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Humanity precedes the state and brings the state into existence.
Therefore the state exists for humanity, not humanity for the state.
Therefore it is humanity that bestows and withdraws the state’s right to exist, not the state that bestows and withdraws humanity’s right to exist.
Therefore the state simply has no authority to sanction the killing of innocent humanity.
Therefore murder can never be legalized by the state.
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A short, thoughtful post by Denise Bossert over at Patheos to be read with a video of drone footage taken at Auschwitz on the 70th anniversary of the camp’s liberation. An excerpt:
I saw a dandelion growing today at Auschwitz.
And I thought about the disdain we have for a dandelion. We cut them down. We poison them. We laugh at children who think they are special and worthy for display and a drink of water.
I saw a dandelion growing today at Auschwitz, and I thought of the lives lost there—where dandelions grow and grew.
And the lives were treated with disdain. Cut down. Poisoned. Deemed unworthy of any special place, unworthy of a drink of water.
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Like Marx and Lenin, Margaret Sanger had a dream. She had grown up in a large family, and seen her mother die shortly after childbirth. Sanger chafed at the grim, biological fact that the ecstasy of sex was chained to pregnancy, to medical risk and physical pain, to squalling brats and stinking diapers. Why should the best, most exciting moments in life be yoked by a pulsing, pink umbilical cord to years of sacrifice and self-denial? Just as Marx looked at how men interact economically and saw a dark conspiracy, Sanger stared at the facts of mammalian reproduction, and found them a crime against women. An unplanned pregnancy was a biological injustice, and this “Woman Rebel” (the title of Sanger’s first magazine) would lead a revolution to correct it.
Revolutions have victims, of course. It takes some heavy lifting to build utopia on earth. As Lenin said, you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. “Some of them even fertilized,” Sanger might add with a snicker, from her seat beside him in Hell.
But it is Sanger’s dream of absolute, unfettered sexual indulgence that keeps the butchers in business. Marx and Lenin knew that you cannot build socialism unless you are willing to kill and imprison people who cling to their freedom and private property. And Sanger knew that if you were absolutely determined to cut the link between orgasm and childbirth, you would need to use a scalpel. When we look at the tiny face of the baby whom we see dead in the latest CMP video, we need to realize that Sanger could picture it just as well. Like Marx, she knew that her dream would come at a price. She thought it was worth it. As she wrote in 1922, in Woman and the New Race, “The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”
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I didn’t post the stories above to depress you and then leave you hanging. I’m going to provide you with a tool that Sister Anne Flanagan has made available online for downloading: A Holy Hour of Reparation for Life
You can download the PDF file here. From her holy hour is this:
It is easy to become unsettled when witnessing evil. When images and posts depicting violence and inhumanity go viral, social media might even contribute to an atmosphere that magnifies evil. And yet the voice that resounds from the earth is not that of Abel, crying for vengeance, but that of Christ who says, “Father forgive them! They know not what they do!” This is the voice of God, for whom to speak is to accomplish. At the creation, God said “Let there be light” and there was light. Now God says, “Let there be mercy!”
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I also leave you with this wonderful story/photo essay about life, joy, love and prayer. Be sure to look through the slide show of photos taken by photographer Toni Greaves. She has a few more on her website (tonigreaves.com), and a multimedia presentation about Sister Maria Teresa and the nuns of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary over at Time.com that you won’t want to miss.
“We think of monasteries as these quiet places, and they are quiet, but I was surprised by the happiness, joy and love I saw there,” Ms. Greaves said. “We tend to think of these young nuns as having given something up, but what I saw was the opposite. It’s like being around a bunch of young women who were in love.”
Although people might wonder why someone would choose a cloister in an age when nuns take on many different roles and jobs outside the convent — from running colleges to providing social services — Ms. Greaves learned that it offered its own allure.
“There are nuns who are out helping people in the world,” she said. “These nuns feel those nuns can help some people. But they feel by being in the cloister and dedicating their lives to prayer, they can help all souls.”