One story which Sister Mary Michael, SSND from St. Mary of the Pines in Chatawa, Mississippi, told us in a health class around 1962 or so, has stayed with me, vivid and poignant through these many years. Sister explained that she once knew a young woman who got pregnant, and her husband told her: “When you go to the hospital, don’t come home with the baby. Don’t come home at all unless you are alone.”
The young woman didn’t have an abortion, but throughout her pregnancy, she agonized over her dilemma. With tears in her eyes, Sister Mary Michael told us that when the mother delivered the baby, she left it at the hospital. Shortly, caregivers were astounded to discover that this tiny newborn contorted its little body to avoid being touched. It shrank away from human contact. Sister concluded that the baby had learned that it was not wanted and was acting accordingly. What poisonous conversation did that baby hear for nine months from its mother that would provoke it at its birth to spurn, despite its total helplessness and vulnerability, all human contact and comfort?
I have never forgotten the tragic image of the unwanted newborn whose very body reflected the baby’s feeling of being unwanted, abandonment, rejection by its mother. Who can know the emotional, psychological trauma of the unborn who absorb through the mother’s body, her thoughts, emotions, turmoil, the sure knowledge that they are rejected in the worst terms imaginable?
Tomorrow, I will attend the rally for the Unborn with other Pro-Life witnesses standing to protest Planned Parenthood. I can’t get the image of the rejected infant from my mind, much less the tiny bodies ripped apart or deliberately preserved as whole entities in order to secure a greater price on the open market for infant cadavers.
When I wrote my talk on the Sacred Heart, the Holy Spirit gave me this insight: “For the Heart of Jesus, that little face, “one beyond compare” is His whole focus, the infinite delight of His Heart or the unmitigated sorrow of His Heart. It is as though that one little face is the only one that has ever existed or will ever exist and the fullness of His Heart rests on that little one.
“His Heart has felt every pain of every hurt or frightened child—and it is His child’s face that Jesus sees in every confused, broken adult. The loss of innocence and purity everywhere drowned, killed, mutilated, in the clutches of the evil one. The Sacred Heart of Jesus takes personally every hurt to every child of His Heart. Can we ever again “pray for souls” without seeing with Him all those innocent faces in harm’s way?
[Mark Mallett posted in Oct. 2015: PASSION OF THE UNBORN – http://www.markmallett.com/blog/the-passion-of-the-unborn/#more-5790 ]
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, hope of the unborn, have mercy on us.