Buzzing across the internet yesterday was the story of the director of a Temple of Moloch, er, I mean a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Texas, Abby Johnson. Abby had been working at the clinic for several years. She served as a clinic escort, accompanying women into the clinic so they could have their abortions. She described herself as “extremely pro-choice”.
Later, she became involved in the business end of the abortion clinic. She reported having felt disillusioned at her job, due to the pressure she got from her bosses to increase the profitability of the clinic by having more abortions performed, since paid the clinic better than merely offering “family planning services”.
Then, Abby watched an abortion on an ultrasound monitor for the first time, and everything changed. She said “I would say there was a definite conversion in my heart … a spiritual conversion.”
She quit her job, and has now become active with a pro-life organization.
Now, this happened during the 40 Days for Life, the nationwide that encourages peaceful, prayerful witness outside abortion clinics. In fact, that clinic was the first at which the 40 Days for Life took place, back in 2004. It also comes within a few months of the new campaign by Human Life International that centers on offering prayers to St. Michael for the conversion of abortionists.
Concidence? More like Providence.
It’s all too easy for us to sit in judgment, to think that some sins are unforgivable, and some sinners beyond repentance. The wickedness of abortion tempts us to consider it to be such a terrible offense against God that anyone involved in it is beyond hope.
God thinks otherwise. Nobody is beyond his grace and mercy. As St. Paul pointed out, God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the truth” (1 Tim 2:4).
We know this in our hearts, yet we overlook it all the time. God has forgiven me so many sins, how could I ever think that he wouldn’t extend that same mercy to others. How could I forget?
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy” (Psalm 103:2-4)
Abby’s story reminds us of this. We like to think that we’re doing all this important pro-life work, struggling mightily against the Culture of Death to save lives. We’re deluding ourselves. It’s not about me, not at all. God is doing the work. As St. Paul said,
“It depends not upon man’s will or exertion, but upon God’s mercy. ” (Rom. 9:16)
Thanks, Abby, for reminding us of God’s wonderful mercy.