We snuff out their tiny, prophetic voices at our own peril.
They are possibly the last barrier against a society-wide breakdown into generalized violence.
Fr. Mitch Pacwa, speaking to Presentation Parish “On Redemptive Suffering”, remarked that “Down Syndrome babies are here to teach us tenderness”. Societies that protect the most innocent are moving towards greater compassion.
But young people in America today know that they may have brothers and sisters who were killed before they were ever born, and that it could have been them. How does that knowledge affect their understanding that life is precious?
Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, American society has become increasingly vicious in attitude and action, against the unborn, the elderly, the disabled, defenseless school-children and now, with the popularity of the sucker-punching “knockout game”, in random, senseless attacks against total strangers.†
Did this increase in violence across the board just arise spontaneously, without precedent, or did our treatment of the most vulnerable portend it?
When protection of innocent life in the womb was first under open attack in the late 1960s, specious excuses were made that “abortion will reduce child abuse against ‘unwanted’ babies”.
More than 85% of children in utero diagnosed with Down Syndrome today are subsequently aborted.
These little saints, capable of returning our love but incapable of personal sin, were sent here by God to teach us to love one another!
Those who are killed before birth will be rewarded by God as if they had fulfilled their mission to teach us tenderness for one another.
(They can still intercede for us, if we will just ask them.)
they were specially sent to teach us.
We disregard their gentle witness at our own peril.
Then I watched while the Lamb broke open the first of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures cry out in a voice like thunder, “Come forward.” I looked, and there was a white horse, and its rider had a bow. He was given a crown, and he rode forth victorious to further his victories. When he broke open the second seal, I heard the second living creature cry out, “Come forward.” Another horse came out, a red one. Its rider was given power to take peace away from the earth, so that people would slaughter one another. And he was given a huge sword. – Revelation 6:1-4
When he broke open the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slaughtered because of the witness they bore to the word of God. They cried out in a loud voice, “How long will it be, holy and true master, before you sit in judgment and avenge our blood on the inhabitants of the earth?” Each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to be patient a little while longer until the number was filled of their fellow servants and brothers who were going to be killed as they had been. – Revelation 6:9-11
† Most victims of violence know the perpetrator, or have some purposeful connection such as the context of an altercation or a robbery. This latest, mass movement of random, senseless, violence-as-entertainment presents a new low in societal decay—the slope has slipped, the frog is fried. This development, (“the knockout game“), as a continuation of the degradation of human rights over the last half-century, should serve as a disturbing portent suggesting that a society-wide, general breakdown in personal and public safety is imminent–directly attributable to mistreatment of the most vulnerable among us. (Return ↑)