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Thursday, May 31, 2012

A little pondering over beauty...

I was looking out the window today at Mass when I was struck by how beautiful the pine trees were. They are so unique! The detail that goes into each branch, and the shape of the whole tree; the color and the texture; the way the tree branches move in the breeze...

Now, some have said I'm a bit of a hippie in spirit. Maybe. I think I grew up loving National Geographic and Discovery Channel, and I have a tendency to appreciate nature's beauty.

This, however, began to be contrasted in my head as I looked around me at those who were present at Mass. Why is it that I can find myself so captivated by something as simple as a tree, and yet I do not find my heart struck by the beauty of people?

So then I began to try to look around me with a more "general" or "objective" lens. I considered how God's design was so marvelous - how each face was so unique, so different, how there were so many colors of hair, colors of eyes, shapes of noses, jawlines, etc... Certainly I am more or less disposed to find any individual face beautiful because of my subjective knowledge of the person, and my own affinity for certain features. Yet, not to discredit objective and subjective beauty, the overarching experience of recognizing that the minute variances of snowflakes are fascinating and stirring in the soul should also lead me to acknowledging that the even more intricate details of the human person are stunning.

Clearly we all live in a world and culture that has its own definition of what is a beautiful person, as have many ages before us. However, just as our ancestors hopefully reminded themselves from time to time, we must keep in mind that fashion or no fashion, the human person has an innate beauty that comes simply in his or her personhood. It may be reasonable that we have to try a little harder to see the beauty in one person over another, but that does not discredit the beauty that we should conceive of in everyone we meet, even in some small extent.

However, this isn't meant to oversimplify. Certainly, it is easier to see the glory in the snowflakes and the trees in that they are innocent. We know that people carry moral responsibility, and our sin and actions and attitudes can greatly affect how we are perceived.

I feel that this is a two-fold challenge.
First, to remember who it is that has given life to each person that we encounter. It is God, a loving Father who calls us into being. The book of Wisdom says,

"But you have mercy on all, because you can do all things;
and you overlook sins for the sake of repentance.
For you love all things that are
and loathe nothing that you have made;
for you would not fashion what you  hate.
How could a thing remain, unless you willed it;
or be preserved, had it not been called forth by you?
But you spare all things, because they are yours,
O Ruler and Lover of souls."
(Wis. 11:23-26)

Second, to recall that we are all sinners, and all carry the weight of sin in our lives. If we are to understand the love of God, we are called to seek to see with his vision. We have an invitation to see first with mercy, and then with justice, as our human justice always falls short of God's infinite mercy. 

We ought to strive each day to awaken our hearts and souls, to become more sensitive to the glory of God around us! This world can be full of business and busyness, buildings and cars and errands and deadlines, and leave us with little time to reflect. We need to allow ourselves to see, so that we might find how natural it is to praise God for all he has done. Further, it is so much easier to place our trust in the Lord when we consider how truly powerful he is, and are convicted of his great love for us. 

Let us ask the Holy Spirit to be with us always, and to lead us into all Truth.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Bowl-A-Thon Abortion

I was made aware of an article in CNS News concerning an organization who raised a large sum of money ($400,000) to pay for abortions for women in need. The article was highlighting the story of one 14-year-old girl who said that, “Getting my abortion means I'm going to get a second chance. And I want to make it count.”

I felt absolutely compelled to write a letter to the organization, even if they simply delete my email.
Below you will find a link to the organization as well as the link to the article from CNS.
PLEASE feel free to copy the letter below, edit as you see fit, and send it to them.

This is their email address:

I want to express my extreme distress at seeing your cause touted across the news.

I am heartbroken and disgusted that you would proudly proclaim that you are helping mothers to kill their babies.

I beg you to reconsider your position and your work. There are many other options for mothers who are unprepared for pregnancy. Allowing a baby to be born and adopted by a family who is desperate for a child to care for gives that baby the life it already possesses and deserves to live out, and it gives the mother the opportunity to heal in a unique way from the stress and struggle she is facing without lasting painful repercussions that come with the trauma of abortion.

No mother can anticipate the psychological, emotional, physical and spiritual effects that an abortion will have on her, but there are so many studies that reveal the hurt and long-term pain that killing a child causes. Why not help spare these mothers from this and also spare their children from death?

These are some links to further information that should be shared with any mother who is unprepared for a baby. 

  • Hope After Abortion website -
  • Adverse Psychological Reactions -
  • Suicide and Abortion -
  • How a Baby Develops -
  • Fetal Development Week by Week -
  • Adoption: Choosing It, Living It, Loving it -
  • Catholic Charities, Adoption -

Please consider that there are much better options than death for the child.

Sincerely in Christ,
Alissa Gotta