By Jacob Susano
What does it mean to be pro-life? Some say that being pro-life is just being against abortion, but I think it is so much more. Being pro-life is supporting and loving all of God’s creations unconditionally. God wants us all to be pro-life because he created us to love and be loved, which includes all of us with no exceptions. Saint John Paul II said: “The new evangelization calls for followers of Christ who are unconditionally pro-life, who will proclaim, celebrate, and serve the gospel of life in every situation.” He is saying that everyone should be pro-life in every situation because that is how God wants us to be. However, being unconditionally pro-life is not easy; to do this as God wishes us to we must proclaim, celebrate, and serve the gospel of life as faithful disciples.
A man named Mike Huckabee once said: “At the heart of the pro-life movement is the idea that all people are created equal.” When proclaiming the gospel of life, it is important to emphasize that God created this Earth and the human beings who live on it with the intention of making them all equal. To be created equal means that humans should be treated the same as every other human and not portrayed as different. Proclaiming this is not always easy because arguments will always rise up, but it is always important to keep in mind that God is on our side. We can overcome difficulties by doing our best to spread God’s word and to spread the gospel of life. One way to do this is to discuss our faith with our friends, families, and even our teachers because it is always important to spread this message and show others that they should never be afraid to speak about the pro-life message.
Celebrating being pro-life is relatively simple, not to mention it can be incredibly fun and can lead to an increase in faith and can leave a lasting effect on people. One example of a widely publicized pro-life event is the pro-life march in Washington, DC, which is held every year. Thousands of people attend to celebrate the gospel of life, and many people with similar beliefs can watch from the comfort of their own home or even start their own march from their local town. Celebrating the gospel of life does not always have to be a huge event though; it can sometimes be as simple as giving a prayer of thankfulness to God for the gift of life around you.
Although serving the gospel of life may seem like an odd concept to some people who may think it is too hard to serve the gospel of life, it is very easy and can even be enjoyable. You can serve as a pro-life human by, for example, offering to babysit a single mother’s child. Serving is not always a physical act though; it can be as simple as a prayer to God for life on Earth. This is serving because we are taking action through prayer as opposed to sitting idly and doing nothing.
To be unconditionally pro-life is to love God and all of His creations without exception and to profess your unwavering faith in Him. This means putting your beliefs in being pro-life first at all times no matter how difficult it gets. Even if it gets hard, you have to stick with the gospel of life because all of God’s creations are worth fighting for; He wants us to fight for the equality of every living being no matter how small. Another huge part of being unconditionally pro-life is being willing to proclaim the gospel of life without any reward. As touched on in the first paragraph, proclaiming the gospel involves conquering hardships to spread God's word and His love for all creation. To do this correctly involves fortitude and unfaltering trust in God, which at times can be difficult to achieve. However, if one is truly unconditionally pro-life, even this tough task can become feasible, and I truly believe that this unconditional love for life is directly related to God’s eternal love because God is with all of us, and by loving all beings we are loving Him.
It is not easy to be pro-life. You have to proclaim, celebrate, and serve the gospel of life. Being pro-life, in my opinion, is what leads to eternal happiness because God’s original plan was for all living beings to be made equal and to love each other. Unconditional love is not easy. In fact, it is one of the most difficult things known to man, but with prayer and trust in God, this can be achieved. I believe, and I always have believed, that the root to being unconditionally pro-life lies within your innermost self and can be reached through service, celebration, and proclamation.
Jacob Susano won an honorable mention in Category 2 of CLSP and IEW’s Pro-Life Essay Contest.
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