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Loving One Another as He Loves Us

May 31, 2013

This week we were blessed to encounter many generous, loving people who were filled with the Holy Spirit. One of these chance meetings I could not pass up the opportunity to share with you. We were walking through the Montana countryside when we met a woman named Katie, who told us she would give us a ride around some blind curves where there was no shoulder. We planned to meet her about one-half mile ahead, where she said she was going to feed a baby calf.

When we got to where Katie was, she let us see the mom and baby calf. It was only four days old! She said the first-time mom gave birth and left the baby. She and her husband caught the mom cow, put it in a pen, and put the baby with her so they would form a bond. They also milked the mom and fed the baby.

She then said something that really hit home for me. If people are willing to do this for cows and sheep, how can they not do the same for babies? How can they not be pro-life?

How often do we see slogans like “save the whales,” “save the rainforest,” or “protect the environment; use a reusable bag?” Don’t misunderstand me. I’m all for protecting our planet and the creatures in it. But should not our primary concern be to protect the rights of all human life, from conception to natural death?

We must pray for an end to abortion, euthanasia, and for the development of a culture of life. I want to encourage you to join the pro-life movement. Peacefully pray outside an abortion clinic. Pray a rosary for the intentions of the unborn every night before bed. Don’t be afraid to respectfully discuss the “hot” political, social, and moral issues that society thinks we should not talk about.

I believe many women who consider abortion are just afraid of being judged, and do not know what to do. As good Christians, we must stop judging others and instead focus on loving others. Perhaps if these women felt loved and supported, they wouldn’t be in the situation they are in. Instead of judging single mothers, we should applaud their courage to choose life and to give birth to their children because of their love for them.

We should also love women who have had a past abortion. These women need all of our prayers, love, and support as God takes them through a journey of healing. In John 8, Jesus said “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone.” We can no longer continue to throw stones. Please pray for these women and show them God’s love.

The answer to our world’s problems is love. Mother Teresa once said “To love with a pure heart, to love everybody, especially to love the poor, is a twenty-four-hour prayer.” If we could love God and one another as Christ loves us, there would be no abortion, no broken families, a culture that still upholds morals, and people unafraid to share their faith with the world around them.

It is the love of Christ, the love we’ve encountered over and over already in the hearts of people like Katie, that compelled each of us to accept the journey that is Crossroads. Everyone is called to share the love of Christ with the world. For us, we show it every time we pray outside an abortion clinic, every mile we walk, ever blister we get, and every time we embrace the sufferings of our journey. For others, it may mean missing a golf tournament for a son’s little league baseball game, working at a local food bank, or doing all the dishes by hand for your family of ten.

We cannot love in word; we must love in deed. I pray you will find how you are being asked to share God’s love with the world, and have the courage to say “yes!” as Mary our Mother did.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!

Sarah Oltjenbruns
Northern Walk ’13

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