We all remember how the original story went. All the men, save one, abandoned our Lord at Calvary. Only St. John, and the few loyal women, stood by Him in that place of death.
Sadly, the same story is re-enacted on a regular basis at the modern-day Calvary, the places of death we know as abortion clinics.
Every month, there is a Witness for Life at the Temple of Moloch in lower Manhattan, er, I mean the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. It is very sad to watch the young women enter that place of death. And it is heartbreaking to see men drop them off and walk away, leaving them alone at Calvary.
We typically hear from the pro-choice crowd that abortion is a women’s issue and that men should butt out. This is the script that’s being fed to them by the Evil One. In reality, abortion is a man’s issue, because in many ways it is the consequence of the abdication of male responsibility. If only men would be who they are called to be, and reject sexual irresponsibility, parental irresponsibility, and fraternal irresponsibility, abortion would be unthinkable — a pregnant woman could be certain that the men in her life would stand behind her, no matter how difficult the circumstances.
This is why a strong male presence at the Witness for Life is so important. When men stand by the Lord at that little Calvary, they give an example of authentic masculinity to the frightened women who come there.
They also can be the catalyst for miracles. Today, we saw one.
The Witness was difficult this Saturday. It was very cold, and we were heckled in a very nasty way by several passers-by. But the prayers continued to rise to heaven.
Our sidewalk counselors were all male today — the men of the Pro-Bikers for Life, and one of my brother Knights of Columbus. As time went by, they noticed one man who was in a parked car, and who was visibly upset. They approached him, and it turned out that his 16-year-old niece was in the clinic and was about to have an abortion. He didn’t want it to happen, and he kept on calling her to convince her to come out.
The prayer warriors kicked into high gear, and the men stood with the girl’s uncle, supporting him and giving him strength. A powerful spiritual struggle was taking place.
At the conclusion of the Witness, we processed back to Old St. Patrick’s for Benediction, but the sidewalk counselors and a few of the Sisters of Life remained behind at Calvary, standing watch and praying for that young woman to come out of the place of death.
Eventually she emerged, having decided not to have the abortion. God is truly great — all glory to His Holy Name.
Her struggle is not over, of course, and she will need a great deal of support. The Sisters will be there to help her, and I’m sure that her uncle will be there too.
We were privileged to see a great miracle today, and we stand in awe of God’s goodness. Truly, wonderful things can happen when men stand by the Lord at Calvary.