Today we commemorate 25 years of no abortion law in Canada leaving the preborn child completely unprotected by law. Doctor (and I am using that very loosely) Morgentaler won his case in 1988 and was able to practice murder legally in Canada. This has resulted in approximately 100,000 preborn human beings being killed every year in Canada and countless women and men living with the wounds both physically and emotionally.
After thinking about what I was going to write, and there were a lot of thoughts that flowed through my mind, I realized that the majority of you who are reading this already know the message: at the moment of conception a unique, living human person exists and should be provided with the rights and dignity that all persons are afforded. So, instead of preaching to the converted, I’d rather focus on something else. Something that I do every morning: I pray for the conversion of Dr. Morgentaler.
St. Silouan said: “The man who cries out against evil men, but does not pray for them will never know the Grace of God.” We stand outside abortion clinics and pray that women do not undergo the greatest trauma that they will ever have. We pray for our lawmakers to actually give us a law that protects the person in the womb. But do we pray for this man who has brought so much evil into our country? Do we pray for his conversion and all other abortionists?
As I was reminding myself why I pray for his conversion (always good to self-check my motivations), I was reminded of the conversion of St. Paul on the road to Damascus. Here we have a man who was killing Christians for blasphemy. He, too, was a zealous man and the Christians probably thought he was evil. Anaias says after he receives a commission from the Lord, “I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem; and here he has authority from the chief priest to bind all who call upon your name” (Acts 9:13-14). Ananias. after his questioning, followed the directions of the Lord and Paul became the apostle to gentiles.
God is calling us, here and now, to pray for the conversion of Dr. Morgentaler; to bring a sinner back to God is the mission that we all share. We pray for him that he may experience the love of God, like St. Paul, so that he may become a herald of the good news of life and love. Finally, let us pray for ourselves and our conversion that we may in our hearts root out all division and hatred by the grace of God knowing that we too are sinners and are in need of His mercy.