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The Way I See it

April 23, 2017
By John Sheda , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells a story about a king who commends his subjects for helping him when he was hungry, thirsty, without clothes, in prison or sick. The subjects professed ignorance about ever having done these things to him and the king replied "when you helped the least among you, you helped me as well." Naturally the implication is that Jesus is the King in the story and that his presence is hidden in those who are sick, hungry, naked and imprisoned. Jesus identified with the least in the society and expects us to do the same.

"The measure of any civilization is how it treats its weakest members."

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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I can think of no weaker member of today's society than our unborn children. The approximately 50 million legally aborted babies since 1973 received no help from us. We have turned our backs on the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society, tried hard to not think about it and tried even harder to rationalize our behavior and attitude to this atrocity. We make up reasons and excuses and talk about "Rights," but when are we going to get the courage to stand up for these children, the absolute weakest members of our society?

"A society is judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members and among

The most vulnerable are surely the unborn and the dying."

Pope John Paul 11

Every now and then I see an ad on television showing abused animals, dogs, cats, horses and the like. It saddens me to see this and I am not at all offended by the pictures I see. How many people, such as you and me, have seen pictures of aborted children? Do we even know how abortion works and to what extent the "procedure" might hurt the unborn child? Have you ever thought about it? I wonder if we saw on television ads of babies being aborted if we would be saddened--or offended?

"Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the

Kingdom of Heaven belongs to them."

Jesus, (Matthew 19:14)

In closing, I saw a posting of Facebook which showed a person looking up towards heaven and asking," Hey God, why haven't you sent anyone with cures for cancer and all of our other debilitating diseases?" And God answers that He has. The man resounds, "Then where are they?" God replies solemnly, "You aborted them." Now the question is, "Are you saddened or offended?" Let me know at or call me at 319-327.4640



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