Rachel Cooley is Director of Marketing for the Kennedy Brownrigg Group
This article ran first in 2015 as a response to the uncovering of the Planned Parenthood scandal. We re-run it now as we continue to pray for Orlando and work for peace.
“Please don’t kill the child. I want the child. Please give me the child. I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted and to give that child to a married couple who will love the child and be loved by the child.” Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Mother Teresa of Calcutta was a revolutionary force of charity of her time. She was quietly picking people up off the street for years before the world decided to notice her. Her method of revolution was simple: pray and serve. She was, and is, a saint.
She had the courage to faithfully complete (what seem to be) small actions of charity so consistently that her name became more well-known than many other world leaders. And yet she was just a poor woman, doing “small” tasks in a poor part of a not-so-powerful nation.
Mother Teresa was born in 1910. Four years before World War I. Seven years before the Bolshevik Revolution. Seventeen years before the Chinese Civil War. Twenty-nine years before World War II. Thirty five years before the Cold War. 63 years before abortion was legalized in the United States. 70 years before the Iran-Iraq War. 84 years before the Rwandan Genocide. During her lifetime, she faced a million heart-wrenching headlines.
And yet, she did not give up.
And yet, she was not deaf to God’s call to gentle kindness and extreme charity.
And yet, she was not swayed by the movements of culture.
Mother Teresa’s witness to faithful charity was a great comfort to me in the face of the most recent horrific headlines reporting that Planned Parenthood had been caught in the act selling human body parts for profit. [In 2016, when the headlines covered the mass shooting in Orlando.]
Human body parts. For profit.
My first reaction was to avert my eyes from the headlines. Secondly, I cried. Thirdly, I was enraged. Fourth, I prayed. Fifth, I cried again.
Then I looked to Mother Teresa. She didn’t waste a whole lot of time trying to convince people she was right. She knew she was right, so she spent her time doing.
She went to the poor directly, and simply did what she knew was right. May all of us pro-lifers go the aid of those suffering. Mothers, children, fathers, families.
Who will be our Mother Teresa? Who will answer his call to the degree that our country needs it? Who will answer the knock at the door to care for every precious human life, no matter what it looks like?
Let each of us follow the actions of Mother Teresa and commit our lives to extreme and unrelenting charity, which is fed by prayer.