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Judy Anderson: A Soft, Calm Voice for the Preborn

By Theresa Bonopartis

In C.S. Lewis’ novel The Great Divorce, which tells the story of people on a bus ride from hell to heaven, the protagonist witnesses a procession of lights and of spirits that dance and scatter flowers while the youthful shapes of boys and girls melodiously sing for a very beautiful lady “in whose honor all this was being done.”

The reader is entranced by her beauty and by her shining “inmost spirit.”

The protagonist, then, is left wondering: “Is it . . . ? Is it?”

It’s obvious that he’s implying it must be the Blessed Mother, so honored and beautiful is the woman, but he’s told it’s someone unknown to him, someone who is one of the “great ones”—an ordinary woman who embraced every boy as her son and every girl as her daughter.

The reader is told that there is such joy in even this lady’s little finger alone that it can “waken all the dead things of the universe into life.” She is a special soul who helped people recognize their own dignity as creations of God.

This passage could have been written about Judy Anderson, a staunch pro-lifer who not only gave years to the cause but who lived in its heart. Judy was a woman whose every action of love and self-sacrifice reflected the dignity of the human person.

Most people have never heard of Judy Anderson, but she was a woman who quietly touched innumerable souls and saved countless lives.

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