23 Feb Half-Truth (Lev 19:27-28) by Bonnie Sabin
“You shall not bear hatred for your brother in your heart. Though you may have to reprove him,
do not incur sin because of him. Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against your fellow countrymen. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.” ~ Lev 19:27-28 (full readings)
Bonnie’s Reflections: Have you taken this message from Leviticus into your heart as a pro-lifer? It can be very difficult because it goes against the instinctual, gut reaction to immensely dislike pro-choice people who distort the truth. And immense dislike is dangerously close to hatred sometimes. I say “distort the truth.” There may indeed be many instances of outright lying, like the deceit that enabled the Roe vs. Wade decision, and the declaration that the unborn child was just a mass of tissue. But evil is not so much an entity in itself, as much as the twisting (however subtle) of the truth. There’s enough of a grain of truth so as to make it attractive, that many will be deceived. How careful we must be to test every spirit, as St. Paul says, and to notice the fruit that it bears. So when our sisters and brothers believe a lie, let us not hate them or cherish a grudge. They have believed a half-truth, which is very easy to do! Let us truly love them and pray humbly for their welfare.
* Bonnie Sabin is coordinator of Life Ministry at Saint Catherine Laboure Parish in Saint Louis, Missouri and a Missionary of the Gospel of Life (the lay branch of Priests for Life). She also is coordinator of the parish Faith and Justice committee with Fr. Jim Cormack, Pastor. Bonnie and her husband Ed have five grown children..
Faith Challenge: Beware of half-truths, as illustrated by this statement by Bernard Nathanson, former abortionist: “We aroused enough sympathy to sell our program of permissive abortion by fabricating the number of illegal abortions done annually in the U.S. The actual figure was approaching 100,000, but the figure we gave to the media repeatedly was 1,000,000. Repeating the big lie often enough convinces the public.”
Counter-Culture News: LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, American Family, Vatican, Project Rachel..
Our Prayers: Pray LIFE Runners Creed to End Abortion. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, unceasingly. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. Polycarp
Faith Quote: “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” ~ 1 John 4:1
Through Christ our Lord,