By Frank Froehlich
God has an amazing plan for everyone. Unfortunately, that plan has been interrupted by the loss of some of the “least among us,” as Jesus called them in Matthew 25:40. Due to abortion, we have lost countless doctors, scientists, professors, mothers, fathers, priests and pastors, and so forth. These were all “the least of these” that God intended for the help of the human race. The treasure of talents that we lose with these “least” is so vast, it cannot be fathomed. We also lose what was planned for the mother, whose heart silently breaks. Jesus tells us in Matthew 25:40: “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.”
But who are “the least of these”? The United States Constitution states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” These words apply to all people—no matter what age they are or their size.
The Constitution states that all have the right to liberty. The opposite of liberty is slavery. In 1861, the United States took the question of liberty and slavery to war. In the case of “the least of these,” and the question of the right to live, the victims are even more at risk because they cannot even speak. In the civil rights movements that were to follow, peaceful civil disobedience could send a message. In the case of the preborn, there is no way for them to send their message: “I am the ‘least of these,’ please let me live.” Everyone has the right to pursue happiness, but not at the cost of another human’s life. There are millions of babies who were “the least of these,” but had no voice and never even had the chance to pursue life, let alone happiness. Are these not truly the least of these for whom we are commanded to defend, care for, and comfort?
One way to take care of these babies is to take care of their mothers. Though the mother may be seeking to hide or escape, the end result of abortion is never happiness. At-risk mothers are also “the least of these.” I have seen numerous studies done around the world which show that what follows abortion is actually depression and even suicide. We must take care of mothers who are at risk of abortion and help make it easier for them to make the life decision. We must help mothers to understand that there are many who are willing to take care of “the least of these.”
Maybe the young among us cannot donate large amounts of money or make rousing speeches in front of crowds, but we should not feel like we are powerless. We can donate our time, our clothing, our toys, and our love to mothers and to babies who need us and need what we have in abundance. We can support our pregnancy centers and help at soup kitchens. By showing we value all life—young and old and rich and poor—we are showing that the “least of these” have dignity and worth. Even young people can honor that. We can do nothing alone, but together and with God’s grace, we shall overcome all evil. We can stop the stopping of heartbeats, and we can stop and comfort the breaking hearts!
Frank Froehlich won an honorable mention in Category 1 of CLSP and IEW's Pro-Life Essay Contest.
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