LifeSite News recently published an article and a video on disturbing events in Argentina. The video shows men united in prayer, protecting the Catholic cathedral from being defaced by pro-abortion feminists. Enraged by the loving, peaceful, and prayerful presence of these men, the feminists assaulted and berated them. (See the video here).
A friend of mine once told me that one sign of demonic possession is the inability to see a religious picture, statue, relic, sacramental, etc., or to hear any sort of religious utterance. He recounted a story of a demonically possessed woman who saw a statue of Padre Pio and exclaimed “what is that?! That is the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen in my life!” Indeed, the demonic cannot see – much less understand or appreciate – beauty, because the demonic specializes in destroying, twisting, perverting beauty. It specializes in making the ugly beautiful in its eyes and the beautiful ugly. For, by distorting man’s ability to see beauty, the demonic is thus able to distort man’s ability to see God, who is beauty itself. It is this purely evil force that drives, directs, guides, influences, and controls the pro-“choice” movement. Is this utter defilement and defacement of the sacred and beautiful that distorts pro-“choicers” souls and makes them into pawns for the Devil’s use. There is no two-ways about it: this is an evil movement, motivated by evil means, for evil ends.
The pro-“choice” movement singles out the Catholic Church every time. In a fight against the institution of Truth in the world, pro-abortionists attempt to destroy what they cannot control. They attempt to remove the Church from the world, or at least, remove the outer beauty of the Church from the eyes of men. Perhaps, if they can rid the world of the sight of external beauty, man will forget internally the beautiful love God has for them.
Yet, “unwearied is [His] love for us,” and the Lord continues to love us, to love men, despite man’s attempts to rebuke Him and His presence. Indeed, the Lord continues to be crucified for all men in order that they may come to know Him. What marvelous love is this, to bear the sins of the world simply because there is beauty in life?
Just as the crowds spat on, berated, tempted, beat, humiliated, and scorned Christ, so too the feminists attacked the witness of Christ given by these young men. The events in Argentina were all too familiar to Christ’s crucifixion to the point that the saddest part of the video is the loss of souls. The presence of love, offering itself on the wood of the cross, on the lips of these men in prayer, was refused. Indeed, as Christ bore the sins of the world out of love for the world, and the world rejected him, so too does the pro-life movement carry the burden of a broken culture out of love for this culture and the culture continually rejects any healing remedy.
The beautiful and courageous Catholic men of Argentina died to themselves, died to their pride, to their fear, all for something greater, something more beautiful than anything on this earth. They understood that Truth, love, life, and the dignity of life are beautiful, regardless of their abuses in this life. Those men were willing to suffer out of love for the Lord.
These men will be saints one day. Indeed, what other movement so calls for and creates saints as the pro-life movement? What movement challenges its people to such radical love, peace, and joy as the pro-life movement? To be Catholic is to be pro-life because to be pro-life is to acknowledge that there is, to quote Samwise Gamgi, “goodness out there, and it’s worth fighting for!
It is easy to envy these men – their courage and even their current fame. We recognize that they did something great. In that recognition we both admire them and long to be them. Everybody wants to do something great, wants to be faced with an opportunity to choose great right over great wrong. We want to know that we have it in ourselves to make that decision.
Our time is coming. This battle will not stay off of our soil for much longer. Indeed, it is already creeping in. Before we know it we will be faced with the decision – the demand – to defend beauty; to become saints. We do not know the place nor the hour, and so let us then spend the next few weeks, months, years, preparing for this moment, for this decision. He will come and when He does, may we be ready to receive and defend His holy name. May we bear the armor of Christ and gird ourselves with Truth, so that when the battle comes home, we may show half the courage, strength, and love as those Argentinian men. The battle is coming. May we be prepared.