“Say Yes” by Brie Anne Eichhorn
Tension and me do not get a long, I back away from conflict, and avoid confrontation. As I’m writing this reflection, I imagine God laughing. He’s probably enjoying the irony of this situation. I’m sure there is a method to the Father’s madness, and what he does, he does out of Love. I would have never guessed that I would be asked to write a reflection on one of the most controversial topics in today’s culture. As I begin to reflect on the Pro-Life month of January, I realize how fitting it is, for this is where my journey began.
My mother calls me her pro-life baby. I was born in January which as you may know is when the Catholic Church celebrates the sanctity of life. Actually, my birthday usually falls on or around pro-life Sunday. I always get excited if I happen to receive a red rose from the Pro-Life groups at church who are selling them for the unborn children. It’s always a reminder of my mother’s love for me, that she chose life.
My mother and father were dating medical students when she became pregnant with me. My mother grew up Catholic and was always Pro-Life, abortion was not an option. My father, however, grew up with a different background. My grandparents , living in Gary, Indiana, were prominent social activists in their community. They had strong Christian values of helping the poor and under served. With good intentions they supported Planned Parenthood, and desired to help the women in North West Indiana. Having an abortion was not an unheard of idea for my father and his family. For my mother, the choice was not an easy one. Although very pro-life, the stress of medical school, no money being a student, embarrassment, and shame of facing her family led her to a crisis pregnancy center. There she received the support she needed and was affirmed in her pro-life convictions. It gave her the strength she needed to say “yes” to life. In all honesty, all of you reading are pro- life babies! Your mother as well as my mother said “yes” to God and allowed his Holy Spirit to give us the greatest gift of love, life.
God has a plan for each of us. Don’t take my word for it, ask the Pope! Pope Benedict says, “Each of us is the result of a thought of God. “ God thought of us and loved us from the beginning. He knows where we’ve been and he knows where we are going. My journey began by my very brave mother saying “yes”. She accepted God’s will and became my mother despite hardship and struggles. Because of Gods goodness and mercy, he willed me to life, and with a grateful heart my parents brought me to this world. God gave his children the ability to be co-creators with him and participate in his plan for love and salvation. In today’s culture, it seems we have lost sight of or rejected the gift of life. Blessed John Paul II prophetically stated,“As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.” Our beloved Pope called this downward spiral the culture of death.
For some of us, it is very easy to understand that the act of killing or murder is wrong or evil. Our nation clearly sees the evil in the recent tragic deaths of innocent children in Connecticut. We feel the pain of their families, and thoughts and prayers are being offered by news station, radio stations, and churches across the country. Sadly, the killing of innocent children is not foreign to humanity’s history. After this horrible tragedy in Connecticut, I was reminded during an advent homily of the well known New Testament story of King Herod and his jealous slaughter of innocent babies after the birth of Jesus. Today we continue to suffer the loss of millions of innocent lives through abortion. If we as young people are going to battle the culture of death then we need to be armed with knowledge of the enemy and have a pretty good weapon.
Blessed Pope John Paul II revealed to the world God’s will for his children –to embrace a culture of life! JPII states “It is an illusion to think we can build a true culture of human life if we do not … accept and experience sexuality and love and the whole of life according to their true meaning and their close interconnection” (Evangelium Vitae, 97).
He explains it well in his works Love and Responsibility ( I would recommend reading the warm up version Men Women and the Mystery of Love by Edward Sri) as well as Theology of the Body. I have learned from this great (almost) saint that the root of the culture of death is deeper than the killing of innocent children. There is a fear, a mistrust of God’s plan for us. There is unrest in the relationship between man and woman. As most of us know, original sin, really put a wrench in God’s plan for love and eternal joy, but according to JPII we can still get there. How?? The cross, suffering with Christ. He shows us that only through suffering, can we rise to eternal glory.
I completely understand why this is at most times laughed at and rejected! Who wants to suffer? But my question is, who is NOT suffering in some way or another, emotional/physical? Even the Kardashians who seem to have all the money and the resources in the world had a happily ever after that lasted only 72 days! AND Taylor Swift is suffering a perpetual heartache! I challenge you to look at the suffering in your life. Where is it leading you? Is it taking you away from God, or drawing you ever closer to him. If you HAVE to suffer, wouldn’t it be better to take one step closer to eternal paradise and joy?!
I didn’t always say yes to God’s will, but the taste of freedom and peace did not come until I did…..
Brie Anne Eichhorn is a native Hoosier, born and raised in Indianapolis. Graduated from Bishop Chatard High School class of 2004. Graduated from Saint Marys College, Notre Dame with a Bachelors in Nursing and works as an Intensive Care nurse at Community Hospital East. She is a FertilityCare Practitioner and teaches the Creighton FertilityCare System part-time in Broad Ripple at the Kolbe Center. She has also attended two courses of Theology of the Body at the TOB Institute in Pennsylvania. Brie Anne loves to sing in her spare time and loves go travel!
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