Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Monday, October 8, 2018
Spirit and Life: "St. Michael the Archangel, Pray for Us!"
Rod Dreher recently recounted a disturbing story on his blog. A
Catholic friend of his – respectable, upper middle-class, devout, normal
in every sense of the word – confided to him in a phone call recently
that his wife has been undergoing regular exorcisms.
friend – who Dreher calls “Nathan” – explains that it all began
normally enough, when his wife fell into a state of depression, a
condition that she had suffered from as a teenager. This time, however,
there were other, far stranger symptoms, beginning with a strong
aversion to religious items. It escalated from there. Now, writes
Dreher, “The wife goes through periods in which she hears foul
blasphemies, and feels compelled to commit suicide. In the exorcism
sessions, Nathan says the demons, under compulsion from the exorcist,
speak of these things — in particular, how they intend to destroy
Nathan’s wife, and her family life.”
Dreher insists that his friend is the furthest thing from a pseudo-mystical nut...