Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

A thought for the day from St. Paul:

"Give thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!" (Eph 5:20)

May God bless you and may you have a happy Thanksgiving day!

Friday, November 21, 2008

St. Thomas converts abortionist

Have you seen the story about the Serbian doctor who did thousands of abortions and was converted by St. Thomas Aquinas? It's amazing. I copied it below.
Even though it occurred through dreams, it sounds very Thomistic. I mean that St. Thomas always tried to bring people to knowledge of the truth in a gentle way, appealing to their reason and asking questions. He didn't come at the doctor with fire and brimstone. Instead, at first he didn't say anything at all in the dreams, and then asked the doctor, "Why don't you ask me who these children are?"
Even though this wasn't really a vision, God can certainly work through such things. The fact that the doctor was converted by it was surely a work of God's grace!
Here's the story:

Madrid, Nov 12, 2008 / 09:21 pm (CNA).- The Spanish daily “La Razon” has published an article on the pro-life conversion of a former “champion of abortion.” Stojan Adasevic, who performed 48,000 abortions, sometimes up to 35 per day, is now the most important pro-life leader in Serbia, after 26 years as the most renowned abortion doctor in the country.

“The medical textbooks of the Communist regime said abortion was simply the removal of a blob of tissue,” the newspaper reported. “Ultrasounds allowing the fetus to be seen did not arrive until the 80s, but they did not change his opinion. Nevertheless, he began to have nightmares.”

In describing his conversion, Adasevic “dreamed about a beautiful field full of children and young people who were playing and laughing, from 4 to 24 years of age, but who ran away from him in fear. A man dressed in a black and white habit stared at him in silence. The dream was repeated each night and he would wake up in a cold sweat. One night he asked the man in black and white who he was. ‘My name is Thomas Aquinas,’ the man in his dream responded. Adasevic, educated in communist schools, had never heard of the Dominican genius saint. He didn’t recognize the name”

“Why don’t you ask me who these children are?” St. Thomas asked Adasevic in his dream.

“They are the ones you killed with your abortions,’ St. Thomas told him.

“Adasevic awoke in amazement and decided not to perform any more abortions,” the article stated.

“That same day a cousin came to the hospital with his four months-pregnant girlfriend, who wanted to get her ninth abortion—something quite frequent in the countries of the Soviet bloc. The doctor agreed. Instead of removing the fetus piece by piece, he decided to chop it up and remove it as a mass. However, the baby’s heart came out still beating. Adasevic realized then that he had killed a human being,”

After this experience, Adasevic “told the hospital he would no longer perform abortions. Never before had a doctor in Communist Yugoslavia refused to do so. They cut his salary in half, fired his daughter from her job, and did not allow his son to enter the university.”

After years of pressure and on the verge of giving up, he had another dream about St. Thomas.

“You are my good friend, keep going,’ the man in black and white told him. Adasevic became involved in the pro-life movement and was able to get Yugoslav television to air the film ‘The Silent Scream,’ by Doctor Bernard Nathanson, two times.”

Adasevic has told his story in magazines and newspapers throughout Eastern Europe. He has returned to the Orthodox faith of his childhood and has studied the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

"For those who love God..."

St. Paul wrote: "For those who love God, all things work together unto good."
I thought of this today as I was the recipient of a random act of kindness. Last evening I stopped at our local car repair station to get a burned out headlight and brake light replaced. As luck would have it, the usual guy wasn't there and the service area had just closed. The attendant informed me I couldn't have it done just then. So I just drove back home in the dark with only one headlight. Anyway, I stopped back this afternoon and got it done. A lady who was there paid for the three bulbs that had to be replaced. It was a "random act of kindness" and I thanked her and it gave me something extra to be grateful about today. This morning's Gospel was about the ten lepers, and only one returned to thank Jesus, so it all fit in.

If things had gone my way last night, I wouldn't have been there today and it wouldn't have happened. It reminded me that it doesn't pay to get upset when things seem to go wrong, because I don't know the final outcome.

There are much bigger things going on in our country than a burned out headlight. So I started thinking about the election last week. I was very disappointed with the outcome because of Obama's deplorable record and positions on abortion. Before the election, I felt a very strong impulse from the Holy Spirit to intercede about it, much more than I've felt in any previous election. So I kept on praying the rosary, and I know that many other people were doing that too. Yes, I'm disappointed, but I also know that ultimately God rules over all, and divine Providence can bring good out of anything. I don't know how God will do that in regard to pro-life issues, but I know that he can and will, in his own good time.

In one way, the election itself gives hope for that. In what way? A little over 100 years ago, President Teddy Roosevelt invited a black man, Booker T. Washington, to dinner at the White House. Afterward, a storm of criticism, much of it very hateful, was poured on Roosevelt. He defended his actions, but never again invited a black man to dinner at the White House. Now, just a century later, we have a black president.

Truly, that is a sea change. 100 years ago, the thought of a black president was completely unimaginable. In a climate where even having a black person to dinner provoked hatred and disgust in large parts of the country, who would have even dreamed of a black president? Yet it has happened, and it is remarkable.

So this gives me hope for the pro-life movement. Today, with abortion so entrenched in our society, it is hard to imagine that our country could be free of the killing of innocent babies. Perhaps it will take another hundred years, but God hears and answers prayers. The pro-life movement will ultimately be victorious. Don't think it can happen? Get into a time capsule and go back 100 years and try telling the people of 1908 what would happen in 2008!