Why did bright, hospitable, generous, faithful and loving Catholics teach me to be pro-life? Why had I not learned this from my church or other Orthodox Christians? Why was I never aware of the impact of abortion on our society; from how it individually affects the women involved to the role it has in public policy? This “single issue,” I learned, has a material influence on economics, law, medicine, ethics, politics, science, education, and the list goes on, but I didn’t know.
While wonderful Catholics had a major role to enlighten me to the reality of abortion in this country, only true enlightenment can come from God. I had tended to be an intellectual Orthodox Christian. I was, at least I hoped, proficient in Christian apologetics, ready for those tough questions should they ever come from my son. Thankfully, while I was practicing my faith in my head, God seems to have been working on my heart. I feel that the Holy Spirit was preparing me to receive a glimpse of the devastation of abortion and arouse compassion in my heart for this cause.
I had always known in some sense that abortion was wrong. I just didn’t care. My heart needed healing and the Church, our great hospital, has always been there for me, helping to heal all of my spiritual ills, those I know and those I do not. And, maybe, I started to think, I should act on what I have learned and try to be for my fellow Orthodox Christians what these faithful Catholics have been for me, a gentle and loving example, a Christian example, of an anti-abortion activist. This is my goal and it is a monumental one for me with all of my failings; I am so very far away. I seek help wherever I can find it. Attending the Walk for Life each year, praying with so many others, and hearing the inspirational and informative speakers at the pre-Walk Rally provide powerful forms of encouragement and growth toward my goal.