I saw this on the Instagram story of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). It’s a blog post from their website written by a women who found herself with an unplanned pregnancy. It’s a great post about how to help women like that. While, as a Catholic and someone who believes in common sense, I believe we should work on minimizing the amount of women who end up in this situation, the list at the end of this post has many great ways we can help out the women who do end up in this situation. If we want to eradicate the demand for abortion, we have to make sure the women in this situation feel loved and supported…that they can make the courageous choice to choose life. As the pro-life movement says, #lovethemboth.
Another from NZ Conservative Coalition. The Pope’s statement made me think that advocates for abortion misunderstand the fact of biology that genes can mutate in healthy people and can be passed on…which means that aborting children with genetic disorders won’t necessarily make that genetic disorder disappear…in the long term, that genetic disorder always has the chance to reappear if a person’s genes mutate and it gets passed along to any children they have. Of course, I admit that I don’t study biology nor know its intricacies, but I remember enough of my biology course in 8th grade to know this.
I saw this article on the NZ Conservative Coalition blog, and I like this article because it points out that having a religion is something to look into (I myself am practicing Catholic). It seems that these days, many aetheists and other non-religious men and women sneer at those who practice any religion (often, sneering at Christians, but honestly at any religion) as fools who believe in fantasies, and that the religions themselves as restrictive and archaic. However, I believe that what many of those people miss (and I urge them to examine) is that often, the teachings codified in the commandments of the world religions (I can at least speak for Catholicism) aren’t senseless restrictions at all…they actually contain practical life advice…like a manual on how to go through life smoothly. Obviously, no one’s perfect (or else we’d be God and not humans), but when we follow these commandments, we reap benefits for all areas of our health and better our character. Take, for example, the idea of fasting. Many religions prescribe fasting during different times of the year, and fasting often requires giving up something for an extended period of time (anything from food and drink to technologies we take for granted). As I’ve learned from personal experience, fasting has allowed me to learn moderation in foods and drinks I enjoy…I don’t always have to have that bag of popcorn or drink of juice when I get a craving, and it becomes easier to say no to them. And this just only one benefit practicing a religion can have. They can also teach things such as respect for others, learning not to use people, keeping a positive attitude, avoid certain kinds of family drama, humility, and make it easier to avoid certain diseases (i.e. STDs). With that thought, I challenge anyone who considers themselves to be non-religious to see that religions are actually a breath of fresh air for the everyday problems we all have.