A Matter Of Life

A gentle but determined army descends on Washington this month. The 46th annual March for Life is Friday, January 18.  Its mission, this year as every year, is to battle against the intrinsic evil of abortion.  FORMED has many programs that explain why the fight must go on. 

In There Is Life in the Womb, an audio talk of about 40 minutes, the Venerable Fulton J. Sheen says those who want to destroy life are driven by a misunderstanding of love and freedom.  They misunderstand love by viewing it simply as sex, in which it doesn’t make very much difference who the other person is.  And freedom, to supporters of abortion, is the right to do whatever you please – the selfish ego denies all limits as a restriction of freedom.  He says once that philosophy is proclaimed – that the ego is supreme – there are no limits.  Then abortion comes.  Archbishop Sheen died in 1979, at the age of 84.  Even though this talk was most likely given quite a few years before he died – his signature television program, Life Is Worth Living, went off the air in 1957 – what he says is perhaps even more relevant today than when he gave it.  He spotted our culture of death in its formative stage.

Archbishop Sheen is a hard act to follow but Stephanie Gray, a Canadian pro-life speaker, more than holds her own in The New Conversation: Changing Hearts and Minds on Abortion.  This is an hour-long audio talk in which Gray outlines her strategy of talking with abortion advocates in a way that is more conversational than confrontational.  Her goal is to engage minds and reach hearts.  This is the strategy she used in a pro-life talk she gave last year at, of all places, Google headquarters, not a hotbed of pro-life activism.  But Gray is both friendly and formidable.   A commenter said she “combined solid reasoning and winsome presentation skills” to make a compelling case for the pro-life position.  How compelling?  So compelling that it went viral.  But if you missed that talk, The New Conversation will do just fine.  Here you will also find solid reasoning and winsome presentation skills.

Something seems to be amiss at Planned Parenthood.  It’s having trouble keeping its employees, not only from coming over to the other side, but also from writing unflattering books about the organization.  Abby Johnson, former director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas, told her story in Unplanned, a book that is not on FORMED.  However, Redeemed by Grace: A Catholic Woman's Journey to Planned Parenthood and Back is on FORMED.  Like Johnson, Ramona Treviño was a Planned Parenthood official in Texas who was so revulsed by what she witnessed that she had to leave.  Redeemed by Grace gets a 4.7 out 5 from readers on Amazon.