Tomorrow is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. Below are remarks from Mother Teresa to a U.S. President, first lady, members of congress and others who were prochoice. She gave this at the National Prayer Breakfast in 1994 and it is a timely speech to remember:
“I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill on another?...
Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.
Many people are very, very concerned with the children of India, with the children of Africa where quite a few die of hunger, and so on. Many people are also concerned about all the violence in this great country of the United States. These concerns are very good. But often these same people are not concerned with the millions who are being killed by the deliberate decision of their own mothers. And this is what is the greatest destroyer of peace today-abortion which brings people to such blindness.
And for this I appeal in India and I appeal everywhere- “Let us bring the child back.” The child is God’s gift to the family. Each child is created in the special image and likeness of God for greater things-to love and to be loved. In this year of the family we must bring the child back to the center of our care and concern. This is the only way that our world can survive because our children are the only hope for the future….
Jesus said, “Anyone who receives a child in my name, receives me.” By adopting a child, these couples receive Jesus, but, by aborting a child, a couple refuses to receive Jesus.
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. From our children’s home in Calcutta alone, we have saved over 3000 children from abortion. These children have brought such love and joy to their adopting parents and have grown up so full of love and joy….
We can keep the joy of loving Jesus in our hearts, and share that joy with all we come in contact with. Let us make that one point-that no child will be unwanted, unloved, or killed and thrown away….
If we remember that God loves us, and that we can love others as He loves us, then America can become the sign of peace for the world. From here, a sign of care for the weakest of the weak-the unborn child-must got out to the world. If you become a burning light of justice and peace in the world, then really you will be true to what the founders of this country stood for. God bless you!”
*Originally found in Randy Alcorn’s ProLife Answers to ProChoice Arguments.
Note: Do I agree with everything she said? No, I only agree with everything Jesus says. Her message is a strong & moving one though-“Save the children!” she pleads to the President and First Lady. THAT is a boldness and sincerity that I wrongly thought was only a “social issue” to debate in High School. I’ve been very wrong.