by Jake Pung, age 17
The sculptor wipes the sweat from his brow. Through weeks of hard work and effort, he has finally completed his greatest work. After contacting a local museum, he arranges for a delivery. The sculptor hands over the sculpture, directing the deliverer to take good care of it. However, the delivery man does not see how beautiful the art is, but rather only sees its substance—a big rock. So the delivery man treats the sculpture as someone would treat a big rock. He assumes the delivery address was a mistake, and instead of taking it to the museum, he delivers it to a landfill along with all the other rocks. The museum never receives the sculpture.
Of course this would not happen in real life. It is typically quite obvious to tell if something is an art piece or not. However, everyday, God’s creation is being treated as “a clump of cells.” The mother (the deliverer) is misinformed as to what exactly her child is. In addition, the people awaiting what great traits the new child has to offer (the museum) are left disappointed. In 1973, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that a woman has the right to terminate her child (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops). This has been one of the most controversial court rulings in United States history. Roe v. Wade resulted in the mass murder—a genocide—of babies across America.
To understand what it means to be unconditionally pro-life, we need to go back to the beginning: “In the beginning, there was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (The Catholic Youth Bible, Jn. 1:1). God is the ultimate fulfillment and foundation of both truth and love. Unfortunately, today’s society is trying to rid itself from God.
One of the lies society spreads includes the lack of objective truth. However, the truth is what is. Without the ultimate foundation of truth—God—everyone is left to his own subjective truths. This can have harmful effects, as shown by the holocaust and terrorism. Therefore, in order to prevent such events, humanity needs an ultimate foundation of truth. This ultimate foundation of truth is God, and God very clearly stated: “You shall not kill” (Ex. 20:13).
Today’s society is also attempting to rid itself of love. First, it is important to define exactly what love is. A majority of mass media defines love as sexual tension or affection between partners. However, love, in its truest sense, is a self-sacrifice for the good of another. Sacrifice can be difficult. In the terms of being pro-life, it could mean giving up comfort or financial security. However, the price is a small one to pay if we are receiving a human life in return.
Today’s society is lazy. It avoids any extra work or discomfort at all costs. This goes against the whole message of the gospel. It was through Jesus’s suffering and horrific death that we were saved, and He calls us to carry our crosses and follow. Suffering allows us to grow and become better people. Although loving may cause us to suffer by giving up the comforts we enjoy, it is through this suffering that we grow closer to God, and therefore the truth.
So what does God have to do with being pro-life? The existence of God provides the foundation of truth as well as the reason to suffer out of love. This shows that the truth may require us to suffer. To be pro-life means to abide by the truth, and the truth, God, is who created each and every human person in His image. As clearly stated in Genesis: “God created mankind in his image” (Gen. 1:27) and “God looked at everything He had made, and found it very good” (Gen. 1:31). Since God, the truth, is timeless, so too the value of human life, the goodness of our creation, is timeless. This means the truth declares that human life must be protected at all stages, from conception until natural death. This means that abortion, euthanasia, contraception, suicide, and in vitro fertilization are all immoral.
The pastoral plan represented by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website includes four parts: public information and education, pastoral care, public policy, and prayer. As students, there are plenty of ways to support the gospel of life. Students can proclaim the truth by providing answers to those who question the truth. Students can serve the gospel of life by expressing their care for any fellow colleagues who struggle finding self-worth, attending peaceful pro-life rallies, or standing outside abortion clinics to provide potential patients a better solution. Students can celebrate the truth through prayer and fasting for an end to the murder of so many lives. Hopefully, through the acts of the many people fighting the good fight, the United States (and every nation for that matter) will respect the life and dignity of each individual human person.
Upon hearing word of what happened to his sculpture, the sculptor weeps. His greatest creation has been treated like dirt and is lost forever. The museum expecting the sculpture feels robbed, wondering what happened to its newest exhibit. Perhaps one day the sculpture of human life will find the respect it deserves.
The Catholic Youth Bible. New American Bible Revised Edition, 3rd edition, Saint Mary’s Press, 2012.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/pastoral-plan-prolife-activities.cfm. Accessed October 16, 2017.
© 2017 Jake Pung. Published with permission.