Understanding The Dark Side of the Moon: Part III

When then Cardinal Wojtyla arrived at the Second Vatican Council, he had one question.shutterstock_123049237

What happened?

Up until the 20th century, mankind was trekking along pretty OK. Yes, there were hardships, yes there was fighting, but in general mankind was doing OK… at least in terms of 100 year increments.

Then something happened.

Something in mankind broke, and the 20th century was witness to it. No other century had shown such mass destruction as the 20th, and the century wasn’t even over yet! At the time of the Second Vatican Council opening, the 20th century had witnessed two world wars, the Holocaust, the worldwide Influenza Pandemic, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Great Depression, the introduction of the pill and the contraceptive mindset, the rise of Marxism, Socialism, Communism, Fascism, all the evil “isms,” and the rise of the sexual revolution. By the turn of the next century, the Iraq war, legalization of abortion, the Rwandan Genocide, skyrocketing divorce rates, the decline of the family, the loss of stay-at-home mothers, and the death of large families would be added on top of that.

What happened?

Cardinal Wojtyla’s answer was simple: Mankind had forgotten. He had forgotten his status as a beloved child of God. Mankind had forgotten the love the Father had for us. Mankind had forgotten the relationship he has to the Father and the role that every other human has in relation to the Father as beloved children of Him.

Indeed, this complete spiritual amnesia, Wojtyla held, was the reason behind the destruction of the 20th century. The loss of relationship with the Father leads man to a state of fear, sin, spiritual death, and ultimately a loss hope… a loss of hope that prevents him from seeing that he is worth more than the simple, base lies of the evil one. Thus, Wojtyla’s whole approach to Vatican II and to his papacy was to remind man of his relationship with God; to affirm for man that God is real, that He loves them, that mankind is not random, he is not merely another animal, and he is most certainly not an accident. Rather, man has a God who knows us, who has a plan for us, who knit us together purposefully in our mother’s womb. Wojtyla focused solely on reminding man who he is, for in reaffirming his status as beloved, man would accept the one who is peace.

The Pope’s mission did not end with his death because we must still be reminded who we are; man must continually be reminded of the love of the Father and of his status as beloved to the Father. Indeed, no one more needs this message than those trapped in the confines and lies of the pro-choice movement. Those who participate in such travesty have not only forgotten their status as beloved, but are in so much pain that when reminded of that status, they then deny it. How can we end abortion if we continue to perpetuate the idea that some are not beloved by the Father? How can we end abortion when we tell those in doubt and darkness that they are horrible people, that God cannot love them? Even if we don’t use those precise words, how are our actions promoting the lies they continue to tell themselves? The lie that says they are not beloved of the Father. The lie that shows itself in the pained, twisted actions of abortion-minded women, men, and doctors.

Does snarky-ness really show them that they are beloved children of God? Does lying to them in undercover operations show them the love of the Father? Does berating them with simple facts, statistics, and numbers reveal to them their position as beloved by the Creator of the world? How are pro-lifers witnessing to God’s message of hope? Redemption? Unconditional love? Healing? How are we as pro-lifers going to reconcile our actions when we stand before the Lord on judgment day? When Christ says “I needed someone in the world to tell these people that I love them. Did you do that?” Will we be able to say “Yes. I loved them as you love them.”? I don’t know. But I do know that we as pro-lifers face a beautiful and difficult calling. We are lucky enough to know our God, to recognize His love for us. We cannot waste that knowledge, nor can we perpetuate a culture that hardens hearts toward that knowledge. Rather, because we have that knowledge, we are called to demonstrate it to people. We are called to remind people that God made them, He saw them, and He saw that “it was good.”

We in the pro-life movement have a unique opportunity. We must not be focused on ending abortion. Rather, we must be focused on bringing about a culture of Life. A culture that celebrates the life the Father breathed into each and every one of us. That will involve ending abortion, but it will not stop there. For even after abortion is eradicated, decades after the last abortion mill closes, the Evil One will still prowl the world, whispering to people that they are forgotten. That they are not beloved. That they are only an accident. And for as long as the world exists, for as long as God the Creator deigns to hold the world in His hand out of love, we will be called to witness to that love. To affirm that love. To remind those who have forgotten, to remind the Devil, that we are beloved children of God. That in the loneliest places, in the places of doubt and darkness, when man no longer knows who he is, no longer understands what grace is, in those places where the Devil plants despair, God will always say, “You are my beloved son.”

