By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Anecdotal Hope

Lately, I have been impressed, in my personal encounters, by how many young people are opting for life. The evidence is all anecdotal and would not merit a statistical nod for significance. So take it as simply this, no more and no less: I am reporting my own direct observations from a very tiny sample. I have seen the embrace of life among graduate students who choose to keep a child, even if they are not married. That is a big gesture in a country where "career, career, career" becomes the mantra, the end, that justifies all means, including evil ones like abortion. (That mantra also justifies the harm caused by contraception in a fornication culture--but that is a related controversial topic for another occasion.) I have seen the choice for life also among the less educated, who fresh out of high school, opt for life, in spite of the obvious temptation to turn to abortion in a society that has made the formerly unthinkable and taboo now thinkable and acceptable for the last 38 years. There is a strong human fundamental instinct for life that survives even after 38 years of an all-out attempt to make us believe the lie that the "fetus" is not human life worthy of the protection you and I routinely get.

What do we do, we who claim to be so "pro-life"? We need to celebrate and support those very human choices rejecting the abortion alternative. We need to make practical gestures of support, including, where possible, financial support. The battle for minds and hearts and souls takes place more on our streets, campuses, and daily encounters than in the Supreme Court. Even the Supreme Court, from its august Greek temple on Capitol Hill, has not been able to stamp out the fundamental, very human intuition that life is life, regardless of its stage of development. Look around and see what opportunities you may be given to bring alive a practical, concrete dimension to your pro-life beliefs. Talk to people, and the needs will become apparent. And then act. I am reminded of the Ignatian dictum (my paraphrase): be aware, think, act. I am also reminded of Josemaría Escriva's constant, urgent advice: to "react" to what you see happening around you (in Spanish, the strong verb and infinitive "reaccionar," not to pass by with indifference). Josemaría was very Ignatian.