the abortionists, the employees, the women and men who enter the doors of the abortion abbatoir, their own hearts that they may have the courage to speak up and help those in need. The prayers beseech God for the strength and courage of all to turn away from the lies of Satan and be reborn in the Truth of God’s deep and abiding love for each and every one of us.

Those that enter the abortion abbatoir are seeking help from those who cannot truly help them. The Devil works through the abortionist and staff, speaking lies like “this won’t hurt”  or “this will make you free.”  The truth is that ABORTION HURTS.  ABORTION DOES NOT FREE, BUT ENSLAVES. Abortion hurts and kills the tiny, defenseless baby in what should be the safest place in the world — their mothers’ sacred womb, a precious vessel created by God to partake in His work of Creation. Not only the baby,  but abortion hurts the women – not only are their bodies mutilated, but their emotional stability, their hearts, indeed their very souls are shattered and shackled in pain.  Not only the baby and the baby’s mother, but also the baby’s father and grandparents….Do not be deceived by the differences between men and women, young and old…men grieve differently…but they do grieve. Every parent who loves their child looks forward to the day they hold their baby’s baby…and for many, knowing their child or grandchild was ripped from their beloved’s body and disposed of like garbage aches profoundly. God made our bodies and souls to give life…and our hearts to love…losing a little one aches beyond words.

This is why abortion is a sin. We all know it breaks God’s commandment, Thou Shalt Not Kill. But sin is not as simple as breaking what a nonbeliever might consider an “arbitrary” law. It’s more serious than that. By definition, sin is anything that separates us from God.   That does NOT mean that God abandons US when we sin…it’s that WE choose to abandon God. That choice means we reject all the good things God wants to give us and the special things He wants us to do.  Sin distorts our hearts and souls, cripples us with heartbreak, makes it hard to love and care for others and open our heart to God’s love.

The sin of abortion destroys the life and love growing within each person involved in the act of abortion….Abortion  is a rejection of the gift of life God freely gave us.  (Remember, the Devil is not God. God is Truth and Creator. The Devil is a deceiver and a destroyer. When we disobey God and follow Satan, Satan has NOTHING to give us but lies and destruction.)

Do you think that God wants His children to suffer the agony and death of an abortion? Do you think He wants us to “get lost” and leave home? Of  course not! God is the loving father in the Prodigal Son parable, waiting to run to us with open arms and boundless joy….if we would only walk away from sinful behavior and start on our way home to Him!  However, He will not force us to stay with Him. No,  He  generously gave us the gift of free will, meaning the freedom to choose what we will, and respects our choices, like the father of the Prodigal Son respected his choice to leave home. This is not to say there’s no consequences to our choices.  The Prodigal Son found that out pretty quick — without his father, he ended up losing all his money, going hungry, and treated worse than his father’s hired hands.

Put another way: If your mother told you not to touch the hot stove,  and you choose to disobey her, what happens? You get burned. Just the same with God…you choose to disobey Him…to sin…to separate yourself from God…well the natural consequence is that you get burned…(look who you chose to follow after all! There’s no air conditioning in Hell!)

God made us and knows what’s best for us. If the manufacturer of your car said to only use a certain type of gasoline, would you fill the tank with diesel instead? No, you would listen to the maker who knows how the machine was created. Likewise, God made us, and knows just what we need…if only we would listen to Him! If we do as He instructs us – see your Bible and pray with open heart — we’ll fire on all cylinders and realy get places…if we disobey him, we sputter and cough and stall.  God wants us to have life, and to have it to the full:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

 God so loved us that He gave us His only Son, His precious Son, so we would not be lost to Him but saved from hell. Jesus loves us so much that He would rather die than spend eternity without us – He freely chose to give His life so we would be able to live forever in joyful union with Him, His Father and the Holy Spirit. 

May you be blessed and choose to draw ever nearer to God, the source of our life and true love.

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