This is the final part of Emma Smith’s series on pro-life/pro-choice dialogue. Please read part one here, and part two here

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Emma King


Emma King graduated cum laude from Hillsdale College in May, 2013 with a BA in Philosophy. She currently serves as the Director of College Ministry for St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and lives with her husband in Michigan.

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  • BillinJax

    Neither the popes nor the laity can “define” Christianity to
    anyone. It would be like trying to define freedom. You could write
    volumes and some would still not be satisfied.

    You can’t wear it or drive it or even describe it to the
    absolute satisfaction of some because ones religion can only be “seen” or
    “understood” through his actions and observance which we refer to as his
    “Faith”. Faith can only be recognized or defined when we accept the fact that
    humans have an eternal soul designed by their Creator, a god if you will, who
    owns them and the universe in which they live. Christianity is simply a faith
    that encompasses this “belief” professing the One God all powerful all loving creator
    of that universe who made mankind for himself as part of a benevolent and
    eternal plan to be united with them in peace and love for all his creation. Christianity
    then can only be visible or defined in what we imagine we see in the lives, worship,
    and accomplishments of those believers…..if you have eyes for Faith. Without
    faith that acknowledges God one is truly sightless.

    The work of the pope or any Christian then is not to define
    Christianity but to live it and offer its gift freely to his neighbors for the
    glory of God and Christ our Savior.

  • JMC

    I no longer remember where I read it, but there is a…Legend? I’m not even sure what to call it…that says that Satan was given one century to “do his worst,” and he chose the twentieth. The things that happened in that century certainly are clear evidence of the devil “doing his worst.” My grandmother, a flapper in her youth, told stories of women using Coca-Cola douches immediately after sex as a spermicide as well as to prevent STDs, and of women deliberately taking herbal teas that were known to cause miscarriages. These practices have been around for millenia, but their actual use for the purpose of contraception/abortion was mostly limited to prostitutes…until the early twentieth century, particularly the “Roaring Twenties,” when they practically exploded onto the popular scene. After that, the Pill and legalized abortion were only a matter of time.
    A corollary to that legend has it that the sudden incredibly rapid advance of technology also was influenced by Satan, as a means to draw man away from God by means of pride in his accomplishments. Think about it: For millenia, we plodded along with hard manual labor, with perhaps one new device being introduced in a decade’s time, if even that often. Then, all of a sudden, in a mere hundred years or so, we’ve gone from horse-drawn plows and hand-picked crops, to farm machinery so computerized that it can practically run itself. We’ve gone from isolated villages to a worldwide community, where one can log onto a computer and talk to a friend halfway around the planet. Science, it seems, can do almost anything, and, carried away by the headiness of it all, no one stops to ask if we SHOULD attempt some of those things. In fact, being “scientific,” in the late 19th and early 20th century, became a euphemism for abandoning religion as being unscientific superstition.
    Now I wouldn’t go so far as to say that technology is diabolocal. Far from it; if it were, there would be no possible objectively good use for it. Much good has been done by means of technology. It can be a tool for either good or evil, depending on how it is used. The introduction of other evils in the late part of the previous century – for example, the Communist Manifesto was actually written in the late 19th century – prepared man for the massive technological advancement heralded by the Industrial Revolution, made him more ready to fall prey to pride in accomplishment and to forget where the gifts to achieve those things ultimately came from.
    That same legend offers hope. Sometime in this century, the twenty-first, there is to come the fulfillment of the requests made by Our Lady of Fatima. The complete Third Secret will be revealed, and the things in that Secret, we have been told by one cardinal who read it, will bring so many people to Confession that churches will look like movie theaters, with lines going around the block. The consecration of Russia will finally be performed, after which we will see a clearly miraculous conversion of that country, and there will be peace, REAL, LASTING peace, for a time. (Our Lady’s exact words were “a period of peace will be granted to the world.”) Y es, the world itself has been consecrated several times, and each consecration was accepted by Heaven, but it was not the consecration of Russia requested at Fatima. Think about it. There has not been one moment in history where there hasn’t been a battle going on somewhere, whether or not one’s own nation was involved in it.

  • Yvonne

    Thank you for your insight. You have opened my eyes to a new way of looking at an old problem. Have you been talking to Pope Francis? You two seem to be saying the same thing